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Twelve places to see Austin light up at night

Don’t be left in the dark on your next trip to Austin. Check out most picturesque nighttime scenes from the capitol of Texas

Austin at night
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Austin after dark is awash with neon signs and illuminated landmarks. Grab your camera and shed some light on the city’s culture with our roundup of the best glowing marquees, buildings and glittering attractions. 

Feast your eyes on Austin after dark

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The Continental Club
The Continental Club

The Continental Club

A legendary live music establishment and go-to bar for bikers who love classic rock, jazz hounds, and country music enthusiasts. There’s almost always a cover charge at the Continental, but you snap pictures of the sign for free. 1315 South Congress Ave.

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Bruce Reyes-Chow
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Paramount Theater
Paramount Theater

The Paramount Theatre

Restored in September 2015 to its original form and glory, the downtown theater’s Art Deco sign is back on the building after a 51-year absence. 517 Congress Ave.

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Top Notch
Top Notch

The Top Notch Hamburgers sign

One of Austin’s most recognizable signs watches over the long-standing drive-in burger joint made famous by Dazed and Confused7525 Burnet Rd.

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Nau's Enfield Drug
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Nau’s Enfield Drug

Opened in 1951, local pharmacy Nau’s Enfield Drug doesn’t advertise its biggest draw in neon: a classic American soda fountain counter in back that serves shakes and burgers (though these are only available before sunset). 1115 West Lynn St.

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Broken Spoke

There’s no better dive bar/honky tonk in which to dance in and out of the beams of a neon moon in Austin than the Broken Spoke3201 South Lamar Blvd.

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Jenna Lina
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County Line
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The County Line Bar-B-Q

The sign’s three little pink pigs want those driving by to know that any time is a good time for ribs and brisket at the County Line Bar-B-Q6500 Bee Caves Rd.

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Texas State Capitol
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Texas State Capitol

Constructed from pink marble mined in Texas, the state’s seat of government has a rosy glow come nightfall. 1100 Congress Ave.

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Dart Bowl
Dart Bowl

Dart Bowl

Old Austin strikes a high note at the no frills bowling alley and cafe. Once inside, you may recognize the joint from the movie Boyhood5700 Grover Ave.

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Home Slice
Photograph: Melanie Tipps

Home Slice

Hungry for pepperoni? Just look for the glowing pie in the sky and mustachioed girl that scream, "Come to Home Slice!", and you’ll find your fix. 1415 South Congress Ave.

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Melanie Applegate
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Hotel Saint Cecilia
Photograph: Nick Simonite

Hotel Saint Cecilia’s “Soul”

You’ll need to book a room to catch a glimpse of the boutique hotel’s soulful poolside message but the Instagram pics (and swanky digs) will be worth the splurge. 112 Academy Dr.

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Hoper Gallery

Hope Outdoor Gallery

Known to locals as the Castle Hill Graffiti Wall, the always changing public street art venue looks completely different after dark thanks to well-placed floodlights. 1100 Baylor St.

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Sandra Hintzman
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The Mighty Cone
Photograph: Pelle Sten

The Mighty Cone

Permanent food truck the Mighty Cone serves spicy fried soul food wrapped in tortillas in paper cones for on-the-go consumption. A must-stop for ACL festival goers. 1720 Barton Springs Rd.

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Pelle Sten
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