Dating is all about location, location, location! Have you ever wondered which Austin neighborhoods are the best places for singles to live? Certain parts of Austin rank higher for eligible bachelors looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right. Here's a list of Austin neighborhoods we've ranked as the best places for singles to live based on nightlife, amenities, dining, and entertainment.
1. Downtown Austin
Downtown is an integral part of what keeps Austin "weird" and trendy, attracting all types of people. Single men outnumber single women in this town, but what keeps Austin a hot spot for connections is its scene. Some of the best entertainment can be found here in all of Texas, making it number one in nightlife. With more restaurants to choose from than you could possibly visit in a year, you'll find a restaurant for every occasion downtown. Be sure to check out all of West 6th and East 6th for a variety of buzzing places to be at night.
Downtown Austin is also the hub for festivals such as the famous annual SXSW and Austin City Limits, where thousands of people from all corners of the globe discover the latest trends in film, music, and tech.
Like to stay active? Downtown Austin has been ranked one of the top 10 fittest cities in North America. You'll find over 20 gyms to choose from (Check out the new co-ed CrossFit Central). Plenty of people are rushing to live downtown for its amazing walkability factor. It's a place you'll never need a car (maybe just an Uber).
“Home” in downtown Austin actually means condo, which is ideal for those living solo. The average rent you'll be paying is just under $1,500 a month, or you can buy a downtown Austin condo for just under 250k.
2. Old West Austin
Plenty of single-professionals enjoy this neck of Austin for its proximity to Downtown, and the perfect blend of natural beauty and big-city appeal. This nearly-downtown neighborhood is historic Austin at its finest, offering lots of charm, and a laid-back nightlife.
Old West Austin borders the lake and is minutes away from all of the 6th Street entertainment. You'll get to mingle with lots of folks at record shops, blues bars and epic eateries (Lamberts anyone?). Old West Austin ranks high in walkable factor, so you'll get to explore the countless independent restaurants and bars without having to worry about driving.
Being close to the lake means you'll run into people who like to fish, boat, hike, bike and run. There's even an off-leash dog park at the Canine Social Club, so having your pup could be the ultimate icebreaker when you meet some locals. Zilker Park and Barton Creek Greenbelt are other places you'll find friendly neighbors and plenty of fun recreation.
Old West Austin is considered a little more upscale, but rent is relatively reasonable for singles at approximately $1,200 a month. It's one of the more well-kept neighborhoods available in Austin.
3. South Congress
South Congress is considered the ethos of Austin, epitomizing the trendy, hip ambiance of Austin. It's also well-known for its unique boutiques, iconic motels, diners, and art. With so much going on the regular, this spot is often crawling with pedestrians who are most likely people watching, or lining up for food trucks.
South Congress has an epic live-music scene with shows happening every night of the week. One of the coolest places to experience live Southern entertainment is found at the treasured Continental Club.
This offbeat landmark attracts all walks of life and is busy year-round. It's totally pedestrian-friendly, so you just never know who you might bump into on your excursions of this weird and wonderful part of Austin!
Renting in SoCo is comparable to Downtown Austin and Old West Austin value, but comes with even more culture and amenities.
4. North of UT
Located near the Hyde Park neighborhood, there's a strong sense of community found in North of UT. People are health conscious, eco-friendly, and neighborly. Most residents have canine companions, so you're sure to bump into people throughout the neighborhood streets and parks.
With only 20% of the population in this University neighborhood married, there's someone for everyone in such a diverse community. Whether you are a millennial, single, professional, or a student, you're more than likely to be drawn to this area for the abundance of social events hosted by the school.
North of UT is ranked the 3rd most walkable city in Austin which is perfect for anyone wanting to get out and explore the drag. There are over 200 eateries and cafes found on Guadalupe Street (the drag), just blocks away from the North of UT Campus. The Taco Joint and Freedman's Bar are some of the more frequented spots for singles. With unique dining options, and one-of-a-kind shopping, this place scores high in amenities and social activities.