SXSW: Where to Escape the Crowds,
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Each year, hundreds of thousands of people drop in on Austin for the city’s South by Southwest Festival, some armed with iPads, others with lighters (to hold up at concerts, of course). If you’re planning to be in town March 11-20, be prepared for tons of energy—but also long waits and huge crowds. For a breather, skip what’s sure to be a packed house at the JW Marriott Austin’s Corner Bar and the line of lemmings at the latest food truck on South Congress, and unwind at one of these restful hideouts that are near the action, but not in it. In other words, where the locals will be hanging out.


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