Weird and Wonderful Austin

If you didn't already know, Austin, Texas is a weird place. We mean that in the best way possible. The slogan "Keep Austin Weird" was adopted by the Austin Independent Business Alliance to promote small business and to fight the surge of big business flooding the city. While there are still a ton of big name businesses that call Austin home today (Apple, HP, Google, etc.), the city at its core is still weird.

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1. Museum of the Weird

It doesn't get any weirder than something called the Museum of the Weird. If you have an interest in the supernatural and the strange, you will adore this attraction. Home to "The Minnesota Iceman", who may or may not be Bigfoot, the Museum of the Weird has all manner of weird and strangely wonderful exhibits to take in. Don't miss the daily Weird Theatre Show!

2. Cathedral of Junk

Now, we know what this sounds like but hear us out first. Located in the backyard of a residential home in Austin, a cathedral crafted from well, junk. Vince Hannemann, the crafter of the Cathedral, started the project in 1988 and hasn't stopped since. His neighbors have complained, inviting the city's engineers to inspect the structure for safety and stability. The verdict: weird, but safe. Only one thing had to be removed from the assembly: a pyramid of TVs. One man's trash is another man's church. That's the saying, right?

3. Weird Wednesdays @ Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Another one with the word "weird" in the name; we're on a roll! Wednesdays at the Alamo get a little strange. These evenings are reserved for those movies that are a bit too much for regular theaters or as they like to put it, "Movies too outrageous for prime time." Think apocalyptic barbarian queens, lesbian vampires, and pimp ghosts. On a regular day, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema plays your typical blockbuster movies and we recommend you stop by for those too.

4. Fa-la-la-Lala's at Lala's

It has been Christmas at Lala's since the 70s and there are no signs of it ending anytime soon. While the dive bar recently received an update (mostly just a good scrub down), the ambiance and the festive feeling are still there. Stop by at any time to sip yuletide drinks from kitschy mugs and marvel at the ornaments and elves adorning the walls.

Was that all weird enough for you? If it was too much, you might be better suited for another city but if this sounds like your cup of weird, weird tea, check out Rent Jungle's Austin listings to find the unusual pad of your bizarre dreams.

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