Judging by the looks of that crowd, it’s pretty popular. And yes, you can get real food there.
According to our crew at the scene, the line on Friday afternoon was long but manageable, so you’re chances of getting in and enjoying some of Gus Fring’s wares are pretty high. There’s a catch, though: There isn’t any air conditioning in the restaurant, so be ready to sweat.
Days after a Texas Senate panel approved Texas’ controversial “bathroom bill,” South by Southwest organizers are speaking out against the bill, which prohibits transgender-friendly bathrooms in schools, universities and government buildings.
SXSW organizers placed signs in bathrooms at the festival, including in the Austin Convention Center. The signs read, in part, “We oppose discriminatory legislation such as the Texas SB6 ‘bathroom bill’ and support civil rights for all persons everywhere.”
Tired of walking? Want to get in a tricked-out bus with an unknown destination? Well, here’s your chance: The VICELAND Bus will be cruising around town during South by Southwest this year, giving festivalgoers a space to take a break from the crowds (and the heat or humidity or rain, if past SXSWs are any indication).
VICELAND, the TV channel from VICE Media, has taken its bus to various cultural events like Comic Con, Outside Lands and the Women’s March on Washington, and now it’s coming to Austin from March 11-18.
Why do you care? Well, this bus has everything. Leather couches. A DJ booth. A karaoke machine. Free VICELAND swag. A chance to get a ride to an undetermined location without worrying you’re going to be kidnapped.
You know it’s almost South by Southwest when you find out that a TV network is putting a beach in the middle of the city. So on that note, happy SXSW! TNT is installing a big ol’ surf simulator at Congress Avenue and West Fourth Street from March 11-13.
As a promotion for the “adrenaline-charged” series “Animal Kingdom,” which returns to the small screen on May 30, the cable network has announced a “pop-up beach complete with a giant FlowRider surf simulator” meant to bring the thrill of SoCal to downtown Austin. Attendees will be able to test their surf skills with help from some professional surfers (and the stars of the show might catch a wave or two, as well). There will be a beach lounge for those not ready or willing to hang ten. The beach will operate from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. each day.
Also at the pop-up beach: a sneaker bar, a beer garden, a live graffiti wall, a cast meet-and-greet on March 11 and plenty of “Animal Kingdom” swag.
So if you’ve ever felt like Texas beaches are inferior to those of the California coast, keep it to yourself for just one week.
Fans of “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” are in luck this South by Southwest: AMC is bringing a real-life version of Gus Fring’s fried chicken restaurant to the heart of downtown Austin in a few weeks.
According to Austin Towers, a permit for a private party was filed with the city last week describing “a temporary 1,400 square-foot space with an A-2 occupancy classification — indicating a restaurant — that also includes a stage space for more than 500 people.” The restaurant will be set up in a parking lot at 5th Street and Congress Avenue (to SXSW veterans, it’s just a block away from the parking lot that hosted a giant Ferris wheel for “Mr. Robot” last year).
It’s all the coffee and pie you want in the eeriest setting — but it’s real.
This year’s South by Southwest will feature a pop-up version of the iconic Double R Diner from “Twin Peaks.” The diner, which is sponsored by Showtime, will be located at Clive Bar on Rainey Street, March 16-17, and will offer up free coffee, doughnuts and pie. The goods will all be provided by local vendors: High Brew Coffee, Tiny Pies and Voodoo Doughnuts.