Located only 30 minutes south of Austin, the state capital, Lockhart is a popular day-trip destination for barbecue enthusiasts who want to dine in the official barbecue capital of Texas.
But now, artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs of all types are making their home in Lockhart. They’re restoring its historic buildings and opening businesses on the old town square.
Lockhart is experiencing a modern-day renaissance, and it’s not all about the smoked meat. Park your car and spend a day discovering all this small city in Central Texas has to offer.
The town square is anchored by the courthouse, a gorgeous edifice built in 1894 in the Second Empire style. The yellow-and-red sandstone, turrets, and tiles give it a bit of a Gothic feel.
Most of the building facades around the square are original. One of the most impressive is the Brock building at Main Street and San Antonio.
Here are just a few of the fun things to do in the barbecue capital of Texas.
Enjoy Live Music
It seems there’s some sort of live music event almost every weekend in Lockhart. While Austin is known as the live music capital of the world, Lockhart may be a runner-up very soon, since those same musical Austinites are finding their way to Lockhart. For all event information, check the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce’s website.
A sure bet for live music is The Pearl, located just off the square. The Pearl is housed in a building from 1896 and is full of Texas atmosphere. There’s a full bar,…