There’s always a right of passage that happens when you move to a new city. You have to stumble your way through the culture before you feel like you’ve made your mark and can claim yourself a true resident of the city. Austin’s culture is unique, and because of that, it can take a while to find your niche and get the lay of the land. If you’ve ever labeled yourself an Austinite, you better have done these things:

1. Had a cocktail in the same place you had a cup of coffee.

Don’t be a cheater and say, “Well, duh, it’s called brunch.” We’re talking about visiting a coffee shop to get some work done or meet up with friends, and then switching to a beer or cocktail after finishing your coffee. With the number of places that have great baristas and bartenders on hand, this is an easy one to check off.

2. Created a list of places that have free apps, outdoor patios, and hot happy hour deals.

Austinites are all about finding quirky places, but quirky places that can save them money or have an awesome outdoor space for them to enjoy, go to the top of the list. If you’ve ever asked for a recommendation, just for the person to whip out their phone and scroll through their notes on cool places they’ve been to or want to visit, you’re talking to an Austin expert, and you should bow at their feet like true royalty.

3. Can quote or at least give the synopsis of Dazed & Confused and Friday Night Lights.

As soon as you cross the county line, you should feel the crushing weight of responsibility to be able to throw out “alright, alright, alright,” and hold your own in a debate of the trials and triumphs of the characters in Dillon, Texas. If you can’t? Well, it’d be a lot cooler if you did.

3.5. Have seen Matthew McConaughey at a local Austin hot spot.

We won’t flat out call you a non-Austinite if you haven’t run into the Hollywood celeb, but it’s likely you’ll catch him when you least expect it. He’s been caught around Whole Foods and at Matt's El Rancho many a time. As a professor at UT and one of Austin FC’s owners, he has deep roots here.

4. Can rank the best BBQ joints and places to grab a breakfast burrito with ease.

If you’ve never held a mini-grudge against someone for debating with you over where the best place to get brisket and a pulled pork sandwich is, then who are you and what are you doing here? We take our BBQ seriously, and we think that breakfast burritos are the only breakfast food that matters. It’s just the facts.

If you need help making Austin feel like home, give this bucket list a try and then give us a call. We’re here to help you find your place in the city, and if you ever need advice on buying or selling a home in the Austin market, we’re your experts. Give us a ring at (512) 586-7270 anytime.