Nashville v Austin

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Which city is cooler [let's pretend we know nothing of which schools are where]

Austin
66
62%
Nashville
41
38%
 
Total votes: 107

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northwood
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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby northwood » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:13 pm

One is in Texas, Ones in Tennessee. In which state would you rather be?

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby lisjjen » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:19 pm

northwood wrote:One is in Texas, Ones in Tennessee. In which state would you rather be?


Oregon, Washington or California. But that's after I graduate.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby whitman » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:27 pm

What did people think about the admitted students at Vanderbilt? How about Texas? Did they seem similar or different?

Also, Akili, what hipster neighborhood did you go to? 12th South? Five Points?

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby akili » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:38 pm

whitman wrote:What did people think about the admitted students at Vanderbilt? How about Texas? Did they seem similar or different?

Also, Akili, what hipster neighborhood did you go to? 12th South? Five Points?


I have no idea what the street was, but it had Cece's, Pancake Pantry, and The Dog (along with some other awesome looking restaurants and an independent movie theater)

It's hard to compare UT vs Vandy admitted students. I think the program at Vandy was set up so I spent a lot more time talking with current and admitted students. I loved all the people I met at the Vandy day and 4/5 are attending for sure. I did meet a good number of people at Vandy ASD that were equally unimpressed by the UT ASD.

UT was just so large! There were a lot of interesting people and most seemed very nice though. It's hard to get an accurate gauge because I'd guess the UT day had probably 300 people? (does that sound right to other people?) and Vandy's only had 120.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby drylo » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:46 pm

akili wrote:
whitman wrote:What did people think about the admitted students at Vanderbilt? How about Texas? Did they seem similar or different?

Also, Akili, what hipster neighborhood did you go to? 12th South? Five Points?


I have no idea what the street was, but it had Cece's, Pancake Pantry, and The Dog (along with some other awesome looking restaurants and an independent movie theater)


Hillsboro Village (21st Ave)

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby chrisnashville » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:48 pm

akili wrote:
whitman wrote:What did people think about the admitted students at Vanderbilt? How about Texas? Did they seem similar or different?

Also, Akili, what hipster neighborhood did you go to? 12th South? Five Points?


I have no idea what the street was, but it had Cece's, Pancake Pantry, and The Dog (along with some other awesome looking restaurants and an independent movie theater)


That part of town (Hillsboro Village / Midtown) won't be the most hipster part of town you'll find for sure if that's what you're looking for! Five Points, 12 South, parts of 8th.. 12th and Porter :-)

That theater (Belcourt) used to be part of the Nashville Film Fest... but they moved that away to Green Hills. Still a very cool theater. Sam's, right next to it, is my usual hangout. Great for sports / underrated food.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby akili » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:54 pm

Haha yeah, it wasn't THAT hipster, but I love local places with a unique flavor. I liked it a lot!

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby Magnolia » Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:46 pm

I'm also going to join the people who think OP may not have gotten a true feel for the city.

I've been in NYC for 5 years, so I've been really apprehensive about potentially moving back to the south. I have to say though, I was really pleasantly surprised by Nashville. Obviously there are ignorant assholes everywhere, but I didn't feel like there were any more in Nashville than there are in NYC/DC/etc, especially on/around Vandy's campus.

I was also surprisingly impressed with Nashville's nightlife. There were a lot of great bars with really laid back vibes. I spent the majority of Saturday my trip bar hopping and didn't even make it everywhere I wanted to go.

I spent Friday night at a couple of bars on Demonbreun and had an awesome time. Everyone seemed very chill There were people in our group in dresses and heels and people in our group in chucks and tshirts, and no one seemed out of place.

I went to several of the bars on Broadway Saturday night and it was a drastic difference from everything else I saw/did on my trip. Everything was very southern, very themed, very touristy. The bars were sort of a fun novelty, but I wouldn't want to go there all the time. I definitely wouldn't judge the nightlife, or the city, based on that strip of town.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby jeeptiger09 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:12 pm

SATCO FTW.

Nashville does have a cool bar scene, you can do tourist/honky tonk on broadway, 12th south, five points (hipster), or demonbreun (best, IMO). Heard you can't beat the girls in Austin though...

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby awahoya » Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:25 am

I'm going to preface this with the fact that I'm from ATX.

To be honest, picking Nashville and Austin is a bit like apples and oranges....they both have incredible music scenes, are great, laid-back towns, and have young, vibrant, happy populations.

Just because this thread seems to be a bit Nashville heavy (on the comments at least, I guess because of your visit), just wanted to mention a few things about Austin (I'm not sure how much you know about Austin, sry if I'm stating the obvious :-/ ):

SXSW
ACL
Torchy's tacos
Chuy's
Guerro's
Fonda San Miguel
Maudie's
Trudy's
Salt Lick
Rudy's
Ironworks
Mozart's coffee
Spider House cofee
Amy's Ice Cream
Whole Foods HQ
Waterloo Records
Book People (while we're on that block haha)
Heritage Boots
South Congress
Barton Springs
Hike & Bike Trail
Lake Austin, Lake Travis
Mt. Bonnell

You already mentioned 6th- though you probably won't be enjoying it during the week, a comment from a friend from NC who visited ATX for the first time this past week: "Going to 6th, we couldn't tell it was a Wednesday night, it felt like Saturday!" There when ya want it, haha


Addressing the "really liberal" comment from earlier...I didn't really get that feeling when I went to the ASW...I enjoyed meeting other admitted students, and I have 5-6 friends who are at UT Law now (representing a pretty good balance of political views). Yes, Austin is a liberal place in general, but Texas is a red state, and people at UT Law come from all over the state to go to school. I would bet on there being a pretty good balance (of course, I don't know this for sure).

Lol on the "Austin feels like Portland" vibe you got because it's definitely spot-on...I have family up there so go there once or twice a year. I feel like Austin occupies a good middle ground between Portland-hipster and Nashville-southern, with a good bit of traditional Texas sprinkled in (and I think this is a good thing :) ).

Not sure if this helped at all, just my 2 cents...

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby dukey » Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:52 am

Rudy's BBQ in Texas.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby Flips88 » Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:07 am

dukey wrote:Rudy's BBQ in Texas.

It's in Oklahoma too, bro

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby lisjjen » Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:09 am

awahoya wrote:Not sure if this helped at all, just my 2 cents...


Well your two cents is highly appreciated. I am looking forward to matriculating this fall.

Flips88 wrote:
dukey wrote:Rudy's BBQ in Texas.

It's in Oklahoma too, bro


It is a chain, but that doesn't bother me. Plucker's is also a chain and I'm stoked about going there. The Salt Lick on the other hand is not a chain, and o.m.g.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby awahoya » Fri Apr 22, 2011 6:05 am

lisjjen wrote:
awahoya wrote:Not sure if this helped at all, just my 2 cents...


Well your two cents is highly appreciated. I am looking forward to matriculating this fall.

It is a chain, but that doesn't bother me. Plucker's is also a chain and I'm stoked about going there. The Salt Lick on the other hand is not a chain, and o.m.g.


NP :) Unfortunately decided yesterday that I'll be heading to NYC instead of back to my home town :oops: I trust you to make up my share of all-you-can eat plates at Salt Lick, Shiner Bock, Rudy's, and Pluckers...damn, starting to regret this decision already... :wink:

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby david787 » Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:18 pm

I've been living in Austin for the past 2 years, to me it's a really great place to live, as a student or as a professional. Austin has a great mix of what I would call "classic Texas" plus a very unique culture. UT and the music scene are a main factor in this, people from all over the country move here all the time. The people are very friendly too. I can't stand 6th street but I've found a ton of other places that are a lot of fun to hang out. UT has a prime location in town too. Also, I know going to UT doesn't mean you will work in TX after since it's a T14 school, but the Texas economy is great and the low cost of living ($3 beer plus no state income tax) means you can live really well here if you like it and decide to stay.

I don't know where UT law students live, UT undergrads are spread out all over town, there are UT shuttle stops way outside of the city center. If anyone has any Austin specific questions let me know, I can't speak about the law school (got a 162) but know the city fairly well.

If anyone wants the best BBQ in town, you need to hit up Franklin, but the line is an hour so orientation might be your only chance.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby Stringer Bell » Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:22 pm

I haven't been to the Austin location, but the Cooper's BBQ in Llano is the shiznit.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby Cactus » Sat Apr 23, 2011 3:11 pm

awahoya wrote:I'm going to preface this with the fact that I'm from ATX.

To be honest, picking Nashville and Austin is a bit like apples and oranges....they both have incredible music scenes, are great, laid-back towns, and have young, vibrant, happy populations.

Just because this thread seems to be a bit Nashville heavy (on the comments at least, I guess because of your visit), just wanted to mention a few things about Austin (I'm not sure how much you know about Austin, sry if I'm stating the obvious :-/ ):

SXSW
ACL
Torchy's tacos
Chuy's
Guerro's
Fonda San Miguel
Maudie's
Trudy's
Salt Lick
Rudy's
Ironworks
Mozart's coffee
Spider House cofee
Amy's Ice Cream
Whole Foods HQ
Waterloo Records
Book People (while we're on that block haha)
Heritage Boots
South Congress
Barton Springs
Hike & Bike Trail
Lake Austin, Lake Travis
Mt. Bonnell


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For no mention of:

Cain & Abel's
The Oasis
County Line
Tamale House

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby bonnieblue » Sat Apr 23, 2011 3:27 pm

omg tamale house...i think i miss that place the most of all

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby jenesaislaw » Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:31 pm

I had this choice back in 2008 and it was an easy decision. I hadn't been to either before, although I've lived in both Dallas and San Antonio so I was really, really excited to visit UT. I was totally underwhelmed by Austin. Just not my scene.

I visited Nashville the next day (drove from NC (ugrad) -> NOLA (for fun) -> Austin -> Nashville) and was totally blown away. I won't comment much more on what it has to offer, as that's been well-covered in this thread. But I will comment on the southernness and racial ignorance. If we're making sweeping generalizations, there is going to be more of this in Nashville (and Texas) than, say, D.C. and the Northeast. However - and keep in mind I've lived in both D.C. and the Northeast too - there is a certain brazenness and cultural ignorance (especially of the south) up there. Again, this is all quite sweeping. I've lived all over the country and would love to call Nashville home in the long term...it's just too difficult to get a job here unless you have significant ties.

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Re: Nashville v Austin

Postby lisjjen » Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:21 am

jenesaislaw wrote:I had this choice back in 2008 and it was an easy decision. I hadn't been to either before, although I've lived in both Dallas and San Antonio so I was really, really excited to visit UT. I was totally underwhelmed by Austin. Just not my scene.

I visited Nashville the next day (drove from NC (ugrad) -> NOLA (for fun) -> Austin -> Nashville) and was totally blown away. I won't comment much more on what it has to offer, as that's been well-covered in this thread. But I will comment on the southernness and racial ignorance. If we're making sweeping generalizations, there is going to be more of this in Nashville (and Texas) than, say, D.C. and the Northeast. However - and keep in mind I've lived in both D.C. and the Northeast too - there is a certain brazenness and cultural ignorance (especially of the south) up there. Again, this is all quite sweeping. I've lived all over the country and would love to call Nashville home in the long term...it's just too difficult to get a job here unless you have significant ties.


I had the opposite experience, which is ultimately the reason it's a good idea to visit. Also, on the issue of racial ignorance, I think that is very over blown. I didn't really feel it in either city. The one bar that I went to where people stared at me funny, it was probably because I was wearing a blazer in a honkey tonk.




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