That it was destined for greatness when it hit the big screen in 1993 is something few, if any, suspected. Set in the suburbs of 1976 Austin, Dazed and Confused is a timeless coming-of-age comedy that everyone should watch, at least once.
If you haven’t seen it, it’d be a lot cooler if you did.
With the film celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer, JW Marriott in downtown Austin is offering its L-I-V-I-N Summer Package, complete with a film buff’s dream—enjoy 2 tickets to an Austin Film Society Cinema screening, a snack attack welcome amenity for the late night munchies, and more. The cult classic, directed by Austin Film Society founder Richard Linklater, has inspired many road-trippers to visit the iconic Austin sites featured in the film. Make sure you also hit up Burger Bar during your stay for a $7.50 L-I-V-I-N Dazed and Confused Burger. It’s topped with fried jalapeno bacon mac-n-cheese, fried pickles, onion straws, and cilantro jalapeno mayo, and $1 from each purchase of the burger is donated to the Austin Film Society.
Support local Austin filmmakers when you book your L-I-V-I-N for Summer package today!
Alright, alright, alright. Here are the top bucket-list locations in Austin where Linklater’s cult phenomenon, Dazed and Confused, was filmed.
Check it out, man.
7525 Burner Rd | 8 Miles
Stave off the munchies with a juicy burger from Top Notch, just like all the characters do before heading out for the night. Opened in 1971, Top Notch is an Austin institution with a vintage setting that is, to this day, unmistakably 70’s.
2008 Enfield Rd. | 3 Miles + 6614 Blue Bluff Road | 10 Miles
The epic beer bash at the Moon Tower ranks as one of the most iconic party movie scenes ever filmed. Wooderson, played by McConaughey, pulls together a kegger in the woods. The scene was shot in Walter E. Long Park and West Enfield Park, neither of which has a moon tower. The setting is meant to resemble Zilker Park with its tower, so a structure was brought in for close-ups.
6610 N Lamar Blvd | 7 Miles
When it was filmed, the Violet Crown Shopping Center was the location used for The Emporium. Here, the freshmen dump gallons of paint on their nemesis, O’Bannion, played by the less-than-famous Ben Affleck. The site is now home to the must-visit BBQ hotspot, Stiles Switch. They serve up a killer brisket.
Also, at the Emporium, Wooderson delivers his notorious line, “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.”
BALLARD’S GROCERY STORE
4001 Medical Parkway | 4.5 Miles
Vandalizing mailboxes is thirsty work for Pink, Don, and Mitch. They swing by the convenience store (now a Shell gas station) to grab (shoplift) some beer. The neighboring buildings in the scene are the same, but the storefront has inevitably changed since filming.
3200 Jones Rd. | 7 Miles
After a long and eventful night, Wooderson, Pink and a few others decide to burn one out at the football field’s fifty-yard line. Some of the film’s most memorable quotes come from this scene, including the timeless advice that “You just gotta keep livin’, man. L-I-V-I-N.”
The high school football field and stadium was filmed at the Toney Burger Activity Center.
Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Dazed & Confused in Austin this summer at JW Marriott Austin’s sprawling urban resort and keep on, keepin’ on!