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Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, and Ryan Gosling in 'Song to Song.'
Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, and Ryan Gosling in 'Song to Song.'
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Every Austin Restaurant in Terrence Malick's 'Song to Song," Mapped Out

An ode to the city

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Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, and Ryan Gosling in 'Song to Song.'
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Director Terrence Malick’s long-awaited film, Song to Song, fittingly debuted last week at SXSW. The movie serves as an ode to Austin, where the city is heavily featured, which means viewers will recognize a lot of the familiar locations.

The film’s all-star cast, actors Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Bérénice Marlohe, and others ran around Austin, partaking in music (many scenes took place during the city’s main music festivals: ACL, the defunct Fun Fun Fun Fest, and even SXSW), food, and general city street scenes.

"This was my first time in Austin, and I really loved it," said Fassbender in the film's production notes, "great city, great food, great music." A rep noted that he enjoyed playing pool at Mean Eyed Cat, and the entire cast hung out at the Continental Club. For food, they frequented Torchy’s Tacos, Elizabeth Street Cafe, Perla’s (which is featured in the film), Lamberts, and went out to Uchi because of its vegetarian and vegan menus.

With that, Eater mapped out the film’s 21 restaurant, bar, and cafe locations throughout Austin, including Asti, the original Lustre Pearl, Cenote, Second Bar and Kitchen, and many others. The film serves as a quick snapshot of the changing face of Austin, with a few shutters, revamps, and relocations.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Mohawk

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912 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 666-0877
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Rooney Mara’s character, Faye, takes in a show from Mohawk’s patio deck, with drink in hand. Later on Mara plays a set with band Neon Indian.

2. Vespaio

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1610 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 441-6100
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Mara and her father, played by Brady Coleman, dine at the South Congress Italian restaurant.

3. Hotel San Jose

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1316 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-7322
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A room at the Hotel San Jose acts as Mara’s (supposedly barebones) apartment.

4. Hotel Saint Cecilia

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112 Academy Dr
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 852-2400
The fancy hotel to the stars served as a major set during the movie, including scenes with singer/songwriter Patti Smith and Mara. At some point, Ryan Gosling’s BV and musician/actress Lykke Li play the piano.

5. Asti

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408 E 43rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 451-1218
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As Eater noted before, Michael Fassbender’s character, Cook, meets Natalie Portman’s Rhonda at Hyde Park Italian restaurant Asti, where she plays a waitress.

6. Lustre Pearl

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97 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 524-1143
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Austin’s constantly changing, and the original Lustre Pearl on Rainey Street served as a set, where Fassbender and Portman flirt near a jukebox. Now that structure is up on Linden Street as part of Lustre Pearl East (not to be confused with the brand new Lustre Pearl Rainey Street).

7. Shangri-La

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1016 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-4291
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Gosling and Mara make out in front of Shangri-La’s distinctive wall.
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8. Carousel Lounge

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1110 E 52nd St
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 452-6790
The merry-go-round-themed bar quickly pops up in the film.

9. Hangar Lounge

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318 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-4264
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Gosling and Fassbender get into an argument outside and inside the Colorado Street bar, to the point where Gosling’s character smashes a beer bottle on the rooftop deck and spits on the ground. An Eater reader said there were only four people drinking at the bar at the time, who all served as extras, including herself.

10. Second Bar + Kitchen

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200 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 827-2750
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Gosling takes his mother to a nice meal out at Second Bar and Kitchen, spending time within a booth and on the patio. Another scene with Holly, Gosling, and Cate Blanchett’s Amanda, takes place at Second Bar’s The Green Room, above the restaurant.
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11. Javelina

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69 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 382-6917
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Mara lingers outside of the Rainey Street bar.

12. Hula Hut

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3825 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 476-4852
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Gosling and Blanchett make an appearance at the tiki-eque bar and restaurant on Lake Austin Boulevard.

13. Mozart's Coffee

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3825 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 477-2900
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Mara, Gosling, and Fassbender take in the patio of the lakeside cafe. The trailer also featured Mozart’s colorful winter light show.

14. Ms P's Electric Cock

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1101 S Congress Ave, Austin
TX, 78704
(512) 912-7778
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Gosling and Mara dance in front of the recognizable trailer on South Congress, which is no longer there.It relocated to Rainey Street with a South Austin brick and mortar in the works.

15. Cenote

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1010 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1311
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Gosling and Mara share awkward cups of coffee inside the East Cesar Chavez cafe, sitting on the sofa.
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16. SoCo Trailer Yard

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1603 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
Bérénice Marlohe and Mara meet for the first time at the now-shuttered SoCo Trailer Yard in front of Pitalicious. Now it’s the home of the South Congress Hotel.

17. Home Slice Pizza

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1415 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-7437
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Marlohe and Mara dance outside of Home Slice on South Congress.
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18. Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

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1400 S Congress Ave Ste B100
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 291-7300
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Blanchett and Gosling dine at the South Congress seafood restaurant. In a separate scene, Blanchett’s necklace breaks while she’s waiting at a banquette.

19. Club De Ville

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900 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
Now the home of Cheer Up Charlie’s, Gosling and Mara hang out near the stone wall of the Red River club.

20. Stubb's Bar-B-Q

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801 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 480-8341
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Gosling and Mara brave the floor at the Red River music venue/barbecue joint.

21. Caffé Medici

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200 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 827-2770
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The downtown coffee shop serves as one of the many locations.

1. The Mohawk

912 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
Rooney Mara’s character, Faye, takes in a show from Mohawk’s patio deck, with drink in hand. Later on Mara plays a set with band Neon Indian.
912 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

2. Vespaio

1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Mara and her father, played by Brady Coleman, dine at the South Congress Italian restaurant.
1610 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

3. Hotel San Jose

1316 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
A room at the Hotel San Jose acts as Mara’s (supposedly barebones) apartment.
1316 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

4. Hotel Saint Cecilia

112 Academy Dr, Austin, TX 78704
The fancy hotel to the stars served as a major set during the movie, including scenes with singer/songwriter Patti Smith and Mara. At some point, Ryan Gosling’s BV and musician/actress Lykke Li play the piano.
112 Academy Dr
Austin, TX 78704

5. Asti

408 E 43rd St, Austin, TX 78751
As Eater noted before, Michael Fassbender’s character, Cook, meets Natalie Portman’s Rhonda at Hyde Park Italian restaurant Asti, where she plays a waitress.
408 E 43rd St
Austin, TX 78751

6. Lustre Pearl

97 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
Austin’s constantly changing, and the original Lustre Pearl on Rainey Street served as a set, where Fassbender and Portman flirt near a jukebox. Now that structure is up on Linden Street as part of Lustre Pearl East (not to be confused with the brand new Lustre Pearl Rainey Street).
97 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

7. Shangri-La

1016 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
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Gosling and Mara make out in front of Shangri-La’s distinctive wall.
1016 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

8. Carousel Lounge

1110 E 52nd St, Austin, TX 78723
The merry-go-round-themed bar quickly pops up in the film.
1110 E 52nd St
Austin, TX 78723

9. Hangar Lounge

318 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
Gosling and Fassbender get into an argument outside and inside the Colorado Street bar, to the point where Gosling’s character smashes a beer bottle on the rooftop deck and spits on the ground. An Eater reader said there were only four people drinking at the bar at the time, who all served as extras, including herself.
318 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701

10. Second Bar + Kitchen

200 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Second Bar and Kitchen/Official
Gosling takes his mother to a nice meal out at Second Bar and Kitchen, spending time within a booth and on the patio. Another scene with Holly, Gosling, and Cate Blanchett’s Amanda, takes place at Second Bar’s The Green Room, above the restaurant.
200 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

11. Javelina

69 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
Mara lingers outside of the Rainey Street bar.
69 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

12. Hula Hut

3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Gosling and Blanchett make an appearance at the tiki-eque bar and restaurant on Lake Austin Boulevard.
3825 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

13. Mozart's Coffee

3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Mara, Gosling, and Fassbender take in the patio of the lakeside cafe. The trailer also featured Mozart’s colorful winter light show.
3825 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

14. Ms P's Electric Cock

1101 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX, 78704
Gosling and Mara dance in front of the recognizable trailer on South Congress, which is no longer there.It relocated to Rainey Street with a South Austin brick and mortar in the works.
1101 S Congress Ave, Austin
TX, 78704

15. Cenote

1010 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Cenote/Official
Gosling and Mara share awkward cups of coffee inside the East Cesar Chavez cafe, sitting on the sofa.
1010 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

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16. SoCo Trailer Yard

1603 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Bérénice Marlohe and Mara meet for the first time at the now-shuttered SoCo Trailer Yard in front of Pitalicious. Now it’s the home of the South Congress Hotel.
1603 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

17. Home Slice Pizza

1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Home Slice/Official
Marlohe and Mara dance outside of Home Slice on South Congress.
1415 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

18. Perla's Seafood and Oyster Bar

1400 S Congress Ave Ste B100, Austin, TX 78704
Blanchett and Gosling dine at the South Congress seafood restaurant. In a separate scene, Blanchett’s necklace breaks while she’s waiting at a banquette.
1400 S Congress Ave Ste B100
Austin, TX 78704

19. Club De Ville

900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
Now the home of Cheer Up Charlie’s, Gosling and Mara hang out near the stone wall of the Red River club.
900 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

20. Stubb's Bar-B-Q

801 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
Gosling and Mara brave the floor at the Red River music venue/barbecue joint.
801 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

21. Caffé Medici

200 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701