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Where the Celebrities Partied in Austin for SXSW

Elon Musk, Lena Dunham, Armie Hammer, Zooey Deschanel and Many More Stars Gravitate to Certain Spots

BY // 03.19.18

AUSTIN — What do Hugh Jackman, Ashton Kutcher, Elon Musk and Lena Dunham have in common? They were among the celebs, brainiacs and tech junkies who thoroughly illuminated SXSW’s whirlwind 10-day run. When these headliners weren’t speaking or promoting, they were playing, as only one can do in the state’s capital.

PaperCity got the scoop on where many of the stars refueled, partied and dined during SXSW.

Of course, the Four Seasons Hotel is always the hotspot of any Austin happening and SXSW was no exception. Where else would Musk be seen hopping  into a Tesla before zooming off into the night?

The hotel bar was watering hole numero uno for the Hollywood set including Armie Hammer fresh from the awards season for his movie Call Me By Your Name, and his wife, San Antonio native Elizabeth Chambers. (Hammer was premiering his newest flick while Chambers, founder of Bird Bakery, was seen on a number of panels talking entrepreneurship and style.) The couple posted an Instagram shot from the Four Seasons bar with Call Me By Your Name co-star Timothee Chalamet and a crew of pals including Houston defense attorney/photographer Kent Schaffer.

Of course, celebrities come to tout their latest film projects, but in recent years they have been joining SXSW to promote business ventures and new ideas. And that’s where the dreamy Aussie Hugh Jackman comes in. The “greatest showman” hosted a pop-up of his philanthropic Laughing Man Cafe at the G’Day USA AustraliaHouse on Rainy Street, which throughout the festival celebrated all things from down under. Jackman drew huge crowds as he spoke one of his favorite topics, “make every cup count.”

Celebrity chef Curtis Stone, also of Australia, shared his good taste with with G’Day USA fans as well.

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If you had been lucky enough to grab an invitation to the Sound Ventures party at Hotel Van Zandt, you would have spotted Kutcher (co-founder of the venture capital firm which introduced its PitchPerfect venture), Musk and Matthew (alright, alright, alright!) McConaughey.

Exhausted after a long day as a featured speaker on a panel discussing authenticity in media, quirky Girls star Lena Dunham was spotted chilling at the hip Hotel San Jose. The star posted an Instagram snuggled up in the hotel’s iconic striped robe. She also posted a photo at the cool organic farm and party venue Rain Lily Farm, where Zooey Deschanel was seen attending a private dinner the previous night.

Abbi Jacobson, star of the hit show Broad City, was spotted with rosé in hand at June’s All Day. Wrestling star turned actor, John Cena, in town for the premiere of his movie Blockers, was seen dining with his fiancé, Nikki Bella, at steak hot spot Eddie V’s. Cena’s co-star, Leslie Mann attended the premiere with her husband Judd Apatow, and their daughters, Maude and Iris.

The family was later seen at the pop-up Twitter House, a celeb watering hole for the week, on Rainey Street. The bar was also popular with Mark (Luke Skywalker) Hamill and director Rian Johnson of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Justin Hartley, star of ABC’S This Is Us, was seen at the Continental Club and later the same night night at the swanky South Congress Hotel bar, all this partying hours before his panel discussion with costars Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia.

Clearly, Hollywood — and celebrities everywhere — love a good Texas shindig.

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