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Kristy Owen

I am a realtor here in Austin, and clients are always asking for suggestions on what to do around town. So, I thought I would blog about my experiences, recommendations and what you have to do before you can call yourself a true Austinite.

Sixty seven degrees and sunny in January? We’re looking at you Austin. Today just demands that you find a patio and enjoy this heavenly weather.

For those who are not participating in some version of “dry January,” Juliet Italian Kitchen offers half-priced bottles of wine all day on Tuesday!

When: Tuesdays

Time: 11:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Juliet Italian Kitchen
1500 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704


The next season of the Austin Skeeball League gets rolling (pun intended) soon!


Both Tuesday and Thursday night leagues start soon, so grab two friends (teams of three, and an optional alternate) and start thinking about a creative team name. “Flock of Skeegulls” is already taken, I checked…

This season they’re at Gourmand’s Pub on the East Side. Personally, I think this is a great move, I love that place. One time, many moons ago I went there for lunch and ended up staying all afternoon playing games and enjoying too many cocktails for a work day. Everything from the atmosphere to the food is a home run. Easily, some of the best sandwiches in town.

As always, they’ll have great drink specials and since it’s continued to grow in popularity, this is also an awesome way to meet new people in a fun and relaxed environment.


They give away some pretty great prizes each night including bottles of booze, concert tickets, oil changes, gift cards, t-shirts and more! And when the season comes to a close, you’ll also be invited to a stellar ‘End of Skeeson’ party.

Here’s an easy signup form, all you need is a team name and email addresses for you and your teammates and they’ll contact you with all the details!

Sign up now, the new season starts tomorrow January 9th and Thursday, January 11!


Or email them directly at:

See you on the slopes!

Gourmand’s Pub
2316 Webberville Road
Austin, Texas 78702

When:  Tuesday Night League // Thursday Night League

For more info: Austin Skeeball League


Chuy’s has always had a love affair with the one and only Elvis. Naturally, they want to celebrate his 83rd Birthday. Today they are doing just that and if you come dressed as Elvis or Priscilla they’ll give you one free entree!    

I’ve always been a die hard Chuy’s fan. I frequent their original location on Barton Springs quite often, if you stop by to partake in the celebration be sure to check out the velvet Elvis on the wall in the main dining area!

When: today, January 8th


What better way to kick off weekly trivia at Stay Gold this month than by testing your encyclopedic, mostly useless (but not today!) knowledge of this classic sitcom. Join the Get It Gals in quizzing over all things Central Perk at Friends Trivia.

Free to play. Up to 6 per team. 30 team cap. Boozy rewards for top notch players.

When: Today, January 7th

Time: Registration opens at 4:30 p.m.| Quiz starts at 6 p.m. (Early arrival is recommended.)

Stay Gold
1910 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, Texas 78702

If you haven’t been to Alta’s Cafe—a charming waterfront spot—today is the perfect day to rectify that! The restaurnat is celebrating the first Saturday of the month with $10 bottomless mimosas and live music by Bre Jarvis.

Come enjoy this markedly warmer day with your fellow Austinites.

Time: 10: 00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Alta’s Cafe
74 Trinity St.
Austin, Texas 78701

Why eat on land when you can have brunch party on the water!?!

We’ve teamed up with Capital Cruises and Austin Tour Co.  to bring you The Brunch Boat!  A brunch time party cruise on Town Lake (or Lady Bird Lake as it’s now known). Enjoy great music, food, and beverages aboard a fabulous boat with air conditioning, bathrooms, and a gorgeous roof deck. We’ll have different themes throughout the year too for added fun!  Get great pictures and views of the Austin skyline from the boat roof deck!

Here are the details…

  • Boarding starts at 11:30am, we’ll cruise from noon to 2:00pm!
  • Resident DJ on the upper deck laying down the best beats around OR a fun local band playing live music!  
  • Ice Cold Topo Chico and High Brew Coffee to Kick Those Hangovers to the Curb
  • Deep Eddy Vodka Bloody Mary’s and Screwdrivers
  • Spiked Cider Bar with Dulce Vida Tequila and American Born Whiskey 
  • Beer from Big Bend Brewing Co
  • Mighty (Swell) Mosas
  • Brunch and Regular Pizza from VIA 313
  • Breakfast Tacos from Whole Foods
  • Chips, Queso and Salsa from Jaime’s Spanish Village
  • Post Cruise Shopping at YETI Flagship with a complimentary beverage at their BARR.
  • All this for only $45 per person
  • This Event is 21+ Only 
  • You do not need a printed confirmation, we will check you in electronically once you arrive.
  • Full trip details are sent out via email the Friday before your cruise.
  • HAVE FUN, and drink responsibly
  • GREAT for birthday parties, corporate outings and special events.  Invite your CREW! 

**Food, beverage and entertainment vendors may very for each cruise.**

2018 Brunch Boat Dates:

January – 21st
February – 4th,18th
March – 4th, 25th
April – 8th, 22nd

Want to learn more about axe throwing? Want to learn more before signing up for one of their 8-week leagues? Come to their free open-house tonight and actually throw some axes!

They will have coaches on hand to teach you how to safely throw an axe and get you hitting bullseyes in no time. Space is limited, so YOU MUST REGISTER to reserve your spot!

This event is 21+ Only, BYO Beer & Wine

When: today, January 3rd

Urban Axes
812 Airport Blvd. 
Austin, Texas 78702

A new year means new adventures. Sometimes it’s easier to attack the year with gusto when you have a list of things to do, so here are twelve special resolutions just for us Austinites. Do your best to complete them by year’s end, and tag us in your photos along the way!

1. Eat pizza and do yoga in the same day.

We live in the land of endless pizza AND yoga. Why not make yourself feel less guilty about indulging by taking a yoga class before or after (but preferably before)?

Pizza joints we love include Via 313, Home Slice, East Side Pies, and Pinthouse Pizza. For yoga, try Wanderlust, Black Swan Yoga or Practice Yoga

Detroit Style Pizza from VIA 313

2. Don’t complain about the ACL lineup.

Every year there is a wrath of backlash when ACL announces the lineup for the city’s biggest music festival. We get it, it’s impossible to create a lineup that pleases everyone—but let’s focus on the positive, please.

Also, rest assured that alt-new-age-grass-metal band you were hoping for will still come to Austin at some point this year … they all do.


3. Welcome the outsiders.

We know, we know, “Don’t Move Here” has replaced “Keep Austin Weird” as our city’s unofficial slogan.  It’s a side-effect of living in the greatest city on Earth. But let’s welcome newcomers and be good hosts.


4. Do more night swimming at Barton Springs.

Swimming in Barton Springs is a rite of passage for every Austinite. Do it right and dive into a full moon swim after dark. 

barton springs

5. Step out of your taco comfort zone.

Do you get the same tacos from that same place every week? We admire your loyalty, but this city has too many great purveyors (and styles of tacos) to play it safe.

Check these ones off your list first: Veracruz, Violet Taco, Rosita’sJoe’s Bakery, and Marcelino Pan y Vino.

violet taco

6. Walk off all those tacos and explore the City on a Tipster Walking Tour.

Explore the city while getting your exercise! Learn something new about the place you live (and love).  Try their East Side Beer Tour for a combo of walking and boozing or the music tour to learn a little bit more about why we’re “The Live Music Captial of the World.”

7. Volunteer, and save money while doing it.

Replace one happy hour a week with taking dogs for walks at the Animal Shelter. Your heart and your wallet will thank you. 


8. Watch less Netflix and more sunsets.

For a real challenge, watch the sunrise from Mount Bonnell and the sunset from the 360 Overlook in the same day.

Photo By: Alison Owen

Photo By: Alison Owen

9. Be outdoorsy—brunch on Lake Bird Lake.

You wanted to get outside more, well who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? We’ve launched The Brunch Boat with Austin Tour Co. where you can enjoy brunch and regular pizza from Via313, Whole Foods Breakfast Tacos, Open Bar, Live Music and city views!

10. Take a UT Tower tour.

Regardless of whether you went to UT or not, this is one of the coolest views in town.

ProTip: Go for the sunset tour.

tower tour

11. See more live music.

This is the “Live Music Capital of the World,” after all. Embrace it. Check out venues like The Mohawk, Stubb’s, Emo’s, and ACL Live for their upcoming shows.

During the summer, be sure to check out free music at Blues on the Green and Unplugged at The Grove

Photo by: Greg Noire

Photo by: Greg Noire

12. Walk or Run The Entire Lady Bird Lake Loop 

Okay, so you don’t have to do all 13 miles in one day. But make an effort break it up into a few days. The trail is awesome, you can enjoy so many different views of the city! 

Happy 2018, y’all!

Every first and third Tuesday of the month Civil Goat Coffee Co. is screening the classics, comedies, thrillers, Sci-Fi’s, and the romances in our outdoor field at the shop. This week they are kicking off the 2018 new year with a throw back to The Goonies.

They will have our coffee bar open for warm sips. This week’s Outdoor Movie Night signature drink is Sloth Coffee, and it’s on the house.

Feel free to BYOB! They have a great space to watch but please bring your own blankets and chairs if you might want something to sit on.

Get here, grab a warm beverage and stake out a spot at 7pm and they’ll start screening The Goonies at 7:30pm. Happy 2018 to all!

-The Goonies @ Civil Goat Coffee Co.
-7pm – 9pm
-On the house drink: Sloth Coffee
-Coffee bar open
-Bring blankets/chairs/something to sit on

Civil Goat Coffee Co. 
704 N. Cuernavaca
Austin, Texas 78733

For the 38th year, people willing to brave the brisk jump into the springs are invited to make the plunge. We have it a little easier than some of our polar bear jumping neighbors from around the country, as Barton Springs stays at a constant 68 degrees. The water will actually be warmer than the air temperature! Regardless of that detail, this is still going to be some feat today as it’s definitely the coldest it’s been outside in several years.

When: Today, January 1st, 2018

Time: 5:00am-10:00pm

Barton Springs Pool
2101 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

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