Austin is full of great bars and pubs. From laid back to velvet rope, you are sure to find tons of great places to drink and socialize in Austin, Texas. So the next time you're looking for some nightlife fun make sure you check out one or more of the many great bars and pugs in Austin, Texas.
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I recently discovered a Indian restaurant on the East side with a lunch special that’s hard to beat, a new restaurant that I’m obsessed with, and a coffee shop that’s easily become my favorite hideout. Read on for my monthly favorites!
WHERE TO LUNCH: Nasha
1614 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
The thali platters, a traditional Indian lunch, are only $7 – 9 for lunch with the curry of the day (meat or vegetarian), two veggies, a dessert, basmati rice, and naan. A steal!
Try the curry margarita while you’re there!
WHERE TO DINNER: Italic
123 W Sixth St Austin, Texas
My current obsession is the Italic, the new Italian restaurant opened by the ELM Restaurant group of 24 Diner, Easy Tiger, and Arro. The spaghetti carbonara is to die for, the pizzas are a must-try, and the steak is the best I’ve ever had.
RELATED: Italic, Austin’s First Rustic Italian Restaurant Has Officially Opened
Bldg 3, Ste 101, 916 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78702
I adore this artsy and relaxed Japanese-inspired coffee shop and cafe, tucked away in the Canopy complex in East Austin on Springdale Road. Be sure to order the o-hi-yo coffee and one of their Japanese toasts.
SHOP AT THIS LOCAL SHOP: Raven & Lily
Raven & Lily is a local Austin shop that carries fair trade jewelry, clothing, accessories and gifts handmade with naturally dyed fabrics and locally-sourced, eco-friendly materials. I love that they’re a socially-conscious lifestyle brand that’s dedicated to empowering women through design!
April 24-26, 2015 – Austin, TX
Austin Food + Wine Festival returns this year to host more than 40 events over three days at Auditorium Shores and Republic Square Park, including hands-on grilling demonstrations; expanded interactive fire pits helmed by an all-star lineup of chefs; Grand Tasting tents offering food, wine and cocktail tastings; live musical performances; chef tastings; book signings; and much more.
I’m all for taking it easy at Easy Tiger’s Easy Sunday. They’re going to have everything you need for a perfect little Sunday Funday action!
They’ll have $1 Austin Beerworks Cans, Windmill Bicycles will have a pop up shot and there will be screen-printing by Fine Southern Gentleman. They’ll be a chance for you to win Neil Diamond tickets, Easy Tiger swag bags and a custom Fairdale bike!
They’re hosting a social ride before starting at Windmill Bicycles at 12:30.
When: today, April 19th
Time: 2 pm – 6 pm
709 E. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Spring Saturdays are made for crawfish broils! Banger’s is one of those places that has a way of doing everything right.
Don’t let the chances of rain detour you as they just built a massive covered patio.
They’ll have live music and crawfish until they run out! So get out there early.
If you are looking for other fun happening around town, here are our Weekend Top Picks!
When: today, April 18th
Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
79 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Is it football season yet? I feel like so much has happened in Texas sports since Texas lost. Since I’m a true Texas fan at heart, I basically am just now waiting for football season.
However, tonight March Madness comes to an end. My bracket was shot long ago (when Texas lost) but I’ve still found myself watching the remaining games. Tonight is the championship game where Wisconsin will take on Duke.
One of my favorite places to catch sports in Austin is at Bar 96. It’s Rainey’s sports bar and they have plenty of TVs, good drinks at good prices.
Game Time: 8:18 pm
96 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Photo Credit: Bar 96 Facebook Page
Happy Good Friday! Haymaker is hosting their 2nd Annual Good Friday Fish Fry and its going to be an afternoon of fun and fish!
They’ll have beer battered Alaskan cod, French fries and home made coleslaw. Drink specials include $2 frozen margaritas and $3 beer-ritas. Although my favorite part of the party may be the adult sno cones!
When: today, April 3rd
Time: 4 pm
2310 Manor Road
Austin, Texas 78722
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Ginny’s Little Longhorn is the ultimate Austin dive bar, home of the infamous Chicken Sh*t Bingo!
Today they’re celebrating Ginny’s 80th Birthday! They’ll have finger foods but you’re welcome to bring a dish to share. The Billy Dee Donauhue Band will go on at 8pm.
They’ll have some special commemorative items for sale. This little honky tonk is going to be happening tonight.
When: today, March 31st
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ginny’s Little Longhorn
5434 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78756
Photo Credit: Ginny’s Little Longhorn Facebook Page
You had me at free Bingo but a free cheese plate when you purchase a bottle of bubbly, yes.
Every Thursday Gibson bar hosts Bingo making it the ultimate night of fun when you add bubbly and cheese plates. I’m pretty sure this is every girl’s dream.
Gibson is full of fun activities, including Mustache Mondays, Texas Trivia Tuesday, Winesday.
When: every Thursday
Time: 7 pm (Bingo is 8 – 10 pm)
1109 South Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704
The only thing that is better than a happy hour is one where man’s best friend can join.
Patika Wine & Coffee is having a Yappy hour to benefit Austin Pets Alive today. Austin Pets Alive volunteers will be there with adoptable pups and proceeds from pint sales will benefit APA! A win, win if you ask me.
Today is going to be another fantastic day, perfect patio weather!
If you’re in the market to add to your family, check out our Pet of the Week’s that are looking for their forver homes!
When: today, March 25th
Time: 5 pm – 9 pm
Patika Wine & Coffee
2159 South Lamar Blvd.
For those that are looking for a St. Patrick’s Day party, Fado’s Irish Pub is your place.
They are host to Austin’s Largest St. Patrick’s Day Outdoor Festival -they close down 4th Street and set up a large tent area, beer garden . . it absolutely packed. The day is packed with live music, giveaways, beer, beer and more beer. It is an all around good time filled with fun.
Don’t forget to wear green. A holiday celebrating luck, good fortune, what’s not to love!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and may your luck keep on Dublin!
When: today, March 17th
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Fado Irish Pub
214 W. 4th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
If you’re looking to avoid the SXSW madness today, take a little trip out to Jester King Brewery!
Every weekend Jester King Brewery invites you to come out and take a tour of the brewery and sample some beers in their tasting room.
They have a unique setup, the tours take place in the tap house, outside there is massive farmhouse and bar area where you can buy wood fired pizza from Stanley’s Pizza that pairs perfectly with your beer. The combination of the great outdoor seating, pizza and beer creates an atmosphere where you can easily pass an entire afternoon.
Time: noon – 6 pm
13005 Fitzhugh Rd. Bldg. B
Austin, Texas 78736
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