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.

Tacky sweaters and photos with Santa? Sign me up. Banger’s is throwing it down tonight with Austin Beerworks for a one of kind ugly sweater party!  They’ll have photo ops with Santa and his helpers along with other fun.

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They’ll have special pairings. No matter what you order I’d suggest starting with the cheese fries!

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Bonus points if you dress your dog up in an ugly sweater and bring them along!

When: today, December 17th

Location:
Banger’s
79 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701

https://www.facebook.com/bangersaustin

It’s that time of year where there seems to be a never-ending string of holiday parties to attend.

Tonight, the Mohawk is throwing a shin dig that you don’t want to miss. They’ll have a Christmas photo booth, Prizes, Giveaways, Hot Toddies and more tricks up their sleeve.

Bring a toy as they’re collecting Toys for Tots.

You’re sure to leave brimming with holiday cheer!

When: today, December 10th

Time: 8 pm

Location:
Mohawk Austin
912 Red River
Austin, Texas 78701

http://mohawkaustin.com/event/4th-annual-mohawk-holiday-ho-down

I officially feel old, icenhauer’s which was the third bar to set up on Rainey Street is turning four. I’m suddenly having memories of the time when Rainey was a sleepy little street with just a few spots, oh my how the times have changed.

Tonight for their 4th Anniversary they’re doing it up right. Zoodust, a 90’s cover band will be jamming out some of your favorites turned, they’ll have No Va serving up food, drink specials on Deep Eddy and Miller64.  Get there early because rumors are they’ll have free Deep Eddy.

It’ll be a great night of anniversary shenanigans, come hang out!

Live Music 8pm – 10 pm
DJ Gatsby 10pm – 2 am

When: today, September 25th

Location:
icenhauer’s
83 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701

https://www.facebook.com/events/576877899101731/

It seems like just yesterday I wandered into Lustre Pearl for the first time. It was the only bar in the neighborhood at that point, and offered an escape from downtown that was as equally refreshing as their cheap beer served in complimentary coozies.

The street has evolved tremendously since then, and while I loved it as a secret hideout from the rest of Austin, the growth has introduced a diverse offering of both food and drink.

We started the concept of this post as a ‘complete guide to Rainey Street,’ but then thought it might be more rewarding to create a scavenger hunt-style checklist of unique things to do at each of our favorite bars/restaurants on the block.

While we advise against trying to conquer all of these in one day; if you complete the checklist, post pictures (or it didn’t happen) to Instagram with the hashtag #365RaineyStreetChallenge and tag us @365ThingsAustin — we’ll send you a free copy of 100 Things To Do In Austin Before You Die, and give you a shoutout for your accomplishments.

Enjoy!

1. Bangers- Go for brunch on a Sunday and order the Manmosa- a full bottle of champagne in a giant mug with a splash of OJ or Cranberry Juice.
Banger's Manmosa
2. Craft Pride – Ask one of the incredibly knowledgeable bartenders what current craft beer offering would pair best with a pepperoni pizza, then walk out back and order The Detroiter from local pizza heroes VIA 313.
Photo courtesy of www.Austin.CityVoter.com

Photo courtesy of www.Austin.CityVoter.com

  1.  Bar 96 - Make a sports bet with a friend then watch the game here. Simply watching any UT Football game also qualifies.
  1.  Half Step - The other drinks on the menu will look amazing, but ask for the Bartender’s Choice. He or she will take a moment to discuss your likes and dislikes, then create something from scratch, right before your very eyes. Bonus points if you come up with a witty new name for your concoction.
  1.  Bungalow - Take a photo in front of the (slightly less famous than its Congress relative) “I hate you so much” wall.
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6. Clive – One of the Rainey originals, Clive still has one of the most beautiful bar interiors on the street. Order an Old Fashioned or a glass of wine; take it out to the patio- rinse and repeat.

7. Icenhauer’s – The titles on their drink menu are all girl’s names. If your name is listed, order that. If it isn’t, cover up the side of the menu that lists ingredients, and order the name that speaks to you the most.

Bonus: There’s also a delicious off-menu cocktail named The Ashley. It consists of Hatch Chile Infused Espolon Silver Tequila, Mango, Red Pepper Simple Syrup and Fresh Lime Juice. When in doubt, order this.

Icenhauer's Drinks

8. The Blackheart – Blackheart was recently named one of the top 20 bourbon/whiskey bars in the country. Ask the bartender for a recommendation and enjoy the free live music that starts at 9pm every night of the week.

9. Lucille – Come here thirsty, then ‘like’ Lucille on Facebook for 20% off your total tab (weekdays only).

Lucille Austin
10. Geraldine The Rainey Street Guinea Fowl – Snap a photo of Geraldine, one of Rainey Street‘s most famous residents. She’s usually roaming around near the south end of Rainey. Please be respectful though, her once quaint neighborhood has been turned into 6th street‘s aggressive little brother.
Photo courtesy of Geraldine's Facebook Page

Photo courtesy of Geraldine’s Facebook Page

Have an idea that you think should be on this list? Jot it down in the comments section below.

Over the last week I’ve been inundated with questions about where to watch the World Cup, and Haymaker on Manor Road has been having quite the gatherings for fans.

If you’re looking for an atmosphere with a bunch of other soccer junkies, this is the place for you.

To plan your week accordingly, the USA plays Germany on Thursday at 11 am.

Location:
Haymaker
2310 Manor Road
Austin, Texas 78722

http://www.haymakeraustin.com

It seems that every day is a ‘National Day’ of something, and ‘Beer Day’ is one that most people can probably get behind. Luckily Austin has plenty of beer drinking establishments. Here are places with great beer selections so you can grab a cold one and celebrate accordingly.

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Craft Pride

Easy Tiger

The Draught House

The Ginger Man

Whip In

Banger’s

Bottoms Up!

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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.

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They’ll have $1 Austin Beerworks Cans, a Ping-Pong tournament where you can win tickets and a meet and greet with Arcade Fire.

Windmill Bicycles will have a pop up shot and there will be screen-printing by Fine Southern Gentleman.

When: today, April 6th

Time: 2 pm – 6 pm

Location:
Easy Tiger
709 E. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

https://www.facebook.com/events/259489694233513/

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You know what sounds good today? A crawfish boil and some March Madness.

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Black Sheep Lodge is having their 4th Annual Crawfish Boil starting today at 2:00. Head out for crawfish and hang out for the March Madness games this evening.

Admission: $7 per scoop (a little over a pound)

When: today, April 5th

Time: 2 pm

Location:
Black Sheep Lodge
2108 South Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Sheep-Lodge/111497938890347

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It’s time for Lustre Pearl’s last hurrah. The bar that put Rainey Street on the map is having its last crawfish boil and serving its last beer today.

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As part of more growing pains for the city, this Rainey Street staple will shut its doors to make room for the condo high-rise, Millennium Rainey. Lustre Pearl, I will miss your backyard-like bar and playing ping pong and hula hooping for hours.

Luckily, they’re going out with a bang. Come out for the ultimate Sunday Funday of crawfish and goodbyes. You can party all day/night until they shut their doors for good at 2 am.

When: Today, March 30

Time: Noon -  2am

Location:
Lustre Pearl
97 Rainey Street
Austin, Texas 78701

https://www.facebook.com/events/683318198378834/

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I decided to take a rare break from ‘Trailer Tuesday’ today as many food trucks around town are taking some time off post SXSW. We will resume ‘Trailer Tuesday’ next week.

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I’ll still leave you with somewhere new to eat and drink! Last week I needed a break from the downtown excitement and found myself a few miles south at a new place on South First Street, Porter Ale House.

I love the rustic atmosphere, outdoor patio, and the cocktail and food menus. I started with the French 04, (a play on a French 75, but with Porter’s trendy zip code as a suffix) I’d definitely order again. They also make a solid Cinco Mule (their take on a Moscow Mule), served in a copper cup to keep it ice cold. If I hadn’t been there midweek on my SXSW binge, I would have also tried to Banana Nut Old Fashioned, but I guess that’s just an excuse to go back.

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While there, I also tried the Porter Burger. As someone who’s easily tasted burgers from over a hundred restaurants in Austin, I can confidently tell you that this one is excellent. Obviously no burger is complete without a side of solid fries, and these ones complimented the burger perfectly.

This will definitely become a go-to spot for South Austinites looking to avoid the downtown scene. The prices are on the higher end for an ‘ale house,’ so don’t expect to pay bar-food prices, but expect higher quality ingredients as well.

Also, parking is not an issue, and that’s becoming more and more of a rarity in Austin.

Location:
3715 South 1st Street
Austin, Texas 78704

http://porteraustin.com

Photo Credit to my wonderful and always supportive friends Nathan & Elizabeth Archer.

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