Bars / Happy Hour Archives - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX
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.

May the Fourth be with you! Happy Star Wars Day!

Star Bar is making sure you celebrate like a Jedi today. Star Wars films will be playing on both the inside and outside TVs, tap specials will include: Ballast Point Sculpin IPA’s, Avery, and Deschutes; and they’ll even have limited-edition T-shirts!

When: Today, May 4th

Time: 5 p.m.

Location:
Star Bar
600 West 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701

https://www.facebook.com/starbaraustin/?fref=ts

A few weeks ago, after I kept hearing great things about their rooftop patio, I went to Backbeat on South Lamar for the first time. I knew I’d be a fan of this place the second I saw the stunning downtown views, but then I tried the cocktails and food and became a devotee.

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This is one of those rare places that has everything going for it. It’s not rowdy but it has a lively, fun atmosphere. Today they’re kicking off Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. and you know I’ll be there. There are three themed nights every week and each one sounds better than the last:

Tuesday: Sherry Social
$3 Glasses of Sherry
1/2 Priced Oysters (while they last!)
$1 off Seasoned Olives & Nuts
$6 Sherry Cobbler on Tap, Sherry Negroni, $6 Vermouth & Sodas  and rotating select on-tap spritz cocktail
Wednesday: Boilermakers & Ballermakers
 Four “Beer & Spirits” pairings that will change with product availability
2 “Boilermaker” pairings $6-10 each
2 “Ballermaker” pairings $12-15 each
$1 off all canned beers
$2 off Paté Melt or Beet Salad
$6 Whiskey Cocktail on Tap and rotating select tap spritz/soda drinks
Thursday: Wine’d Up for the Weekend
$2 off wines by the glass and 20% of bottles
$2 off Charcuterie/Cheese Boards
$6 Pisco & Seasonal Spritz cocktail on tap
They also have two fun events coming if you need plans for either Cinco de Mayo or Mother’s Day.

Location:
Backbeat
1300 South Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78704

http://www.backbeat-atx.com
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Just west of downtown Austin lies Clarksville, one of the most unique neighborhoods in the entire state of Texas. The area’s rich history began in 1871, when Charles Clark settled here after being freed from slavery. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Now almost frozen in time, Clarksville harkens back to the days of an older Austin, filled with historic homes, quirky restaurants, and mom-and-pop shopping. If you’re looking for the quintessential Austin experience, spend a day exploring this truly walkable neighborhood.

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Start your day at Sweetish Hill Bakery, an Austin institution since 1975. Grab a Texas Coffee Traders espresso to enjoy with a cinnamon roll or a schnecken, a traditional German sticky bun. Then take a fresh-baked baguette and a chocolate croissant (or two) to go.

One of Austin’s oldest gallery spaces Artworks, features original paintings, sculptures, glassworks, and more. Head over to the 5,000-square-foot space to take it all in.

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Next, stop at Nau’s Enfield Drug, a no-frills soda pop shop that will transport you all the way back to the days when you could grab a flat-top cheeseburger and a chocolate malt in the back of a pharmacy. The prices are a bit higher than they were in 1951, when Nau’s opened, but not by that much.

Walk down to 6th and Lamar to Waterloo Records, open since 1982, when vinyl was still king. This megastore still carries new and special release vinyl records, used classic albums, and a large variety of films, books, shirts, and even toys and trinkets. Whoever said that the record store was dead surely hasn’t been here.

End your day at Jeffrey’s, opened in 1975 and revamped in 2013. It’s been named one of the top 10 Best New Restaurants in America by Bon Appétit magazine. Get there early and sit at the bar for some crispy fried oysters and a Hokkaido Highball, a Japanese twist on the classic cocktail. Stay for dinner, and try one of four cuts of Wagyu beef topped with one of eight different classic toppings, including the ultra-decadent foie gras butter—an amazing way to cap of the day.

Here is one of our favorite Real Estate listings in the neighborhood.

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For more information on Austin real estate contact Greg Walling of Moreland Properties

 

 

The new standard for happy hour is Central Standard. Yesterday we flirted with a 90-degree temps and it made me want to enjoy Austin’s patios before the blazing summer heat rolls in. Central Standard has recently become my go-to happy hour spot for a few reasons. One, it’s seven days a week. Two, insider secret: South Congress Hotel offers free valet parking. So there’s no more worrying about where to park.

Here are the details on my new favorite happy hour, available at the bar and on the patio:

  • $1 off oysters
  • $2 off beer and wine
  • Half off bubbles by the glass

Time: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Location:
Central Standard
1603 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704

Central Standard Kitchen & Bar

Deep Eddy began as a simple swimming hole in the Colorado River, but has evolved into one of the most important landmarks in Austin. The concrete pool we know today was built in 1915 when A.J. Eilers bought the land surrounding what is now known as Deep Eddy. It became a swim resort in the 1920s, and was bought by the city of Austin in 1935, becoming a public swimming pool the next year. Spend a day at the pool and in the surrounding neighborhood and you’ll see why this area is one of Austin’s oldest treasures.

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Start your day across the street from the pool with breakfast at Magnolia on Lake Austin Boulevard. Get a big plate of the Love Migas—essentially your normal, everyday migas, except smothered in creamy queso. Since you’ll want to wait the requisite 30 minutes before your swim, order another cup of coffee before heading down to the pool.

Change in the historic bathhouses, built during the Great Depression and reconstructed after a mudslide in 1935. Here you’ll start to get a sense of the iconic Austin atmosphere of Deep Eddy, which is the oldest swimming pool in the state of Texas.

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Walk on down to the pool. If you have kids in tow, you’ll want to park your blankets over on the right side, where the kiddie pool is easily accessible. If you want to take a dip in the deep end, head left. Here’s where you’ll find college kids sunbathing and old Austin hippies playing acoustic guitars. If aquatic exercise is your thing, the swim lanes at Deep Eddy are immensely popular. Show up early enough to get in a couple laps before the line forms.

Once you’re ready to head out, take a quick detour at the top of the steps for a snack at Jim-Jims. Grab a soft pretzel, or if it’s hot out (it’s always hot out) try a cherry water ice to cool down. You’ll be so glad you did.

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Finally, no trip to Deep Eddy is complete without a stop at the adjacent watering hole named for the pool: Deep Eddy Cabaret. Until recently it was a cash-only, beer-only joint, but new ownership has brought the bar into the 21st century, adding payment by plastic and booze, while retaining its idiosyncratic classic Austin charm. Cap off your day with an ice cold Lone Star, or perhaps a Deep Eddy vodka cocktail, as you flip through the old jukebox still filled with country classics from Waylon, Willie, and Merle—God rest his soul.

Here is one of our favorite Real Estate listings in the neighborhood.

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For more information on Downtown Austin real estate contact Greg Walling of Moreland Properties

 

The Infinite Monkey Theorem is an Urban Winery right here in Central Austin. And they have wine slushies! (They had me a “wine slushy” but I’ll continue …) There has never been so many options for random fun on a Tuesday night in one place. Yoga, trivia, and something called Tinder Tuesdays are all happening tonight! Here’s the rundown for each activity. Cheers to wine slushies and exciting Tuesday nights!

Yoga & Wine with Courtney (6:30 – 7:30 p.m.)

  • It’s where serenity (yoga) and serenity (wine) come together. Bring your mat, water, and an intention for a 1-hour yoga session with a free glass of wine after class. Peace out little Buddhas! $15.

Trivia with Cat the Mad Catter (7:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

  • The one, the only, Cat the Mad Catter will wreck your brain in a fierce competition of the wizziest trivia wizzards. 38% off of Pear Cider Cans. Six person max teams. Each winner receives a free glass of wine!

Tinder Tuesdays (ALL night)

  • Tinder Tuesdays means love is in the air! Bring your match to the winery and get a free glass of Texas Rosé from the tap. Must show your kindly bartender your match on your phone.

Location:
The Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery
121 Pickle Rd #110
Austin, TX 78704

http://austin.theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com

Image via. https://www.instagram.com/camkisel/

 

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Please consider using Lyft for a safe ride home. Good news: Lyft, the app that gets you rides in minutes, is the official ridesharing partner of 365 Things Austin. Even better news: You get $20 off your first ride.

Here’s how it works:
1. Download the Lyft app
2. Request a ride & go

Austin is famous for a lot of things. Live music, world-class barbecue, and hippies notwithstanding, the city is now a brewery mecca. In the past five years, the craft beer industry has boomed in the Capital City, thanks to a dozen or so very dedicated brewers cropping up in the area. None of them are run-of-the-mill taprooms, and all are worth visiting (because, at the very least … beer). Here are four of our local favorites:

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“East on Sixth Street,” reads the Hops & Grain website, “when it ends you’re there.” Sample some of the award-winning drafts from this sustainable brewery, which is thankfully open seven days a week. Constantly evolving, beers like the Green House IPA are made with different hops every month, so you’re not always drinking the same beer. The taproom is humans-only, but the patio outside is a perfect place for a pint with your pup, and make sure to grab a bag of Brew Biscuits to go, made from malted grains left over from the brewing process. Take the tour, where you might get to try something before it’s released.

Try this beer: The One They Call Zoe, an American pale lager

Hours: Mon – Sun: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Tours start at 5 p.m. Tuesdays – Fridays and 1, 3, and 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

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Taco Polos, now available in the 365 store.

For a truly unique brewery experience, check out the other taproom on East Sixth, Zilker Brewing Co. Every aspect of the brewing process is on display for visitors at Zilker, as they sit at a custom, handcrafted bar in the center of the room. One of the newer spots in Austin, Zilker is fast becoming an East Side hotspot.

Try this beer: Coffee Milk Stout, a coffee milk stout

Hours: Wed – Thu: 4 – 10 p.m.; Fri: 2 p.m – 12 a.m.; Sat: noon – 12 a.m.; Sun: noon – 8 p.m.

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The canned beer revolution in Austin all began at Austin Beerworks. These days it seems like every local beer only comes in cans, but when those curious white, blue, brown, and green cans starting cropping up all over Central Texas in 2011, it was a novel idea. Take a trip to the tap room, where you can sample the beers known as ABW’s core four, though we recommend tasting something from their “exclusives” list, which is where the brewery gets really experimental. Right now, ABW is pouring an IPA made with blood oranges, for example. There’s also a rotating schedule of offerings from some of Austin’s tastiest food trucks, like Evil Weiner and Texas Chili Queens.

Try this beer: Heavy Machinery, a double IPA

Hours: Thu: 5 – 9 p.m.; Fri: 5 – 11 p.m.; Sat – Sun: 1 – 7 p.m.

If you’re willing to go for a bit of a drive, it’s imperative you make it out to Jester King Brewery, a farmhouse brewery on a huge plot that is family (and dog!) friendly. Featuring some truly amazing sour beers, farmhouse ales, and imperial stouts, Jester King is a different experience than the others on this list, but no less important. Also of note: You can purchase to-go bottles of Jester King’s own suds, or from a remarkable list of beers that the brewery distributes. As a bonus, Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza is located on the property, featuring delicious pizza and pints of some of the best non-Jester King beers available in Texas, like Lone Pint’s incomparable Yellow Rose IPA.

Try this beer: Atrial Rubicite, a barrel-aged sour

Hours: Fri: 4 – 10 p.m.; Sat: noon – 10 p.m; Sun: noon – 9 p.m.

Tours start at 6 p.m. Fridays and 1, 3, and 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

 

 

 

Rainey Street is a formerly residential neighborhood that has transformed over the last decade into a hotspot for happy hours, late-night drinks, brunch, and dinner. In fact, you can spend an entire Sunday on Rainey Street and only hit a few of the many great spots in the area.

There are several ways to map out a good Sunday Funday on Rainey, but it’s always a safe bet to start at Banger’s for brunch. Wash down biscuits and gravy with one of dozens of local craft brews, from Austin favorites like Austin Beerworks, Live Oak, and Hops & Grain. The bar is also famous for its homemade sausages, best enjoyed at one the outdoor picnic tables.

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Banger’s Sausage House (photo by Jason Neff)

Step it up at Blackheart, Rainey’s top cocktail bar, for a few (or more) sips from its massive whiskey list. You’ll find rarities like Black Maple Hill and the entire suite of Pappy Van Winkle bourbons and rye, each of which is better than the next. Kick back inside, where the bar’s interior will make you feel right at home—at your quirky aunt’s upstate cabin.

Next, head over to Craft Pride for some late-afternoon live music. The bar, opened in 2010, is unique in that every beer on its massive tap-wall is both a craft brew and made in Texas. Sip a few pints of Big Bend Hefeweizen and sway in the breeze to the tunes outside. Before you leave, grab a couple of craft beers to-go from the Bottle Shoppe.

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G’raj Mahal (photo by Jason Neff)

Now you’ll need some more food to chase that bourbon and beer, so why not head to G’Raj Mahal? One of Rainey’s first spots, G’Raj Mahal opened in 2009 as an Indian food trailer in—what else—a garage, transforming into a brick-and-mortar eatery a little more than four years later. Now serving beer and wine, the spot is a laid-back, delicious restaurant and lounge, where you can end your Sunday with samosas, chicken tikka masala, and a glass of malbec before it’s back to the grind in the morning.

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View from condo available in the Rainey Street neighborhood

For more information on Downtown Austin real estate contact Greg Walling of Moreland Properties

Cover photo by Jason Neff for 365 Things Austin

Are you frantically looking for activities to help you avoid downtown for the next nine days? Take shelter at Austin Beerworks. They have a deal that you can’t pass up. For ten bucks you get a pint glass and three refills—and there’s a taproom full of beers to choose from. You’re guaranteed to have a good time, and it will be a much more chill atmosphere.

If you do end up downtown, look for the officially unofficial beer of March 11-20 at select downtown bars. I’d say they nailed this one.

ABW FESTBIER

When:
THU: 5 – 9 p.m.
FRI:  5 – 11 p.m.
SAT: 1 – 7 p.m.
SUN: 1 – 7 p.m.

Location:
Austin Beerworks
3009 Industrial Terrace Suite 150
Austin, Texas

https://www.facebook.com/AustinBeerworks/?fref=ts

The Knotty Deck & Bar and 365 Things Austin are proud to present an interactive barrel-aged cocktail event on Thursday, March 3rd at 6pm.

As guests arrive they will be treated to a bartender created cocktail focused on rye whiskey.

The next stage of the event will allow guests to sample barrel aged spirits to highlight how flavors change due to the aging process. The head bartender will also give a brief overview into the approach and rationale for barrel aging.

Guests will then move into the interactive portion of the event. The team at the Knotty Deck will present guests with the ingredients to craft their own delicious concoctions. The Knotty Deck & Bar staff will also give a brief overview of some basic bar techniques to make the process fun for everyone involved!

Your ticket includes:

– One Bartender Cocktail

– One Create-Your-Own Cocktail

– Barrel Aged Spirit Tasting

– Small Bites prepared by Executive Chef Chris DeGweck

WHEN
Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM  

WHERE
Knotty Deck & Bar at The Renaissance Austin Hotel
9721 Arboretum Boulevard
Austin, TX 78759

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