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People who really love whiskey know all about Garrison Bros.—becuase it’s the only brand making a legit, real-deal, puritanical bourbon in Texas. At a distillery in the little town of Hye, a man named Dan Garrison has accomplished what many have tried and failed to do. For people who have long conversations in the corners of dark bars about the art of bourbon appreciation, Dan Garrison is a hero.

If you know one of these hardcore whiskey-lovers, or if you aspire to really know your stuff, you should buy tickets for the brand’s next Bourbon Excursion to beautiful Salado. Guests will get a couple of days filled with spectacular bourbon and bourbon cocktails (if you aren’t ready to drink it straight just yet). Garrison Bros. is partnering with vendors like Salado Winery and Barrow Brewery to make it a local affair.

Throughout the weekend there will be lots of amazing music, art, and food. And lots and lots of bourbon. Don’t forget the bourbon. Highlights include a cocktail reception on Friday with yard games like bocce ball, croquet, and washers and an amazing bourbon pairing dinner under the stars on Saturday. Click here to see the full menu. Sunday Brunch will be served in Alexander’s Distillery.

The event will raise money for research into Alzheimers and dementia—so it’s a great experience for a good cause. As Garrison likes to say, “Good bourbon can and will change the world!

When: Friday, October 26th – Sunday, October 28th

To join in the fun, click here to reserve your Saturday dinner tickets and here to book your room.

It’s a very special Championship Celebration for our own 2018 NBA G League Champions—the Austin Spurs! Come cheer on the Spurs as they play their first game of the season against the Texas Legends (Dallas Mavericks affiliate) at home in Cedar Park.

Opening night will be a big event, with the unveiling of the Championship Banner and a Championship Ring Ceremony. Plus, anyone who buys a ticket gets their very own commemorative 2018 Championship ring when they arrive at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Everyone wins!

Purchase your opening night tickets right here. And you can get single game tickets here.

When:  Saturday, November 3rd
 
Time: 7 p.m.

Location: 
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
2100 Ave of the Stars
Cedar Park, TX 78613

How are you getting to ACL this year? Have you thought about this yet? Well, no need to stress! There’s a way to drive down there without dealing with the hassle of parking. Back by popular demand—it’s car2go’s famous Drop Zone! This is a magical parking area exclusively for car2go members during both festival weekends.

If you don’t know by now, car2go is a free-floating carsharing service that lets you locate one of over 300 car2go Mercedes-Benz vehicles around the Austin core “Home Area” with the car2go app, unlock the vehicle straight from the app, then drop it off anywhere in the Home Area. The entire fleet of car2go vehicles in Austin are Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA models.

It is some of the closest free parking you can come by and the zone will be fully staffed so that cars are circulated and there is always room for incoming members to park. They’ll also have free coffee so you can get all energized and fest-ready. More on that below.

This year’s Drop Zone is at the brand new Carpenter Hotel at  400 Josephine St. 78704. The entrance is on Jesse St.

This will be the first time the hotel is open to the public, and car2go will be offering all members who use the Drop Zone vouchers for free coffee at the hotel coffee bar (up to $5 a person, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. while supplies last). From there it’s just a 10-minute walk right into ACL.

Download the car2go app and use the code 365CAR2GO for free registration and $10 in driving credit to get you started. Taxes and fees apply. See you at ACL, people!

 

If you live in Austin, chances are you like the word “local.” That’s because great things are happening right here. And now you can get the very best meat from Central Texas ranches delivered right to your door.

Rosso & Flynn was founded by two people who were asking themselves the same question: Why is it so hard to find meat worthy of the home kitchen? The store shelves are packed with items that say “natural” and “organic,” but that says very little about the animal’s quality of life.

The solution they found was supporting local businesses that are raising animals the right way.

The company, which launched in 2017, likes to think of itself as a modern butcher. They bring the values and expertise of an old-school butcher to today’s often crowded consumer experience. You can order poultry, pork, beef, and more online that is all sourced directly from ranches just a stone’s throw from Austin.

And you are really going to taste the difference—they share suppliers with some of the top farm-to-table restaurants in Austin. All animals are pasture-raised on real grass and are paid the utmost care. This means no antibiotics (unless the animal is sick), no arsenic, no hormones, no GMOs, no soy, and no “by-product feedstuffs.”

Select from their wide array of unique cuts and bundles and feed your family right. There are now two options for delivery—Thursday and Sunday. You can either stock your fridge for a weekend of entertaining and tailgating, or get a head start on weeknight dinners. All orders are a la cart; no subscription is needed! Great meals start with great ingredients, and Rosso & Flynn is determined to make it easy.

 

Tailgating season is officially upon us. It’s still hot as hades and the leaves aren’t turning orange, but the city is turning burnt orange, so that means it’s fall! And we’ve got big news to share: Favor, the Austin-born delivery service, has figured out a way for us to be fabulous day-drinking hosts without any of the stress. Whether we win at football or not, we are winning at life.

Score big this season with Favor’s free delivery of beer and wine from H-E-B! And there’s no membership fee required. They are doing this in more than 30 cities across Texas, including dear old ATX. Imagine all the use cases for this one—last-minute game watch at your house, impromptu happy hour, and any other time you need chardonnay fast.

You can choose from the best selection in Texas at the exact same everyday low prices you see in H-E-B stores. They have everything from Austin Eastciders and Victory Golden Monkey to Black Box Wine and La Crema. And the best of all, there is no minimum delivery required. If you just need one six pack delivered to your couch, why shouldn’t you have it? What a time to be alive!

You will need to show a valid photo ID when your order arrives, so be prepared for that, but that’s about as complicated as it gets. Click here to learn more about Favor and most importantly, to get the app! In addition to beer and wine, they have endless delivery options from all of your favorite spots—from Starbucks and Chick-fil-A to all the best tacos in the land.

This free delivery offer lasts until the end of the year, so plan the next few months accordingly. Favor keeps bringing the best things in life straight our door, and we keep loving them for it.

 

Live music, dozens of breweries, best buds, and barbecue. What more could a group of friends want?

Although Austin may seem like an unlikely contender for a bachelor party, The Live Music Capital of the World, has more to offer than meets the eye. More affordable than destinations like Las Vegas and brimming with bars, venues, and restaurants, Austin is the perfect place for groups to celebrate a last hurrah.

Enjoy the breweries, local barbeque and the company of your favorite people while traveling around the city. Plan a boys’ weekend out on the town with a swank hotel and a private bus for an easy and entertainment-filled bash.

 

Regardless of hotel location, Austin Charter Bus Company can accommodate bachelor groups of all sizes throughout their entire time in town. Austin Charter Bus Company has experience transporting groups across Texas for wedding events, field trips, corporate events, and more.

Traveling in a large group usually means having to call a fleet of Ubers or renting multiple vehicles with designated drivers. Why go through all that trouble? Charter buses come in various models to fit every size of bachelor group and include professional drivers. So you’ll have a built-in designated driver by your group’s side to enjoy the long night in Austin.

Book Luxe Lodging

Choose a hotel in the heart of Austin near bustling Sixth Street and central to all the downtown hotspots. The Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, JW Marriott Austin, and W Austin are a few hotels in the downtown area perfect for a large groups looking to experience the city to the fullest. These luxury hotels include premium amenities and are easy driving or even walking distance to top nightlife spots in downtown.

Pick Your Poison

Whether your group wants to visit a brewery or distillery, or even just hit bars and lounges, Austin has multiple spots in the downtown and surrounding areas.

Jester King Brewing is a local staple for good brews and a good time with friends. The brewery is located a half hour ride from the city and offers free tours on the weekends. Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden offers plenty of drinks, food, live music, and outdoor seating for large groups in the city’s hip Rainey Street area. Austin Beerworks, Blue Owl Brewing, and The ABGB are also great contenders for groups looking to enjoy a few craft beers. Bachelor groups in Treaty Oak Distillery and Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery are also top choices for groups who may want distillery tours and drinks with more of a bite.

Bachelor party groups looking for bars, lounges and music venues will find no shortage of options in Austin. If your group looking for “classic Austin nightlife”, look no further than the spots along Sixth Street (aka “Dirty Sixth”). Maggie Mae’s, Midnight Cowboy, Jackalope, and Easy Tiger are just a few of many spots to stop in the area. If you’re looking for bars with a more intimate feel and plenty of outdoor space, head over to Rainey Street for a good time at Craft Pride, Bungalow, Half Step, and more.

Grab Some Famous BBQ

It’s difficult to visit Austin without getting famous barbecue under your belt. Franklin BBQ is for patient groups willing to wait for some mouth-watering and top-rate brisket. It isn’t uncommon for customers to wait in line for hours, so don’t come too hungry. If your group isn’t feeling a long wait, check out La Barbecue or Stiles Switch BBQ.

Enjoy the Outdoors

Groups looking to explore the outdoors in Austin have the opportunity to hit the rivers around Austin. Fill up a cooler (no glass or styrofoam containers) and rent tubes to float and party along the San Marcos River, Guadalupe River, or Comal River. These river destinations range from around 30 to 60 miles from Austin. Renting a private charter bus through Austin Charter Bus Company gives groups the freedom to travel wherever they’d like in the area.

About Austin Charter Bus Company

Austin Charter Bus Company is part of a state-wide network focusing on providing quality and efficient rental buses to traveling groups. The company offers reliable transportation for all types of groups and tailors each rental to specific travel needs. Groups looking to travel beyond Texas may also explore national rental options. Rental representatives are available 24/7 at 512-215-4891 to assist anyone looking to book a charter bus or minibus for special occasions.

Dogs are family. For a lot of us, they’re more than family. The Huffington Post surveyed 1,000 dog owners, and 38% say they love their dog MORE than their spouse.

Austin is for dog lovers—we would do anything to make sure our pets are healthy and happy—but 1 out of 3 dogs still don’t get the amount of daily exercise and stimulation they need. We all want to be responsible pet owners, but, as everyone knows, sometimes that can be hard … we get caught in traffic, our managers add us to last-minute lunch meetings, and we get stuck late at the office. We’re doing our best but sometimes we fall short, and when that happens, our dogs end up spending more time alone at home than we know is best for them. But we’re here to tell you there’s an answer …

Get you a dog walker.

Dog walking services offer mid-day walks and potty breaks for our esteemed furry colleagues. Getting a dog walker is the responsible choice for people who have taken on the commitment to own a dog but who can’t always be around to take care of them.

If you’re thinking to yourself, “That’s me, but how do I find a dog walking service I can trust?” We’ve got you. We did the research and found the dog walking service that fits the bill.

Skipper is a local, on-demand dog walking company run by a trained team of pet care professionals. Unlike most other dog walking services, Skipper employs all of its staff. Skipper dog walkers are W2 employees, not contractors. Skipper walkers go through two full background checks and 10 hours of classroom and field training before they join the Skipper team. Skipper’s standards are high, and they accept less than 10% of applicants.

When you sign up for Skipper dog walking services, a trained Skipper team member will come by your home to do an in-home consultation where they ask for your home and pet information, including your pet’s personality type, meal instructions, and visit routine. (If you live in an apartment, they work directly with your leasing office to check out a key). After the consultation, Skipper activates your online account and you can start scheduling visits right away. Skipper has a local team in Austin that monitors all the Skipper dog walkers and visits, so you can rest easy knowing your pup will get personalized, quality service every time.

When your Skipper team member arrives, you’ll get a notification that they’re there. At the end of the visit, Skipper sends a visit summary report with a GPS-tracked map along with photos of your pet and a detailed summary of everything that happened at the visit (see below). With Skipper’s real-time updates and fully-trained team of pet care professionals, you’ll know exactly when we were there and what your pup (or cat!) did during their Skipper visit.

Skipper offers online payment doesn’t charge additional for extra pets or scheduling same-day service. You can customize each visit to fit your needs, all free of charge. Their visit rates are extremely affordable and you can also buy visits in bulk for extra cost savings – a 20 minute visit will run you $17.

With all of these good things, Skipper also just announced they’ve partnered with ZilkerBark! In celebration of ZilkerBark reaching 150K followers, ZilkerBark will be doing a giveaway of free dog photos and Insta features each week for the next couple of months for anyone who books a dog walk with Skipper. For a chance to have your dog featured on ZilkerBark, follow Skipper and ZilkerBark on Instagram and sign up for your free Skipper consultation using code “ZBWALKME”… you’ll get $40 in Skipper credit and the chance to have your dog walked and featured by ZilkerBark.

It’s no secret that Lake Travis Zipline Adventures is one of our favorite things to do in Austin. Through summer they’re having a special “kids fly free” program where any person 17 or under for free with a full price adult. The “kids fly free” program is on Monday through Thursdays.

It’s an adventure from the beginning, as there are five ziplines for you to tackle. The views are even more spectacular!  You reach speeds of up to 50 miles an hour. It’s such a rush! The guides are also friendly, knowledgeable and fun. They make the whole experience even better.

Phone: 512-614-1996

Location:
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
14529 Pocohontas Trail
Volente, Texas

http://www.ziplaketravis.com/

Austinites don’t just love our pets—we live for them! And we want to give them the very best. Humans in this town are all about the juice cleanses, nature walks, and organic food, so it’s only right that our animals get in on the action, too.

Kriser’s Natural Pet, otherwise known as “the Whole Foods for pets,” has just opened a brand-spanking new South Lamar location and they are having a party to celebrate! They’ll have free nail trims, raffles, and more. They’ll also be giving away fun-filled gift bags with poop bag holders, can lids, and a bunch of samples from their vendors.

Kriser’s opened its first storefront in Chicago in 2006 and has since spread to 47 locations throughout the country. Their natural pet foods are free of corn, wheat, soy, and by-products and their grooming products are gentle and non-irritating. You can shop knowing that they stand behind the treats, supplements, and pet supplies they feature and feel good about recommending each brand.

“The Austin pet community is thriving and we’re thrilled to continue our mission of helping pets live happier, healthier lives, naturally, with this second location,” said Brad Kriser, founder and CEO. “We’re excited to help even more pet parents care for their pets with education, outstanding products, and grooming.”

Whether your beloved furry friends need toys, food, supplements or anything else under the sun—you’ll find a huge selection here. Come meet the animal lovers at Kriser’s at the location and share that healthy, happy Austin lifestyle with your best pal.

When: Saturday, August 18th

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location:
2330 South Lamar Blvd
Austin, Texas

It’s time again for that festival that combines three of our greatest passions—slow smoked meat and vino—along with amazing live music into a giant Texas Party.

Come out to Spicewood Vineyards for the BBQ & Wine Festival. Watch the recap video of last year’s epic experience here to get a good idea of what you are in for. This year none other than The Cory Morrow Band will be headlining a lineup that also includes Django Walker, Drew Womack, and Barnhill!

Get your advance tickets now for just $59, which get you unlimited BBQ from the greats below and free wine tastings to wet your whistle from 4-6 p.m. (or until the wineries run out!).

The event will most definitely sell out, so don’t think about it too long. You can buy your tickets right here

BBQ Vendors include:

  • Salt Lick BBQ
  • Opie’s BBQ
  • Lambert’s
  • Kreuz Market BBQ
  • Schmidt Family Barbecue
  • It’s All Good
  • And more!

Bring your chairs and blankets to the festival, but outside food and drink will not be allowed in.

When: Saturday, July 21st

Time: 4-10 p.m.

Location:
Spicewood Vineyards
1419 Co Rd 409
Spicewood, TX 78669