If you win this prize—and we are crossing our fingers for you—then the pressure is off for New Year’s Eve. You’ll have the best plans out of everyone you know! The Fairmont Austin is giving away a package that includes a one-night stay in a Parkview Jr suite, complimentary valet parking, and two tickets to the Fire & Ice party at Rules & Regs!
Heat up your New Year’s Eve, then cool down your New Year’s Day. The fire themed party on Dec. 31 will feature specialty drinks, a champagne toast, live cigar rollers, and more. And the Ice themed party on Jan. 1 will feature a polar plunge, ice bars, ice luges, and more. This is the way you want to start 2019!
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We’re all looking high and low for the ultimate holiday gift—something they would never expect in a million years. Well, here’s a really hot tip: Garrison Brothers’ Single Barrel Program.
People who really love whiskey know all about Garrison Bros.—because 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 people, give them an experience they will truly never forget. The distillery offers a program where individuals or groups can come out to Hye and hang out with Master Distiller, Dennis Todd. On this dreamy day, they will drill holes in barrels that have been aging for years and get a taste of the good stuff! Participants can pick a barrel with a meaningful date or just one they are particularly vibing with.
Once they’ve chosen the barrel they like best, they can choose the proof/alcohol content they desire, help cut the whiskey, and bottle it up themselves. It’s a fully immersive, one-of-a-kind, bucket-list sort of thing—and bottles will be custom labeled with whatever they want it to read
There is seriously nothing quite like this present. And it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Your house will be stocked … like forever. For more info, and to order a single barrel, click right here.
True to form of every weekend here, there’s something for everyone this New Year’s Eve in Austin. Want to party like it’s 1999? We’ve got that. Live music from a locally-based, nationally-acclaimed band more your speed? We’ve got you covered!
Here are our top picks for the best New Year’s Eve parties in Austin:
Experience Austin will have VIP stretch limos and party busses, a private open bar mixer, and performances from Torin, Victor Cyrus, King Paida, and DJ Hubbard, this event is sure to be one hell of a time!
DATE AND TIME Monday Dec 31, 2018, 7:00 p.m. – Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 3:00 a.m. LOCATION NYE Industry Mixer 801 N Commons Ford Road West Westlake Hills, Austin, Texas 78733 TICKETS: CLICK HERE
VIP Seated Tables are available for purchase, which include admission for your group, Champagne, bottles of spirits w/mixers, lite bites, and a Champagne toast at midnight, as well as upgraded party favors.
GA ticket holders will get to enjoy hors d’ oeuvres, a Champagne toast at midnight, access to the cash bar, and party favors.
DATE AND TIME Monday Dec 31, 2018, 8:30 p.m. – Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m. LOCATION Moonfire Lounge 310 Colorado Street Unit B Austin, TX 78701 TICKETS: CLICK HERE
Willie and family will be at the The Moody Theater from December 29th-31st to kick off the new year. The NYE festivities will be hosted by Andy Langer and will feature a mix of festive elements as you countdown to 2019.
DATE AND TIME Monday Dec 31, 2018, 8:30 p.m. – Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m. LOCATION The Moody Theater 310 W Willie Nelson Blvd #1B, Austin, TX 78701 TICKETS: CLICK HERE
Take a trip back to the roaring twenties, where Flapper and Zoot suits are encouraged at this awesome Gatsby themed NYE party! This event has a little something for everyone with two dance floors, a five hour prepaid bar, and a Casino Night with Craps, Roulette, and Blackjack where you can win up to $250 in VIP gift certificates.
DATE AND TIME Monday Dec 31, 2018, 9:00 p.m. – Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m. LOCATION Omni Austin Hotel Downtown 700 San Jacinto Boulevard Austin, TX 78701 TICKETS: CLICK HERE
This will be a free family friendly New Years Eve event, hosted by the City of Austin and will run from 3-11 pm. The festival features two music stages, 15 local and regional bands, food trucks, kids activities, and multiple art installations.
DATE AND TIME Monday December 31, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. LOCATION Mohawk 912 Red River Street Austin, TX 78701 MORE INFORMATION: CLICK HERE
Ticket purchase includes an open bar, PIZZA, and music from Thank You For Sweating. The event will be sponsored by, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Playa Real Tequila, Red Bull, Nine Banded Whiskey, and others.
DATE AND TIME Monday Dec 31, 2018, 9:00 p.m. –Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m. LOCATION Fair Market 1100 East 5th Street Austin, TX 78702 TICKETS: CLICK HERE
Looking to avoid the madness of the typical NYE party? Start your celebrating early and tour the city on this double decker boat on Lady Bird Lake.
The cruise begins at 11am, and tickets include an open bar, retro-themed music, a three-course buffet, champagne toast at noon, and a photo booth. There will also be a costume contest and a post cruise party at a local bar. The cruise is two hours, at $55 per person.
DATE AND TIME Mondy Dec 31, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. LOCATION Lone Star Riverboat 208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704 TICKETS: CLICK HERE
Enjoy breathtaking views of downtown and Lady Bird Lake, and take in the fireworks from the very front row. GA Tickets include a limited open bar (full bar available for purchase), appetizers from Irene’s, 24 Diner, and Italic, a midnight toast, photo booth, raffle contest and special performances from Walker Lukens and DJ Fjord.
VIP includes access to a full open bar, VIP area, a private bar, and a bottle of sparkling wine at midnight. GA Tickets are available for $150 per person, VIP $400.
DATE AND TIME Monday Dec 31, 2018, 9:00 p.m. – Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 1:00 a.m. LOCATION Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library 710 West Cesar Chavez Street Austin, TX 78701 TICKETS: CLICK HERE
Tickets include access to TWO parties, the ‘Fire Party’ starts at 9:30 p.m. on Monday (New Year’s Eve) followed by the ‘Ice Party’ on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m.
The Fire Party will feature specialty drinks, cigar rollers, music by James Spear, and a special toast at midnight. The Ice Party party will include a complementary glass of Moët & Chandon, access to ice bars, luges and snacks, along with live DJ performances. Tickets are $30 per person, bottle service will be available at the New Year’s Eve Fire Party.
DATE AND TIME
Monday Dec 31, 2018, 9:30 p.m. – Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 2:00 p.m. LOCATION Fairmont Austin
101 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701 TICKETS: CLICK HERE
The party will be hosted by Rhonda Jewels and Party Babe. The event is open to the public and includes various drink specials, a countdown into 2019, a special toast at midnight, and music from local DJ’s.
DATE AND TIME
Monday Dec 31, 2018, 10:00 p.m. – Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 2:00 p.m. LOCATION Irene’s
506 West Ave,
Austin, Texas 78701 MORE INFORMATION: CLICK HERE
This concert will be held at The Paramount Theater, and is hosted by Austin’s beloved Bob Schneider. Guests will enjoy a concert/party combination, with a campaign toast at midnight, along with a mix of other surprises throughout the night.
DATE AND TIME
Monday Dec 31, 2018, Doors at 8:00 p.m. LOCATION The Paramount Theater 713 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 TICKETS: CLICK HERE
The party at The Belmont will include special dance performances, several dance floors featuring three different DJ’s and genres of music, a photo booth, silent disco, balloon drop, and a complementary champagne toast at midnight.
VIP ticketing options include VIP Rooftop access, hors-d’oeuvres, and complimentary sponsored beverages.
DATE AND TIME
Monday Dec 31, 2018, 8:00 p.m. – Tue, Jan 1, 2019, 2:00 p.m. LOCATION 305 W 6th St.
305 West 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701 TICKETS: CLICK HERE
Help cure that New Year’s Day hangover with this Tuesday brunch hosted at Irene’s. The brunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on new years day and will include Irene’s full brunch menu, along with mimosa and bloody mary specials.
DATE AND TIME Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. LOCATION Irene’s
506 West Ave,
Austin, Texas 78701
MORE INFORMATION: CLICK HERE
Uchi will be offering a special twelve-course menu for New Year’s, which will include bites like bay scallops with dashi lavash and bruleed grapefruit, mussel tortellini, king crab with brown butter, and turmeric congee. The special starts at $195 for two.
DATE Monday, Dec 31, 2019 LOCATION Uchi Austin
801 S Lamar Blvd,
Austin, TX 78704
RESERVATIONS: CLICK HERE
Join Uchiko for a nine course meal, that includes oysters with kasu sorbet and golden trout roe, scallop with sweet potato and persimmon, wagyu ribeye with black truffle, and other delicious bites. The special starts at $185 for two.
DATE Monday, Dec 31, 2019 LOCATION Uchiko Austin
4200 N Lamar Blvd,
Austin, TX 78756
RESERVATIONS: CLICK HERE
Be safe y’all, and welcome to another year in the greatest city on earth!
Handy for both the native-born and the wannabe—this manual charts a blueprint for how to live like a true Texan. Learn the lingo and how to take a proper bluebonnet photo, how to get big hair, and the best way to make a Frito Pie. You’ll also have a bucket list of all the places Texans should visit in their lifetimes.
Get glowing with Olive + M! The local skincare line is women-owned, all-natural, cruelty-free, and vegan. Featuring oils, serums, and scrubs that leave your skin nourished and glowing from head to toe.
Give a solid pick-me-up to your favorite espresso expert. The coffee of the month club curates the world’s best single-origin beans from micro-lots around the world. Each 12-oz bag is roasted fresh and delivered to your door monthly, along with flavor notes, brewing tips, and info about the global coffees received.
A mega chill-pill for the stressed out friend. Lake Austin Spa offers luxury spa experiences and a peaceful sanctuary for ultimate rest and renewal in a picturesque Hill Country setting. Their heavenly treatments offer a wide range of massages, facials, body wraps, and more.
For your boo or forever-bachelor friend. Up your dude’s home swagger with a ‘mandle’ from James Thomas Candle Co. Scents like Firewood, Cowboy, Gentlemen, and Hombre are made with 100% premium soy wax for an all natural, eco-friendly, clean burn.
Any home chef will adore the oils from Texas Olive Ranch. The olive oils are pressed with 100% Texas grown olives, along with Texas-sized flavor. The local company offers the freshest olive oils in the state, and fun flavors like Spicy Chipotle Rattlesnake Oil and Hill Country Herb Oil.
In a world full of over stimulation, why not give the gift of nothing! Float effortlessly in 1,200 pounds of dissolved epsom salt while light, sound, and temperature fade away, giving your nervous system a much needed reboot. Take care of your loved one this holiday season by giving them a gift that replenishes the body, mind, and soul.
From art heists to gold rush adventures, this gift is perfect for the person/people you’d just love to spend quality time with. The Escape Game Austin has several puzzle rooms to choose from, and you’re sure to make memories with friends and loved ones with whichever experience you choose. Right now, get 20% off single-game gift cards to The Escape Game with code Austin365on their online store.
The ultimate gift for the fragrance-lover in your life, PHLUR’s sustainable scents and #shelfie-worthy minimalist packaging look as amazing as they smell. The original Hanami fragrance is creamy and floral, subtle and chic. They’ve translated that scent into an equally delectable candle, made with hand-poured vegetable wax in a custom ceramic vessel. Naturally, such a creamy scent is equally satisfying as a body wash or body lotion—or both!
If you didn’t give or get an OV piece this year, are you really even an Austinite? Their locally-loved activewear will get you out of bed and looking good for those post New Year’s resolution early morning workouts (or while drinking mimosas during Sunday brunch) #DoingThings
Noah Marion focuses on untreated, un-dyed, natural vegetable-tanned leather in order to allow the user to personally bring the design to life. Noah Marion makes quality handmade goods in the heart of Austin, TX, out of their shop located at 2053 South Lamar Blvd.
Raven + Lily offers trendy, fair-trade fashion, accessories, and home goods with its core underlying mission to empower women on a global scale. Gift a unique piece and support employing artisan women around the world.
For the person that wants to forget the holidays… Local Liquor
For the booze hound who loves to raise a glass (or four), Treaty Oak Distilling’s liquors are bar cart staples. Pick up a bottle of their Waterloo Gin or Red Handed Whiskey and let the party begin.
We know your loved ones deserve a steak dinner pretty much every night. Keep them well-fed and feeling loved with quality meat delivery from Rosso & Flynn. The local company sources meat from local ranches committed to transparency and sustainability. Add a fine bottle of red wine and you’re on their permanent nice list.
That’s right, the El Arroyo sign has its own book! The Tex-Mex restaurant’s famous marquee sign, whose black letters tell a new joke to passing motorists each day, is featured in El Arroyo’s Big Book of Signs. Share the love and give your friends something to laugh about.
Austin’s famed 2ND Street District is going all out for the holiday season this year. It’s a miracle on second street! Take the whole fam downtown for a bunch of festive activities and, naturally, a ton of great shopping. Austin-owned boutiques, award-winning local fare, and entertainment make walkable 2ND Street District a unique destination. From great food and sidewalk dining to live music, craft bars, and more it’s full of everything locals love.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or others, you’ll find something unforgettable. Peruse items ranging from handmade jewelry and accessories, designer threads, music-inspired apparel to home goods and more.Once you’ve had your dose of retail therapy, refuel with coffee, a snack or enjoy a cocktail at one of the many critically acclaimed culinary options.
And don’t forget to end the day by taking-in the festive window installations at participating businesses in the Holiday Window Walk. St. Edward’s University students will put their design skills to the test for their chance to win $6,500 worth of scholarships on behalf of the 2ND Street District. Participating stores include Hemline, League of Rebels, Austin Rocks, Toy Joy, Authentic Smiles, Austin General Store, and Luxe Apothetique. Cast your vote here through Dec. 7 at midnight for your favorite display. Everyone that votes is entered to win an AWAY Spa by W Austin Massage and a W Austin bottle service package for up to 10 people in The Living Room Bar valued at $500. First place will receive a $3,000 scholarship, $2,000 for second place, $1,000 for first place, and $500 for the public vote. Learn more and RSVP here.
Winners will be announced at the Santa Lounge and Market event on Saturday, Dec. 8 at W Austin. Enjoy photos with Santa and holiday music from KP and The Boom Boom (Trio) and Drew Davis at W Austin while sipping holiday cocktails and browsing the local Holiday Pop-Up Shops. This event will offer guests first-class retail options for all their holiday shopping needs. Participating stores include Sikara & Co., ESPEROS, Austin General Store, Luxe Apothetique, ModCloth, Nina Berenato Jewelry, Sara Reichardt Designs, Upstairs Circus, Toy Joy’s Kid Zone and Tina Reddy Jewelry. The first guests will receive a complimentary holiday cocktail. Learn more and RSVP here.
It’s that time of year again, the holidays are upon us! You’ve been working hard all year, so it’s time to take a break from the office, get your team together, and spread some holiday cheer. We’ve compiled a list of awesome activities around Austin that are sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit.
What could be more fun than sharing a few beers with your coworkers and competing in urban axe throwing competitions? Group events start with safety instructions and one-on-one throwing practice, then get straight into head-to-head and team events. This place is perfect for group events, the experience is designed for groups of 6 to 24 people and lasts about 2.5 hours.
If you’ve ever had dreams of being part of a rough and tough electric minibike biker gang, now is your chance. Your Biker Gang takes you on a once-in-a-lifetime guided tour through some of the city’s most iconic locations in style. No previous experience is needed to ride—they take care of everything make sure you have a safe and memorable experience. They can also organize special requests, food and bar tours. They like to say, “nothing is too weird for Austin, or us.”
Home to one of the fastest and longest ziplines in Texas, this is sure to be a thrilling and memorable experience for the whole team. The excursion also includes access to a private beach where you can relax, eat, swim, or lay out in one of their hammocks. It’s great for smaller events, groups of 50 or more people will require more than three weeks notice.
With speeds up to 45 miles per hour, K1 will test your competitive edge and possibly bring out some road rage along the way—but all in good fun. They provide everything for your group at the facility: safety lessons, helmets, karts, and even trophies so you can take home all the glory. This is a great space for large corporate events!
Whether you are a seasoned golf pro, or have never swung a club in your life, Topgolf is a great place for people of all skill levels to compete in a fun, casual environment.
Players take turns hitting micro-chipped golf balls that track each player’s accuracy and distance and award points for hitting targets in the outfield, all while kicking back and enjoying some incredible cocktails and appetizers. There are several tiered event spaces, from the Rooftop Terrace, to smaller private lounges, so Topgolf can host any any group size.
Looking for the ultimate test of teamwork and critical thinking? Look no further! With five different immersive adventures to choose from—ranging in difficulty—The Escape Game will put your brains to the test and bond the group together. This is perfect for a smaller group outing, around 2-12 people.
Not everyone is going to be the next Picasso, but Painting With a Twist makes lets you take home a one- of-a-kind piece of art. You don’t need any previous experience to create a masterpiece, just a few drinks, and some real artists who will point you in the right direction.
Click here for more info. They have several locations around town.
All those you put in at the office ping pong table are about to pay off. Spin is all about friends, food, drinks, smiles, and good old fashioned competition. Even if you don’t want to play you can still enjoy a cocktail and watch people duke it out on the tables.
Want to take a break from the stressors of the office and show your coworkers how your really feel about those TPS reports? This gladiator style soccer match is fun as heck and the gang will get plenty of laughs while getting in a good work out. Great for parties of any size!
We’re excited to announce this year’s 12 Days of Austin Christmas, launching today. For 12 days we will be giving away prizes from local businesses each day! All of these prizes are a great representation of some awesome things that our city has to offer, and they’re also the gifts we’ll be buying for our own friends and families this year!
Here are the details:
Each day around 11am, we’ll post a new giveaway on the blog and our social channels.
This year, there will be two ways to enter the contest daily. One via our Heyo Contest page, and another via our daily contest Instagram post. Make sure you’re following us on the following channels to be sure you catch the announcements each day:
Each contest will run for 24 hours, and a winner will be chosen at random at the completion of each contest.
YOU MUST CLAIM YOUR PRIZE WITHIN 24 HOURS OR WE WILL PICK A NEW WINNER.
Once we receive confirmation from a winner, we will announce it in the comments of the Instagram post, and we’ll update THIS page with the winner’s names and/or handles below:
Winter Wonderland — Marisol G.
Outdoor Voices — Tiffany F.
One Taco — Alejandro M.
Lake Travis Zipline — Madeline H.
The Escape Game — J Kan
Vintage Market Days — Heidi R.
Springfree Trampoline — Mimi L.
Domain — Madi F.
Zero Gravity Institute — Chelsea T.
Austin Spurs — Ashley B.
Noah Marion — Nettie T.
PHLUR — Jessica G.
Olive + M — Melissa R.
Service Menswear —
Atlas Coffee Club — Tiara B.
Thank you as always for following 365 Things Austin, and GOOD LUCK!
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A fixture of Austin just got a major facelift! Last month Four Seasons Hotel Austin unveiled a brand-spanking new lobby, lakeside restaurant, and a treetop lounge just in time for all of the holiday festivities.
The surrounding nature of the hotel’s location was the inspiration for all three spaces. The new lobby has one-of-a-kind details like an elegant chandelier made of blown-glass oak leaves and acorns and peekaboo floor-to-ceiling sculptural wood slats. There are also bold forms and authentic materials such as leather, rich wood, and Texas Leuders limestone.
That nod to Mother Nature is also visible in Live Oak, formerly known as the Lobby Lounge. The heart of the hotel features a central bar with a streamlined profile that accentuates the views, as well as a new deck that’s destined to become one of Austin’s top patios. Starting in 2019, Live Oak will also serve coffee, house-made pastries, authentic breakfast tacos, and other grab-and-go breakfast items for guests and downtown dwellers.
Replacing TRIO, which was the steakhouse in the hotel since 2008, is Ciclo a completely revamped restaurant that pays homage to the ever-changing seasons. As a restaurant inspired by nature, it’s fitting that Ciclo has more outdoor seats than indoor—112 and 90 respectively—a rarity in this city!
The menu offers a seamless blend of local flavors and global influences. Standouts include starters such as sweet corn empanadas and ceviche Amarillo, with lomo saltado, oak-grilled filet mignon and pan-seared sea bass among the signature entrees.
To make a reservation and check out this refresh of an Austin institution, call 512-478-4500.
Urban Air Adventure Park—the place that you are supposed to take the whole family to, but secretly you just want to go by yourself and jump around like a lunatic—just opened a new location in South Austin.
This newest outpost is more than a trampoline wonderland. It has 10 attractions, ranging from a Sky Rider, Indoor Ropes Course, Virtual Reality, Laser Tag, Bowling, Arcade, and more. The new location will also boast free Wi-Fi, a relaxing environment, and televisions tuned into sporting events.
Like we said, even though you want the place all to yourself, it’s ideal for kid birthday parties, corporate events, and anything else you can think of. Ditch the old jumpy gyms, this is a new era of recreation! Location: 4500 South Pleasant Valley Road, Building 1, Suite #106, Austin, TX 78744