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!
4500 South Pleasant Valley Road, Building 1, Suite #106,
Austin, TX 78744
The American fashion house BALDWIN will be celebrating its newest store in Austin with a grand opening party and some custom-designed hats on November 8th!
Come check out the latest brand to make a home at Domain Northside, which has quickly become one of the best places in Austin to shop, grab a mimosa, and shop again.
Much like the brand’s ready-to-wear clothing line, the store will be minimalist and chic, with modern wood paneling and lots of natural light. Fall 2018 will also be available in store including best-sellers the Reese jean, Nora blouse, and Flint jacket for women, and Artema jacket, Arabella pant and Brennan jean for men.
And that hat we mentioned earlier? You better get one before they are gone gone gone. The wool hats are emblazoned with an A for Austin and they’ll go to the first 50 people to make a purchase over $200 retail.
This being BALDWIN, they’ll be putting on swanky events and activations throughout the year, but this first one is going to be extra special. Don’t miss BALDWIN’s big opening event hosted by Austin native, Michelle Madsen of @michelletakeaim. Plus, wine tastings by Cru, fashion illustrations by Stephanie Jimenez, a $1000 wardrobe giveaway, and more!
When: November 8th
Time: 6-8 p.m.
11621 Rock Rose Avenue, Suite 116
Austin, TX 78758
Facebook Marketplace is coming to Austin with Open House, a one-of-a-kind home shopping experience curated by local interior designer Claire Zinnecker. Facebook Marketplace makes it easy to discover, buy, and sell goods locally – everything from bikes to bed frames to lamps to loveseats – and Claire has filled an entire home with hand-picked items sourced from the Austin area community. The best part? Every item in Open House with a price tag is available for purchase! By purchasing an item, you’ll be making a direct contribution to Foundation Communities, a local nonprofit.
365 Things Austin founder, Kristy Owen will be selling one of her favorite pieces from her personal home. (see here for more details)
They’ll also have a variety of free programming throughout the weekend that includes:
- Performance by local Austin singer-songwriter, Melat
- Food and Musical entertainment
Come by Open House by Facebook Marketplace to shop and see how good it feels to buy and sell together.
When: November 8th – November 10th
Facebook Marketplace Open House
1908 Garden Street
Austin, Texas 78702
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 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.
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!
rosso and Flynn
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.
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