If you have a four-legged friend and you’re living in Austin, you’ll be pleased to know that the Texas capital is one of the most dog-friendly cities out there. With our plethora of parks and outdoor patios, your pup will be able to accompany you to brunches, days at the pool, and post-work happy hours.
Moving to Austin? Find a great real estate agent who is licensed and has completed their continuing education courses—they should be able to point you toward the right neighborhood with plenty of places where your dog will be as welcomed as you are.
Check out some of the best dog-friendly bars, restaurants and patios in Austin (listed in alphabetical order).
4th Tap Brewing and Co-Op
Amy’s Ice Cream (Burnet)
Banger’s Sausage House
Barton Springs Saloon
Billy’s on Burnet
Black Sheep Lodge
Black Star Co-Op
Bouldin Creek Cafe
The Buzz Mill
Central Market Cafe
Cheer Up Charlies
Cherrywood Coffee House
Crown and Anchor Pub
Dog House Drinkery
Fado Irish Pub
Gibson Street Bar
Hops and Grain
Irie Bean Coffee Bar
Luke’s Inside Out
Maria’s Taco Xpress
Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill
Motzart’s Coffee Roasters
North by Northwest
Opal Divine’s Marina
South Austin Trailer Park and Eatery
Spider House Patio Bar and Cafe
The Ginger Man
The Picnic – Foodtruck Park
Uncle Billys Brewery
Work Horse Bar
Yellow Jacket Social Club
When in doubt, just give your favorite establishment a call to see if your furry friend is welcome! You’d be surprised how many restaurants and bars are happy to have your pup.
Jumping. Fresh air. Outdoor fun for kids (and adults, too). Jump into spring on your very own Springfree Trampoline! And now, Springfree featuring tgoma makes it possible to please both parents and kids at the same time by offering screen time and active time together. That’s right, just imagine being able to give in when your child asks for more screen time without the guilt. Springfree featuring tgoma is an outdoor digital gaming system that allows kids that desired extra amount of time of their tablets while also giving parents the ease of knowing their kids are getting some outside active time as well.
With safety features, including no metal springs, lowered frame and safety nets with flexible rods to protect falls to the ground, Springfree Trampoline is one of the safest ones out there.
Take advantage of this wonderful spring weather with a trampoline of your very own to jump on. The entire family will get exercise and will have fun while they’re at it! Springfree Trampoline wants you to get ready to go outside to JUMP! Enter to win a trampoline, valued at $2299!
Enter here –> http://www.springfreetrampoline.com/lp/austin-ready-set-go-2017
If you’d like to test out jumping on a Springfree Trampoline, be sure to visit them at their Austin store in The Domain, located at 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, Suite 116. You can also visit them at one of these events around Austin during the week of Spring Break:
When you’re visiting Austin for SXSW, it can be hard to get a genuine feel for the city in between the parties, panels, and lines. That’s why the awesome folks at the Gane app, a homegrown ATX business that streamlines the mobile payment process, are giving you over $50 worth of offers to local and national merchants in Austin in honor of this crazy festival.
Just put in $50 to the Gane app to spend at stores you’re interested in checking out, and see what little pieces of Austin you can take back home with you. And, of course, you can always put any of the leftover Austin funds back into your bank account within two days.
Here are some of the Austin originals and national brands they are fond of supporting:
New to Gane? Download the app on the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store.
Staying in town for Spring Break? Head on down to Rowing Dock to make the best of your staycation! Their dock is a little oasis just minutes from downtown. Off the beaten path, and worth it.
So, take advantage of these days off to get out on the water and explore the lake with your friends and family! Grab a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard and get a head start on your tan! Rowing Dock will be open from 9am until 8pm (last boats out one hour before close) everyday starting on the 12th!
The Rowing Dock
2418 Stratford Drive
Favor is more than doubling the size of their current delivery zone to include Southeast Austin, Circle C, Jollyville, Wells Branch, Lost Creek, and the North Lamar neighborhoods. The new zone extends east to Hwy 183 and north past Texas State Hwy 45. As part of an initiative to focus on their home state of Texas, the company will be giving Texans more access to Favor than ever before. The company has also expanded zone coverage in Fort Worth, Houston, Dallas and College Station.
New delivery zone starts Monday, March 6th. Learn more here.
To celebrate the expansion, Favor is offering FREE delivery + $2 tacos from all Chi’Lantro locations for #TacoTuesday 3/7 only! That’s right, Tuesday (3/7) from 11:00 AM-9:00 PM you can score FREE delivery + $2 tacos from Austin favorite, Chi’Lantro!
Here are the details:
March 7th, from 11am-9pm just open up the Favor app and order Chi’Lantro
Free Delivery (Users just pay the tip)
Join thousands of fellow Austinites in Zilker Park this coming Sunday, March 5th for the ABC Kite Fest. The day will start with the inaugural Anteater Fun Run, a two mile jog/walk starting at the Zilker Park Moon Tower and ending at the MossFest Stage at Lou Neff Point. Individuals can register for the Fun Run at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abc-kite-fest-anteater-fun-run-tickets-31422602851.
After the run participants can enjoy the second annual MossFest Children’s Concert which is free to all attendees. Music acts include Barton Hills Choir (10-10:40), Big Don (10:40-11:10), Hey Lolly, with Puppets! (11:20-11:50) and Trout Fishing in America (12:00-1:00). Afterwards, attendees can enjoy the ABC Kite Fest, including the kite showcase and contest run by the Exchange Club of Austin. All monies received for the event benefit Communities in Schools and the Moss Pieratt Foundation.
When: March 5th
Escape Rooms are sure to include riddles and puzzles but The Escape Game Austin
takes it to a whole other level – every game takes you on an adventure.
With a focus on designing and creating stunning, unbelievably life-like experiences, The Escape Game provides a wide variety of immersive themes. Games include Gold Rush, Prison Break, The Heist, and Classified.
You’ve got one hour to find gold that has been hidden at a greedy gold prospector’s cabin. The problem? The mob has also been tipped off and will soon be on the way to find it for themselves. Finders keepers!
Prison Break – The Escape Game’s most difficult game is set in 1955. You have been wrongfully accused and your new home sweet cell was previously occupied by an inmate who disappeared. Some say he escaped, some say he was murdered by the infamously cruel Warden. Can you make it out before you meet the same fate?
This is your chance to beat an art thief at his own game. A famous piece of art has gone missing and it’s up to you and your covert team to recover the painting – fail and you’ll have local authorities after you. Good luck!
You’ve got 60 minutes to save the world. Your team has been assigned a critical covert mission and if you want to stop the impending terrorist attack, you’ve got to act fast. It’s up to you to get inside of the head of the masterminds and diffuse the threat.
This room holds up to 12 so it’s the perfect game for team building, parties and really any large group. It’s the last day of school and you have one hour to complete your assignments, get your report card and make it to the big kickball tournament. If you aren’t there in 60 minutes you’ll be forced to forfeit and there’s no way you will ever live that down!
So you’re thinking about moving to Austin, huh? Welcome to the land of breakfast tacos, music festivals and bridge-dwelling bats. We certainly couldn’t use any more traffic in our city, but we’re happy to have you nonetheless. If you’re new to ATX, you might have trouble navigating our various neighborhoods and finding a home that meets all of your needs. Luckily, Austin is not only home to exceptional tacos, but also exceptional real estate agents, who can help you lock down the home of your dreams. Here’s our guide to finding your perfect Austin real estate agent.
Do the Research
More than 40 percent of homebuyers find their real estate agent through friends and family, according to the National Association of Realtors. But what do you do if you don’t know anyone in Austin? The obvious solution is to do a simple internet search to look up customer reviews and articles about agents in the area. It is also important, however, to find a real estate salesperson who specializes in the type of property you’re looking for and is knowledgeable about the area of town you want to live in. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, you can start reaching out to agents.
Make Sure They’re Qualified
After you’ve done some initial research and compiled a list of potential buyer agents, you’ll want to dig deeper to learn more about their qualifications. Using the Texas Real Estate Commission website, you can look up agents by name to ensure they’ve completed the required real estate continuing education courses and have no formal complaints filed against them. Throughout the homebuying process, you want to make sure that your money and your legal rights are fully protected, so choosing a trustworthy agent is of the utmost importance.
Find Your Perfect Match
Don’t be afraid to interview agents over the phone or in-person before you work with them. Come prepared with a list of questions and expectations to ensure that the agent can meet all of your needs. Some questions you might consider asking are:
- How many years have you been in the industry? In Austin specifically?
- How many listings do you have? How many homes have you sold in these neighborhoods?
- How familiar are you with the neighborhoods I’m interested in? Who lives there? What is the school district like? What is the commute time to my office? Are there any building proposals I should be aware of?
- How often can I expect to hear from you? How reachable are you in the evenings? On the weekends?
Once you’ve found your perfect match in a real estate agent, it’s time to start looking at properties! We’re confident that with all the beautiful neighborhoods and residences here in Austin, you’ll find a home that you’ll never want to leave. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our Moving to Austin content on 365ThingsAustin to learn more about neighborhoods, eateries and activities in the capital city. On behalf of all us, welcome to Austin!
If you love oysters, or even if you’re on-the-fence about oysters, this is the event for you. We guarantee you’ll have a new found appreciation for them after this. The Austin Oyster Festival, which is all about that delectable, slimy little morsel of the sea, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year.
In addition to raw oysters and creative dishes where oysters are the star, they’ll also have drinks and fabulous entertainment—and all for a great cause. The fest is presented by is presented by HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Farmers Market, and benefits Central Texas Food Bank.
Guests can look forward to a feast highlighting Jeri’s Seafood’s Gulf and East Coast oysters prepared in nearly every way imaginable by noted Eddie V’s executive chef Chris Bauer, combined with specialty cocktail offerings from Deep Eddy Vodka, a Bloody Mary Bar, beer from Blue Point Brewing Company, live local music, and raffle prizes.
When: Saturday, Feb. 25th
Time: noon to 6 p.m.
The French Legation Museum
802 San Marcos St.
Austin, TX 78702
Photo courtesy Mongers Market
The Hot Science Cool Talks series from UT-Austin’s Environmental Science Institute brings leading research to the public with accessible and engaging lectures. And this month we can all ponder the future of our planet with thought-provoking (and slightly terrifying) questions like: What risks does climate change pose to Texas? Is a safe and sustainable future possible, given our energy and economic interests, and widespread political rejection of these risks? And why are evangelicals so opposed to accepting the science of climate change?
Guests will enjoy a lively discussion with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe who is a climate scientist and an award-winning communicator. There will also be a musical appearance by Dana Falconberry, and you’ll hear from a panel of distinguished climate scientists: Kevin Kloessel, Director, Oklahoma Climatological Survey, John Nielsen-Gammon, State Climatologist of Texas, and Camille Parmesan, lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which in 2007 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
When: Friday, February 3rd
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: Tickets $15 – $25, & $10 Student Price (with ID), VIP Tickets: $55 each, includes prime seating, pre-show reception at 5:45-7 p.m. with complimentary drinks and meet and greet with Katharine Hayhoe
713 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
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