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Alright everyone, we officially have plans the day after Thanksgiving and we aren’t shopping—we’re drinking. Christmas pop-up bar known as Miracle, is coming our way this holiday season and bringing themed cocktails that will make everything merry and bright:

“The New York-based pop-up will transform Roosevelt Room’s next-door event space The Eleanor into Miracle on 5th Street. The temporary bar will offer seasonally-themed cocktails and kitschy decor from Friday, November 24 through Christmas Eve on Sunday, December 24.”

Can you imagine anything more fun than having a Bad Santa (mulled red wine, tawny port, orange liqueur, spices, golden raisins) or a You’ll Shoot Your Rye Out (pumpkin-spiced rye whiskey, Budweiser­, marshmallow syrup, egg) at this completely decked out holiday hot spot and then heading over to the Zilker tree and spinning around with your buds? The answer is no, no you cannot.

The holidays in Austin just keep getting better. 

COCKTAILS

Christmopolitan: Grey Goose Vodka, St-Germain Elderflower liqueur, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth, Spiced Cranberry Sauce, Rosemary, Lime, Kubler Absinthe Mist

Muletide: Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Lustau Amontillado Sherry, Allspice Dram, Ginger, Lemon

Bad Santa: (served hot) Mulled Red Wine, Grand Marnier, Tawny Port, Spices, Golden Raisins

How The Gimlet Stole Christmas: Plymouth Gin, Pine-Caraway-Sage Cordial, Sage leaf

Run Run Rudolph: Olmeca Altos Blanco Tequila, Borghetti Espresso Liqueur, Iced Hot Chocolate, Whipped Cream, Cinnamon and Cacao powder

You’ll Shoot Your Rye Out: Pumpkin-spiced Templeton Rye Whiskey, Budweiser­Marshmallow Syrup, Egg, Nutmeg

Snowball Old Fashioned: Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, Gingerbread syrup, Wormwood Bitters, Lemon Zest

Fa   La   La   La   La, La   La   La   La: Hendrick’s Gin, Linie Aquavit, Hazelnut Liqueur, Cardamom, Vanilla, Orange Flower water, Lemon, Egg White, Club Soda

Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r!: Appleton Estate Rum, Leblon Cachaça, Plantation OFTD Overproof Rum, Purple Yam-Coconut Orgeat, Pineapple, Mint

Jingle Ball Nog: Martell VSSD Cognac, Lustau Amontillado Sherry, Peanut Butter, Almond Milk, Pandan, Cream, Nougat Syrup, Egg, Nutmeg

SHOTS

Naughty Shot: Marker’s Mark Bourbon, Cinnamon

Nice Shot: Mt. Gay Black Barrel Rum, Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao, Peppermint

Ever wanted to bike the Circuit of the Americas track? Now you can. Here are the details:

  • Online Registration is available for $15 until Midnight each Monday, link below in TICKETS.
  • On site registration fee is $20, cash and credit cards accepted.
  • Parking LOT A opens at 5:00 p.m.
  • Track time starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Track time ends at dusk.
  • COTA will have food and beer for sale, cash and credit cards accepted.
  • Registration will open at 5:30 p.m. and is located in the Paddock area next to the Media Center.

When: Today, September 19th

Time: 5:30 p.m. p.m.

Location:
Circuit of The Americas
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78617

The smoking must go on! Even though our beloved Franklin Barbecue sustained major damage from a fire, the people behind everyone’s favorite joint are pulling together for others in need. Don’t miss this chance to support our neighbors in the Gulf Coast region with some of the best food on the planet.

When: Today, September 17th

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: $30 at the door

Location:
Mohawk Austin
912 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701 United States

You slept in, the weather is fabulous and cool, and now there is simply one thing to do to make this day completely perfect: Go to Super Soul Sunday at Icenhauer’s!

Since its beginning in 2011, this legendary #SundayFunday shindig has joined the ranks of Austin’s “must do” activities alongside swimming in Barton Springs, shopping on South Congress, and jamming at Austin City Limits.  A hotspot for locals and tourists alike, this historic Rainey Street hangout is the ultimate backyard party for both the young and the young at heart.

Enjoy an afternoon relaxing in the sun, drinking giant mason jars of Sangria, and listening to Austin’s favorite 10-piece soul outfit, The Nightowls.

When: Today, September 10th

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location:
Icenhauer’s
83 Rainey Street
Austin, TX 78701

If you’ve been to ACL Fest over the years, you know they are constantly tweaking the experience to make it better for fans. In that grand tradition, organizers have just announced a bunch of new amenities and changes to the layout.

The new fancy stuff includes enhanced Platinum amenities—because that Platinum life just gets better and better: Platinum ticketholders will also have an exclusive viewing area in front of the main stages, a new lounge located in the northeast area of Zilker Park with a private, elevated viewing deck, side stage viewing platforms at the two main stages, and food from award-winning chefs.

Us peasants can get excited about the new wine tent (I want to go to there) which will be a shaded haven with a selection of wines from around the world. You can chill with a nice bottle of wine, cold glass of bubbly, and nibble on a delicious bite. Plus a new silent disco has been added to the schedule for both weekends. Each night from 8-10 p.m. at the Tito’s Stage, you can slip on a pair of supplied headphones and quietly groove to tunes from live DJs.

Layout-wise, there’s a new entrance gate and repositioned stages that they are hoping will create better crowd flow and avoid sound bleed issues. Now you’ll be able to enter at one of three places: the existing Lady Bird Lake Entrance, a Barton Springs East entrance, and a Barton Springs West Entrance. There will also be an additional Box Office. The festival area across Barton Springs Road, typically used for the ACL Fest Box Office, will be incorporated as part of the main festival grounds, and will host one of eight stages, as well as food and bar options.

If you are still on the fence about the fest this year, here is the rundown:

It’s taking place October 6-8 and October 13-15. On both weekends, fans will see performances from JAY-Z, Martin Garrix, The xx, Ryan Adams, Solange, FOSTER THE PEOPLE, and more on Friday, while Saturday’s festivities include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance The Rapper, ICE CUBE, Spoon, Tove Lo, A$AP Ferg and much more. The Killers, Gorillaz, Run The Jewels, The Head and the Heart, Vance Joy, ZHU and Milky Chance will close out Sunday night on each weekend. This year’s performance schedule is available here.

General Admission 3-Day Tickets for Weekend Two are still available, while only General Admission 1-Day Tickets for Friday and Sunday are available for Weekend One and Two here. 3-Day and 1-Day VIP Tickets, 3-Day & 1-Day Platinum Tickets, as well as Hotel Packages for both weekends are also available. Music fans ages 10 and under will be admitted free of charge accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Winning things is fun. Winning things is great. But winning ACL passes for your entire crew is how you win at life! Imagine how much of a hero you’ll be.

bthere, the app that rewards friends for spending time together, has just launched in Austin and they are celebrating with a 10-ticket giveaway to weekend one of ACL Fest.

The problem with traditional group messaging platforms is they don’t provide helpful context for close friends who are getting together and planning to hang out. Friends go out, lose each other, phones die, we’ve all been there. Most annoyingly, our messages are all about finding each other: Text me when you get there! I’m outside! What’s your ETA? It never ends.

With bthere’s private location sharing (only for your closest pals), pinata dropping, group texting, and notifications around phone batteries that are about to die, the app creates a world within a world where all of those problems are solved. It’s a smart and fun way to stay in the loop when you and your friends are out on the town in ATX.

The app makes it easier for close friends to get together and stay together. And through partnerships with local retailers, they offer users free giveaways and discounts based on the amount of time they spend together. Groups will be rewarded with large-scale giveaways, and individual bthere users can cash their bthere points in for discounts at local restaurants and bars. bthere is starting out with a small number of retailers in the Austin market, but keep checking! They’ll be adding more soon.

If you have a ongoing text chain with your closest friends that’s a mile long and blowing up your phone all day, this app is for you. We all love Instagram and Facebook (hey, like and follow 365 Things Austin!) but our phones are making us miss out on real life moments with friends. bthere will help you get the crew out of the phone and see each other face- to-face in real life. Imagine that! You love your buds; you can’t get enough them—why not get rewarded while you’re at it?

Entering the ACL giveaway is easy as pie:

  1. Download bthere and create a circle with your closest friends.
  2. Circles receive points for the amount of time friends spend together.
  3. The circle with 10 or fewer members who receives the most points between now and September 22nd will win ACL Weekend 1 tickets.
  4. Winners will be announced on September 22nd.

Good luck to you and your buds!

 

KGSR’s ‘Unplugged at The Grove’ is returning for its 24th season. Starting early April thru mid-September, people of all ages have the opportunity to experience Austin’s longest-running free live music series on Shady Grove’s beautiful pecan tree shaded patio. Tonight, come see Rhett Miller perform and swoon over this magical city!

Unplugged goers will enjoy the finest live music this city has to offer, as well as a signature patio menu of Austin-inspired home cooking and refreshing drink specials, including $4 16oz ZiegenBocks.

“At Shady Grove we are privileged and grateful to present one-of-a- kind live music performances every week, under the stars, in the coolest city on the planet,” says managing partner Rusty Zagst. “Our 24th season promises to be the best yet as our schedule includes everything from musical legends to some of the most exciting new artists on the scene. Don’t forget Unplugged is open to all and always free.”

Admission: Free

When: When: Today, August 17th

Time: 8 p.m.

Location:
Shady Grove
1624 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

 

 

 

Come on Austin, let’s paddle our hearts out for an incredible cause! The 6th annual Paddle for Puppies presented by Austin Subaru is right around the corner, but you still have time to be one of the first 500 people to register and secure your spot at this completely heartwarming event.

There will be live music playing on the water while participants paddle on kayak’s, canoes, and SUP for about five miles through downtown. The course begins at Rowing Dock and ends at Rowing Dock with a turnaround point at the S. Congress bridge. Well-behaved and water-loving dogs are encouraged to attend!

Head over to our Instagram feed to enter to win a SUP for four! The winner will be chosen Friday, August 18th.

This will be a beautiful and fun-filled morning on the water, but what really matters is that one hundred percent of the gross dollars raised will go to help Parvo Puppies Program at Austin Pets Alive!

When: Sunday, September 10th

Arrival time: 6:45 a.m.
Shirt pick-up: 6:45 a.m. – 7:15 a.m.
Boat pick-up: 6:45 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Paddle start time: 7:45 a.m.

Click here to register.

Austin and the surrounding Texas Hill Country are home to about a million amazing things to see and do. The only downside to this land we love is sometimes, well, getting around it all.

If you are planning a big day or night out soon, there’s a company that’s trying to make your life easier, much more luxurious, and worry free. Put it this way: Krystal Luxuries Transportation is basically your Austin-based fairy godmother. They’ve been locally owned and operated since 2013 and have perfected the art of leaving your house.

Big Nights Out
You really don’t need an excuse to do it up big in Austin, but if you are planning a major birthday, rehearsal dinner, or even just a Friday, a hired Limousine or Cadillac Escalade SUV and a driver will take the evening to the next level. Krystal has the highest caliber fleet of luxury vehicles in the industry—all at a competitive price—and they are always super clean, modern, and sleek.

Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
Now that Austin has become the wedding party capital of Texas, Krystal has the transportation options to make your weekend celebration a party for the ages. If you host your party in one of their luxury limos or party busses, the fun never stops. Bar hop around Austin, visit LBJ Lake, or create a custom route of all your favorite places.

One of their options is a 2016 Mercedes Sprinter Van, for up to 14 passengers that includes a custom bar, leather seats, stereo sound system, LCD plasma screen, and more. You can bring your own food and booze to send your friend off to married life in style. Airport pickups and drop-offs can also be part of the plan.

Wine Tours
If you want to create a real experience for your group, take them on a Texas wine tour—one where they never have to lift a finger. Krystal will cater to you and your guests specific needs. They’ve been known to fill a bus to the brim with balloons and create custom snack bars for day-long winery tours. If you can dream it up, just ask.

So step out of the same party routine and stop worrying about how you’ll get to the party and how you’ll get home. You, yes you, can have a chauffeur! A very friendly one, too.

Book online or call 512-944-8470 to be hero of your friends and family.

Tonight is Big Band night on the lawn at the Long Center’s Concert in the Park—a guaranteed good time for your family. There will be kids frolicking, couples lounging on blankets, old friends in their trusty folding chairs, lone bicyclists and pedestrians who have been distracted from their destinations—all united by the sound of music. Come experience the Austin magic for yourself.

In its 15th summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place in the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings from through August 27th. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the new Hartman Park, located on the grounds of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.

When: Today, July 23rd

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Free Parking is available at One Texas Center located on Barton Springs Rd. @ S. 1st St.

*Paid parking is available at the Palmer Garage for $8

Location:
701 W Riverside Dr.
Austin, TX 78704