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Are you looking to expand your drinking palate beyond vodka sodas and light beer? Learn the wonders of Scotch and taste how well it pairs with oak-fired food. Space is limited so reserve your spot pronto!

When: Thursday, January 23rd

Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Location:
Rosewood
1209 Rosewood Ave.
Austin, Texas 78702

As a website that’s all about finding unique, hyper-local, and cool things to do, we’ve written a lot about Austin’s famous HOPE Gallery over the years. For the uninitiated, decades ago a condo project was abruptly abandoned leaving behind a sloping concrete foundation on a prominent hill in the city’s historic Clarksville neighborhood. Over time it became a destination for partying teens and a huge draw for neophyte street artists. As the murals and graffiti accumulated, it became a mandatory stop on the tour of iconic Austin places.

Rechristened as the HOPE Outdoor Gallery in 2011 with the help of famous contemporary artist Shepherd Fairey, the wall also served as a compelling educational project—a place for school field trips, live art projects, and gardening classes, among many other benefits to the community. But one year ago the gallery was closed so the owner could develop that incredibly valuable plot of land. As Curbed reported at the time:

“HOPE, which had known the redevelopment was inevitable and has a seemingly congenial relationship with Ayad, embraced the opportunity to move from a site that had become increasingly hard to reach and to maintain as its popularity grew alongside Austin’s population and tourist economy.

HOPE found a place to build a new home near Carson Creek Ranch, a space near the airport that has become popular as a venue for camping-style weekend music festivals and other events.”

Now after a few rumors about the timeline, their website confirms the new space will open in 2020 at a location near the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Check back for progress updates and more specifics on an opening date. We love stories about Austinites banding together to preserve the weirdness of this amazing town. This is one of the best.

Have you been axe throwing yet? It’s totally a thing now and more fun than you might be expecting. Now that this social game has arrived on the scene, there are a few local spots to try for a bullseye. But our favorite is Hatchet Alley! They have axe throwing, naturally, but also offer other popular games. Check out the details below and round up your crew for a night out that’s something totally different. Hatchet Alley is BYOB, but to keep things safe, they limit your “B” to beer and wine only. They also have special events like the upcoming Yoga and Axe Throwing.

Axe Throwing

Similar to darts (substitute a massive wood chopping tool), axe throwing is a sport where competitors propel a hatchet at a round target.

Football Bowling

An infusion of football and bowling, football bowling combines the accurate passing of professional football with a 10-pin game of recreational bowling.

Bocce Ball

Known by the Italians as lawn bowling, bocce ball is one of the most widely played sports in the world, not to mention one of the oldest yard games.

Learn more and book your experience here!

So typical, right? Getting in the fitness game in January after a holiday season of poor decisions. Well, no matter what your current situation is—we are here for you!

Below we have compiled our favorite workouts in Austin by category: Spin; Barre; Pilates, Yoga; Bootcamps; Gyms; Outdoor Activities; and Diet, Health, and Wellness.

To see your business featured, please contact erin@365thingsaustin.com

 

 

 

 

The barrier to entry for skiing is nearly as high as the mountains themselves: On top of lift tickets and ski rentals, newbies often have to outlay hundreds on the “soft” stuff, such as jackets, snow pants, goggles & gloves. Now, though, a new Denver company offers a middle ground between financial destitution and skiing in soggy denim. For prices starting at $35 per day, Slope Threads’ users can rent everything they need for a day on the slopes.
 
Founder Sarah Laughlin, a Colorado-native, dreamed up the concept after her out-of-town friends mailed their winter duds to their rental condo before embarking on a ski trip. Following suit, Slope Threads sends its setups directly to customers’ hotels or mountain rentals, reducing the load vacationers must stuff into their luggage. Customers return the gear in a pre-paid package when they’re done. Laughlin’s company caters to non-tourists too, positioning their rent-as-you-grow model as a good fit for kids.
 
“With the increase in airline baggage fees, the prohibitive cost of purchasing name-brand apparel and the time and hassle involved in getting a full ski outfit together, I realized that many people may not be fully enjoying what should be an amazing experience on the slopes — or they are missing out on this experience entirely,” Laughlin said. “We wanted to simplify this process and ensure everyone has the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the beautiful mountains.”

The Austin Animal Center has a goal of finding loving homes for all adoptable pets. They rely on foster families, volunteers, adopters, and community and rescue partners. Want to do something wonderful? Become a volunteer!

There are a host of things they need help with like, for example, crafting super adorable cat condos!  Several of their feline citizens are living it up in comfy little abodes at the shelter. We all know cats love a box, and these sleek digs come equipped with openings out of which to peek at passersby, and arm-sized slots the purr-fect size for reaching in and batting around a toy. Want to make your own? It’s as easy as taping an empty box shut, wrapping it with decorative paper, and cutting holes for cats to pass through.

There are a bunch of volunteer opportunities at the center for animal-loving individuals and groups. To learn more about how you can help this amazing organization follow them on Insta or click here

 

The U.S. Census happens just once a decade, and it takes a lot of American workers to pull it off. In fact, it is the largest peacetime deployment of civil servants across the country. These positions offer competitive pay, flexible hours, paid training, and weekly paychecks. If you are looking for a temporary gig, this could be the perfect opportunity. Pay rates in Travis County range from $17.00 to $23.00 per hour.

The selection process for census taker positions begins in January 2020, with paid training occurring in March and April. The actual counting of non-responding households runs throughout the nation from May through early July. The census officially begins on April 1, 2020, and for the first time ever, it will have an online option, which will make filling out the form easy, safe, and secure. ​Learn more about the census here.

Click here ​to apply for a list of available positions, which also include recruiting assistants, clerks, office operations supervisors, and field supervisors. This is your chance to be a part of history.

In a city like Austin, filled with a new kind of 55+ Active Adults who love to move, soak up culture, and make the most of every day, we need residential options that are just as dynamic.

Overture Domain gets this and is redefining the retirement experience for adults who want a carefree and maintenance-free life, but have no intention of slowing down. Located in the heart of The Domain, which features over 100 upscale and mainstream retail stores, restaurants, and four hotels, this brand new apartment home community offers a ton of regularly scheduled parties and gatherings. From mix & mingles to yappy hours for resident pets, cooking demos, formal dances and dinners, they are truly committed to ensuring their residents are always active and entertained. This is 55+ Austin living at its best! 

 

Residents also have access to over 13,000 square feet of amenities within the community, from a chef’s demonstration kitchen and daily fitness and instructor-led classes to a resort-style swimming pool and more! Best of all, with the ever-growing list of things to do and see in The Domain right at your doorstep, it’s an ideal way to start a new chapter. Overture Domain’s vibrant community truly nurtures the mind, body, and soul. 

If you or someone you know is looking to simplify their life, but is by no means ready to hang up their boots, this could be the answer. Learn more about the Overture experience.

 

Austin Happy Hour Guide

People always ask us, what is your favorite thing to talk about? Two words: Happy Hour. Happy Hour is where things happen; you build relationships and have engaging conversations without the noise of a late night bar scene. You have the ability to try multiple culinary creations and inexpensive beverages—all while still being in bed at a reasonable hour. Sounds like the perfect combination to us!

Austin Happy Hours are their own food group. Not lunch, not dinner—Happy Hour. Below you’ll find our guide to the best Happy Hour scenes in three of the buzziest neighborhoods: Downtown, The East Side, and The 04 (South). Be sure to tune into our Podcasts on these three areas.

Downtown Austin

We scoured the Downtown restaurant and bar scene to find the best of the best. This is not a guide to dirty 6th street, or even West 6th or Rainey. This is a specially curated list of hidden gems and local favorites with some of the best deals in town.

The East Side

East of the glorious I-35 highway is home to some of the best restaurants and bars Austin has to offer. It has a mix of grunge, hipster, and true Austin eclectic dining, which makes it the perfect area to experience the ATX culinary scene.

South Austin & the 78704 Zip Code

The “04”, as Austinites call it, is home to the iconic streets of South Congress (SoCo), South 1st, and South Lamar. Within the 78704 zip code of South Austin, this area is just south of Downtown and the Colorado River. It is known for holding deep Austin roots of everything the funky South Side has to offer. The 04 has some of the most expensive homes in well-known Travis Heights, Bouldin Creek, Zilker, and Barton Hills neighborhoods, which has cultivated tried and true Austin staples, as well as Michelin star producing culinary dreams. All of this combined, makes it one of our favorite places to HH.

Newly of age? Check out our bucket list of Austin drinks here.

Don’t feel like going anywhere? Have your happy hour delivered to your door with Favor.

To see your restaurant or bar featured in this list, please contact erin@365thingsaustin.com.

The Austin restaurant landscape stayed true to the tradition of the last ten years with incredible growth. Over 100 restaurants opened in the city this year, and we lost some longtime staples as well. 

Attempting to eat at every new restaurant this year would be delicious, but also nearly impossible. We here at 365 Things Austin gave it our best shot, and these are a few of the new spots we hope will stick around for years to come. 

Tune in for our podcast with Jane Ko (@atasteofkoko) detailing our favorite openings of the year, and mourning the restaurants we lost in 2019. 



Nixta Taqueria 

The name Nixta is derived from the word nixtamalization, which refers to the process by which the Aztecs used corn and lime juice to make the world’s first corn tortillas. Owners Edgar and Sara claim that the secret to their amazing tacos starts with those traditional recipes and preparations passed down from generation to generation. 

The colorful spot on E 12th is dangerously close to our office here at 365 Things Austin, and we’ve been gorging ourselves on tacos and drinking agua frescas ever since they opened. 

What we’re eating: the Beet “Tartare” Tostada, and the breakfast taco … often for lunch. 

Nixta Taqueria
2512 E 12th Street


Domo Alley-Gato

Walking into this patio restaurant and bar feels like stepping through a portal to Japan. The high walls make the ambience immersive and entertaining, and the food is incredibly authentic. This concept from the Tatsu-ya team won’t be the only new opening from them on this list. 

What we’re eating: Katsu Curry (paired with frozen foam-capped Kirin drafts).

Domo Alley-Gato
1600 E 6th Street


Swedish Hill

The latest concept from Larry McGuire and the MMH Group is a counter-service bakery, deli, and rotisserie by day, that turns into a vibey dinner spot with an extensive wine and cocktails list at night. 

Check out their Friday Market Dinner for a special three-course dinner and dessert weekly from $40 per person. 

What we’re eating: bagels and lox for breakfast, and ANY of the signature sandwiches in the afternoon. 

Swedish Hill
1120 W 6th Street


DipDipDip Tatsuya 

The second concept the Tatsu-ya team launched in 2019 may have opened to even more hype than the previously mentioned Domo Alley-Gato. DDD is a “Shabu Shabu” restaurant, which translates to “Swish Swish” and traditionally involves a plethora of meats and veggies that are dipped into a communal pot to cook. At DDD guests receive their own pots and choice of broths, but we highly encourage trying the other broths at your table as well. 

The food at this place is crazy good, but the experience itself is even better. It’s our current top pick for date nights in the city. 

What we’re eating: one of the omakase options, Truffle Sukiyaki for dipping, and a handful of items from the tableside carts that come through the dining room. 

DipDipDip Tatsuya
7301 Burnet Road


Vaquero Taquero

There are only a few options on the menu, but this hole in the wall near the UT campus serves some of the best al pastor tacos in the city. Order a couple and a Topo Chico and watch as your pork is carved off the spit and grilled right in front of you. 

What we’re eating: Al. Pastor. Tacos.

Vaquero Taquero
104 E 31st Street


Comedor

Philip Speer has opened several superlative restaurants in Austin, but his latest might be our favorite. Comedor lives in a newly constructed building downtown and the beautiful space is complemented by exceptional service and even better food. 

What we’re eating: the bone marrow tacos are definitely the crowd favorite here, but we recommend cozying up at the bar and allowing the bartender to take the wheel on ordering. 

Comedor
501 Colorado Street


As mentioned previously, there are restaurants that likely should be on this list but aren’t, simply because we haven’t been to them yet. Here are a few we’ve heard good things about but have yet to try:

  • Hestia
  • Uroko
  • Vixen’s Wedding

104 New Restaurants Opened In Austin In 2019, see the full list here.

Did we miss your favorite new spot? Feel free to fill us in at hello@365ThingAustin.com