Come out to the Whip In for a night of Texas Keeper Cider, artisinal cider made right here in the Texas Hill Country. They’ll have Texas Keeper No. 1 on draft, plus limited-edition glassware and bottles of their newest release: 2016 Grafter Rose cider, made from Rome Beauty Apples and Tempranillo grapes.
It’s a glorious time of year for hanging out on rooftops, so don’t miss the Rooftop Music Video Series at the new Hotel Van Zandt! Enjoy specialty cocktails and a gorgeous view while discovering the newest videos from Austin and beyond.
Plan ahead, parking is at premium.
When: Today, May 31st
Time: 7 p.m.
Hotel Van Zandt
605 Davis Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Name: Sylvester Animal ID: A708005 Age: 2 year old Breed: Pit Bull Mix Sex: Neutered Male Location: In Foster
303 days with Austin Animal Center.
Sylvester loves to be around people and is always ready for a good shopping trip ! He has visited shopping malls several times and enjoys meeting and greeting folks. He frequents dog friendly patios at restaurants and will politely wait while you finish your meal. He has respectively lived with small dogs and will share his toys with them. He loves walks and car rides. He is usually a low energy kind of dog that enjoys sunbathing!
The shelter is currently in desperate need of fosters. Commitments range from weekends to a month or longer.
If you are interested in adopting, check out animals that have been featured as Pet of the Week.
Ah, that age-old question: What to do in Austin when it’s raining? Most of us just want to stay inside and cuddle with our dogs, but for those of you who are ready to brave the weather, this is one of our favorite activities for a day like this.
Pinballz is a massive, 13,000-square-foot classic arcade! The family friendly fun center has over 250 games—both classic and new—and nearly all of the machines are also for sale. One day I hope to furnish my casa with a personal arcade.
If you’re a gamer, they offer pinball leagues. They are BYOB but have rules they ask you to follow.
X Games Austin, which runs June 2-5 at Circuit of The Americas (COTA), is all about watching the world’s best action sports athletes from more than 20 countries compete in BMX, Skateboard, and Moto X events— but there is so much more to explore. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful guide to maximizing your 2016 experience.
Why It’s Unmissable
This will be the last year to catch the X Games in Austin, and they are really going out with a bang. This year Moto X Freestyle and Best Trick, two competitions that have never been held in Austin, return to the games for the first time since 2013.
Another reason you can’t stay home: Music at X Games Austin will feature two epic nights highlighted by G-Eazy, currently exploding on the charts, and blink-182, who hasn’t played in Austin in more than 10 years!
Tickets start at just $29 this year, the most affordable they’ve been in three years. Amazingly, that low price still buys fans access to all sports and festival elements. To buy yours, click here.
They’re also offering shuttles from downtown, which will save you the headache of traffic and finding a safe ride home. X Games ATXPRESS shuttle passes are $35 per day or $99 for Friday-Sunday competition days. The price includes coach bus transportation from the X Games Shuttle Hub at the Austin Convention Center in Downtown Austin to the Circuit of The Americas.
This year there will be plenty of interactive opportunities for the whole family, with six different themed villages offering free activities for ticket holders. The fun includes interactive games, concessions, athlete meet ‘n greets, giveaways, and more. Here’s a rundown of what each one has to offer:
A central retail hub with large-scale sponsor activations, the Galleria will include an interactive scooter park, virtual reality experiences, mini ramp, remote control boats, airstream photo booth, treasure hunt, graffiti art, spin art, food court with local Austin food trucks, professional Slackline competition and demos, vendor shops, and much more.
SOUR PUNCH NEXT X PARKS
Fans can try to become the next X Games superstar by trying out one of the professionally designed skateboard street and BMX dirt interactive courses. Fans will also be able to test their skills on the Sour Punch obstacle course and race their friends on the remote control truck track. While in the Sour Punch Next X Parks, be sure to check out the extreme dock jumping dogs during the Ultimate Air Dog shows, offered daily.
TORCHY’S TACOS PLAYGROUND
Fans can compete with friends in a game of pop-a-shot basketball, soccer penalty kicks, or baseball toss and soar to new heights while bungee jumping or defend their turf on King of the Hill. Back by popular demand, YouTube star Twiggy the waterskiing squirrel will return to X Games Austin for daily performances, plus spectators can sample Torchy’s Tacos and get a custom Torchy’s airbrush tattoo while in the Playground.
Centered around the X Games Skateboard and BMX Vert competitions, Vert Village will also offer daily pro vert demonstrations and a vertical wind tunnel for fans to experience skydiving first-hand. Other features include “Learn to Vert” sessions where spectators can learn to ride the same vert course used by the pros, a large shaded area to relax and listen to DJs spinning daily, and entertaining sponsor activations.
X Games invites gamers of all skillsets to come out to compete in the X Games Austin ESL Challenge where gamers will battle it out for amazing prizes in this open eSports tournament. Fans will also be treated to classic video games in the Gaming Shack Arcade where Pac-Man is still king.
The Sound Factory will feature a lineup of musical artists from Friday to Sunday, June 3-5, that will take place at the Sound Factory stage located at the acclaimed Austin360 Amphitheater. Don’t miss X Games musical performances by Logic and G-Eazy on Friday, June 3, and All Time Low and blink-182 on Saturday, June 4. Tickets for the concerts are available at www.xgames.com.
There is a new Taco Joint south of the river and it almost has me looking forward to my next hangover. Yesterday we tested it out and left happy, full, and excited to come back.
You can order any taco combination under the sun, but the homemade tortillas are what will really keep you coming back.
The place is simple and fast and they offer both indoor and outdoor seating. I see a bright future for this Taco Joint. Sadly, they do not have a drive-thru—but that’s probably for the best because I would eat nothing else.
If you live in Austin, you know that bats are big. Well not literally big, they’re actually pretty small, but their nightly journey to find insects is a spectacle that draws huge crowds of tourists and locals alike. Every night at dusk from early March to November, more than 1.5 million bats fly out from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge, home of the largest urban bat colony in the world. It’s an amazing scene and an absolutely essential Austin activity.
While most people just grab a spot on the bridge, there’s actually an even better way to watch the bats. We’ve partnered with Austin Tour Company and Capital Cruises to bring you Bat Tuesday, a party cruise on Town Lake (or Lady Bird Lake as it’s now known). Enjoy great music, snacks, and cocktails aboard a fabulous boat with air conditioning, bathrooms, and a gorgeous roof deck. We’ll pause near the bridge (and turn the music down) at sunset to watch the bats! We are super pumped about the wine and cheese combo we have going on this month!
Here are the details …
Boarding starts at 6:30 p.m. We’ll cruise from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
One of the newer neighborhoods in Austin, Barton Creek is nonetheless one of the most picturesque in Central Texas. Located just eight miles southwest of Downtown Austin, the neighborhood has been a popular destination for golfers, tennis players, and those who otherwise enjoy a slice of the good life since 1974. Here’s a perfect day in Barton Creek.
Stay at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, and wake up early for a stack of butter pecan pancakes and a glass of grapefruit juice. The carbs will give you the energy you need to play 18 holes at one of four golf courses onsite, including two designed by Tom Fazio, one from Arnold Palmer, and one from local legend Ben Crenshaw.
Don’t care much for hitting the links? There’s a ton of other things to do on the expansive Hill Country property. You can go for a run on the indoor track, chill in the hot tub, swim laps in one of the pools, take a private tennis lesson, or get a facial in the spa.
After your strenuous but enjoyable morning, relax poolside at the resort’s pool cabana. Grab a snack to recharge and sip a margarita on the rocks from a lounge chair as you take in the wonderful Hill Country scenery.
After you’ve recharged, head east to The Grove on Bee Cave road, West Austin’s premier wine bar. Try one of ten wine flights, for example, a sampling of three whites from Spain or a trio of California pinot noirs. Grab a good table for dinner.
Start with the crab cakes and Reed’s Salad, which comes with caramelized pecans and feta. Try the porcini-crusted tenderloin filet, an 8-oz. cut that comes with tri-color fingerling potatoes. The pizzas are great, too—go for the Popeye and Olive Oil, with fresh spinach, roasted peppers, garlic-roasted bacon crumbles, EVOO, and goat cheese and mozzarella.
Head over to The Pavillion for a complimentary (if you’re a guest at Barton Creek Resort & Spa) outdoor concert under the stars beginning at 9 p.m. Grab a cocktail made with delicious Basil Hayden’s bourbon and sway in the breeze to the country stylings of artists like Lee Ann Womack and Mark Chestnutt, both playing the Pavillion this summer.
Here is one of our favorite listings in the neighborhood.
Jeffrey’s, opened in 1975 and revamped in 2013, has been named one of the top 10 Best New Restaurants in America by Bon Appétit magazine. It’s some of the finest dining in town and a place many people think of only for special occasions.
But on Mondays they have all night happy hour featuring half price bar food and $2 off each cocktail, beer, and glass of wine. Take advantage of this deal and see why this restaurant has been an Austin institution for decades.
Time: 4:30 p.m. – Close
1204 West Lynn
Austin, Texas 78703