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Kick off the holiday season at The Domain’s Holiday Launch Party on Saturday, November 17, 2018!

Enjoy a family-friendly holiday celebration, including:

  • Face painting
  • Balloon twisting
  • Games with prizes
  • Giveaways
  • Crafts
  • Trampoline fun with Springfree Trampoline
  • Fun afternoon snacks
  • A special performance by Mister G at 5:00 p.m.
  • … and more!

After the event, stay for the first light show of the season at 6:00 PM, when all of the lights from Dick’s Sporting Goods to Dillard’s will dance to holiday music!

What: The Domain’s Holiday Launch Party

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018

Time: 4-6 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Click here for more Information.

 

 

The 5th annual Waller Creek Conservancy Creek Show is on! Take a stroll along the edge of the creek downtown and see how various artists have lit the way with their original work. It’s a newer Austin tradition and it’s a great way to kick off the holiday season. The location of the art is a little different this year—so take note!

In addition to the amazing art installations, attendees can check out the Creek Show Lounge with a bar and a diverse lineup of Austin bands at Symphony Square. Attendees can also participate in free activities and games for the whole family at the Doyle House and attend an Artist Talk from 6 – 8 p.m. on  Thursday, November 15 at CB’s Lounge at Stubb’s.

When: Friday, Nov. 11th – Saturday, Nov. 17th | 6 – 10 p.m. nightly in Austin.

Location:
Waller Creek between 9th and 11th Streets

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 23 through Saturday, December 29th”

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.

This year also features new, limited availability “Dasher Passes.” Options include a ’Twas the Night Pass starting at $25, which is valid for a specified date, as well as a ’Tis the Season Pass for $100, good for the entirety of the pop-up. Dasher Passes allow guests to skip to the front of the line and include a token for a free Naughty or Nice Shot. Passes are available via Eventbrite at MiracleDasherPass.Eventbrite.com

The holidays in Austin just keep getting better. 

MENU: 2018 COCKTAILS

Christmapolitan

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

Snowball Old Fashioned

Butterscotch George Dickel Rye Whiskey, Spiced Brown Sugar, Wormwood Bitters, Orange Zest

 

Gingerbread Flip

Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Gingerbread Syrup, Whole Egg, Tiki Bitters, Gingersnap Cookie Crumbs

 

Bad Santa (served hot)

Hot Milk Punch with Santa Teresa 1796 Rum, Plantation O.F.T.D., Batavia Arrack, Pineapple, Lemon, Almond Milk, 8 Spices, Coconut Water, Coconut Oil

 

Christmas Carol Barrel

Bacardi 4-yr Rum, Aquavit, Jägermeister, Pumpkin Pie, Lemon, Orange, Angostura Bitters, Nutmeg

Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r!

Flor de Caña 4-yr Gold Rum, Plantation O.F.T.D., Leblon Cachaça, Sweet Potato, Cointreau, Marshmallow Orgeat, Lime

 

Koala-La La La, La La La La

Bombay Sapphire Gin, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth, Pine, Lime, Eucalyptus Syrup, Orange Bitters

 

Run Run Rudolph

Hendrick’s Gin, Mulled Wine Purée, Lemon, Cane Syrup, Torresella Prosecco

 

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree

Cazadores Reposado Tequila, Ilegal Mezcal, St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur, Spiced Brown Sugar Syrup, Lime, Egg White, Club Soda, Angostura Bitters, Cinnamon

 

Jingle Ball Nog

Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac, Lustau Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Luxardo Maraschino, Brown Butter, Cinnamon, Cherry, Vanilla, Almond Milk, Cream, Sugar, Egg, Nutmeg

 

 

2018 SHOTS

Nice Shot

Mt. Gay Black Barrel Rum, Peppermint Tea, Chocolate

Naughty Shot

Fistful of Bourbon, Cinnamon, Spice

 

 

MIRACLE ON 5th ST. ORIGINAL CHALKBOARD SPECIALS

 

Porter’s Coffee Break

Jameson Caskmates Irish Whiskey, Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee, Guinness-Maple Syrup, Salted-Cinnamon Cream

 

Santa’s ‘Tussin

Glenfiddich Fire & Cane Scotch, Ginger, Honey, Lemon juice, Pimento Dram,

Star Anise 

 

Noche de Navidad

Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Ginger Snap Syrup, Ancho Reyes, Cacao, Cassia,

Mole bitters, Orange peel

 

Drunk & Alone

Mystery Shot. Better than coal.

Did you wake up thinking: Today would be a wonderful day to find a kitty friend? Well you are in luck! The Tarrytown location of Austin Pets Alive! is full so they are waiving adoption fees.

They’ll have both kitties with FeLV and kitties without FeLV for you to meet. Fosters and adoption counselors will be on hand to introduce them and let you know what it’s like to have a cat with Feline Leukemia in your family.

See you there! Mrow!

Time: noon – 6 p.m.

Location:
Austin Pets Alive Tarrytown Adoption Center
3108 Windsor Rd.
Austin, Texas 78703

Here’s your chance to win a super romantic Austin staycation! Krystal Luxuries chauffeur service will pick you up and whisk you away to the luxurious W Austin where you will spend two nights with extra special perks. Your chauffeur will take you to Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille for a truly Rare and Well Done® experience. Award-winning Perry’s is famous for their seven-finger-high pork chop, butcher-fresh prime steaks, flaming desserts, reserve wine, and handcrafted cocktails. 
 
To enter, just follow Krystal Luxuries, W Austin, and Perry’s Steakhouse on Facebook and Instagram. To get an additional entry, you can direct message your email to Krystal Luxuries. 
 
Please note: You must be 21, and the hotel will require CC incidentals. The booking is subject to availability and blackout dates. Don’t forget to tip your driver, bellhop, and waitstaff. Emails gathered from giveaway participants may receive exclusive offers from Krystal Luxuries, W Austin, and Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille.

Horseshoe Bay Resort has just announced the return of its 14th annual Wine, Dine and Jazz Festival, in the Texas Hill Country Wine and Lake Region. The festival includes celebrity chef cooking demonstrations from Food Network Star Sarah Penrod, James Beard Award nominee Roberto Madrid, CHOPPED winner Shehu Fitzgerald and Horseshoe Bay Resort Executive Chef Jay Hunter, as well as world class wine tastings, food pairings and live musical performances from the Jon Klekman Trio and The Huntertones. Come try some delicious bites and wine pairing collaborations from over 25 different food and wine vendors, including Becca Schaffer, Flat Creek Enoteca, Horseshoe Bay Yacht Club, Mark Wine Group, Flat Creek Winery, and Torr Na Lochs Vineyard & Winery.

Photo courtesy of Horseshoe Bay Resort

The event will be held on Friday, November 16th and Saturday, November 17th, and will only be open to resort members and overnight guests so you won’t want to miss out on this amazing experience! You can purchase weekend hotel packages that include access to all the festivals events online at https://www.hsbresort.com/wineanddine.aspx. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support disaster relief in the Highland Lakes area.

Schedule:
Friday, November 16th
Wine Dinner and Auction, Horseshoe Bay Resort
6:30 p.m. Reception | 7 p.m. Dinner

Includes a seated five-course dinner and wine pairing prepared by the Horseshoe Bay Resort Culinary Team and celebrity chefs.

Saturday, November 17th
Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstrations, Whitewater Palm D‘Or Pavilion
11 a.m. | Chef Roberto Madrid
Noon | Chef Sarah Penrod
1 p.m. | Chef Shehu Fitzgerald

Horseshoe Bay Resort Wine and Dine Stroll, Live Oak Event Lawn
2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

During these hours vendors will be competing for the highly-acclaimed “Silver Spoon Award”, so prepare yourselves for a wide variety of amazing food and wine pairings while enjoying a jazz, funk and soul performance from The Huntertones.

Address:
Horseshoe Bay Resort
200 Hi Circle North
Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657

*Free self parking in hotel lot or $20 overnight valet

If you love to ski (or just après ski and drink hot toddies all day), this is a pretty exciting development—Taos, New Mexico wants you to come visit so badly that they’ve started their own nonstop airline from Austin and Dallas.

This is not some crappy bargain airline that charges you for breathing and using the bathroom on the plane, it’s a high-style charter jet for a super reasonable price! Tickets start at just $400 roundtrip and the airline will be making trips from December through March.

Taos Air is being touted as the fastest and easiest route to the Rockies. There are no baggage fees for up to two bags, free changes if you make them at least 24-hours in advance, and late check-in up to 30 minutes before time of departure. It’s like going back in time to when air travel was civilized and enjoyable! This is a public charter, and that also means no TSA checkpoints.

You can book your flight by clicking here or calling 833-359-8267.

The charter is getting a lot of buzz, so you might want to plan that ski trip before they sell out for the season. That beautiful powder is calling your name. We love Austin, but this is worth skipping town for.

 

 

 

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. 

 
Austin is famous for a lot of things. Live music, world-class barbecue, and hippies notwithstanding, the city is now a brewery mecca. In the past five years, the craft beer industry is booming in the Capital City, thanks to a dozen or so very dedicated brewers cropping up in the area. None of them are run-of-the-mill, boring taprooms, and all are worth visiting (because, at the very least … beer). Here are a bunch of our local favorites:
 

“East on Sixth Street,” reads the Hops & Grain website, “when it ends you’re there.” Open seven days a week, sample some award winning drafts from this sustainable brewery. Constantly evolving, beers like the Green House IPA are made with different hops every month, so that you’re not always drinking the same beer. The taproom is humans-only, but the patio outside is a perfect place for a pour and a pup, and make sure to grab a bag of Brew Biscuits to go, made from malted grains left over from the brewing process. Take the tour, where you might get to try something not yet available even in the taproom.

Recommended beer to try: The One They Call Zoe, an American pale lager.

For a truly unique brewery experience, check out the other taproom on East Sixth, Zilker Brewing Co. Every aspect of the brewing process is on display for visitors to Zilker, as they sit at a custom, handcrafted bar in the center of the room. Zilker became an East Side hotspot almost as soon as it opened, its beautiful can art is now iconic. You’ll recognize the look of the Marco IPA right away. There’s great people watching here if you sit out on the patio in front of the store.

Recommended beer to try: Coffee Milk Stout, a coffee milk stout.

The canned beer revolution in Austin seems to have started at Austin Beerworks. Now, it seems like every local beer comes canned-only, but in May of 2011, these curious white, blue, brown, and green cans starting cropping up all over Central Texas. Take a trip to the tap room, where you can sample from ABW’s “core four,” though I recommend tasting something from their “exclusives” list, which is where the brewery gets really experimental. Right now, ABW is pouring an IPA made with blood oranges, for example. There’s also a rotating schedule of offerings from some of Austin’s tastiest food trucks, like Evil Weiner and Texas Chili Queens.

Recommended beer to try: Heavy Machinery, a double IPA.

If you’re willing to go for a bit of a drive, it’s imperative you make it out to Jester King Brewery, a farmhouse brewery on a huge plot that is family (and dog!) friendly. Featuring some truly unique sour beers, farmhouse ales, and imperial stouts, Jester King is a different experience than the others on this list, but no less important. Also of note: you can purchase to-go bottles of Jester King’s own suds, or from a remarkable list of beers that the brewery distributes. As a bonus, Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza is located on the property, featuring delicious pizza and pints of some of the best non-Jester King beers available in Texas, like Lone Pint’s incomparable Yellow Rose IPA.

Recommended beer to try: Atrial Rubicite, a barrel-aged sour.

St. Elmo was founded by two guys who espouse the belief that, “every style of beer has its special place in life.” They drive this home again and again and it’s the philosophy behind this brewery that opened in 2016 and is named after the street it sits on in East Austin. Seriously, they like ALL THE BEER. This bar, beer hall, and beer garden is open six days a week and has a super delish resident food truck called Soursop that serves up Asian drinking food.

Recommended beer to try: Wendy, a summer ale.

Adelbert’s Brewery has been around since 2011 and in addition to a bunch of awards, they can boast about using non-GMO Bohemian floor malted barley, Noble hops, and fresh yeast propagated right on the premises. In short, they take beer very very seriously and their taproom offers tastings and tours to help you get up to speed on the latest and greatest in microbrew-ology. This one is located up north, on Rutland Dr., right off of Burnet Road. Bring your dogs and kids to the picnic tables outside and waste away a solid afternoon.

Recommended beer to try: Black Rhino, an earthy ale with hints of coffee and cocoa.

Pinthouse Pizza (and craft brewpub!) has two locations in Austin, one on Lamar and one on Burnet. They’ve got a long list of mainstay and seasonal options you need to drink. The operation focuses on quality ingredients and sustainable business practices, which makes them an ideal fit for this city. And it doesn’t hurt that the beer chases down the cheesy goodness of their artisan-style pizza menu beautifully. Order a “Cannonball” pie and you’ll be so happy. Their website even has a live feed of the tap menu at both locations so you don’t have to get off the couch until your beer is calling.

Recommended beer to try: Old Beluga, an amber ale.

Last, but certainly not least, we have the ABGB (which stands for Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., but no one calls it that). This place has become a fixture of good times and good atmosphere on Oltorf down south. We’re so glad this brewery/restaurant/temple of fun was brought into the world five years ago. It’s been an awesome local addition. The owners believe, “beer has the power to make everything better” and we heartily agree. It’s kind of why we went to the trouble of putting this list together! In addition to great beer, they have a full menu with great pizzas and lots of live music.

Recommended beer to try: Rocket 100, a pre-prohibition-style pilsner.

ATXcursions

Alright, so this company isn’t actually a brewery, you got us there, but they are far and away the best way to see the local breweries. ATXcursions offers all-inclusive brewery tours every weekend that allow you to visit three Austin breweries and sample delicious beer to your heart’s content. If you give them a few hours of your time, they’ll make your whole day!

Not only do they provide a sober ride to and from each stop, but they also send you with a knowledgable beer guide who can answer your questions and make beer recommendations. From the critical connoisseur to the care-free consumer, their services will make any beer drinker feel #blessed. Click here to book a brewery tour with ATXcursions.

ATXcursions – (866) 759-7375 

 

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!

Location:
4500 South Pleasant Valley Road, Building 1, Suite #106,
Austin, TX 78744