The college kids dig Sixth Street, hip cats dig the east side, and shoppers flock to South Congress or The Domain. But there’s a rad collection of bars, restaurants, boutiques, and entertainment in the heart of downtown, in Austin’s 2ND Street District.[Read more…]
Throughout the course of my Speakeasy Secrets series, I’ve been reminded over and over that the term “speakeasy” can be earned in a number of ways. Some speakeasies get the distinction because of their devotion to craft cocktails. Others offer Prohibition-era decor and an early 1900s vibe. Then there are the speakeasies that pride themselves on secrecy. Maybe they require a code or a password. Maybe they’re hidden, perhaps even behind a storefront that could only be described as outdated. Like a floppy disk repair shop.
The first time I noticed Floppy Disk Repair Co. on East Fifth and Brazos, I did a double take. New to Austin, I wondered what most people who aren’t in the know must wonder: how does a floppy disk repair shop survive in 2019? Only later did I hear rumors of a speakeasy behind the confusing storefront.[Read more…]
It can take hours for everyone in a group text to agree on where to eat. Diverse tastes, allergies, lifestyles, and ages are all factors. You need a place chic enough for young professionals, but relaxed enough for squiggly families; healthy enough for fit friends, but tasty enough for the foodie in the group. Friends, you are in luck. I’ve found your next hangout and it is just right: Rosedale Kitchen and Bar.[Read more…]
Come March, the excitement of South by Southwest Conference & Festivals will take over Austin. Behind all our fun is a team of specialists and volunteers who make everything come together. This happens at the new SXSW Center on Lavaca Street, where the general public can enjoy SouthBites year-round.[Read more…]
Guest article by James Lipari
On Sept. 28, 2019, at Fiesta Gardens, Austin will once again proudly host the state’s largest beer event, Texas Craft Brewers Festival.
If you’ve ever been to a beer festival, you may know what to expect. With over 75 breweries in attendance serving samples of their hard work, you are bound to find your next favorite beer. If you haven’t been to a beer festival, then this is the one you really shouldn’t miss. Even if you don’t think you like beer, it could just be that you haven’t had the right one yet.[Read more…]
You can’t just walk into Midnight Cowboy on a Saturday night and expect to get the experience, or the cocktails, everyone raves about. Certain steps are necessary. This may be why it took me three years to visit what is perhaps Austin’s most well-known speakeasy. Planning ahead has never been my strong suit.
When I made my reservation, found the hidden door, rang the bell, and sat in a booth for the first time, it didn’t take long to figure out why so many people recommended Midnight Cowboy over the years. For the sixth installment of The Austinot’s Speakeasy Secrets series, I’ll teach you how you too can have this same experience, and why you should make it a priority to do so.[Read more…]
Imagine your favorite breakfast item. Now, imagine it stuffed inside a waffle. Local food truck and catering company, Ooga Booga Waffles, has taken Austin’s waffle game to the next level. The local business has created a fun twist on a traditional breakfast item, and it’s something you don’t want to miss.
Whether you’re a fan of sweet or savory items, Ooga Booga Waffles will make your next breakfast one of your most waffle-tastic.[Read more…]
Well, I done did it. When I moved here from NYC six years ago, if you told me I’d end up having a kid and living in an Austin suburb, I would’ve called you insane. Yet two months ago, my wife, three-year-old, and I moved into an adorable home in Cedar Park. It’s even on a cul-de-sac for Pete’s sake. We’re officially ‘burbing.
While the cool kids in Austin proper consider Cedar Park a cultural wasteland, I’m here to set the record straight. Sure, it may not be a bastion of foodie goodness like the city’s hipper neighborhoods, but Williamson County dwellers have more than chain restaurants and fast causal to keep the taste buds tantalized.
Here’s an insider’s guide about where to eat in this fine town of friends and families, including a couple spots just outside the city limits.[Read more…]
The first time I went to Texas Hill Country as a wine destination was about 15 years ago. It was akin to visiting a small farm, and I left without bothering to dream of what it could become.
If this story were made into a romantic comedy, a montage would now begin of Texas wine makers learning the Texas grapes, testing and finding the grape varietals that were going to work best in Texas, and building beautiful tasting rooms and properties. People from all over the world would hear of the Texas Wine Country region, as the number of wineries grew to more than 260. I would return a decade later, and fall in love.[Read more…]
If the spirit of Austin could be materialized into a spirit, then Dulce Vida tequila packs the right type of punch. It’s crafted with care, low-carb, vegan, and mellow yet flavorful. It even has a positive impact on the Austin community through partnerships with nonprofits.[Read more…]