Category Archives: Nightlife

Austin Wine Festival 2k9!

Photo courtesy of Yashima via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license

Photo courtesy of Yashima via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license

I know what you’re thinking.  Austin Wine Festival.  Sounds expensive.  But wait!  Don’t judge a post by its title!

This festival is actually very inexpensive for the deal you are getting!

“Imagine an entire grassy acre of music, food, fun and vino bliss.”

The 3rd annual Austin Wine Festival is a three day event May 23-25 held at The Domain in North Austin.  The fesival features wine from over 30 local Texas Wineries only, as well as music, seminars and food!  Also, this is the only festival in Texas where you are able to purchase whichever wine you like best right then and there!  And to show you this festival is the real deal…over 6,500 were in attendance last year!

And it gets better.  All event proceeds benefit the Austin Farmers’ Market.  What better way to support locally while enjoying tons of local wine, music and food!

So now, on to prices.  An adult 1-day pass is only $20 and will get you admission into the festival along with a “10-tab Wine Sampler wrist band for wine sampling.”  You can use the 10 tabs for 10 wine tastings from any of the participating wineries or the tabs can be used for full glasses, which cost you 5 tabs.  Additional tastes are just $1 and wine by the glass is just $5.  Sounds like a good deal to me!

P.S.  For an exclusive wine festival experience pay an extra $5 to become a member of the Vintner Club.  Read more about what this means here!

Post by Kristin White

Monday Night Bowling Madness!!!

Texas Union Underground bowling, courtesy of will.tungs flickr

Texas Union Underground, photo courtesy of will.tung's flickr

I know, one too many exclamation points, but the Union has a wonderful deal on Monday nights. If you already feel like you need an escape from the week, the Union might just have what you are looking for.

Students can bowl for $1 per game. No shoes? Shoes are $1 as well. Normal games range from $2-$3 along, without shoe rental. (valid student ID required)

When: Monday nights from now until May 11. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Only three Mondays left)

Where: Texas Union Underground: The Underground is located at the corner of 24th and Guadalupe, directly beneath the theater. For additional information, please contact the Underground during business hours (Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 a.m., Sunday, noon-3 a.m.) at 512-475-6670.

Besides bowling, the Union also has pool tables.

post by Meera Rajagopalan

Luminous: UT Fashion At Its Finest

Luminous: University of Texas Fashion ShowWhen I think of fashion I usually next think of money.  These two items often go hand-in-hand.  However, this Friday you will have a great opportunity to have your fill of fashion for absolutely free.  The University of Texas Textiles and Apparel program will be hosting their annual end of year fashion show on April 24th at the Frank Erwin Center.

The show, titled “Luminous,” will feature the work of over 20 senior designers who have been working all semester.  They have spent lots of time preparing for the show, each designing four separate pieces.  The items will include daywear, casual wear, evening gowns and bridal gowns.

It is a community-wide event that everyone can enjoy.  Last year there were over 5,000 attendees to the show.   It’s a great way to spend your Friday evening.  There will be lots to see at this exciting show.

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Dancing With the Stars!

In Flight Entertainment, Austin Dancer, Photo by loudtiger, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

In Flight Entertainment, Austin Dancer, Photo by loudtiger, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

No, I don’t mean the stars from the hit tv series but you, yes, you sitting and reading this post right now! Dancing is a wonderful art, a great way to meet new people and learn a little more about other cultures. Here is the best part: Austin has a whole bunch of cheap, even free, ways to get your groove on!

Austin Uptown Dancing has a free workshop on April 30th in two step, swing and salsa. No partners are necessary. A Jack and Jill competition on April 26th for dance partners who want to challenge their lead and follow skills is a great opportunity for people who already have some dancing experience. Entry fee is only $2 per person. Check out other upcoming events at Uptown here.  Their weekly events include lots of workshops and classes and almost all of them are no more than $6-7! Here are maps to their North and South locations.

Austin Swing Syndicate is a great resource for swing lovers. It is a non-profit community of dancers and they promote swing, lindy and hip hop dancing in Austin. I personally think swing dance is the most fun for groups and couples because it is simple and the music is upbeat and cheerful. It is a great beginners dance too. With an annual membership of only $25 with the Syndicate, you can get free classes every Thursday. Their events have entry fees of only $2-5. See their calender here. Also, see some reviews about it at Yelp.

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Why Pay If You Don’t Know The Party is Good

Photo by Rebecca Ellen via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution

Photo by Rebecca Ellen via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution

Yes, Austin is known for its live music, but also its nightlife and with that comes its share of pricey clubs and bars. However, not every place is the right fit for every person, so why pay that annoying cover charge to that snobby bouncer if you don’t even know what is going on inside? Most often you have already waited in line or are with a bunch of friends so the paying is just something that happens….Stop! Its wastes money. If you are into exploring bars and don’t already have a set list of places you like to go, the Austin Chronicle’s Club Guide has a useful database of a lot of places that charge before you can even step in. Also, the Downtown Austin has a really good directory of nightlife spots with all the websites if you just can’t quite remember the name of the place you were Saturday night. Go figure, but it seems Austinites like to help other Austinites party. Another way to save when hitting the town is getting out early. Many places start charging cover after 10 or 11 p.m. and/or if they are having live music so planning or calling ahead is good too!

Post by Jill Harris

Austin’s Indie Coffee Shops

Soy Latte by BrittanyBush, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

Soy Latte by BrittanyBush, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

Before coming to the States, I hated coffee. I could not fathom why people would torture themselves with espresso shots and macchiatos when there were sweeter alternatives like hot chocolate or tea. Being Indian, I’ve always loved chai and the only coffee-based drink I ever had were the sugar-loaded frappuccinos from Starbucks. But living in Austin for nearly three years has made me a 360 degree convert. Lattes are now an integral part of my life. Recently, I have been on a quest to get cheaper coffee when I found myself spending a fortune on my caffeine fix.

I found several independently owned coffee places which served larger portions, had friendlier staff and cost much lesser than the larger chains. A decent-sized, regular latte at these places costs around 2 dollars lesser than the same amount at the bigger coffee chains.  For people who pick up coffees outside on a regular basis, that translates to about $450 savings per year overall!

Here are some places I like/have been recommended to visit:

  • La Tazza Fresca is a quaint, little place on Guadalupe and 37th and makes the most amazing mocha shakes! Their drinks are cheaper than those sold by the larger coffee chains and their ambiance is much prettier. I really liked the music they played the last time I went and best of all, they are open till 2am everyday! They have free wifi and if you like hookah, they have that too (I’m not trying to make you a decadent, I swear!) Get map and directions from the UT campus here.

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Live Graffiti Art Show..A Sight to See!

 Looking for something creative and destructive, yet legal to do this weekend?  Well then I’ve got just the thing for you!  Head over to Spider House for the Art Seen Alliance Emerge: ATX Graffiti Art Show this Saturday.  Things get started at 7 p.m. and its completely free to attend, although donations (benefitting the Austin EcoSchool) are accepted.  So…what exactly is this event you ask?

With live aerosol painting and laser tagging (yes!) and over 20 emerging graffiti artists, what more could you ask for?  There’s also performers and DJs!  Oh my!  And even better, the artists work will be on display from April 4-9  in case you can’t make it out to the party.  This is definitely a must see for anyone interested in art!

So maybe you love art but you’re not so sure about graffiti.  What is it?  How is it created?  How long has it been around?  Wikipedia has an excellent definition (of course) but this article also gives a good feel for the art.  French architect Alain-Dominique Gallizia puts it this way:

“Graffiti is evolving.  It’s just like classical art, there are genres, masters, schools, such as ‘wild style’ or ‘bubble’.”

Also check out The Graffiti Creator where you can create your own art and Art Crimes-The Writing on the Wall for some great pictures.  

So challenge your creativity and read up on this interesting form of art!  And then get out there and support our local Austin graffiti artists!