Every Tuesday at pm, the Michael Hale Trio with Mac Mc Intosh performs at cocktail den Half Step.This Rainey Street haunt stands out from its more raucous neighbors with its expertly crafted classic cocktails and dark, moody atmosphere.Or, ditch the lines and head to the fantastic (and under-the-radar) Le Roy and Lewis, where the menu rotates daily and the options never disappoint -- we’re talking pork belly, brisket, kimchi deviled eggs, BRISKET COOKIES, and more.Sure, it might be presumptuous to suggest an overnight stay right at the jump, but this hip new east side hostel -- with a stylish lounge that’s open to the public -- is also home to a bevy of cool weekly events.Check out your date’s competitive side -- while wearing goofy shoes.
You go out there and proceed to spin your date the wrong way, step on her feet, and almost drop her during the dip.
On Thursdays, it hosts an East Austin bar crawl followed by Night Shift, where Native’s in-house DJ collaborates with live musicians; on Friday nights, Austin’s top DJs provide tunes for the chic crowd; and Saturdays are for brunch and mimosas. Austin Film Society now has a two-screen theater showing independent, arthouse, classic, and cult films both old and new.
These are films you won’t find on any other screens in town, and better yet, AFS Cinema also has a menu of elevated snacks (like Smokey Denmark hot dogs), beer, wine, and cocktails (like the Firing Squad: Espolon blanco tequila, angostura bitters, lime juice, pomegranate molasses, Topo Chico).
All you have to do now is try not to blurt out something cripplingly embarrassing.
Grab a six-pack of Hops & Grain, then go to Peter Pan Mini Golf and play 18 incredibly kitschy (is there any other kind? Mini-golf (and beer) are perfect first-date icebreakers.
Galleries and artist studios are open to the public.