Archive for ‘Going Out’

July 11, 2012

Aspen: Green Drinks

Thursday from 5-7pm, meet new people, learn some stuff, snag some snacks, AND check out the new exhibit Seasons of the Nuche at Aspen Historical Society—a must for anyone who calls Aspen home, even part time. It’s your history!

green drinks

June 26, 2012

New Summer Drink Coco Breve

You know how when you’re floating the river, nothing tastes better than Keystone? But if you’re anywhere else, nothing tastes worse?

Coco Brevé will likely taste better than Keystone on the river—although I did not test this assertion.

This is no small feat. Because literally nothing tastes better.

kiwi lime coco breve

But the coconut water bevvie’s bubbles and alcohol are a pretty killer combo for a hot summer day in a toob, on a boat, by the beach, lounging poolside … you get the idea.

Coco Brevé is launching in Austin and Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami and San Diego this summer with two flavors: Kiwi Lime and Mango Citrus. I preferred Kiwi Lime, though both taste more like coconut water than their respective flavors. I love coconut water. Some people do not.

Specs: 12-ounce bottles at 4.2 percent alcohol by volume and 130 calories

Bottom line: hydrate while you drink? Yes. /

Intrigued? Luckily, you’re invited to the Coco Brevé launch party at—where else?—The W’s WET pool. Invite below + don’t forget to RSVP!

coco breve invite

Sidebar: Have you guys tried Shiner’s Summer Seasonal Ruby Redbird? Ginger + Grapefruit at just 4.2 ABV is HEAVEN in a bottle … mix me a cooler of Coco Brevés and Shiner Redbirds and I will last sun-up to sun-down, slightly drunk and incredibly happy. 

June 11, 2012

Austin: Turtle Summer on Barrio Sixth

turtle racing in austin

All four Austin-area locations of Little Woodrow’s will host a 12-week turtle-racing extravaganza. June 18 through Sept. 3, each of four Little Woodrow’s will host weeknight turtle-racing events: Tuesdays at Southpark Meadows, Wednesdays at Parmer Lane, Thursdays in Bee Cave, and Fridays on Sixth Street.

A testament to turtle tenacity, the Little Woodrow’s turtle-racing events pit six quick-footed turtles—each donning stickers with designated numbers that represent their sponsors—in a caged race to reach one of six sponsor buckets at the outer-lying edges of the race cage. Place bets on which turtle will win and get the chance to win prizes including T-shirts and Woodrow’s bucks.

star barrio austin

Join West Sixth staple Star Bar for their summer Star Barrio from 4pm to 2am every Thursday starting June 14.

FREE nacho bar starting at 7p and drink specials including barrio favorites Mexican Bulldogs, Mexican Beer, Ghost Pepper Tequila, and Palomas. Happy Hour 4-7p with additional drink specials all night.

More summer fun:

Sunday: Geeks Who Drink at 7p / $10 combo with Yumi Burger for a burger and an adult milkshake$3 local drafts

Monday: All-Night Happy Hour

Tuesday: Texas Tuesdays / $3 local drafts and $3 Deep Eddy all night

Wednesday: Wine and Cheese Night / Complimentary Antonelli’s cheese plate (three artisan cheeses, charcuterie, organic grapes and waterwheel flatbreads) with all half or full bottles of wine

June 7, 2012

Aspen: Beyond the Body

June 5-July 17, 2012: Beyond the Body is a group exhibition at LivAspenArt featuring new work by young up-and-coming Aspen artists Jacob Rhodes, Paul Anthony Smith, Paul Brainard, Stanley Bell, Mark Brendon Smith, Carly Sewell (art below), Stephanie Dodes and Marshall Korshak, Paul Harmon, Matt Neuman, Clancy Philbrick, and Mariana Vieira.

carly sewall art

June 14th, 5-9p: A reception sponsored by Aspen Magazine, Creperie Du Village & Greenbriar Distillery will follow a discussion on “the body” as a historically and culturally contingent category, a material locus of practices and an object of fashioning and self-identification.

LivAspenArt Gallery, 414 East Cooper Ave., Aspen, Colorado /

May 21, 2012

Spicy Summer Cocktails

No, I haven’t already this summer gone through an entire handle of tequila infused with jalapenos for making spicy ‘ritas—yet! I have been brining the heat to Aspen, so to speak (we’re experiencing a way-early summer anyway regardless of my cocktail-making), but I’m always looking for more spicy-delicious cocktails. Just in time for Memorial Day, I was thrilled to score recipes from the W Austin’s libationist, Joyce Garrison. Read on for her latest and greatest … after all, nobody does spicy summer cocktails better than Texans.

Jalapeno Cucumber Lemonade

1 ½ oz Tito’s Vodka
2.5 oz Cucumber water
1oz jalapeño infused simple syrup
1oz lemon juice
Build in pint glass
Strain into glass with Kold draft
Garnish with cucumber spear

Sandia Sipper

1 ½ oz Cazadores Respoda Tequila
.5 oz lime juice
3 cubes watermelon
Pinch of Cayenne pepper
1/8 oz Agave nectar
Muddle watermelon with lime juice in shaker glass.  Add all ingredients with ice and shake.  Strain into rocks glass with ice and half rim of salt.  Garnish with watermelon cube and lime wedge.

Get WET (inspired by the W’s WET pool)

*Hendrick’s gin 1.5oz
St. Germain .5 oz
*Lemon juice .5
*Simple syrup  .5 oz
Grapefruit juice 1.5 oz
Bubbles (bubbly water)
Shake all without bubbles and pour over fresh ice then top with bubbles

*I make a version of this cocktail all the time without lemon or simple syrup, and it’s delicious. Other versions use jalapeno-infused gin for that summer spice or tequila for a kick.

Happy summer!!

April 2, 2012

Austin: Euphoria Music Festival

There’s a new kid on the block y’all, and he’s too cool for school. Euphoria Music Festival is going down April 7th at Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, Texas. It is going to be an amazing blend of art/culture/EDM music. There will be fire dancers, acro, performers galore, and some really awesome custom stages and even more amazing EDM artists from around the world. And we’ve snagged you a killer discount: use code lifeinaustin for $10 off at Euphoria Music Festival! GA tix are $49.50, VIP $69.50 before the discount.

Lineup highlights: Roger Shah (Germany) White Panda (US) Lange (UK) Glenn Morrison (Canada) LA Riots (US) Darth and Vader (Brazil) Calvertron (UK) Welder (US) /

March 14, 2012

Locals SXSW 2012

local badge

I remember joking about making a LOCAL badge in 2008. Finally someone really did it—good work, kids, good work. Click here to print the thing out, find out what the QR code says, and more.

Three more Local-y things this week for SXSW:

1. Local Band Achachay! Plays a Billion Venues

Thurs March 15th: Northeast by Southwest House Party @ 1180 Sol Wilson Ave (78702) 1-6 P (Free Beer and BBQ!)
Thurs March 15th: Townhouse, 10P
Fri March 16th: EchoCloud Unoffical SXSW Showcase, Hole in the Wall, 1A
Sat March 17th: Thirsty Planet Brewery St. Patty’s Day Party, 11A-2P
Sat March 17th: Betsy’s Bar, 10:30P

This is my baby bro’s band, go check them out amidst your busy SX music sched!

2. University of Texas’s student-run radio station showcases

KVRXplosion 2012
When: Wednesday, 3/14/2012 from 12:30 PM-2 AM
Where: Spider House
FREE admission!
“Beerly There” at Domy Books
When: Saturday, 3/17/2012 from 12-8 PM
Where: Domy Books- Austin
FREE admission!

3. Whole Foods Tunes

Friday, March 16:
O.N.E. Coconut Water Presents Live Music @ Whole Foods Market downtown (Lamar/6th) on a “O.N.E. of a KIND” stage, 3p–11p featuring The Cringe, Warner Drive, The Parlotones, Diane Birch, Imagine Dragons, The Chevin, The Silent Comedy, Standing Shadows and special guests—rumor has it Semi-Precious Weapons just confirmed.

Saturday, March 17:
Thrillcall Presents Live Music @ Whole Foods Market downtown (Lamar/6th) on a “O.N.E. of a KIND” stage, Noon–11p featuring Metro Station, Rachael Yamagata, Quiet Company, Graffiti6, Allen Stone, OK Sweetheart, Ume, Dead Sara, Retro Stefson, The Ettes, Loquat, Tommy Brunett, Native June, Brad Standley and the Foxflies and special guests.

The events on the Whole Foods Market headquarters store rooftop plaza. Quantum Collective member will raise support and awareness for charity partners including Whole Planet Foundation by allowing users to recommend and buy music and products they love in order to help causes they care about (100 percent of revenue will be donated to causes selected by users).

Sponsors (free stuff): O.N.E. Coconut Water, KIND snack bars, Late July Organic Snacks, Duvel Belgian Beer, LaPan’s Food, Pirate’s Booty, House of Marley headphones, Logitech and UE earphones, Kala ukuleles, Propellerhead/Reason software, Seagate, TC Electronic


Bonus event: Not quite local but everyone still wants to go

Or will charging for his infamous party ruin demand for Perez Hilton’s ONE NIGHT IN AUSTIN?

Austin Music Hall / SaturdayMarch 178p2a.

“Music is the answer!” says Hilton. “For the first time ever, I am going to be selling tickets to my annual SXSW event! These tickets will GUARANTEE entrance to what is always the hottest party in all of Austin. This year, I have decided to donate all of the money raised through ticket sales to The VH1 Save The Music Foundation. It combines two things I am passionate about – music and inspiring youth. I can’t wait!”

Headliners will be revealed on day by day. The event will feature a Miami Oasis pop-up lounge from the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, as March marks their inaugural Miami Film Month. Official water sponsor FIJI Water will host a complimentary live screen printing bar where attendees can choose from one of four limited edition tee shirt designs. Guests will also be able to experience SOUL by Ludacris headphones in their dedicated onsite listening lounge.

March 12, 2012

Aspen: LivAspenArt Loves Fashion Celebration: “Verbatim” 5-9pm

Apocalypse? Fabulous" by Carly Sewell
LivAspenArt is pleased to announce the Second Annual LivAspenArt Loves Fashion Celebration: “Verbatim”, a group exhibition featuring new work by my fabulous friend Carly Sewell, featured above! plus Matt Neuman, Shelly SafirMarolt, Mark Brendon Smith, and Stephanie Dodes & Marshall Korshak, with a special trunk show by Virgin, Saints & Angels, and a fashion show with Spring pieces from local favorite “The Gallerie”.

Reception March 13th from 5-9p with DJ Echo DaFunk. Libations from sponsor Aspen Magazine. There will be a discussion with Andrea Shenk on the Emerging Collector from 5 – 5:30pm.

Verbatim: marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact; “an exact mind”; “an exact copy”; “hit the exact center of the target.”

With our show this month “Verbatim”, we ask you to look at both the direct target hit by the artist’s intention, and to question how we as the audience either respond “word for word” and “eye for eye” or if our digestion of the work and interpretation takes us beyond this visual-verbatim experience.

The show will be on view March 10th – April 22nd at LivAspenArt Gallery /  414 East Cooper Avenue. /

March 7, 2012

SXSW 2012

A funny thing has happened to SXSW, which I started to write about in last year’s SXSW wrap-up post: it has tipped. That is, it is no longer a little festival for the geeks of three respective industries, it’s a destination festival for an unheard-of combination of (startup) companies, corporations, and consumers (aka Spring Breakers). There’s possibly nothing else like it in the world, that lasts for so many days and so completely consumes a city (Carnivale?).

So for the first time in FIVE years, I’m not going to SXSW. And much to my surprise, when I let the people and PR companies throwing the parties and events surrounding SXSW interactive, film, and music know that I won’t be in town for it this year, the vast majority have e-sighed and said something along the lines of wishing they weren’t going to be in town either.

We are so jaded, Austinites.

Rambling aside, many of you will be in town, and even if you aren’t going big (which I cannot even pretend to recommend anymore, it’s beyond exhausting), below are six things you should probably take a look at …

1. Daytime Party List

Since I won’t be compiling the massive spreadsheet I have in the past, you NEED the 2012 SXSW Daytime Party List from Sperry Media. This is the first draft, a final will be published next week. I cannot stress enough, if you might possibly maybe be thinking about possibly hitting up a party, RSVP RSVP RSVP. And RSVP again. Except not really, just make sure you RSVP once.

Alternatively, Do512 has a SXSW take over on their always-happening website and you can:

2. Check out the new stuff, like a work collab

Texenza Coffee shop (4th and Congress) during South by Southwest is turning into a great place to collaborate and work. They’ll be giving away free breakfast, lunch, coffee, and drinks to anyone who stops by. March 9-13 from 9a-7p. You probably have actual work to get done, so stop by and do it while networking your face off.

3. Check out the old standbys, like the Four Seasons’ morning acoustic music showcases

Four Seasons Hotel Austin and KUT-FM 90.5 are once again teaming up for early-morning music. Wednesday, March 14 through Saturday, March 17, $10 gets you a breakfast taco and unlimited coffee, while the money goes to Austin’s Seton Shivers Cancer Center at Brackenridge Hospital. New this year, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Austin will offer complimentary hand massages and mini-facials throughout each day’s event. The music schedule (each artist performs a 30-minute set):

•Wednesday, March 14 (7 – 11am) – Lost in the Trees, Grace Woodroofe, M. Ward, Cotton Mather
•Thursday, March 15 (7 – 11am) –  Kat Edmonson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jimmy Cliff, Punch Brothers
•Friday, March 16 (7 – 11am) – Ruthie Foster, Motopony, James Mercer, Trampled by Turtles, Nneka
•Saturday, March 17 (8am – 12noon) – Sons of Fathers, Glen Hansard, Justin Townes Earle, Nada Surf

4. Another app

You will go into new app overload during SXSW, but the good news is that the cream will rise to the top and the rest will simply get deleted (though somehow apps are never really deleted, but I digress). One possibility for widespread adoption is a new geosocial service called glomper. The mobile-and-web app ties together check-ins and sharing across already active social platforms facebook, twitter, instagram, foursquare, etc. but is strongly event-focused—so it’s more about partying. You can see all the events nearby by type/date and you will be able to share your plans to visit them before they start and then to check-in when you arrive.

Launch event Mar. 11 from 3-7p, at the Launch787 next to Moonshine. Free but you need to RSVP:

5. Spa getaway in town(ish)

Hiatus Spa + Retreat is doing a SXSW Escape promo—book a service for 25% off, or any two services for 30% off. GET A MASSAGE FROM CHRISTOPHER. / 1611 West 5th Street #155 / (512) 362-5777

Lakeway Resort and Spa on Lake Travis is 18 miles northwest of downtown Austin. They’ve got events all week for families, but even if you’re not staying there, you can get away and enjoy the Hill Country Festival with live music and kids activities on March 10th and 11th at 3p or a St. Patrick’s Day Beer Garden + entertainment on March 17th at 6p. The spa at the resort has also put together the San Saba Spa Delight, a 50-minute signature facial and a traditional manicure for $148 to rejuvenate during or after your SXSW adventures. Post-SXSW, refresh with a nightly rate of $125 for March 18 – March 22 only. Promo code is SPRING.

6. Three rules to live by

I posted 11 SXSW Rules last year, but let’s face it, there are really only three important rules: (1) drink a thousand times more water than you think you need to, (2) wear your sunscreen unless it’s raining which it might be, and (3) relax—there’s no way you will ever make it to everything, so enjoy what you’re doing and forget about the rest.

March 6, 2012

Austin: Alamo’s New Cocktail Lounges Midnight Cowboy & 400 Rabbits

Alamo Drafthouse recently announced its first cocktail lounge, called 400 Rabbits. Which was cool enough, but THEN they announced that they’re looking for 400 Loyal Austin Patrons who will collectively be known as “The 400 Rabbits.” The 400 Rabbits will be determined by various methods including a Facebook Scavenger Hunt, Radio giveaways, onsite Geeks Who Drink Trivia nights, and more.

Each of “The 400 Rabbits” will receive a variety of prizes, including a 20% discount on their food and beverage in the 400 Rabbits lounge for one year and exclusive invitations to special events and tastings.

The first three methods of entry into “The 400 Rabbits” are detailed as follows: 

1. LOYAL CUSTOMERS: Customers are able to input their name into a drawing for every $10 they spend at 400 Rabbits. 40 people will be drawn at random to win a “rabbit” spot. Enter to win during 3/8 – 3/31. Winner drawn on 4/2.

2. ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE SLAUGHTER LANE GIVEAWAY: Alamo Slaughter Lane will randomly give away a Rabbit spot to one person every day from 3/8 – 3/31 for a total of 24 Rabbit spots.

3. TRIVIA NIGHTS: 400 Rabbits will host a Geeks who Drink trivia night every week throughout March and April. The winning teams will be awarded a Rabbit spot – 50 spots total.

For more on “The 400 Rabbits” promotion visit

The cocktail lounge will have its grand opening on March 22nd. The name is derived from the Aztec goddess Mayahuel; the lounge will serve a bar menu centered around agave spirits (tequila, mezcal, sotol) and food inspired by Latin American street fare. A sneak of some of the food and drinks:

400 Rabbits Food

Torta Ahogada – Carnitas, pickled onions, refried white beans, and cotija, on a toasted bolillo drowned in arbol sauce topped with fresh oregano and served with chips.

Sonoran Hot Dog – Bacon wrapped hot dog, flat grilled with green chile salsa, lettuce, white beans, pickled onions, tomato, jicama, cilantro mayo, and cotija in a bolillo.

Sherry Darling: Reposado tequila, orange infused sherry, grand marnier + La Playa Sunset: Silver tequila, Zyco coconut water, falernum, lime, bitters + Me Encante: no idea what's in that

Alamo beverage director Bill Norris took a sabbatical to Jalisco last year to learn the production methods and history of Tequila and to prepare the 400 Rabbits menu. Executive Chef John Bullington has created a selection of snacks that pair perfectly with Bill’s tequila-centric bar offerings. “The food is inspired by interior Latin American street food while using fresh and local ingredients” says Chef Bullington. I’ve always loved Alamo’s focus on local ingredients!

In Other News: Midnight Cowboy Modeling

Alamo Drafthouse is also opening a cocktail lounge, Midnight Cowboy on East Sixth Street, on March 9th.  For over thirty years, Midnight Cowboy Oriental Modeling operated as a brothel in plain sight. Now, that formerly nefarious spot has been transformed into Austin’s premier cocktail destination. Under a red light, through an unmarked door, come find a 48-seat, reservation-based cocktail lounge, featuring drinks designed by Alamo Drafthouse Beverage Director Bill Norris and Midnight Cowboy manager Brian Dressel (formerly of FINO, East Side Showroom and Bar Congress) and a luxurious interior design by Joel Mozersky.

Midnight Cowboy can accommodate groups of up to eight people, and Mozersky has transformed three former “massage” rooms into private tables for groups of six to eight people, with booths for smaller parties in the front room.

Cocktails will be prepared tableside by highly-experienced bartenders, feature hand cut ice, premium spirits and freshly squeezed juice from an innovative and rotating menu of original cocktails, obscure classics, and modern favorites from our bartender friends in other cities.

Reservations can be made at beginning on Tuesday, March 6th at Noon CST. When a reservation is made, guests will be provided with the procedure for entry through Midnight Cowboy’s unmarked door and welcomed into Austin’s first true luxury cocktail experience.

Midnight Cowboy House Rules

Midnight Cowboy is a relaxing oasis in the midst of the Sixth Street liveliness. To ensure this atmosphere, we don’t allow smoking, guns, cell phone calls, laptops, games, or rowdiness.  If you must smoke or make a call, please do so on the rear patio.  Please keep your conversations at a reasonable level, and enjoy fine cocktails and the finer company of your companions.

While our cocktails might loosen inhibitions and the building’s past might encourage licentiousness, we ask that you refrain from public displays of affection and unwelcome advances towards members of other parties.

Tables at Midnight Cowboy are available for reservation. Reservations are for two hours and no parties larger than 8 can be accommodated. All reasonable (and legal) services will be considered by your bartenders and hosts.

I always wondered about that whole brothel-in-plain-sight thing. So I pretty much pasted that press release verbatim … I can’t make this stuff up. Perfect for SXSW but will it last? 


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