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She’s Not Here, 40 North Pizza, and Old Thousand have debuted a $7 happy hour food and beverage menu with half-priced bubbles, available at all three locations. 40 North also introduces a NEW Fried Chicken Sandwich made with southern fried chicken breast, Napa-Red cabbage slaw, buttermilk dressing, house pickles, and Fresnos on a challah bun. The Fried Chicken Sandwich is available on both 40 North’s happy hour and regular menus. She’s Not Here is also adding a NEW Menchie Katsu, puffed rice panko crusted pork steak stuffed with white cheddar and fried to golden perfection and accompanied with a kewpie ranch dipping sauce, to its happy hour and late-night offerings. Seven-dollar happy hour menu highlights include (full menus available here). She’s Not Here officially began lunch service on Monday, December 17th. The Pacific-Asian cocktail bar and kitchen, located downtown in the 2ND Street District, will serve Japanese-influenced fast-casual dishes Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Midnight Cowboy has debuted a new, collectible menu,Around the World: A Travel Guide. Featuring sixteen brand-new craft cocktails and a selection of “Classic Destinations” and “Non-Alcoholic Excursions,” the menu is a celebration of the wonders of travel. The menu is designed – naturally – as a passport. Guests may acquire their own personal copy, to be stamped by Midnight Cowboy’s Passport Control, as each drink is sampled. Guests who complete their journey around the world of cocktails will receive a limited edition enamel pin commemorating their global libations journey.
will move the Austin location of its urban winery to East Austin. Slated to open to the public in early 2019, the new space located at 702 Shady Lane will become the winery’s new Texas flagship. The award-winning winery also has its original location in Denver, CO with plans to open a new tasting room in Dallas.
Four Seasons Hotel Austin’s new restaurant is offering a series of festive drinks by head bartender Sarah Rahl for the holiday season. The line-up includes the Hearth and Haven, a bourbon cocktail with pear and cinnamon tea honey, the Forevergreen, a vibrant minty sipper and the World’s Best Buttered Rum made with barrel-aged Treaty Oak rum.
For those already tiring of Christmas cheer, W Austin’soffering up the chance to highlight your inner grinch with its Who-Tel Bar. The Grinchmas themed take-over will transform the hotel’s Secret Bar into a scene right out of Dr. Seuss’s Whoville, with a “W-centric” spin. The Who-Tel Bar will be open to the public for most nights until December 28th.
Independence Brewing Co. and Alamo Drafthouse have a holiday beer that has become a seasonal favorite among Alamo Drafthouse patrons—a yearly release called End Credits. The recipe for End Credits changes with each release and this year’s version is a German Chocolate Cake Stout. End Credits is available now through December 31 at all 20 Alamo Drafthouse locations in Texas and both Alamo Drafthouse locations in Denver.
For a limited time, Hopdoddy will be mixing up winter shakes such as Cranberry Cheesecake filled with cranberry, white chocolate and orange-scented cookie crumble and the Pecan Brown Sugar made with toasty pecans, maple & brown sugar, cinnamon and a hint of expresso. Pro tip: shakes can be taken To-go or can be made boozy and sipped on in-house!
Indulge in Mattie’s new featured dish for Neighborhood Family-Style Night. Made for sharing with friends, family and groups of four or more, enjoy a Beet Salad with cardamom yogurt, preserved lemon, arugula & hazelnuts + Beef Short Rib with red wine risotto, cremini mushrooms, collard greens & grilled carrots price is $24 per person.
Gibson Street Bar is decking the halls all month long for its first ever Gibson Wonderland. In true Gibson fashion, the bar will feature bountiful over-the-top decor, an instaworthy sleigh photo-op and specialty themed libations. Guests can also enjoy the holiday musical stylings of the Misfit Toys every Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. leading up to Christmas.
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Pre-teens (3-12 yrs.)
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- Boys – video games, remote control vehicles, action figures
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During December only, Perry’s Bar 79 at Perry’s Steakhouse is shaking it up with the Holiday Wine Thyme cocktail. The festive drink is made with Perry’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Hennessy VS Cognac, fresh lemon juice and served with a sprig of aromatic thyme. Price: $9 each.
AWAY Spa at W Austin has you covered with daily flash sales running through December 17th. Additionally, if you buy $250 worth of gift cards you can get an additional $25 gift card for yourself through December 31. The flash sales are listed below
- December 11: 20% off all gift sets today
- December 12: Receive a Free W room fragrance (1fl oz.) with any AWAY 75 minute massage received today
- December 13: Purchase a Foreo Luna Mini cleansing device and receive a Mini Play travel size device ($39 value).
- December 14: Receive a nail service today and you can receive a complimentary January service of the same value.
- December 15: Schedule a 90-minute detox massage for January for the price of a 75 minute detox massage. (Lucky Locals discount can apply, too!)
- December 16: Bonus Lucky Locals discount day for Austin residents.
- December 17: 20% off all holiday-themed retail products.
Second Bar + Kitchen’s downtown location adds two winter favorites to their seasonal beverage menu, including: après ski classic Verte Chaud, made with house hot chocolate, green chartreuse and Mexican vanilla whipped cream; and Housemade Hot Chocolate made with a house hot chocolate mix (cocoa powder, cinnamon, cardamom, turbinado sugar, salt, 70% chocolate chips) and hot milk.
In the spirit of giving, Craftsman has launched an “I Think, Therefore I Yam” cocktail where $2 of each $12 libation will benefit Meals on Wheels. In addition to being both charitable and delicious, this cocktail is a visual sensation illuminating each glass with a fiery glow. It consists of Waterloo Gin, Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur, lemon, house-made sweet potato purée, sugar and is topped with a flaming marshmallow.
For the remainder of 2018, The Carillon is offering their Sommelier selection of wines at unheard of prices. Hurry in, as these offers wont last! See the full selections here. Curated by Beverage Director Susie Scott, The Carillon’s full bottled wine selections are offered at half price all night long with their new Thursday night happy hour special.
The Austin Trail of Lights will be open to the public from Monday, Dec. 10through Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 in Austin’s beloved Zilker Park. For more information and to plan a trip to the Trail of Lights, please see here. Limited quantities of early access, premium tickets are also available, and guests are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time to secure their preferred dates. Tickets can be purchased via the online event calendar at austintrailoflights.org/
- One hour early access to the Austin Trail of Lights at 6 p.m.
- Enter through an exclusive ZIP entrance
- Access to the heated Zilker Lounge with complimentary cookies, cocoa and comfortable seating
- Premium heated washrooms
- One hour early access to the Austin Trail of Lights at 6 p.m. through private, dedicated entry
- Valet parking for one vehicle – parking opens at 5:30 p.m.
- Platinum concierge planning before and our Platinum Team to guide you at the event
- Golf cart shuttle access to the Platinum Lounge and Trailhead
- Access to a private, heated Platinum Lounge with comfortable seating and exclusive bar
- One drink ticket per Platinum Pass, valid at bars throughout the park
- One ride pass per Platinum Pass, for exclusive entry to the Ferris wheel or carousel
- Access to the Zilker Lounge where you’ll find cookies, cocoa, comfortable seating
- Premium heated washrooms
Cannon + Belle is happy to announce their special holiday buffet which will be offered only on Christmas Day, December 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests can choose from a variety of dishes including Holiday Ham, Beef Wellington, Ratatouille Risotto, Eggnog Smoothies and more. The Christmas buffet is $64 for adults, $26 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 years and under. Guests can make reservations through Yelp or by calling 512-493-4900. Reservations are highly recommended. Complimentary self-parking is available at the garage on Red River St. between 4th and 5th St. or at valet for $5.
Holiday cookie boxes will be available for purchase at Mañana from 12/12 to 12/24. The holiday cookie boxes will showcase an assortment of cookies, including Rugelach, Gingersnap, Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge, Sugar Cookie with Icing and Sprinkles, Linzer Window Cookie and Soft White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia. The cookie boxes will be available for purchase in-store. Each cookie box, which features 1 dozen cookies (2 of each flavor), is $30 per box.
Although brunch is typically only available at Hotel Ella on Saturday and Sunday, Goodall’s Kitchen at Hotel Ella will serve its regular brunch menu on Monday, December 24th, from 7am to 2:30pm in light of Christmas Eve. Goodall’s Kitchen at Hotel Ella is serving up the merriest of brunches on Christmas day. This year, the American bistro invites guests to dine à la carte with the whole family. On the menu, guests can find brunch classics such as crab benedict, buttermilk hotcakes, Goodall’s hash and a few holiday specials. Brunch will be served from 7am to 2:30pm on Christmas.
Il Brutto will feature “Panettone and Prosecco” alongside its regular dinner service from 5pm to 10pm on Christmas Eve. All guests will be given a complimentary glass of Prosecco to pair along with their dinner. A traditional Italian panettone and pandoro with mandarin chantilly cream, as well as a beef and pork cappelletti with chicken clear broth, parmigiano and lemon, will be available for those interested in purchasing the special.
Le Politique has created a special five-course Christmas Eve pre-fixe dinner menu. For $70 per person, guests can savor Coquille made withseared scallops, cauliflower velouté, basil, and Serbian caviar, and Tarte Tatin featuring a Sablé Breton, caramelized apple, bay leaf ice cream, buckwheat butterscotch. Reservations can be made by calling 512-580-7651 or by visiting https://
The Brewer’s Table will be serving its regular dinner menu. The “feast” section of the menu is a great choice for larger parties. Reservations available by calling 512.520.8199 or via OpenTable.
TRACE is offering a three course prix fixe for $62. Guests will get house made biscuits to share and then have an option for starter, entrée and dessert. Children’s menu available for $25. Reservations available via Opentable or by calling the restaurant:512-542-3600.
New Years Eve Programming
Uchi’s New Year’s menu offers the kind spark to make sure this year goes out with a bang! The twelve-course menu, $195 for two, includes bites like bay scallop with dashi lavash and bruleed grapefruit, mussel tortellini, king crab with brown butter and turmeric congee, and beef cheek with lemongrass, shallot and preserved blood orange bordelaise.
Pitchfork Pretty is ringing in 2019 with a special 3-course New Year’s Eve prix-fixe menu rooted in soulful cooking. Available for $125.26 per person (including tax and gratuity), the prix–fixe menu includes several savory bites, as well as a choice of entrees that range from Red Shrimp with Mashed Potato, Onions and Jalapeno to Duck L’Orange with Cranberry Jus and Rye Dressing, and more. Guests can end the night with the choice of a Hibiscus Slushie, Icebox Pie, Chocolate Sorbet, or Chocolate Crémeux with Cream Cheese Ice Cream. You can view the full menu by clicking the link HERE. Wine pairings are available for an additional $35 per person. Reservations are available from 5pm to 10:45pm on Monday, 12/31 (subject to availability) and can be made via Resy or by calling the restaurant directly at (512) 494-4593.
Devour in Trace is open from 6pm – 2am and will be serving an all-you-can-eat reception style smorgasbord of your favorite foods. Expect a literal fountain of queso, house made pizza rolls, beef sliders with beer cheese & crispy onions, brisket, a mountain of pork belly fried chicken, truffle bourbon milkshakes and donuts…..and so on. Come and go as you please with your Devour wristband. Tickets are $75 and includes champagne. Entertainment by DJ Mova. Event is 21+. For tickets click here.
Launderette will be ringing in the new year with its annual New Year Extravaganza, featuring a four-course pre fixe dinner for just $85 per person. And brand new this year, Fresa’s will be celebrating with a New Year’s Eve Pre-Party at the South First location from 5-8pm. The party is only $10, and includes a dinner buffet, discounted drinks and more. $85 per person / 5-10pm; Reservations available – Click HERE
Uchiko is offering dinner at $185 for two, with a nine course meal. The meal includes oysters with kasu sorbet and golden trout roe, scallop with sweet potato and persimmon, a guinea hen with foie, quince, and endive, and a wagyu ribeye with black truffle, preserved lemon, and bone marrow.
At $75 a person, customers at Vino Vino can enjoy a five-course meal complete with wine pairings and a complimentary midnight toast. Guests can choose a classic risotto, shrimp with fennel and saffron, Texas quail with black eyed peas and a scallion crema, or venison paired with tea glazed carrots and a madeira reduction. Check out the full menu here.
The Brewer’s Table will be offering a four course prix fixe menu for $75. The menu comes with optional beer pairings ($25) or wine pairings ($55). Welcome champagne toast also included. Guests will enjoy:Royal red shrimp ceviche, with preserved carrot jam, coconut leche de tigre, and smoked trout roe; Smoked shellfish escabeche, with grilled sourdough bread and aerated chestnut polenta; Grilled brassicas, with crispy Carolina gold rice and barley milk mornay Or 14 day dry aged pheasant, in the style of Peking, with a hisbiscus-lager glaze; Chocolate marjolaine cake, candied hazelnut butter, malt crumble
Parkside is offering a NYE dinner menu at $70 per person with optional wine pairing $25 per person, plus tax and gratuit. Upstairs at parkside is also open for large parties.
Kemuri Tatsuya will have regular dinner service, open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., with an á la carte menu of New Year’s Eve specials. Reservations are available online via Resy HERE. Specials for the night will include:
- Ikura marinated in Soy (on the Chin Mi menu)
- Shinjuku Market style beef ribs with spicy kabocha pickle and black garlic sauce
- Octopus kushiyaki with fried potato, chorizo oil, sour shishito
- Smoked duck rillette with ginger and lotus, duck tongue tare, crispy duck egg meringue
- Beef tartare with smoked miso, shiso oil, salted shishito, pickled daikon
- Cold-smoked Shio Koji Ora King salmon belly and handles with chanterelles, baked in foil
- Dessert: New Year’s Milk Tea with milk tea custard, sorghum cake, textures of red currant whiskey sour, smoked kabocha ganache and popped sorghum
- Murder Point Oysters with italicus and champagne gelée
- White Bean Bruschetta with pine nuts and black truffle honey (ball out option to add osetra caviar)
- Risotto Bianco with carnaroli rice and white alba truffles (ball out option)
- Braised leg of lamb with rosemary, gremolata and grilled carrots
- Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake with hazelnut, amarena and marscarpone gelato
Live Sea Scallop Aguachile – meyer lemon, fresno chili, cilantro
Buckwheat Tagliatelle Cacio e Pepe with Truffles
Ranger Cattle Ribeye for Two – pomme purée, bordelaise
Dover Sole Meuniere for Two – parsley root purée, roasted root vegetables
Crepe Suzette Cake for Two – orange scented crepes, chocolate ganache, candied orange zest, hazelnut bark
On Monday, December 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Rose Room will be selling tickets for the party of the year, starting at $30 here. Admission gets you both into The Rose Room and 77 Degrees – guests can expect two live DJs and bottle service pricing deals depending on group size. Table sections and reserved seating are also available at both venues by calling 512-743-1400. 21 + only.
Olive & June is offering a NYE dinner menu at $95 per person, with optional four course wine pairing at $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity. They will have normal hours with just one extra seating at 10:00pm.
Guild is ringing in the New Year with a special six-course prix fixe dinner on New Year’s Eve. Dinner is priced at $75 per person, with an optional $35 wine pairing, and they will be taking reservations from 5 to 10 p.m. Additionally, an oyster a la carte menu will be available in the bar area, and there will be a champagne toast at midnight. For more information and to make reservations, please visit www.GuildAustin.com.
Wu Chow will have a tasting menu at $65/person, with $10 add ons of soup dumplings, and $35 add on for wine pairing. The full menu is available at WuChowAustin.com.
Ring in the New Year at Whisler’s Annual New Year’s Eve Bash. DJ Jeff Strange will be returning to play another legendary all-vinyl set from 10pm to 2am. And once again, Whislers will be dropping its annual Best Of cocktail menu featuring Whisler’s cocktail favorites of days gone by. Make sure and stay for the champagne toast at midnight!
On Monday, December 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., St. Genevieve invites you to ring in the new year, as they take you back to the 1920’s for an evening of opulence, revelry, and music. Guests are encouraged to dress to impress in their best Gatsby attire. The party will feature a menu with classic prohibition cocktails of the time and entertainment provided by a live DJ. $20 cover at the door. 21 + only
TRACE invites guests to experience an unbelievable spread of the most indulgent foods you can imagine. From a queso fountain to a truffle bourbon milkshake, TRACE has the perfect setup for your last meal before your diet. Dinner will be served reception-style and includes champagne. Join TRACE for the most gluttonous and sinful eats and beats by DJ Mova. The cover charge is $75 and tickets can be purchased here.
W Austin invites guests to an extravagant Vices and Virtues New Year’s Eve celebration spanning two floors. Event goers can give into their vices in the Living Room Bar where each room will be themed with a different vice accompanied by SolFire beats. Alternatively, the Virtues celebration upstairs will be dripping in glamour to help resolutions take flight with the help of Capyac music and beats by Kid Slyce. There’s a $75 cover charge to the Vices party with complimentary admission for hotel guests. The Virtues party ticket packages range from $150 to $300. An elite package to attend both parties goes for $375. Tickets can be found here.
Emmer & Rye will have a special New Year’s Eve menu. The event will be $100 per person (beverage not included).
Goodall’s Kitchen at Hotel Ella is serving its regular dinner menu on New Year’s Eve. Guests are invited to savor regular dinner classics includinglocal butternut squash soup, grilled salmon and pan roasted chicken breast, as well as a few à la carte holiday specials. Dinner is served at Goodall’s Kitchen from 5pm to 10pm.
Il Brutto will feature “Panettone and Prosecco” alongside its regular dinner service from 5pm to 10pm on New Year’s Eve. All guests will be given a complimentary glass of Prosecco to pair along with their dinner. A traditional Italian panettone and pandoro with mandarin chantilly cream, as well as a beef and pork cappelletti with chicken clear broth, parmigiano and lemon, will be available for those interested in purchasing the special.
This New Year’s Eve, La Condesa has created a number of special à la carte menu items that will be available alongside its regular dinner menu. Menu items include an ensalada with winter greens, shaved root vegetables, grapefruit vinaigrette, toasted walnuts, a ribeye paired with shishito chimichurri, refried pinto beans, tomatillo salsa, grilled soy onions, and a grilled snapper made with escabeche, ash roasted cabbage, habanero salsa, black beans, and radish.
To ring in the new year, Le Politique has created a special five-course pre-fixe New Year’s Eve dinner. For $75 per person, guests can end 2018 with a Foie Gras Torchon made with Hudson Valley foie gras, calvados aspic, endive, braised apple, brioche, Lobster Thermidor, which features Baked lobster, brandy glaçage, gruyère, and a Mignardise made of Strawberry & Champagne pâte de fruit. Reservations, which are available from 5pm to 10pm, may be made by calling 512-580-7651 or visiting https://
South Congress Hotel will be hosting a free New Year’s Eve party with live music and DJs in the courtyard and event space. The event is open to the public. Central Standard will be open late on New Year’s Eve to accommodate the crowd; Café No Sé will be open during its regular hours.
Ring in the New Year Peruvian style with a special Prix-Fixe Dinner at Yuyo. The special occasion menu will be offered in addition to the regular restaurant menu on December 31st. Pricing is $55 per person or $85 per person with wine pairings. Please call 512-919-4147 for reservations.
Located in the heart of downtown Austin on the corner of 7th St. and Congress Ave., Stephen F. Austin Hotel is ideally situated to be your NYE party home base. On the 31st, they’ll be throwing a 1920’s-themed ‘Putting on the Glitz’ celebration with champagne cocktails upon arrival, passed hors ‘doeuvres, coffee/desserts, midnight Champagne toast, party favors and music by DJ Gatsby for $130 per person. Roaring 20’s attire is encouraged and they’re offering a special guestroom package as well.
Kanpachi Tiradito Con Dos Leches
ají limo leche de tigre and ají amarillo leche de tigre
Beef Tenderloin with Ají Amarillo Lobster Sauce
purple potatoes, roasted pearl onions, peruvian asparagus
Chocolate Truffle Tart
pisco-mango sabayón, dulce de leche sorbet
Cocktail Specials (Not included in prix-fixe dinner):
The Brewer’s will open for a special New Year’s day brunch. Open from 11am-2:30pm and offering its weekend brunch menu along with some special items. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant or via OpenTable.
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