Veronica Meewes

Correspondent

  • Austin, Texas, USA

Veronica Meewes is a correspondent who lives in Austin and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. Meewes is a freelance writer specializing in travel, lifestyle, and food and beverage. She studied writing, art and sociology at Sarah Lawrence College in New York before traveling the country and landing in the sunny live music capital of the world, where the smell of brisket wafts through the air and breakfast tacos grow on trees. She has written for Serious Eats, Food & Wine, The Today Show, The Austin-American Statesman, CultureMap Austin, Edible Austin, Austin Lifestyle and more. For updates and links to her work, follow Meewes on Twitter (@wellfedlife) or visit her blog, www.mywellfedlife.com.

  • On June 27, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    Where is the best shopping in Austin?

    photo by Shari Gerstenberger of Charm School Vintage While the Domain and the Barton Creek Mall are not all that far north and south (respectively) of downtown, and stores like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are just as common as in any city, one of my favorite parts of Austin is the prevalence of independent businesses. In a nutshell, here are some great local spots for clothing and home decor:

    For vintage finds, Charm School Vintage has a wonderfully curated selection, as does the color-coded collection at Feathers. Nearby Prototype Vintage has great finds for home and body, and New Bohemia stocks dresses for days and boots to boot. Blue Velvet on North Loop has great finds at even better prices, and Laced with Romance is a dreamy gem of a shop. Moss on South Lamar carries designer consignment for a fraction of its original price.

    While I like DSW just as much as the next girl, there are some good spots in town for shoes too.  Allen Boots can’t be beat for some of the best and blingiest cowboy boots in town. Stella Says Go has cute selections and great sales.  Austin-born Whole Earth Provision Co. is your one-stop shop for all things earthy and comfortable. Creatures Boutique, STRUT, and Emeralds all usually have a good stock of heels and flats.  And BOOTLEG is the only Airstream in town with a rotating cast of one-of-a-kind footwear.

    There are also several boutiques with great, hand-picked selections, though some (C. Jane, Co-Star, Cotone, Blue Elephant) are pricier than others (Maya, SoLa, Francesca’s- last one not local but worth mentioning!) Though, of course, the sales racks can always be a lifesaver!

    Headdress and JM Dry Goods are both must-sees for Southwestern inspired clothing, jewelry, and items.  Spartan is like a rustic gallery of carefully selected, curious gifts and simple jewelry, while Wanderland is packed with fun books, toys, home decor, and functional items. Mockingbird Domestics specializes in primarily Texas-crafted items for home and garden, both vintage and new. Aviary is a wine lounge where every chair, glass, cheese board, and rug is for sale. Uncommon Objects on South Congress specializes in just that, and Mercury is like its Warehouse District cousin. Take Heart on East 11th Street carries adorable, handmade cards, gifts and home items.

    For the dudes in your life, New BROhemia has a great selection of vintage shirts and jackets, STAG and Service Menswear carry a rotating selection of quality Austin urbanwear. HELM carries stylish and sturdy handmade boots, No Comply has a small but choice selection of skate shoes, and Nice Kicks is sneakerhead heaven.
  • On June 27, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    Where is the best shopping in Austin?

    photo by Shari Gerstenberger of Charm School Vintage While the Domain and the Barton Creek Mall are not all that far north and south (respectively) of downtown, and stores like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are just as common as in any city, one of my favorite parts of Austin is the prevalence of independent businesses. In a nutshell, here are some great local spots for clothing and home decor:

    For vintage finds, Charm School Vintage has a wonderfully curated selection, as does the color-coded collection at Feathers. Nearby Prototype Vintage has great finds for home and body, and New Bohemia stocks dresses for days and boots to boot. Blue Velvet on North Loop has great finds at even better prices, and Laced with Romance is a dreamy gem of a shop. Moss on South Lamar carries designer consignment for a fraction of its original price.

    While I like DSW just as much as the next girl, there are some good spots in town for shoes too.  Allen Boots can’t be beat for some of the best and blingiest cowboy boots in town. Stella Says Go has cute selections and great sales.  Austin-born Whole Earth Provision Co. is your one-stop shop for all things earthy and comfortable. Creatures Boutique, STRUT, and Emeralds all usually have a good stock of heels and flats.  And BOOTLEG is the only Airstream in town with a rotating cast of one-of-a-kind footwear.

    There are also several boutiques with great, hand-picked selections, though some (C. Jane, Co-Star, Cotone, Blue Elephant) are pricier than others (Maya, SoLa, Francesca’s- last one not local but worth mentioning!) Though, of course, the sales racks can always be a lifesaver!

    Headdress and JM Dry Goods are both must-sees for Southwestern inspired clothing, jewelry, and items.  Spartan is like a rustic gallery of carefully selected, curious gifts and simple jewelry, while Wanderland is packed with fun books, toys, home decor, and functional items. Mockingbird Domestics specializes in primarily Texas-crafted items for home and garden, both vintage and new. Aviary is a wine lounge where every chair, glass, cheese board, and rug is for sale. Uncommon Objects on South Congress specializes in just that, and Mercury is like its Warehouse District cousin. Take Heart on East 11th Street carries adorable, handmade cards, gifts and home items.

    For the dudes in your life, New BROhemia has a great selection of vintage shirts and jackets, STAG and Service Menswear carry a rotating selection of quality Austin urbanwear. HELM carries stylish and sturdy handmade boots, No Comply has a small but choice selection of skate shoes, and Nice Kicks is sneakerhead heaven.
  • On June 26, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    What are some things to know before visiting Austin?

    Before visiting Austin this time of year (June through September), you should first and foremost be aware that it is HOT. Pack accordingly: leave the pants at home, but do remember a cardigan of some sort (because establishments tend to crank up the A/C until you’re shivering inside).

    Austin is a fairly casual city, so there’s no need to get too overdone to go anywhere. You’ll spot a good amount of diners wearing shorts and flip flops even in high-end establishments like Jeffrey’s and Uchiko. In fact, Restaurant Jezebel might be one of the only places in town with a jacket requirement (and they will provide one). It’s always a good idea to bring one nicer outfit, but no need to break out the cufflinks.

    Compared to larger cities, the public transportation in Austin leaves much to be desired (in my opinion). There is a bus system, which is not the most reliable, and a light rail with very limited hours and stations. Cabs are your best bet, and those could really add up over an extended stay. I’d recommend renting a car to truly see the city, while also maintaining the freedom to take day trips outside of town. That being said, it is certainly possible to find a central place to stay and plan on hoofing it around town-- but be prepared to sweat!

    The weekly Austin Chronicle (found online or at the door of most stores) is the best paper to pick up for a listing of current events and show listings. Chances are, you’ll find at least several shows that are of interest to you-- this is the “capital of live music,” after all. But don’t rule out everything but touring headliners you could catch in your own city-- give the local acts a listen too!

    And, lastly, remember that our slogan is “keep Austin weird”-- don’t be surprised if you spot a naked pedicabber or a random group of bar-hopping zombies in broad daylight. Anything is quite possible...
  • On June 26, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    Where is the best shopping in Austin?

    photo by Shari Gerstenberger of Charm School Vintage While the Domain and the Barton Creek Mall are not all that far north and south (respectively) of downtown, and stores like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are just as common as in any city, one of my favorite parts of Austin is the prevalence of independent businesses. In a nutshell, here are some great local spots for clothing and home decor:

    For vintage finds, Charm School Vintage has a wonderfully curated selection, as does the color-coded collection at Feathers. Nearby Prototype Vintage has great finds for home and body, and New Bohemia stocks dresses for days and boots to boot. Blue Velvet on North Loop has great finds at even better prices, and Laced with Romance is a dreamy gem of a shop. Moss on South Lamar carries designer consignment for a fraction of its original price.

    While I like DSW just as much as the next girl, there are some good spots in town for shoes too.  Allen Boots can’t be beat for some of the best and blingiest cowboy boots in town. Stella Says Go has cute selections and great sales.  Austin-born Whole Earth Provision Co. is your one-stop shop for all things earthy and comfortable. Creatures Boutique, STRUT, and Emeralds all usually have a good stock of heels and flats.  And BOOTLEG is the only Airstream in town with a rotating cast of one-of-a-kind footwear.

    There are also several boutiques with great, hand-picked selections, though some (C. Jane, Co-Star, Cotone, Blue Elephant) are pricier than others (Maya, SoLa, Francesca’s- last one not local but worth mentioning!) Though, of course, the sales racks can always be a lifesaver!

    Headdress and JM Dry Goods are both must-sees for Southwestern inspired clothing, jewelry, and items.  Spartan is like a rustic gallery of carefully selected, curious gifts and simple jewelry, while Wanderland is packed with fun books, toys, home decor, and functional items. Mockingbird Domestics specializes in primarily Texas-crafted items for home and garden, both vintage and new. Aviary is a wine lounge where every chair, glass, cheese board, and rug is for sale. Uncommon Objects on South Congress specializes in just that, and Mercury is like its Warehouse District cousin. Take Heart on East 11th Street carries adorable, handmade cards, gifts and home items.

    For the dudes in your life, New BROhemia has a great selection of vintage shirts and jackets, STAG and Service Menswear carry a rotating selection of quality Austin urbanwear. HELM carries stylish and sturdy handmade boots, No Comply has a small but choice selection of skate shoes, and Nice Kicks is sneakerhead heaven.
  • On June 26, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    Where is the best shopping in Austin?

    photo by Shari Gerstenberger of Charm School Vintage While the Domain and the Barton Creek Mall are not all that far north and south (respectively) of downtown, and stores like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are just as common as in any city, one of my favorite parts of Austin is the prevalence of independent businesses. In a nutshell, here are some great local spots for clothing and home decor:

    For vintage finds, Charm School Vintage has a wonderfully curated selection, as does the color-coded collection at Feathers on South Congress. Nearby New Bohemia has dresses for days and boots to boot. Blue Velvet on North Loop has great finds at even better prices, and Laced with Romance is a dreamy gem of a shop. Moss on South Lamar carries designer consignment for a fraction of its original price.

    While I like DSW just as much as the next girl, there are some good spots in town for shoes too.  Allen Boots can’t be beat for some of the best and blingiest cowboy boots in town. Stella Says Go has cute selections and great sales.  Austin-born Whole Earth Provision Co. is your one-stop shop for all things earthy and comfortable. Creatures Boutique, STRUT, and Emeralds all usually have a good stock of heels and flats.  And BOOTLEG is the only Airstream in town with a rotating cast of one-of-a-kind footwear.

    There are also several boutiques with great, hand-picked selections, though some (C. Jane, Co-Star, Cotone, Blue Elephant) are pricier than others (Maya, SoLa, Francesca’s- last one not local but worth mentioning!) Though, of course, the sales racks can always be a lifesaver!
    Headdress and JM Dry Goods are both must-sees for Southwestern inspired clothing, jewelry, and items.  Spartan is like a rustic gallery of carefully selected, curious gifts and simple jewelry, while Wanderland is packed with fun books, toys, home decor, and functional items. Mockingbird Domestics specializes in primarily Texas-crafted items for home and garden, both vintage and new. Aviary is a wine lounge where every chair, glass, cheese board, and rug is for sale. Uncommon Objects on South Congress specializes in just that, and Mercury is like its Warehouse District cousin. Take Heart on East 11th Street carries adorable, handmade cards, gifts and home items.

    For the dudes in your life, New BROhemia has a great selection of vintage shirts and jackets, STAG and Service Menswear carry a rotating selection of quality Austin urbanwear. HELM carries stylish and sturdy handmade boots, No Comply has a small but choice selection of skate shoes, and Nice Kicks is sneakerhead heaven.
  • On June 26, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    What are the best souvenirs to buy in Austin?

    Though Austin’s iconic Sixth Street is chock full of souvenir shops with tie-dyed “Keep Austin Weird” T-shirts, I think some of the best things to take back with you are a little more off the beaten path.

    Callahan's is a legitimate rancher's general store, complete with feed, farming materials, and chicks for sale. But there's also a good deal of Western wear, very Texan gifts (think walking sticks, weather vanes, nutcrackers, locally canned items), and often live music and a bit of a livestock petting zoo on the weekends...and it's right on the way to the airport!

    A pair of Old Gringos or Luchese boots from Allen's Boots would be the nicest gift you could get yourself...for a pretty penny.  Check New Bohemia or the neaby Boot Whisperer at The Wild West store in Wimberley for more reasonably priced western footwear. Shepler’s has really affordable cowboy hats and bolo ties, and the Hatbox has a wide variety of headgear.

    Tears of Joy is a hot sauce store right in the middle of Sixth, chockful of bottles which can serve as mementos for yourself or gifts for others. I often bring a bottle of Paula’s Texas Orange back with me when I go home for a visit- it really gives margaritas an extra citrus kick! Or maybe locally made craft bitters are more your style? Bad Dog Bar Craft makes a sarsparilla blend, as well as one called” Fire and Damnation.” All of the above can usually be found at Austin Wine Merchant.

    Lammes Candies is a great place to stock up on “Longhorns” (chocolate-covered pralines), and though the Whittington’s Jerky general store is a short drive away in Johnson City, their fresh jerky can be found at various stores around town.

    But if you’re really stuck on getting a T-shirt, check out the locally screenprinted selection at Parts & Labour and several other stores on South Congress...I bet you might even find a onesie with an armadillo playing an electric guitar on it!
  • On June 26, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    What should I pack for a trip to Austin?

    When traveling to Austin in the summer, your load will be much lighter than in the winter.  Shorts, tanks, and skirts/dresses are all I really want to wear by June. Definitely bring a bathing suit and water shoes are highly recommended if you plan on tubing or exploring any swimming holes. A hat is always a good idea, and sunscreen/sunglasses are a must.

    Austin is a pretty casual city, so there’ s no need to bring anything too formal to wear, unless you’re coming for some sort of special event (like a wedding, etc). I’d suggest bringing maybe one “out on the town”-type outfit, but sandals are totally acceptable in lieu of heels.

    Most importantly, don’t forget your good taste in music and an appetite for all things edible!
  • On June 26, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    Where is the best shopping in Austin?

    photo by Shari Gerstenberger of Charm School Vintage While the Domain and the Barton Creek Mall are not all that far north and south (respectively) of downtown, and stores like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are just as common as in any city, one of my favorite parts of Austin is the prevalence of independent businesses. In a nutshell, here are some great local spots for clothing and home decor:

    For vintage finds, Charm School Vintage has a wonderfully curated selection, as does the color-coded collection at Feathers on South Congress. Nearby New Bohemia has dresses for days and boots to boot. Blue Velvet on North Loop has great finds at even better prices, and Laced with Romance is a dreamy gem of a shop. Moss on South Lamar carries designer consignment for a fraction of its original price.

    While I like DSW just as much as the next girl, there are some good spots in town for shoes too.  Allen Boots can’t be beat for some of the best and blingiest cowboy boots in town. Stella Says Go has cute selections and great sales.  Austin-born Whole Earth Provision Co. is your one-stop shop for all things earthy and comfortable. Creatures Boutique, STRUT, and Emeralds all usually have a good stock of heels and flats.  And BOOTLEG is the only Airstream in town with a rotating cast of one-of-a-kind footwear.

    There are also several boutiques with great, hand-picked selections, though some (C. Jane, Co-Star, Cotone, Blue Elephant) are pricier than others (Maya, SoLa, Francesca’s- last one not local but worth mentioning!) Though, of course, the sales racks can always be a lifesaver!
    Headdress and JM Dry Goods are both must-sees for Southwestern inspired clothing, jewelry, and items.  Spartan is like a rustic gallery of carefully selected, curious gifts and simple jewelry, while Wanderland is packed with fun books, toys, home decor, and functional items. Mockingbird Domestics specializes in primarily Texas-crafted items for home and garden, both vintage and new. Aviary is a wine lounge where every chair, glass, cheese board, and rug is for sale. Uncommon Objects on South Congress specializes in just that, and Mercury is like its Warehouse District cousin. Take Heart on East 11th Street carries adorable, handmade cards, gifts and home items.

    For the dudes in your life, New BROhemia has a great selection of vintage shirts and jackets, STAG and Service Menswear carry a rotating selection of quality Austin urbanwear. HELM carries stylish and sturdy handmade boots, No Comply has a small but choice selection of skate shoes, and Nice Kicks is sneakerhead heaven.
  • On June 26, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    Where is the best shopping in Austin?

    photo by Shari Gerstenberger of Charm School Vintage While the Domain and the Barton Creek Mall are not all that far north and south (respectively) of downtown, and stores like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are just as common as in any city, one of my favorite parts of Austin is the prevalence of independent businesses. In a nutshell, here are some great local spots for clothing and home decor:

    For vintage finds, Charm School Vintage has a wonderfully curated selection, as does the color-coded collection at Feathers on South Congress. Nearby New Bohemia has dresses for days and boots to boot. Blue Velvet on North Loop has great finds at even better prices, and Laced with Romance is a dreamy gem of a shop. Moss on South Lamar carries designer consignment for a fraction of its original price.

    While I like DSW just as much as the next girl, there are some good spots in town for shoes too.  Allen Boots can’t be beat for some of the best and blingiest cowboy boots in town. Stella Says Go has cute selections and great sales.  Austin-born Whole Earth Provision Co. is your one-stop shop for all things earthy and comfortable. Creatures Boutique, STRUT, and Emeralds all usually have a good stock of heels and flats.  And BOOTLEG is the only Airstream in town with a rotating cast of one-of-a-kind footwear.

    There are also several boutiques with great, hand-picked selections, though some (C. Jane, Co-Star, Cotone, Blue Elephant) are pricier than others (Maya, SoLa, Francesca’s- last one not local but worth mentioning!) Though, of course, the sales racks can always be a lifesaver!
    Headdress and JM Dry Goods are both must-sees for Southwestern inspired clothing, jewelry, and items.  Spartan is like a rustic gallery of carefully selected, curious gifts and simple jewelry, while Wanderland is packed with fun books, toys, home decor, and functional items. Mockingbird Domestics specializes in primarily Texas-crafted items for home and garden, both vintage and new. Aviary is a wine lounge where every chair, glass, cheese board, and rug is for sale. Uncommon Objects on South Congress specializes in just that, and Mercury is like its Warehouse District cousin. Take Heart on East 11th Street carries adorable, handmade cards, gifts and home items.

    For the dudes in your life, New BROhemia has a great selection of vintage shirts and jackets, STAG and Service Menswear carry a rotating selection of quality Austin urbanwear. HELM carries stylish and sturdy handmade boots, No Comply has a small but choice selection of skate shoes, and Nice Kicks is sneakerhead heaven.
  • On June 26, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    Where is the best shopping in Austin?

    photo by Shari Gerstenberger of Charm School Vintage While the Domain and the Barton Creek Mall are not all that far north and south (respectively) of downtown, and stores like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are just as common as in any city, one of my favorite parts of Austin is the prevalence of independent businesses. In a nutshell, here are some great local spots for clothing and home decor:

    For vintage finds, Charm School Vintage has a wonderfully curated selection, as does the color-coded collection at Feathers on South Congress. Nearby New Bohemia has dresses for days and boots to boot. Blue Velvet on North Loop has great finds at even better prices, and Laced with Romance is a dreamy gem of a shop. Moss on South Lamar carries designer consignment for a fraction of its original price.

    While I like DSW just as much as the next girl, there are some good spots in town for shoes too.  Allen Boots can’t be beat for some of the best and blingiest cowboy boots in town. Stella Says Go has cute selections and great sales.  Austin-born Whole Earth Provision Co. is your one-stop shop for all things earthy and comfortable. Creatures Boutique, STRUT, and Emeralds all usually have a good stock of heels and flats.  And BOOTLEG is the only Airstream in town with a rotating cast of one-of-a-kind footwear.

    There are also several boutiques with great, hand-picked selections, though some (C. Jane, Co-Star, Cotone, Blue Elephant) are pricier than others (Maya, SoLa, Francesca’s- last one not local but worth mentioning!) Though, of course, the sales racks can always be a lifesaver!
    Headdress and JM Dry Goods are both must-sees for Southwestern inspired clothing, jewelry, and items.  Spartan is like a rustic gallery of carefully selected, curious gifts and simple jewelry, while Wanderland is packed with fun books, toys, home decor, and functional items. Mockingbird Domestics specializes in primarily Texas-crafted items for home and garden, both vintage and new. Aviary is a wine lounge where every chair, glass, cheese board, and rug is for sale. Uncommon Objects on South Congress specializes in just that, and Mercury is like its Warehouse District cousin. Take Heart on East 11th Street carries adorable, handmade cards, gifts and home items.

    For the dudes in your life, New BROhemia has a great selection of vintage shirts and jackets, STAG and Service Menswear carry a rotating selection of quality Austin urbanwear. HELM carries stylish and sturdy handmade boots, No Comply has a small but choice selection of skate shoes, and Nice Kicks is sneakerhead heaven.
  • On June 26, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    Where is the best shopping in Austin?

    photo by Shari Gerstenberger of Charm School Vintage While the Domain and the Barton Creek Mall are not all that far north and south (respectively) of downtown, and stores like TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are just as common as in any city, one of my favorite parts of Austin is the prevalence of independent businesses. In a nutshell, here are some great local spots for clothing and home decor:

    For vintage finds, Charm School Vintage has a wonderfully curated selection, as does the color-coded collection at Feathers on South Congress. Nearby New Bohemia has dresses for days and boots to boot. Blue Velvet on North Loop has great finds at even better prices, and Laced with Romance is a dreamy gem of a shop. Moss on South Lamar carries designer consignment for a fraction of its original price.

    While I like DSW just as much as the next girl, there are some good spots in town for shoes too.  Allen Boots can’t be beat for some of the best and blingiest cowboy boots in town. Stella Says Go has cute selections and great sales.  Austin-born Whole Earth Provision Co. is your one-stop shop for all things earthy and comfortable. Creatures Boutique, STRUT, and Emeralds all usually have a good stock of heels and flats.  And BOOTLEG is the only Airstream in town with a rotating cast of one-of-a-kind footwear.

    There are also several boutiques with great, hand-picked selections, though some (C. Jane, Co-Star, Cotone, Blue Elephant) are pricier than others (Maya, SoLa, Francesca’s- last one not local but worth mentioning!) Though, of course, the sales racks can always be a lifesaver!
    Headdress and JM Dry Goods are both must-sees for Southwestern inspired clothing, jewelry, and items.  Spartan is like a rustic gallery of carefully selected, curious gifts and simple jewelry, while Wanderland is packed with fun books, toys, home decor, and functional items. Mockingbird Domestics specializes in primarily Texas-crafted items for home and garden, both vintage and new. Aviary is a wine lounge where every chair, glass, cheese board, and rug is for sale. Uncommon Objects on South Congress specializes in just that, and Mercury is like its Warehouse District cousin. Take Heart on East 11th Street carries adorable, handmade cards, gifts and home items.
    For the dudes in your life, New BROhemia has a great selection of vintage shirts and jackets, STAG and Service Menswear carry a rotating selection of quality Austin urbanwear. HELM carries stylish and sturdy handmade boots, No Comply has a small but choice selection of skate shoes, and Nice Kicks is sneakerhead heaven.
  • On June 25, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    What are the best bars in Austin?

    photo by Veronica Meewes There’s a T-shirt sold in souvenir shops on Sixth Street which reads “Austin: a sleepy little drinking town with a live music problem.” In other words, if you enjoy putting back a few, you’ve come to the right city.

    The craft cocktail revolution continues to grow and thrive in Austin.  Midnight Cowboy is a former brothel-turned-speakeasy right in the middle of the action downtown.  Make reservations on their website in advance and follow directions to the signless, swanky hideout. Nearby, Weather Up takes ice art to a whole new level, The Bonneville serves well-crafted drinks overlooking Ladybird Lake, Swift's Attic has the best table in town (look for the birdcage), Peche is Prohibition chic, and Second Bar makes a mean mule (and much more!)

    Recently opened Whisler’s has a creative and ever-changing cocktail list and Qui’s drinks are just as artfully and thoughtfully prepared as their food. Eastside Showroom and Hillside Farmacy both serve cocktails in a striking, reclaimed vintage setting. South of the river, the ZACH Theatre creates concoctions designed to match each production, and their Serra Skyline Lounge has a beautiful view of the city. Up north, Contigo slings classy patio cocktails, Tigress is an unassuming gem boasting vintage glasswear, and the expert mixologists at drink.well never fail to impress with their skill, speed, and knowledge. (They also serve some of the best bar food in town, including a very limited daily selection of artisanal Twinkies).

    For beer, Whip In has been keeping Austin weird since the 80’s and is not to be missed.  Once a convenience store, it has now morphed into a Tex-Mex-Indian gastropub and wine bar boasting one of the best beer selections in town. Up north, Draught House has been an Austin institution for the past 45 years! Think part microbrewery, part pub, and dogs/tailgating friendly. On Rainey Street, Banger’s has a whopping 104 beers on tap, and Craft Pride right next door is your go-to spot for specifically Texas brews.

    Campus-area Crown and Anchor is the sportiest bar I have affection for, Hopfields is a charming little gastropub, and Dog and Duck is the most legit Irish pub in town. North Loop’s Workhorse is a quaint beer bar heavy on the locally crafted selections, and newly opened eastside Quickie Pickie has a handpicked rotating selection, all just $5.00 a glass. Downtown, the Elephant Room is the best place to listen to jazz while sipping on a Belgian brew, and Easy Tiger on Sixth Street is part ping pong patio, part biergarten and part bakery (which makes their pretzels and beer cheese a requirement).

    Admittedly, I spend most of my time in dive bars around town.  Carousel Lounge is a surreal little carnie-inspired spot in the northeast that is BYO-liquor (they provide set-ups), as is far-north Buddy’s Place (complete with shuffleboard and many miscellaneous decorations collecting dust in the shadows). It’s always Christmas at Lala’s where ornaments and lights manage to twinkle in the smoky darkness, and Poodle Dog is practically a pool hall (and also BYO-liquor). My favorite eastside haunts are Yellow Jacket Social Club, Liberty, and the White Horse. Downtown, Casino El Camino will make you the most ridiculous bloody mary you’ve ever seen (and great burgers to accompany your PBR), red light-soaked velvet paintings deck the walls at Jackalope, and Mugshots has hands-down the best photo booth in town. Austin would never be the same without Barfly’s, The Horseshoe Lounge, Ego’s, Ginny’s Little Longhorn, Donn’s Depot, The Broken Spoke, Deep Eddy Cabaret, and Hole in the Wall.  And for something way off the beaten path, seek out the Dry Creek Cafe on Mount Bonnell Road.

    For wine, I like to direct visitors to Henri’s, a cute little shop serving wine, cheese, and charcuterie. The basement housing Red Room Lounge is inviting and mysterious, with a program run by a master sommellier. South of the river, House Wine is just as cozy as it sounds (and yes, run out of a little house). Whip In has nights featuring various varietals, often to the tune of the sitar or a local band. 

    Several classics that are always worth a visit include The Cloak Room (a Capitol-area dive bar where politicians can be found on the regular), Continental Club (a small, classic venue on South Congress), the uber-hip poolside patio of the Hotel San Jose, and the bar of the historic (and haunted) Driskill Hotel.

    As far as breweries go, Live Oak is centrally located on the eastside and specializes in Czech and German-style beers.  Check their website for information on free Saturday tours and tastings. Jester King is worth the Hill Country drive to experience their one-of-a-kind farmhouse-style ales (they also offer tours every Saturday), and neighboring Argus Cidery is the only place in Texas crafting champagne-style hard cider. They also recently opened a tasting room with a rotating picnic menu (by reservation).
  • On June 25, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    What are the best bars in Austin?

    photo by Veronica Meewes There’s a T-shirt sold in souvenir shops on Sixth Street which reads “Austin: a sleepy little drinking town with a live music problem.” In other words, if you enjoy putting back a few, you’ve come to the right city.

    The craft cocktail revolution continues to grow and thrive in Austin.  Midnight Cowboy is a former brothel-turned-speakeasy right in the middle of the action downtown.  Make reservations on their website in advance and follow directions to the signless, swanky hideout. Nearby, Weather Up takes ice art to a whole new level, The Bonneville serves well-crafted drinks overlooking Ladybird Lake, Swift's Attic has the best table in town (look for the birdcage), and Second Bar makes a mean mule (and much more!)

    Recently opened Whisler’s has a creative and ever-changing cocktail list and Qui’s drinks are just as artfully and thoughtfully prepared as their food. Eastside Showroom and Hillside Farmacy both serve cocktails in a striking, reclaimed vintage setting. South of the river, the ZACH Theatre creates concoctions designed to match each production, and their Serra Skyline Lounge has a beautiful view of the city. Up north, Contigo slings classy patio cocktails, Tigress is an unassuming gem boasting vintage glasswear, and the expert mixologists at drink.well never fail to impress with their skill, speed, and knowledge. (They also serve some of the best bar food in town, including a very limited daily selection of artisanal Twinkies).

    For beer, Whip In has been keeping Austin weird since the 80’s and is not to be missed.  Once a convenience store, it has now morphed into a Tex-Mex-Indian gastropub and wine bar boasting one of the best beer selections in town. Up north, Draught House has been an Austin institution for the past 45 years! Think part microbrewery, part pub, and dogs/tailgating friendly. On Rainey Street, Banger’s has a whopping 104 beers on tap, and Craft Pride right next door is your go-to spot for specifically Texas brews.

    Campus-area Crown and Anchor is the sportiest bar I have affection for, Hopfields is a charming little gastropub, and Dog and Duck is the most legit Irish pub in town. North Loop’s Workhorse is a quaint beer bar heavy on the locally crafted selections, and newly opened eastside Quickie Pickie has a handpicked rotating selection, all just $5.00 a glass. Downtown, the Elephant Room is the best place to listen to jazz while sipping on a Belgian brew, and Easy Tiger on Sixth Street is part ping pong patio, part biergarten and part bakery (which makes their pretzels and beer cheese a requirement).

    Admittedly, I spend most of my time in dive bars around town.  Carousel Lounge is a surreal little carnie-inspired spot in the northeast that is BYO-liquor (they provide set-ups), as is far-north Buddy’s Place (complete with shuffleboard and many miscellaneous decorations collecting dust in the shadows). It’s always Christmas at Lala’s where ornaments and lights manage to twinkle in the smoky darkness, and Poodle Dog is practically a pool hall (and also BYO-liquor). My favorite eastside haunts are Yellow Jacket Social Club, Liberty, and the White Horse. Downtown, Casino El Camino will make you the most ridiculous bloody mary you’ve ever seen (and great burgers to accompany your PBR), red light-soaked velvet paintings deck the walls at Jackalope, and Mugshots has hands-down the best photo booth in town. Austin would never be the same without Barfly’s, The Horseshoe Lounge, Ego’s, Ginny’s Little Longhorn, Donn’s Depot, The Broken Spoke, Deep Eddy Cabaret, and Hole in the Wall.  And for something way off the beaten path, seek out the Dry Creek Cafe on Mount Bonnell Road.

    For wine, I like to direct visitors to Henri’s, a cute little shop serving wine, cheese, and charcuterie. The basement housing Red Room Lounge is inviting and mysterious, with a program run by a master sommellier. South of the river, House Wine is just as cozy as it sounds (and yes, run out of a little house). Whip In has nights featuring various varietals, often to the tune of the sitar or a local band. 

    Several classics that are always worth a visit include The Cloak Room (a Capitol-area dive bar where politicians can be found on the regular), Continental Club (a small, classic venue on South Congress), the uber-hip poolside patio of the Hotel San Jose, and the bar of the historic (and haunted) Driskill Hotel.

    As far as breweries go, Live Oak is centrally located on the eastside and specializes in Czech and German-style beers.  Check their website for information on free Saturday tours and tastings. Jester King is worth the Hill Country drive to experience their one-of-a-kind farmhouse-style ales (they also offer tours every Saturday), and neighboring Argus Cidery is the only place in Texas crafting champagne-style hard cider. They also recently opened a tasting room with a rotating picnic menu (by reservation).
  • On June 25, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    What are the best bars in Austin?

    photo by Veronica Meewes There’s a T-shirt sold in souvenir shops on Sixth Street which reads “Austin: a sleepy little drinking town with a live music problem.” In other words, if you enjoy putting back a few, you’ve come to the right city.

    The craft cocktail revolution continues to grow and thrive in Austin.  Midnight Cowboy is a former brothel-turned-speakeasy right in the middle of the action downtown.  Make reservations on their website in advance and follow directions to the signless, swanky hideout. Nearby, Weather Up takes ice art to a whole new level, The Bonneville serves well-crafted drinks overlooking Ladybird Lake and Second Bar makes a mean mule (and much more!) Recently opened Whisler’s has a creative and ever-changing cocktail list and Qui’s drinks are just as artfully and thoughtfully prepared as their food. Eastside Showroom and Hillside Farmacy both serve cocktails in a striking, reclaimed vintage setting. South of the river, the ZACH Theatre creates concoctions designed to match each production, and their Serra Skyline Lounge has a beautiful view of the city. Up north, Contigo slings classy patio cocktails, Tigress is an unassuming gem boasting vintage glasswear, and the expert mixologists at drink.well never fail to impress with their skill, speed, and knowledge. (They also serve some of the best bar food in town, including a very limited daily selection of artisanal Twinkies).

    For beer, Whip In has been keeping Austin weird since the 80’s and is not to be missed.  Once a convenience store, it has now morphed into a Tex-Mex-Indian gastropub and wine bar boasting one of the best beer selections in town. Up north, Draught House has been an Austin institution for the past 45 years! Think part microbrewery, part pub, and dogs/tailgating friendly. On Rainey Street, Banger’s has a whopping 104 beers on tap, and Craft Pride right next door is your go-to spot for specifically Texas brews. Campus-area Crown and Anchor is the sportiest bar I have affection for, Hopfields is a charming little gastropub, and Dog and Duck is the most legit Irish pub in town. North Loop’s Workhorse is a quaint beer bar heavy on the locally crafted selections, and newly opened eastside Quickie Pickie has a handpicked rotating selection, all just $5.00 a glass. Downtown, the Elephant Room is the best place to listen to jazz while sipping on a Belgian brew, and Easy Tiger on Sixth Street is part ping pong patio, part biergarten and part bakery (which makes their pretzels and beer cheese a requirement).

    Admittedly, I spend most of my time in dive bars around town.  Carousel Lounge is a surreal little carnie-inspired spot in the northeast that is BYO-liquor (they provide set-ups), as is far-north Buddy’s Place (complete with shuffleboard and many miscellaneous decorations collecting dust in the shadows). It’s always Christmas at Lala’s where ornaments and lights manage to twinkle in the smoky darkness, and Poodle Dog is practically a pool hall (and also BYO-liquor). My favorite eastside haunts are Yellow Jacket Social Club, Liberty, and the White Horse. Downtown, Casino El Camino will make you the most ridiculous bloody mary you’ve ever seen (and great burgers to accompany your PBR), red light-soaked velvet paintings deck the walls at Jackalope, and Mugshots has hands-down the best photo booth in town. Austin would never be the same without Barfly’s, The Horseshoe Lounge, Ego’s, Ginny’s Little Longhorn, Donn’s Depot, The Broken Spoke, Deep Eddy Cabaret, and Hole in the Wall.  And for something way off the beaten path, seek out the Dry Creek Cafe on Mount Bonnell Road.

    For wine, I like to direct visitors to Henri’s, a cute little shop serving wine, cheese, and charcuterie. The basement housing Red Room Lounge is inviting and mysterious, with a program run by a master sommellier. South of the river, House Wine is just as cozy as it sounds (and yes, run out of a little house). Whip In has nights featuring various varietals, often to the tune of the sitar or a local band. 

    Several classics that are always worth a visit include The Cloak Room (a Capitol-area dive bar where politicians can be found on the regular), Continental Club (a small, classic venue on South Congress), the uber-hip poolside patio of the Hotel San Jose, and the bar of the historic (and haunted) Driskill Hotel.

    As far as breweries go, Live Oak is centrally located on the eastside and specializes in Czech and German-style beers.  Check their website for information on free Saturday tours and tastings. Jester King is worth the Hill Country drive to experience their one-of-a-kind farmhouse-style ales (they also offer tours every Saturday), and neighboring Argus Cidery is the only place in Texas crafting champagne-style hard cider. They also recently opened a tasting room with a rotating picnic menu (by reservation).
  • On June 25, 2013
    Veronica Meewes answered the question: Veronica Meewes

    What are the best bars in Austin?

    photo by Veronica Meewes There’s a T-shirt sold in souvenir shops on Sixth Street which reads “Austin: a sleepy little drinking town with a live music problem.” In other words, if you enjoy putting back a few, you’ve come to the right city.

    The craft cocktail revolution continues to grow and thrive in Austin.  Midnight Cowboy is a former brothel-turned-speakeasy right in the middle of the action downtown.  Make reservations on their website in advance and follow directions to the signless, swanky hideout. Nearby, Weather Up takes ice art to a whole new level, The Bonneville serves well-crafted drinks overlooking Ladybird Lake and Second Bar makes a mean mule (and much more!) Recently opened Whisler’s has a creative and ever-changing cocktail list and Qui’s drinks are just as artfully and thoughtfully prepared as their food. South of the river, the ZACH Theatre creates concoctions designed to match each production, and their Serra Skyline Lounge has a beautiful view of the city. Up north, Contigo slings classy patio cocktails, Tigress is an unassuming gem boasting vintage glasswear, and the expert mixologists at drink.well never fail to impress with their skill, speed, and knowledge. (They also serve some of the best bar food in town, including a very limited daily selection of artisanal Twinkies).

    For beer, Whip In has been keeping Austin weird since the 80’s and is not to be missed.  Once a convenience store, it has now morphed into a Tex-Mex-Indian gastropub and wine bar boasting one of the best beer selections in town. Up north, Draught House has been an Austin institution for the past 45 years! Think part microbrewery, part pub, and dogs/tailgating friendly. On Rainey Street, Banger’s has a whopping 104 beers on tap, and Craft Pride right next door is your go-to spot for specifically Texas brews. Campus-area Crown and Anchor is the sportiest bar I have affection for, Hopfields is a charming little gastropub, and Dog and Duck is the most legit Irish pub in town. North Loop’s Workhorse is a quaint beer bar heavy on the locally crafted selections, and newly opened eastside Quickie Pickie has a handpicked rotating selection, all just $5.00 a glass. Downtown, the Elephant Room is the best place to listen to jazz while sipping on a Belgian brew, and Easy Tiger on Sixth Street is part ping pong patio, part biergarten and part bakery (which makes their pretzels and beer cheese a requirement).

    Admittedly, I spend most of my time in dive bars around town.  Carousel Lounge is a surreal little carnie-inspired spot in the northeast that is BYO-liquor (they provide set-ups), as is far-north Buddy’s Place (complete with shuffleboard and many miscellaneous decorations collecting dust in the shadows). It’s always Christmas at Lala’s where ornaments and lights manage to twinkle in the smoky darkness, and Poodle Dog is practically a pool hall (and also BYO-liquor). My favorite eastside haunts are Yellow Jacket Social Club, Liberty, and the White Horse. Downtown, Casino El Camino will make you the most ridiculous bloody mary you’ve ever seen (and great burgers to accompany your PBR), red light-soaked velvet paintings deck the walls at Jackalope, and Mugshots has hands-down the best photo booth in town. Austin would never be the same without Barfly’s, The Horseshoe Lounge, Ego’s, Ginny’s Little Longhorn, Donn’s Depot, The Broken Spoke, Deep Eddy Cabaret, and Hole in the Wall.  And for something way off the beaten path, seek out the Dry Creek Cafe on Mount Bonnell Road.

    For wine, I like to direct visitors to Henri’s, a cute little shop serving wine, cheese, and charcuterie. The basement housing Red Room Lounge is inviting and mysterious, with a program run by a master sommellier. South of the river, House Wine is just as cozy as it sounds (and yes, run out of a little house). Whip In has nights featuring various varietals, often to the tune of the sitar or a local band. 

    Several classics that are always worth a visit include The Cloak Room (a Capitol-area dive bar where politicians can be found on the regular), Continental Club (a small, classic venue on South Congress), the uber-hip poolside patio of the Hotel San Jose, and the bar of the historic (and haunted) Driskill Hotel.

    As far as breweries go, Live Oak is centrally located on the eastside and specializes in Czech and German-style beers.  Check their website for information on free Saturday tours and tastings. Jester King is worth the Hill Country drive to experience their one-of-a-kind farmhouse-style ales (they also offer tours every Saturday), and neighboring Argus Cidery is the only place in Texas crafting champagne-style hard cider. They also recently opened a tasting room with a rotating picnic menu (by reservation).