Boozy Bachelorette Party in Austin Texas
Austin, Texas is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations for bachelor and bachelorette parties in the United States. My flight alone had at least three separate groups heading to the live music capital of the country to party with brides and grooms to be. This is not a guide for finding the cheapest or strongest drinks in town or anything like that. This is more of a low key bachelorette party guide to help you have the best time with your girls in Austin.
The official bachelorette party I attended started on a Friday, but the bride and I added on an extra day to do some exploring.
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Tacos at Torchy's
After checking in to our hotels, we dropped bags and met up for some lunch. We decided to check out Torchy’s for some tacos. This is an uber-casual spot that was perfect for the first day or night. Their menu is huge and everything is delicious so you can’t really go wrong. I opted for the Alabama Shake (fried fish) and Carnitas taco and an ice cold Topo Chico seltzer water. The location on South Congress didn't have their liquor license at the time but if they had, I would’ve likely gotten a beer. We heard from some locals that they have tasty frozen margaritas too.
Bride to be Claire was craving a frosty drink so I took my brother’s recommendation to check out the lounge at Hotel San Jose for some frosé . That was the best decision of the whole trip honestly. Their patio lounge is well shaded and they keep the frozen concoctions flowing. We were also pleasantly surprised to find out it was happy hour so frosé was half off and $1 off beer and wine. Score.
Beer Tasting Around Town
You know I can't go anywhere without searching out some local beer. I met up with my friend Andrea, a former brewery colleague and beer blogger Caitlin of Big World Small Girl to do some tasting. We headed to Rainey Street, a funky street lined with renovated bungalows turned into bars and restaurants. If you have any beer fans in your group, check out at these two spots.
Craft Pride | 61 Rainey St - 54 taps, Texas only beer
Bangers Beer Garden | 79 Rainey St - over 100 taps, house-made sausage, beef jerky, and an awesome Sunday brunch
Lunch at The Launderette
This laundromat turned swanky cafe earned early praise from Food & Wine, Southern Living, and Thrillist for their creative cuisine. If you and your girls arrive on Friday afternoon this would be such a fun place for a boozy lunch to kick off your weekend. They have plenty of small plates that would be easy to share. We tried the salt cod croquettes - so delicious. I can't turn down deviled eggs so we ordered some of those too. Topped with smoked salmon and trout roe, they were truly decadent. For mains, I had a hankering for a BLT and was thrilled to find a fried egg BLT with pimento cheese on the menu. Word on the street is they make the best damn ice cream sandwich in the world. Sadly they were out of it the day I went... If you know how much I love ice cream then you know this news left me truly heartbroken.
Home Away From Home
I spent my extra night (Thursday) in town at The Fairview which is more of a luxury boutique hotel as opposed to a more traditional Bed & Breakfast. There are only 7 rooms but you can rent out the whole house which would be so fun for a group! The location is perfect for a weekend getaway because they provide free parking and are so close to the fun on South Congress. You can read more about my night at The Fairview here. Their huge breakfast was a major selling point for me. Each morning they prepare a spread of homemade bread, yogurt, granola, and fruit and plenty of coffee and more Topo Chico.
If your group is on a budget I would recommend looking into renting a house. There are so many properties available on Airbnb in Austin and VRBO you're bound to find something that will work for everyone. If money is no object then I would highly recommend renting out the entire house at The Fairview Inn. Houses are so fun for bachelorette parties because the whole point of the weekend is to be together. Most of our group hadn't seen each other in years so it was great all being in the same place for a few days. The house we rented was great for a large group because each room had several beds in it and there were plenty. There were multiple bathrooms too which is important for a group of 10 women.
After everyone arrived we headed to the Austin Winery for some wine tasting. Wine isn't usually my first choice, but I've been enjoying it a lot more lately. We rolled up to the winery and rejoiced when we realized it was indoors and had excellent AC. Seeing as it was about 100-110 degrees the entire weekend the AC was pretty exciting.
We all opted for the tasting which was 4 pours of your choice for $20 which equaled about 2 glasses of wine. We made friends with the bartender who actually turned out to be the COO and he spoiled us a little with heavy pours. I'm a dry white/rose wine drinker and was happy with the choices they had.
Night Out: What to Wear
The heat lingers well into the evening so I still kept my going out look easy as well. Who wants to wear something skin tight when its 90 degrees. I scored this cute romper from this cool shop, Lynt, I found on Instagram. It is made from swimsuit fabric so it is breathable and wrinkle resistant; perfect for a night out in Austin. Shop a few other easy outfit ideas from some of my favorite brands.
Pizza & Beer at ABGB
Later we ventured to the award-winning ABGB brewery and pizza beer garden for dinner and some local beer. The place was jam packed and had a honky-tonk band playing. This is a counter service restaurant which makes things really easy for a large group. All of the pizzas were awesome and the beer ice cold and delicious. They always have several lagers on tap which I love! I tried the Hell Yea (Helles) and Rocket 100 (Pre-Prohibition Style Pilsner), both great with any kind of pizza.
River Float on the San Marcos
When it’s 100 degrees there really aren't too many options when it comes to outdoor activities. I was thrilled to find out our fearless leader had organized a float trip down the San Marcos river with Austin Tubing Trips. There are a few different options when it comes to the trip, private vehicle or group so you can choose based on your group budget. We opted for the door to door service and were picked up at 10am and floating by 11 am. We finished up around 2 pm, long enough to relax and cool off but not too long to keep people from getting overheated or overserved.
Pack food - We packed a variety of sandwiches and other snacks to keep the hanger at bay while on the river. If you're looking for something a little more lux, get some picnic supplies at Baguette Chocolat. This authentic French bakery prepares some delicious baguette sandwiches like a Parisian Brie Sandwich on a crusty baguette. If you want some sweet treats to go with they have some delicious macrons too.
Bring booze - We had plenty of beer and local ciders to go around for the day. If you're not into beer then stock up on Euphoria from the Austin Winery. It's a 100% Texas white blend sold in a pouch making it the easiest booze carry on for the river. Bring plenty of water too.
Wear sun protection - It's hot AF in Austin in the summer and if you're floating face up for several hours down the river, you're bound to get some sun. I feel like sunscreen is a no-brainer these days but reminders don't hurt. I prefer natural sunscreens with a zinc base because my skin is really sensitive. I never go out on the water without a sun shirt, hat and shades. Sunscreen works for hours of exposure but I don't like to chance it. Good looking hats and sunglasses are easy to find and luckily there are so many cute UPF tops available these days. Shop a few of my favorites below.
Not interested in the river? Check out these pools.
Barton Springs - Spring fed city pool that only costs $3 for residents and $8 for non-residents.
Hotel Ella - Gorgeous pool and cabanas available to the public for $20 and comes with complimentary valet parking. Reservations necessary.
Westin Rooftop Pool - Take in the gorgeous view of Austin while sipping a cocktail poolside.
Full disclosure several of us had a very early flight on Sunday morning so we played it safe and stayed in after the river. We ordered what felt like the entire menu at Torchy's and just hung out together. We did play a ridiculous game of Cards of Humanity then mellowed out watching some classic rom coms with more wine. It was pretty perfect if you ask me.
However, if your group is looking to party, check out...
6th Street - Here you'll find bars, comedy clubs, dance halls and more
The White Horse | 500 Comal St - Good ole honkey tonk bar and dance hall with a taco truck parked outside.
The Broken Spoke | 3201 S Lamar Blvd - A true Texas dance hall and Austin institution since 1964 dance hall
Brunch at South Congress Cafe
If you have time for brunch on Sunday morning, head to the South Congress Cafe. Brunch is served daily and on Sundays from 9-4. It's really hard for me to turn down a croque madame but the crab cake bennies are a favorite too! They're known for their bloodys. Just sayin'.
Even if you don't have a bachelorette party to plan in your near future, Austin makes a great place for a girlfriends getaway! Have you been to Austin before? I'd love to hear about your favorite things to do there.