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5 speakeasies to grab a secret drink this weekend

(Laura Figi)

Fancy a drink that you need permission to order?


Speakeasies, defined as illicit liquor stores or nightclubs, typically require a reservation, a passcode or a combination of both in order to get inside.

While the Prohibition era is long over, there is something thrilling about getting a drink in a bar that requires a passcode or is hidden in plain sight. Start out with one of these locations.

Firehouse Lounge | 605 Brazos St.

This cozy little hostel is easy to miss but you’ll be remiss if you don’t visit. Located inside a former fire station behind a sliding bookcase—secret agent style—you’ll find personalized cocktails, performances from live local musicians and an exclusive vibe. Expect a cover if there is music on the schedule but entry is first come, first served.

Floppy Disk Repair Co./Red Headed Stepchild | 119 E 5th St.

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Be prepared to go on a scavenger hunt if you want to get into Floppy Disk Repair Co. because you’re not getting in without an up-to-date password. Located adjacent to HandleBar, this speakeasy is tiny but mighty and packs a red neon-lit ambiance with giant swings, taxidermy mounts and Instagrammable scenery. Ask the bouncer where to find the newest passcode and get ready to hunt—this bar is first come, first serve.

Here Nor There | 612 Brazos St.

If you can get into Here Nor There, you can probably get into any speakeasy in Austin. First, you’ll need to download the bar’s app and make a reservation, which will give you the secret key code. You can also apply for membership—a $500 yearly membership to get the VIP experience—once you’ve been accepted. Its variety of cocktails reflect the prohibition era, for an authentic experience.

The Lost Lei/Hen House Basement | 117 W 4th St.

This underground tiki gem is the place to find whimsical tropical drinks in a spooky, yet beachy, atmosphere. This is a great place to try some Bourbon Street-style drinks to quench a group, like the Planter’s Punch, which can serve up to six people or a carefully-crafted artistic blend of spirits. This bar is first come, first serve but only open on weekends.

The Secret Bar in the W Austin | 200 Lavaca St.

Also known as the “Red Room,” the Secret Bar at W Austin is open for you from 6 p.m. every Thursday-Sunday, if you can find it. Enter through the Records Room in the hotel’s Living Room Bar and bask in the exclusivity. This bar is first come, first served.


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With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again
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Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.