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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.

(Laura Figi)

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.


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway