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With Christmas only six days away, you'll want to make sure to treat yo' 'elf' by visiting some holiday-themed bars.
Mask up, put on your warmest coat and feel the jolly spirit with holiday-themed drinks in a fun environment.
Here are seven holiday-themed bars in Austin:
Lala's Little Nugget, 2207 Justin Lane
Whether you're in need of some holiday cheer or a holiday-themed drink, Lala's Little Nugget has you covered. Although the bar is open all year long, the unique Christmas experience is perfect in December.
Holiday-themed drinks include the snowball, peppermint hot cocoa and grandma's boozy eggnog. The bar is currently taking temperatures at the door and spacing seating out.
Miracle on 5th Street, 307 W. 5th St.
Miracle on 5th Street is back and spreading cheer in Austin this holiday season. With holiday cocktails and festive decorations, the bar is offering the most Christmas spirit for all guests.
The pop-up started as a franchise in New York City and now, Miracle on 5th Street in Austin is the most popular location in the world. The bar is offering Christmas cocktails such as a christmapolitan, snowball old fashioned, on dasher, run run Rudolph and more. Make a reservation to visit the holiday pop-up for a delicious cocktail and to take a photo sitting on Santa's throne. More information on Miracle on 5th Street can be found here.
Kitty Cohen's, 2211 Webberville Road #3548
Kitty Cohen's is celebrating the holiday season with "Get Lit," a Hanukkah pop-up bar. With Hanukkah inspired cocktails such as Manischewitz spritzers, slivotinis, and latke punch, you can visit the cocktail lounge and patio bar for a good time.
In addition, Kitty Cohen's will donate a percentage of the proceeds from the pop-up bar to Jewish Community Center Austin. The pop-up bar is open until Dec. 31.
Gibson Street Bar, 1109 S. Lamar Blvd.
Gibson Wonderland is here and ready for a merry time. Gibson Street Bar is hosting Gibson Wonderland all through December. With holiday-themed cocktails such as the peppermint martini, naughty and spice, rum pum pum, oh holy rye and more wonderful pun-filled Christmas drinks, you'll want to make sure to stop by.
The festive bar also has a Gibson Sleigh, so make sure to stop by, snap a photo and share on Instagram for a chance to win a gift from the bar.
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden, 121 Pickle Road.
Cosmic Coffee & Beer is all decked out for the holidays. With Christmas lights on every corner, this is your next place to visit. Besides having your everyday coffee fix, winter cocktails are back on the menu. Try their red sled, viva viva toddy or cosmic milk punch for a jolly time.
East Austin Hotel, 1108 E. 6th St.
East Austin Hotel is feeling festive and ready for the holiday season with a holiday pop-up. The two bars in the hotel, Sixth and Waller and The Upside Bar are offering holiday themed drinks and a lot of Christmas cheer. Visit the East Austin Hotel for a merry Christmas time and delicious holiday cocktails. More information on hours and menus can be found here.
Elf'd up at Red Dragon, 120 W. 5th St.
Red Dragon is having a holiday pop-up to give Austin a holiday interactive experience. The bar is offering Christmas-themed cocktails and a holiday food menu. A toy drive is also being held nightly and proceeds will be donated to Dell Children's Medical Center and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
The bar is 21 and older and requiring masks and social distancing guidelines. More information and VIP reservations can be made by contacting (702)743-7051.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a record-setting second quarter during an earnings call broadcasted from the Giga Texas construction site in Southeast Travis County on Monday.
The electric carmaker reported more than $1 billion in quarterly net income and the production of more than 200,000 vehicles for the first time despite challenges such as a global semiconductor shortage.
"It … seems that public sentiment towards electric vehicles is at an inflection point, and at this point, I think, almost everyone agrees electric vehicles are the only way forward," Musk said.
Exterior shots taken just a while ago of Giga Texas (while @elonmusk is reportedly at the Gigafactory!) during today's earnings call!
Hope @peterdog15 got to catch the technoking in his video! #fastestinhistory #Tesla pic.twitter.com/WqeDlb5wU3
— Austin Tesla Club (@AustinTeslaClub) July 26, 2021
Despite rising consumer demand and adequate factory capacity, Tesla faces what Musk described as a "quite serious" global semiconductor shortage, which will determine the company's growth rate for the rest of the year.
With increased revenue and production, Tesla is investing in new factories, Chief Financial Officer Zachary Kirkhorn said. These include Giga Texas, the $1.1 billion manufacturing plant that broke ground last summer and is slated to open later this year.
The Giga Texas factory in Southeast Travis County has rapidly increased in size since ground broke last August. (Tesla)
Musk commended the construction team for "incredible progress," transforming what was basically a vacant site into "a mostly complete large factory a year later."
I was at Giga Texas yesterday. Team is making excellent progress. Building will be almost a mile long when complete.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 25, 2021
Giga Texas will produce the highly anticipated Cybertruck, along with other models, but Musk said scaling its production will be difficult, especially given the supply chain delays caused by the pandemic. "It's going to move as fast as the slowest of its up to 10,000 unique parts," he said.
In other news, Musk said Monday's earnings call would likely be his last regular appearance, only jumping on future quarterly calls when big announcements warrant it.
Tesla Solar recently made news when it announced plans to build the nation's most sustainable residential community in Southeast Austin earlier this month. The newly built homes will feature Tesla solar roof tiles and Powerwall battery storage as well as electric vehicle charging stations.
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The city of Austin released a shortlist of seven candidates for the police chief position left vacant when Brian Manley retired in March.
City Manager Spencer Cronk hopes to announce an appointment by the end of August, which will require City Council approval.
The finalists, chosen from a field of 46 applicants, include:
- APD Interim Chief Joseph Chacon, who previously served as an assistant chief in the department for almost five years
- Anne Kirkpatrick, former police chief in Oakland, California, who was fired last year after a federal monitor criticized her handling of a fatal 2018 police shooting of a homeless man
- Dallas Police Department Assistant Chief Avery L. Moore, who is a 30-year veteran of the department
- Atlanta Police Department Deputy Chief Celeste Murphy, who manages the department's community services division
- Dekalb County Police Chief Mirtha V. Ramos, who previously served as division chief in the Miami-Dade Police Department
- Wichita Police Department Chief Gordon Ramsay, who is a former president of the Minnesota Police Chief's Association as well as one of the first police chiefs of a major U.S. City to call George Floyd's death a murder, as reported by the Wichita Eagle
- Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Emada E. Tingirides, who is also commanding officer of the department's newly formed Community Safety Partnership Bureau, which serves L.A.'s underserved communities
City staff will interview the finalists in the coming weeks, with several community input opportunities to come, according to a Monday press release.
The city conducted a public survey in March and hosted community input meetings in April to learn more about what residents are looking for in their next police chief, which helped shape the selection criteria for the position.
"They want to see the Chief be reform-minded and transparent and have a track record of fostering community involvement and accountability," Cronk said in the release. "The candidates selected show these characteristics in various ways."
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Days after Austin began once again recommending masks in public spaces, Austin ISD announced Monday that kindergarten through sixth-grade classes will have virtual options this fall.
The district will discuss the move in a special board meeting Monday evening starting at 5 p.m., while full details will be released Friday.
Teachers will not have to fret about the new option—no educators will have to juggle both virtual and in-person learning. Instead, certain teachers will specialize in virtual education, according to a press release.
The news comes after a recent spike in COVID cases in Travis County and across the nation. Children typically suffer fewer symptoms of COVID when contracted, but they are now catching the virus more often than their older counterparts without a vaccine available to them and as the more contagious Delta variant is quickly being spread.
While local health officials are recommending everyone wear masks, public school districts are unable to mandate masks due to an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott in May.
Parents have expressed concern about classrooms with masks unenforceable and children under the age of 12 ineligible for a vaccine. Some have even said they would look for alternative schooling if AISD did not offer a virtual option for students.
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