St. Patrick's Day is finally here, and after the year we've had, we could sure use a little luck. Whether you're planning on celebrating early in the day or waiting until the sun is down, Austin pubs have you covered for the most fun and green-filled day ever.
Wear all the green you own and visit these Austin spots this Wednesday.
Foxy's Proper Pub, 201 Brazos St.
Foxy's Proper Pub is kicking off it's grand opening with a St. Patrick's Day celebration. Starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, the pub will offer pints of Guinness served alongside an Irish breakfast, green beer, frozen Irish coffees and Dublin drops all day, along with live music and a limited menu of potato skins, fish and chips and corned beef. The new neighborhood pub is a new edition to downtown with an impressive cocktail list and an Irish whiskey selection to get you feeling lucky this St. Patrick's Day.
B. D. Riley's Irish Pub, 1905 Aldrich St.
B. D. Riley's Irish Pub is the place to visit this St. Patrick's Day. Starting at 9 a.m., the pub will have 50% limited capacity in their patio, live music starting at 12 p.m., food, Irish whiskey and "fine craic" all day. Not only is B. D. Riley's a classic Austin spot for all Irish things, but the entire pub itself was designed and built in Ireland and later shipped and assembled in Austin. It doesn't get any better than that.
Whitestone Brewery, 601 E. Whitestone Blvd.
Whitestone Brewery is another Austin spot to hit this St. Patrick's Day for fun festivities. The brewery will be offering two special beers, a Green Kölsch and Electro-Light Reps Pilsner all day, plus a happy hour from 12 to 5 p.m. featuring $1 off all pints. Additionally, Van's Damn Tasty Tacos will also be serving Irish tacos and Shepherd's pie to feed the day away and there will be a live music performance by The Detentions from 5-8 p.m.
Revelry Kitchen + Bar, 1410 E. 6th St.
Feel the luck this year with a good time and lots of Jameson at Revelry Kitchen + Bar. Stop by the bar on Wednesday for a St. Patrick's Day celebration with live music and Jameson cocktail and shot specials all night. The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and will run until 12 a.m. Plus, you get to enjoy some fresh air with a music performance from The David Thacker Trio at 7 p.m. on the Revelry patio.
Corner Bar, 1901 S. Lamar
Spend this year's St. Patrick's Day at Corner Bar with live music, Jameson drink specials and a fun time. The bar will open at 12 p.m. and go on until 2 a.m., with a performance by DJ Kurupt to kick off the festivities. The neighborhood bar has over 20 draft beers and Brown's Bar-B-Que to provide guests with delicious food.
Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
Spend this St. Patrick's Day at Scholz Garten with some luck at the oldest beer garden in the country. From 5-8 p.m. enjoy lucky drink specials, green beer and food deals plus a live music performance by Will & The Wilderness from 6 p.m. to close. To add to all the fun, live bagpipers will be helping spread the Irish spirit at Scholz.
Waterloo Ice House, multiple locations
Not sure what to do yet this St. Patrick's Day? Whether you're planning on staying home or going out, Waterloo Ice House has an option for everyone. Enjoy green beers, $5 Jameson, Guinness and Irish car bombs at any location, plus a free snack queso if you wear green. If you're planning on celebrating at home, Waterloo Ice House is offering cocktail kits to help you enjoy the festivities.
Round Rock Tavern, 113 W. Main St.
Although a St. Patricks Celebration with a crawfish, crab and shrimp boil isn't traditional, it sounds too good to pass up. This year, celebrate the lucky holiday with a crawfish boil hosted by Round Rock Tavern with Eastside Boilers. The boil will be served at 4 p.m. until it runs out, so preorder online to make sure you get the delicious goods. Happy hour is from 12-8 p.m., so you get all day to enjoy great deals.
Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle Road
Celebrate St. Patricks day with a pizza party at Barr Mansion. The historic Austin mansion will have special bangers and mash pizza along with other Irish foods, live music and green beer provided by Hopsquad Brewing. The event will run from 5-9:30 p.m., and the pizzas will be sold by demand so make sure to pre-order online before they sell out.
St. Patrick's Day Block Party, Rock Rose Avenue
Looking for the best Shamrock shenanigans in town? Join three different bars on Rock Rose Avenue for a St. Patrick's Day block party!
Jack & Ginger's, Wonder Bar Austin and 77° Rooftop Patio Bar will be hosting an all day event for all Irish lovers. The block party will feature live music, green beer, drink specials, Irish and American comfort foods and bagpipes all for an ultimate St. Patrick's Day Celebration. For $10, you can enter all three bars and enjoy the biggest celebration in town. Jack and Ginger's will open at 10 a.m. and Wonder Bar Austin and 77° Rooftop Patio Bar will open from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Austin Eastciders, 1530 Barton Springs Road
Wear all the green you have and head out to Austin Eastciders for a special green cider on St. Patrick's Day. The all day long special for $4 green ciders is too good to pass up, and you get to enjoy the beautiful Barton Springs patio while celebrating the lucky holiday.
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May's second election is here, in which voters will decide on the candidates to represent their party in the November general election after the winner in some March primary races was unclear.
Just like the March primaries, voters will choose which party they choose to vote in. Then based on location, each ballot will show which races are in a runoff.
In Texas, candidates must win at least 50% of the vote to be elected. In the races where the top candidate only received a plurality of votes, a runoff is being held.
Here's everything you need to know before heading to the polls.
Know before you go
Early voting for the Texas primary runoff election begins Monday and will last through May 20; Election Day is May 24.
The registration period for this election has passed; check if you're registered to vote here.
The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. As long as you're in line by 7 p.m., you can vote.
You'll need a valid photo ID to present once you're at a polling location.
Here are the early voting locations in Travis County.
View wait times at polling locations here.
Races to watch in Travis County:
- Republican: Incumbent Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick won his primary in March.
- Democratic: Mike Collier and Michelle Beckley are vying to be the Democrat candidate on the ballot.
- Republican: Incumbent AG Ken Paxton is fighting for his seat against George P. Bush.
- Democratic: Rochelle Garza and Joe Jaworski will face off to be the Democratic candidate in this race.
View all the statewide races on the ballot here.
U.S. House of Representatives
View the district you live in here.
- Republican: Incumbent Chip Roy won his primary in March.
- Democratic: Claudia Andreana Zapata and Ricardo Villarreal are hoping to secure this vote.
- Republican: Dan McQueen and Michael Rodriguez are going head to head to be the Republican candidate in this race.
- Democratic: Former Austin council member Greg Casar won this race in March.
- Republican: Ellen Troxclair and Justin Berry are vying to be the Republican candidate in this race.
- Democratic: Pam Baggett won her primary in March.
Texas has been home to some of the country’s biggest celebrities of all time—think Amarillo resident Georgia O'Keeffe, Lubbock’s Buddy Holly and Corpus Christi’s famous singer Selena.
The Pudding’s People Map of the U.S., which shows each city’s “most Wikipedia’ed” resident, placed celebrities from all walks of life on the Texas map. As for Central Texas celebrities, there are some interesting (and not so surprising) names on deck.
Proving that Austin is “alright, alright, alright,” Minister of Culture Matthew McConaughey is both Austin’s and Uvalde’s top Wikipedia’ed resident. McConaughey, who was born in San Antonio adjacent Uvalde, has deeply ingrained himself in Austin by studying Radio-Television-Film at UT Austin, starring in the Austin-filmed movie “Dazed and Confused” and investing in Austin FC.
Heading down just a few miles south, San Marcos claimed former president Lyndon Baines Johnson as Texas State University’s most famous alumni, who graduated in 1930, and was also named in Fredericksburg. LBJ wasn’t the only ex-president on the map—George W. Bush was listed as the top resident in Dallas, Midland, Houston and Crawford.
You’ll see some other names with ties to Austin strewn around the state: Janis Joplin in Beaumont and Port Arthur; Stone Cold Steve Austin in Victoria and Edna; Dan Rather in his hometown of Wharton; and Waylon Jennings in Littlefield.
Venturing outside of the central areas, there are big celebrities who call Texas Home. Actress and artist Selena Gomez dominated search traffic in her hometown of Grand Prairie, musical artist Post Malone was most “Wikipedia’ed” in Grapevine, and Shaquille O’Neal was named in the city where he went to high school, San Antonio.
Plus, Thomas Haden Church, Angela Kinsey, Jessica Simpson, Chuck Norris, Roy Orbison, Ron White, Jessica Alba, Colt McCoy, Jimmy Dean and Johnny Manziel all had at least one city covered on the list.
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