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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Expect some whiplash this week, Austinites: with an expected high of 103 degrees, Monday is predicted to be the hottest day of the year, but a midweek cold front is on the way to bring that first glimpse of fall.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport could see its first 100-degree temperature this year on Monday as temperatures citywide are expected to exceed this year's record of 102 degrees.
The cold front arrives Tuesday afternoon to evening.#atx #atxwx #cbsaustinwx https://t.co/rQni6ug3y4 pic.twitter.com/PoFeHPYtnM
— Chikage Windler WX (@ChikageWeather) September 20, 2021
After a typical summery Tuesday with highs in the mid-90s, Wednesday will welcome the first signs of fall as a cold front drops lows into the 50s.
Expect more wind and a chance of rain come Tuesday with a 40% chance of scattered storms. The cold front, which should last through Friday, will bring drier, crisper air that could cause fire hazards on Wednesday.
Highs will be in the upper 80s and lows in the 50s and lower 60s for the front's final two mornings.
After near record heat today, a cold front arrives tomorrow! Hang in there South-Central Texas, we have almost made it. pic.twitter.com/yd9UbNo7hY
— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) September 20, 2021
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Around 75 dogs died in a fire Saturday night at Ponderosa Pet Resort in Georgetown, according to the Georgetown Fire Department, leaving dozens of owners to mourn the losses of their furry companions.
The fire department arrived on the scene less than five minutes after 911 calls started flooding in at 10:56 p.m. At their arrival, they found flames and clouds of smoke, according to GFD Chief John Sullivan.
Twenty-five firefighters were on the scene, hoping to save as many lives as possible, initially trying to open some ventilation and control the smoke, though they were unable to save any dogs. Sullivan said his heart goes out to the families of the victims of the fire.
"I've been doing this for 29 years and this is the first incident that I've had where we've lost so many pets," Sullivan said. "I hate to use that term because, to me, a pet is a lot more than a pet—it is the closest friend. I wish I could convey my internal emotions adequately. I just wish I could go back in time to make it better."
Families of the fallen pets, who are believed to have died from smoke inhalation, have created a memorial outside the pet resort's fence complete with flowers, photos, notes and beloved toys of their friends.
No people were discovered at the scene—Ponderosa's boarding policies state that the staff feels that pets sleep better at night when no employees are there, so the pets are left unattended at night.
The fire department is still working to discover what caused the fire. Despite fire and smoke damage to the inside, the outer metal exterior survived the blaze. Based on the type of construction and occupancy type, the building was not required to have a sprinkler system.
"Quite frankly, I view my personal pet as probably my closest confidant, friend and the one that doesn't judge, so my heart just breaks," Sullivan said.
The fire claimed the lives of dog duo Bunny and Clyde, leaving owners and newlywed couple Don and Pam Richard devastated and angry KXAN reports, saying they wouldn't have left the dogs had they known they would be left unattended at night.
The Richard family is planning to petition the city of Georgetown, making it so that animals in professional care are never left unattended again.
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After months of speculation, a new report says political personality Beto O'Rourke is mulling a run for Texas governor that he will announce later this year.
Sources tell Axios the former congressman is preparing his campaign for the 2022 election, where he will likely vie for the position against incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott. The only other candidate that has announced he will take on Abbott for governor is former Texas GOP Chairman Allen West—no Democrats have announced they are running as of yet.
"No decision has been made," Axios reports David Wysong, O'Rourke's former House chief of staff and a longtime adviser, said. "He has been making and receiving calls with people from all over the state."
A new poll from The Dallas Morning News and University of Texas at Tyler shows O'Rourke is narrowing the gap between himself and Abbott's prospects for governor. In the poll, 37% said they'd vote for O'Rourke over Abbott, while 42% said they'd vote for Abbott.
Abbott has been in the hot seat due to his handling of COVID-19 and the signing of landmark legislation into law, including new abortion and voting rights laws; 54% of poll respondents voted they think the state is headed in the "wrong direction." Still, Texas hasn't had a Democrat as governor since the 90s.
O'Rourke's people-focused approach to the 2018 Senator race, which he lost to Sen. Ted Cruz, gave him a widespread following and many hoped he'd throw his hat into the ring since he said he was considering it earlier this year.
"We hope that he's going to run," Gilberto Hinojosa, the state chair of the Democratic Party, told Axios. "We think he'll be our strongest candidate. We think he can beat Abbott because he's vulnerable."