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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Republic Square Park has turned into a Ford-themed fiesta for its Built to Connect pop-up experience, complete with test drives, off-roading and an inside look at the Tesla-rivaling electric vehicles that the motor vehicle company is planning to integrate over the next decade.
The outdoor driving event is free, open to the public and will stay in the park from now until Oct. 24, offering rides on Bronco Mountain, a 0-40 mph zip in the 2022 all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning and a chance to win an original Ford Bronco.
The event kicked off with a panel of speakers, including Austin Director of Transportation Rob Spillar, Ford General Manager Darren Palmer and engineering specialists discussing Ford's goals to make it so that 50% of the vehicles on the road are electric by 2030.
As an eco-conscious city, Spillar said that around 4,000 vehicles, or 22% of the Texas electric vehicle market, as well as over 15,000 plugins lie in Austin, meaning driving electric just got accessible.
"Austin, as you know, is a fast-growing modern city that is committed to protecting the long term health and viability of our communities and strategies that reduce greenhouse gases, mitigate the effects of climate change and improve the drone quality of life here in Central Texas for all of our residents," Spillar said.
And Ford's electric vehicles are putting up some steep competition for newly-Austin-based company Tesla. The new electric Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lighting offer amenities that used to be exclusive to Musk's brand, such as the BlueCruise self-driving network. The cars also boast a 300-mile range on a single charge, assisted reverse technology and access to the biggest charging network outside of the home.
Plus, Ford's got affordability on its side. The F-150 Lightning starts at $39,974 and the Mustang Mach-E starts at $42,895, while the cheapest Tesla model, the Model 3, starts at $41,990 and averages 262 miles on a single charge.
Speaking of price, the numbers on the electric vehicles may look like a little more than you'd like to pay for your transport, but Palmer promises it will pay off. In addition to a $7,500 tax credit you can earn for your sustainability, you'll never have to buy a pricey tank of gas again.
"Personally, I have not found one customer ever, who would go back to gas so that says something," Palmer said. "I realized, at $51,000, that car outruns every childhood hero car I ever had."
Texas buyers: take note. The Ford Lightning can power your house for three to 10 days, just in case the statewide power grid fails. You can take it glamping with you, so you don't have to leave the comfort of modern life behind, and in a pinch, Palmer said he's even seen a wedding party powered by the truck.
Ford is investing $30 billion into the U.S. market to meet demand by 2025 and the new electric truck already has over 150,000 reservations.
"I think they're going to take off much faster than you expect—they're going to be extremely, extremely popular next year," Palmer said. "With the incentives that are available today, this is starting to become more mainstream and viable for more and more families. We couldn't have done that before, we didn't have the technology, or the technology at that price."
The event is ongoing through next weekend from 12-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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The Austin Police Department is searching for a man who is believed to be behind a series of robberies that is "sexual in nature and is escalating."
Three robbery cases that took place in North Austin within a 30-day period are being investigated by police, who report the victims all had similar descriptions for suspects in the case. The suspect is described as a 20-25-year-old Spanish-speaking Hispanic man, approximately 5'3, thin build, recently shaved with black hair. Police say he is known to typically wear athletic clothing and used a knife on each of the victims.
Here's a breakdown of the cases:
1. At 7:56 a.m. on Sept. 22 at the 1600 block of Rutland Drive, a woman was walking alone and returning from her child's school when a suspect walking by inappropriately touched her. The suspect then grabbed her by the arm, threatened her with a knife and demanded "her property."
2. At 8:10 a.m. on Oct. 11 at 1700 block of Colony Creek Drive, a woman was walking to her child's school when a man approached her with a knife and then demanded her personal items. The suspect then said he would return the items in return for sex.
3. At 11:03 a.m. on Oct. 13 at the 9300 block of Northgate Boulevard, a woman was with her child in the laundry room of an apartment complex when a man walked in performing a sexual act. The suspect demanded personal items from the victim, threatening to hurt the victim and take her child.
Police cautioned the public to walk without earbuds, stay alert and report suspicious activity to the police.
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