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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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."
Austin rapper Jordi Esparza may not have won the 2021 Red Bull Batalla, the world's largest Spanish freestyle rap competition, but for a spirited two rounds, the 22-year old Mexican native looked like he had every right to.
On Saturday evening in Los Angeles, the event itself looked like Cobra Kai meets Star Search with graphics adding a very Batman Beyond aesthetic. Over a dozen rappers hoping to represent the U.S. in the international round of the competition took to the stage with in-your-face jabs at accents, sexual orientation and odors, among other things.
This was Esparza's second rodeo; he had placed third at the 2020 National Finals, automatically securing him a spot this year.
However, things were different this year. He was not nervous about the contest. Unlike in 2020, when he made his Red Bull Batalla debut, the anxiety of the event led him to "feeling so bad."
Affecting a casual calm, the locally-based landscaper said he just felt "so relaxed, so happy" and primarily wanted to "enjoy everything."
Choosing his first-round opponent, Esparza, whose stage name is Jordi, elected to go against LA-based Boss.
Esparza freestyled an attack on his opponent's weight and cholo style of dress.
Boss—bracketing his Latin freestyle with English appeals to the crowd—mocked Jordi's lack of education, made fun of how clean Jordi's shoes looked and suggested that Jordi just came back from a Footlocker.
That first round went to Jordi.
But his next opponent Eckonn would prove to be his undoing.
Eckonn compared Jordi to Hannah Montana, while Jordi soulfully explained that he had learned from the best.
Esparza's verbal dexterity is matched by a rattling rhythm and a game face that is as mawkish as it is mockish. The overall effect is that of an underdog with bite.
Eckonn beat Esparza in that round with the overall championship going to Palm Beach-based rapper Reverse.
However, Esparza was just happy to be there. He recently told Austonia going to the finals again was a dream come true—a pinnacle that he said he won't know how to top.
With his nimble jabs and sneaky prowess, honed from pop culture and the swagger of a young working man hungry to be more, Jordi Esparza is just getting started.