Our first day in Austin was a doozy. My husband and I hit up 5 bars, 2 food trucks and had a run in with a very ambitious squirrel before getting back to our hotel around 1am. I was pretty impressed with us considering we had left our house in Portland at 4 am to catch our first flight.
We like to start our vacations with a bang!
We decided to hit up the Rainey Street district, a fairly small but bustling street (think bar after bar after bar). Our first stop was a place I have been dying to go since I first heard about it: Craft Pride. A bar that has 54 beers on tap (most of them local), a big patio and one of the best food trucks in the area, Via 313, makers of Detroit-style pizza.
While many of the options sounded great, we ordered the Rocket. Lots of sopressata, very cheesy and topped with spicy arugula. It was fantastic. Like crazy good. Half of this pie was enough to fill me up.
I immediately ordered an IPA from one of Austin’s most well-known breweries, 512. It was delicious. I followed that with a tasting tray, figuring it was the easiest way to try many things at once.
Here’s the funny thing too — we had been in the city for, oh, an hour or two and we happen to run into someone from Portland who my husband used to work with. She was in town visiting friends and was just as shocked as us to see someone from home. We chatted with her and her friends for a bit, and they put together a great list of places for us to check out.
While eating and drinking at Craft Pride, we also met “Pat,” a very rambunctious squirrel. I’m not sure if our server was just messing with us when he said Pat was a regular, but he sure acted like he hung out there often. Absolutely fearless.
After our new (and old) friends headed off to dinner, we headed down the street a bit to a place called Banger’s Sausage House. I wasn’t really hungry but their 100-plus beer list made me very excited!
What can I say — I really, really love beer.
A few beers later, we traveled on to Blackheart. The only evidence I have of this stop is a slightly intoxicated “artistic” picture of the iron fence. I like stars a lot too.
Then we went to Clive Bar — a pretty cool joint where we ended up chatting to a guy from Seattle for a while. Can’t escape the PNW!
After a few cocktails, we meandered to a place called Container Bar, a kind of crazy, pretty cool bar made up of 7 shipping container stacked on top of each other. This means that there are lots of different areas and different nooks to enjoy — balconies overlooking the street, dark corners with cozy couches, or large bar tables made for big groups. It’s really a place where there’s something for everyone.
But after a single beer, we were ready to grab a late-night treat and headed back to the hotel. We stopped at a food cart called Bomb Tacos and then stumbled home. A successful first night of vacation!