Things to Do in Austin

Austin events are always aplenty. This is one of those great cities where there is literally always something going on. From happening happy hours to family-friendly fun, this is our weekly series filling you in on the best things to do in Austin.

May 7: Celebrate Derby Day

Courtesy of Péché

Courtesy of Péché

Down here in Austin, we are pretty far from Kentucky horse country. That being said, one of the best things about the Kentucky Derby is you don’t really have to be there to enjoy. Atmosphere is essentially built into the event and everyone gets to class it up a bit. So put on your seersucker suit and your fancy hat as our clients have you covered with screenings and mint juleps galore.

  • CANTINE Italian Cafe & Bar will open a little earlier than usual, 4 p.m., and screen the race up at the bar. Bar manager Adrian Braun will put an Italian take on the classic mint julep – a mix of American bourbon with an Italian bittered amaro that is very minty, called Branca Menta. It drinks like a mint julep with a complex herbaceous note.
  • If you want a julep with some serious kick, head on over to Péché for its incarnation, which adds absinthe to the classic recipe.
  • drink.well. is throwing its 5th Annual Derby Day Bash with a screening and two special julep incarnations, in addition to the classic. They will also serve traditional hot browns and, if three different juleps weren’t enough, they will have bourbon punches to further quench your thirst. They, too, are opening early at, 3:00 p.m.
  • The Roosevelt Room will open at 3:00 p.m. to treat us to some $8 mint julep specials  featuring Angel’s Envy bourbon and coverage of the race on the big screen projector.

May 5: Cinco de Drinko

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Isla’s Prickly Pear Margarita Courtesy of Annie Ray Photography 

One of the greatest things about Austin is its close proximity to the vibrant culture of Mexico. Tex-Mex may be our thing, but fusion can be found everywhere. For the 9th year in a row, Austin’s non-profit Fiestas Patrias will throw its Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at the Fiesta Gardens Park and margarita specials and happy hours will pop up all over the city to celebrate. If you are looking to imbibe some of the best this city has to offer on this historic day, our clients have come up with some delicious tequila cocktails for you to throw back.

  • If Palomas are your thing, COUNTER 3. FIVE. VII. (who recently attained its liquor license – huzzah!) is serving up the classic made with tequila, grapefruit and salt. Odd Duck is an option, too, with its beloved draft Paloma, made with tequila blanco, grapefruit, tarragon, ginger and salt foam.
  • The Peached Tortilla is serving its own spicy Asian twist of the traditional margarita – the Margarita de Peached. This unique version is made with habanero-infused tequila, Thai basil, Cointreau and lime juice.
  • Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile will feature a Mezcal Margarita, as well as the Jalapeño Business – jalapeño and cucumber infused tequila with agave, fresh lime juice and a trechas rim.
  • The team at Barley Swine is delivering something truly original with the Chucho. Made with Sotol (liquor produced in Chihuahua, Mexico, from the Desert Spoon plant), the drink is seasoned with pine, orange, lime, grapefruit and saline – you won’t want to miss this one.
  • At Isla, Modelo Micheladas will be on special for a whopping $2 a pop. You’ll also find Isla’s delicious Prickly Pear and Pineapple Margaritas as well as Frescas made with reposado tequila, blood orange juice, lime juice and agave. Come during happy hour from 5-7 p.m., and enjoy a few of those Frescas for $5.00 each

May 8: Mother’s Day

Courtesy of Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile

Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile Cinnamon Roll Courtesy of Jacoby’s

It’s that time of year again, so be sure you give your momma a kiss, a card and perhaps a picture frame made of popsicle sticks. And if she happens to live or be in town, treating her to a dope meal isn’t a bad idea either, especially if you are in-the-know about holiday specials from some of the best restaurants in Austin.

  •  CANTINE Italian Café & Bar is offering up the most bellissima of brunch specials with crab cake benedict and white chocolate and cherry scones. They also have a cocktail named especially for mom: The Della Madre, made with grapefruit, lime, elderflower liqueur, soda water and Dimmi Liquore di Milano. If she is more vino-inclined, order her a glass of La Valentina Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo, a rosé deep in color with notes of underripe strawberries, white pepper and watermelon.
  • The Peached Tortilla is featuring a full three-course brunch for only $40. Some highlights include a grilled avocado tartine and eggs benedict with korean pulled pork, kochukaru hollandaise and house biscuit. Delicious chocolate chip pancakes with coconut whipped cream will be available for the kiddos.
  • For something truly grand, bring mom (and the whole family) to Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile for a decadent Mother’s Day buffet.  There will be light options, sweets and sides and everyone can get their fill on classics, like chicken and waffles and house-smoked salmon. The whole buffet is $45 per person for adults and $20 for kids ages from ages five to twelve. The munchkins under five get to eat free!



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Chisum Pierce Photography. Thai Basil not pictured