Mature 40 yr old Couple Looking to Drink!
My husband & I are in Austin for the week, halfway through a multi-month cross country drive. We've just decided that we are in need of one of those afternoons where you settle in somewhere for a few hours, drink some great draught beers and wine, nibble some yummy food and catch up on reading The New Yorker all while getting nicely tipsy. And do note, I say 'tipsy' not 'slobbery falling down drunk' :-)
Local beers definitely a plus - we're not snobs (PBR cans sometimes are found in our hands) but do like dark beers and complexity. Same goes for wine - reds, mostly, and interesting ones that aren't Cali fruit bombs. As for food, we have one omnivore and one vegetarian. Taking Asian and Mexican out of the mix (not so good w/ wine...) maybe Mediterranean Italian? Or good fresh & local & seasonal American cuisine?
Staying on South Congress near HomeSlice Pizza, and looking for walking distance - although we are NYers and so walking can mean upwards of a mile or two. Thinking that opens it up to Downtown and even the Eastside.
Thanks in advance for your help in our quest!!
If 6:00 isn't too late to get started, I'd suggest Barley Swine. It's about 1-1/2 miles from where you are, but fantastic for this sort of thing. Olivia might be a good option, as well.
If you want to stay closer to home base, I think the Enoteca suggestion is my favorite so far. I haven't been blown away by the food at Perla's or Second (I loved my one meal at Congress, Second's sister restaurant, but that's not going to fit your current needs).
1610 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
2024 S. Lamar, Austin, TX
Here is my suggestion: Get a cab and haul your buns over to Zilker Park. Take your bathing suits and a cooler full of Shiner Bock, and hang out at the park all afternoon, read, swim, drink to your hearts content, then put on some clothes and head over to Corazon (you can walk if you don't mind, its about 1 1/2 miles I'm guessing), on 5th and Lamar) Eat their yummy food, drink some wine, then when you are finished put your walking shoes back on and walk about 4 blocks West on 5th to Donn's Depot . Its a blast for the over 40 crowd (alright you might still be a little young for Donn's Depot, but you should try it). Chris Gage plays tonight and there might be some dancing to go along with the reasonable priced drinks and the great music, not to mention the friendly people! When you are finished, get a cab back to South Congress, You will love the evening, guaranteed--its a real Austin kind of afternoon and night!
1600 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78703
1624 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78703
Haddington's just did a massive overhaul on their menu (classic French is the word), though the drinks remain. Pretty certain that they close for two or three hours b/n lunch and dinner service.
The Good Knight's comfy, though they lost my favorite bartender to Second. I've also had a few odd experiences sitting outside of it.
Backspace remains on my to-try list . . .
After a dinner downtown, sipping a Bat-ini and hanging out watching the bats escape the LB lake bridge during dusk on a balcony or a hammock at the 4 seasons / trio is tough to beat if you enjoy a touch of posh and a beautiful garden to catch a bit of tipsy and "wild america" with. I find the drinks are more expensive but the pours much better here than other places. The lake edge garden here is prime, and just over the bridge and east a couple blocks from your spot. On a weeknight you'd have the place much to yourselves.