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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

May 24th, 2015, Posted By Austin Housemates

The Alamo

Anyone catch sight of a tornado last night? All of our weather apps were abuzz with warning after warning of flash floods and tornado sightings. But, rest assured, that crazy rain storm from last night is long since passed. The weather should remain like this – sunny, tepid, NOT humid – at least through Monday so you can enjoy the rest of this 3-day weekend.

Austin is rising up to meet the demand for free festivities and delicious junk foods this Memorial Day Weekend. And now that the rain’s stopped, people are actually venturing outdoors in search of something fun to do. Whether you want to honor the troops, enjoy live music, or find yourself some hot dogs and hamburgers to munch down on, Austin’s got you covered. Here’s a few of our favorite things to do! Check it out, stay out late, and enjoy yourself!

For Military
Memorial Day is first and foremost our opportunity to honor the US Troops that risked it all in order to protect our country, and Austin’s Camp Mabry is putting together a special presentation for this weekend only. Starting yesterday and going on through tonight, The Texas Military Forces Museum presents “Close Assault – 1944” to give veterans, their families, and museum visitors an opportunity to see what military life was like during World War II. The event includes displays of military uniforms, supplies, weapons, and equipment along with live shows of military assault. Firing demonstrations, tanks, and other military vehicles will be on display and re-enacting some of their infamous displays of bravado. Admission and parking is free, and with the weather as beautiful as it is now, you can enjoy the show comfortably from the bleachers or from a picnic on the grass.

Of course, if you’re looking to get out of the city this weekend, head to San Antonio. The Alamo is open today and free to the public, giving you the chance to see the famous last stand of Davy Crockett and the other soldiers who gave their lives to protect the Spanish Mission during the Texas Revolution. This weekend too is the premiere of the “Texas Rising” miniseries on The History Channel, meaning the museum may be crowded and special guests may be making an appearance. The Alamo will be open until 5pm tonight, which gives you plenty of time to absorb a little local history before hitting the Riverwalk for a special weekend dinner.

For Music
If you’re looking to honor the tried-and-true live music tradition of Austin, the Austin Jazz Festival is your best bet this weekend. Head up the Bees Cave Parkway and escape the city crowd for the day. Because the show is TOMORROW ONLY (Monday). Enjoy the likes of Kirk Whalum and Jazz Funk Soul on the main stage, while a slew of local jazz aficionados funk it up on the side stages, including Trent Durham and The Matt Butler Quartet. The show starts at 11am and tickets are still available. You can choose to picnic in the grass ($35) or party comfortably in the front seats ($75). Call 512-651-5033 for tickets!

For Food & Fun
We all know no holiday weekend is complete without food, fun, and a little partying. And the Midway Field House (2015 E Riverside Dr) is coming through as your grilling headquarters on Monday. Not only do they host regular games – including their famous divey arcade – they’ll have their mechanical bulldog open and ready for anyone brave enough to take a ride. Starting at 2pm, they’ll have all the burgers and hot dogs you can eat, as well as complimentary Tall Boys to get your evening started. So take a bite, get a drink, and enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend surrounded by your favorite people.

Austin Housemates Guide to SXSW 2015

March 12th, 2015, Posted By Austin Housemates

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In Austin, summer officially begins with South by Southwest Interactive. SXSW 2015 kicks off next week, regardless of the weather, and the excitable tourists will assemble in our city like a team of trademarked superheroes ready to enjoy live music and awesome drink prices. If you’re local, you already know what to expect and where to go (or where to avoid!). But if you’re new to the city, finding your way around Austin during SXSW can be maddening. Whether you want to participate in the festival or avoid the crowds altogether, getting around Austin during SXSW will be a challenge. Austin Housemates has compiled these quirky tips to get you through downtown as well as a few recommendations that are far away from SXSW so you can get the most out of your weekend whether you experience SXSW or not.

Getting Around
SXSW starts TOMORROW Friday, March 13th and roads will be closed. You can count on that. 6th Street will be closed from Brazos all the way to the frontage road. Red River, Jacinto, Sabine, Neches, and Trinity will all be closed between 5th and 7th Streets, and 5th street itself will be partially closed for the duration of the festival. So, if you’re thinking of driving downtown, don’t. Leave that to the tourists. As a local, you can hop on the CapMetro #100. It’ll be heading downtown every 15 minutes (give or take traffic) for less than $2 during SXSW. Bring your bike on the bus and take advantage of the bike-friendly crowd control now that all the roads will be closed. And if you’re lucky enough to live near any of the Metro Rail’s nine stations, you can get downtown and back in 30 minutes. We recommend getting off at the 4th and Neches station so you can be dropped right into the middle of the action.

Avoiding SXSW
Even as SXSW takes over 6th street and surrounding areas, the rest of the city is still open for exploration and fun. Coldtowne Theater, north of downtown off Airport Blvd, is presenting a Movie Riot Live Comedy Show on Friday for $5 which is guaranteed to make you laugh without giving you crowd claustrophobia. They’re even offering FREE margaritas – that’s right FREE MARGARITAS. Because, if anything, SXSW always pulls through with the free alcohol and free food even if you aren’t in the middle of it. If you’re looking to grab a bite away from SXSW, give Asiana a try. Located on East William Cannon in South Austin, Asiana will satisfy your Tandoori cravings with signature dishes like Chicken Tikka and Keema Nan. For a more classic meal, Bartlett’s on Anderson Lane in North Austin offers up a BBQ Rib platter, fresh fish sandwiches, and an all gluten-free menu with after 5 drink specials.

Remember, the easiest way to avoid the SXSW crowds is to avoid downtown Austin altogether. North and South Austin will be clear of most events, while many bars and restaurants will be still be running SXSW-themed specials to celebrate. If you want to participate, leave your car at home and take the bus.

Longhorns Take Over Austin

August 29th, 2014, Posted By Austin Housemates

Image courtesy of Crown & Anchor Pub. Check out their Longhorn specials!

Now that classes have resumed, and football season is upon us, you may notice that the city takes on a different air. It could be the blind hope for cool weather that the fall will bring (don’t count on it), or it could be the buzz around the Longhorns’ new coach. Either way the college revival changes the landscape of Austin in more ways than one.

The first game of the season will be THIS WEEKEND – Saturday Aug 30th @ 7pm – so locals, tourists, and students need to prepare themselves. It’s a huge game against North Texas, and now that UT has a new head coach, things could get spicy. (If you haven’t bought tickets yet, order them ).

Traffic, limited parking, and road closures are common before, during, and after the game. If you have no intentions of seeing a football game this season, hide your face in shame and avoid the area around the stadium (and around campus for that matter) during game time. But, if you’re like most Austinites, you’ll want to be out and about, even if you aren’t going to the game. Finding parking downtown can be a hassle, even on the best of days, so you’re best bet is to cab it to your favorite spot and take advantage of our PediCabs. Usually operated by students and the scores of young professionals in the city, these fast-pedaling cabbies will get you where you need to go in a way that lets you absorb a unique perspective of downtown Austin while people-watching to your heart’s content. If you are driving, have a parking plan in mind before you get on the Drag.

UT is not particularly friendly in the parking department, especially if you are not a student. In their defense, it gets crowded, and they do offer a shuttle service that will pick you up at Barton Creek Mall and drop you directly at the stadium for $9 (children under 12 are free; click to buy tickets). If you’re driving yourself, realize that a lot of the campus lots and street parking need to be emptied days before the start of the game, meaning many public lots or primo free parking areas will most likely be full. There are public lots on Guadalupe, 27th Street, and San Antonio Street specifically for game day, but the cost is a flat $20. Carpooling can cut that price down, and the city bus only costs $2 and will drop you off right at the stadium too.

Of course the city delivers when it comes to watching the games on the screen if you can’t make it to the stadium. The Crown and Anchor Pub, right on campus, always caters to the Longhorns with five big screen TVs and daily beer specials. Their beer is all local – if not Austin, then definitely Texan – hand-crafted brews, and they have Happy Hour ALL DAY on Sunday. They boast a full menu too, and it’s won them plenty of awards, making this pub your one-stop-shop for all your boozin, ballin, and munchie needs.

Crown and Anchor is a great pit stop for the away games too, but Little Woodrow’s on West 6th offers the best away game specials. For every UT game not played in Royal Stadium, Little Woodrow’s offers shots, mugs, and buckets of beer. They start the party early – one hour before kickoff – so you have plenty of time to get in, get a seat, and order before the game begins.

So whether you’re a football fan or not, or whether you prefer watching the games live or in the warm, boozy comfort of your favorite bar, you’ll notice a change sweep over Austin this weekend. It will last well through the football season, so keep parking changes in mind and be sure to ask your favorite bartenders what the Longhorn Special is.

Hungry? Here’s our Favorite Restaurants in the City!

July 20th, 2014, Posted By Austin Housemates

You can tour the Capital. You can choose a live show from over a hundred of our fabulous rockin venues. You can design a city-wide scavenger hunt around the thousands of murals and detailed graffiti illustrations that speckle the walls of Austin.

Or you can spend the day eating.

Austin can be famous for a lot of things, but food is definitely high on that list. Breakfast tacos? Barbeque? Pizza? We’ve got you covered. Whether you’re stopping for a snack or looking for a sizeable dinner entrée, the options are endless. The prices are reasonable too, with menu items ranging from the most haute-couture of meals to the oversized deliciousness fit for the spare bucks you got in your pocket. So we picked out a couple of our favorite foodies in Austin to help you get to know this side of the city.

Juan in a Million ($)
Breakfast tacos for all! Start your day off right with an Austin-famous breakfast taco. You can always go with the bacon and egg, but while you’re here this summer you definitely need to taste Juan’s machacado taco. Shredded beef and egg with the deal-breaking chile jalepeno. Located on the east side, on the corner of Cesar Chavez and Mildred, their breakfast menu never goes over $5. It’s the perfect morning stop on your way downtown.

Franklin Barbeque ($)
President Obama recently visited Franklin’s food-truck-turned-restaurant just the other week. If they’re coming from DC, then you know it’s good! And it’s not just their brisket, which is definitely something to rave about, but they also boast a pulled-pork and a set of ribs that are to die for. If you want to keep it light, visit them on 12th street for lunch and put your brisket on a sandwich. Get a side of potato salad and don’t skimp out on desert. Their bourbon banana takes the edge out of the hot afternoon heat any day.

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Home Slice Pizza & Hopdoddy Burger Bar ($$)
Conveniently located right across the street from each other, these two eateries are world-famous. You can tell by the large crowds that line themselves up outside their doors every day. Lunch and dinner, Home Slice and Hopdoddy are SLAMMED. But if you have the patience, the feast is definitely worth it. Whatever your poison – calzones, bison burgers, or locally brewed beer on tap, you can find it where South Congress meets Gibson. Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes – you may be standing awhile!

Arro ($$$)
Dinner on 6th street is an Austin Must. After the workday ends and before the nightlife goes into full tilt, check out Arro for dinner and enjoy their ever-evolving wine list. Their menu is also consistently updated to stay fresh with the food season of Austin. But one staple worth a taste is their cheese plate – a scrumptious array of artisan cheeses, jams, and crackers fit to pave way for any of their main courses. Call ahead to reserve a seat and don’t be afraid to ask about the menu. The sample menu on their website is only a sneak peek of what their chef’s can offer.