Austin Pubcrawler pt. 7

I know I have been dragging the events of this bachelorette party weekend out, but there is just so much to show and tell of this glorious weekend in an awesome town!

I’m cursed when it comes to the morning after a night of drinking. My eyes pop open at the slightest glimmer of dawn regardless of the pillow covering my face. I lay in bed, trying desperately to convince my brain it isn’t time to get up yet as I roll over and cover my entire body with my sheets. My head threatens to spin me toward nauseum, qnd I finally push out of bed and stomp toward the bathroom, knowing the only cure for my spins is warm water running over my face.

I soak in the shower and slowly put myself together. I climb gingerly up the stairs to the main floor where my blessed roommates are sleeping soundly through their hangovers. I make myself a cup of instant coffee which is surprisingly good and scarf down a protein bar and ibuprofen. I let my friends sleep in, not wishing the same fate of feelings on any of them, but then I remember.

While in our inebriated state the night before, we scheduled an early Pubcrawler experience! If you’ve never heard of it, let me tell you what an experience that was! 

You jump on a mobile bar with peddles beneath your seat, and a bartender/guide is only steering and serving you for two hours through the town. We made three stops with multiple bars in the vicinity and got to see what Austin looked like in the daytime. Every stop we made, we entered a different type of venue including the Tiniest Bar in Texas, Fado Irish Pub, and Rustic Tap. All excellent choices, and all a great time! 

We played music the entire ride through Downtown, drank the drinks we brought with us, and had a drink at each stop. A little hair of the dog action. Our guide was fantastic, funny, and showed us a good time, but nothing could have prepared us for the fantastic workout our bodies generously thanked us for following the end of the ride.

It may not have been the best idea following a hangover, but it is a great memory. I would recommend this type of event, whether in Austin on the Pubcrawler or any town that has a similar version. 


 

Keep Austin Weird pt. 5

That’s the saying around Austin. One you will find on tshirts and various other souvenirs in storefronts along 6th street. It’s also found in script in graffiti at Graffiti Park or on signs throughout Downtown. Everywhere you look, you can find the saying, hidden in inconspicuous places and blurted by the live bands. 

I never expected Austin to be so green and have so many hills. I never expected Austin to be so metropolis and teeming with the latest and greatest in not only the music industry, but in food, fashion, and art. 

I never expected to find one of the greatest times in my life on a street with two polar reputations, Dirty 6 and West 6. 

When I first spotted the saying, I admit I was a bit confused. Why would a city want to be weird? The word itself at times can have a negative connotation, thus allowing it to essentially become the motto of the town doesn’t seem like a good idea, but it is probably the best idea I’ve ever heard!

Austin isn’t weird in a Barnum and Bailey circus show sense. That’s not the meaning and message behind the slogan. After spending these past few days in this wonderful city, Keeping Austin Weird to me means experiencing something you may never be able to elsewhere. It’s a reminder to those who live there to push innovation and create the next big thing. And it’s a promise to tourists that this town isn’t like anything you’ve ever seen before.

*These past few posts about my time in Texas for my friend’s bachelorette party weekend we’re all written a week before Hurricane Harvey hit. For this reason and the kindness and generosity I experienced while in Austin, my heart aches for those suffering in all parts of the state. If you can, please donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief here.

Bachelorette Party in Austin pt. 1

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will post bits and pieces of my long weekend trip to Austin, TX for my best friend’s bachelorette party. Today, we’ll start with the plane ride!

Heading to Austin today for a Bachelorette party for one of my longest known friends, and I am over the moon excited! I have never been off the east coast before, so this year is a big one for me for travel, but nothing is bigger than the reason for it all. 

After losing one of my best friends last year, I swore to myself that I would make an effort to be more involved and available to the close friends I still have. I have kept to that promise, and here I am, flying to Austin! 
I’m honestly not sure what to expect I’ve never been to Texas before, and as my mom life has me out of the night scene and made me a huge lightweight, I’m just hoping I can hang with the other ladies.
The Maid of Honor has every male anatomy made party piece known to Spencer’s, so we’ll see how exactly what the weekend has in store.