72 Hours In Rainy Austin

Dated: April 16 2016

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I have two friends coming into town today. We met at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa 21 years ago, and though we have all seen each other separately, the three of us have not been in the same room together in a little over two decades.

Weather.com tells me it will be cloudy and rainy this weekend. I’m disappointed. Sunny Austin pales in comparison (literally, of course) to the rainy, overcast version of our social butterfly city.

So my sunny day list: bike riding around the Boardwalk, Barton Springs, Mt. Bonnell, and swimming holes, gets replaced by indoor activities.

And I’m surprised by the fact that I’m looking forward to this “cozy” Austin that I rarely get to experience in April.  Need any rainy day Austin ideas? Here’s a 72-hour itinerary:

Saturday

Shady Grove indoor eating. I never choose the indoor area when the sun is out, but you miss all the extra kitsch when the weather is nice and you’re sitting on the patio. (The positivity spin is already working.)

Last-Look Party for the Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia exhibit at The Contemporary art museum in downtown Austin.   700 Congress Ave.  Austin, TX 78701

Nightcap at 1401 W. 6th St., a new-ish addition to West 6th St.  which stays open until midnight whose tagline gives a hint of the deliciousness therein: predominantly pastry with a side of savory.

Sunday

Breakfast tacos at Maria’s Taco X Press.  2529 S. Lamar Blvd.  Austin, TX 78704

La Barbecue in food park on Cesar Chavez for lunch. I have yet to try!

Chicken shit bingo at 4pm at Ginny’s Little Longhorn  - 5434 Burnet Rd. Austin, TX 78756

Concert with Secret Headliner at 3Ten, ACL live’s smaller, more intimate venue next door.   310 Willie Nelson Blvd. Ste. 1A   Austin, TX 78701

Monday

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters in the morning. – 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.

End of an Ear – 2209 S 1st St.  Cozy record store, quintessential Austin

Lunch at Backspace – a new addition to the thin-crust pizza pie world in Austin located at 507 San Jacinto Blvd.

Whip-In – Part convenience store, part Indian Restaurant/café/bar/music venue.  And one of the coolest places I’ve ever encountered. 1950 S. IH-35  Austin, TX 78704

Lastly, end on a high note with Motown Monday at The Highball starring The Matchmaker Band.  1120 S. Lamar Blvd.

The weather is nice and cool. The rain has yet to come, though it’s overcast. I’m actually looking forward to a darker, drearier, yet just as interesting Austin!

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