With just 19 average days of freezing weather each year, it’s safe to say that Austin is not an indoor town. Still, when the weather turns nasty, our city’s many restaurant patios, food truck parks, trails, waterways, and other outdoor activities grow less appealing with every degree the temperature drops.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be outside to enjoy our weird, wonderful city. With plenty of cozy bars and restaurants and unique recreation spots for young and old alike, the cold can’t keep you down. Here’s our cold-weather guide to Austin entertainment.
Warm Up with a Local Whiskey
Whiskey is the ultimate cold weather spirit, and Austin has no shortage of places to sample the “water of life.” Start with a sip at Still Austin Whiskey Co. on far South Congress, then head west to Dripping Springs for a glass of Treaty Oak’s finest bourbon. Keep going until you hit Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye, Texas, then swing south to Blanco to Real Ale Brewery for one of their signature Texas Hill Country whiskeys, followed by a chaser of Fireman’s Four. Just make sure you have someone sober to drive you back into town!
Perfect Your Skee-Ball Game
With the kids in tow, a distillery is out of the question. Still, there’s plenty of fun to be had — for adults and kids alike — at Austin’s iconic Pinballz arcade. With a huge selection of vintage and modern arcade games, air hockey, mini bowling, foosball, laser tag, and more, your brood can burn off all their energy without the winter chill. Pinballz has three locations, in Austin at 183 and Burnet and off Lake Creek Parkway, or in Buda at 15201 S IH 35.
Get Psychedelic at Monster Mini Golf
Hidden gem Monster Mini Golf and Laser Tag is a slice of Austin weird tucked away in Round Rock. The indoor course features 18 glow-in-the-dark holes set against neon-colored pop culture artwork, all of it ghoul themed and completely lit with black lights. Play a round, then test your skills at outwitting the preteens in the laser tag room. There’s also an arcade and laser maze, in case you need more entertainment.
Get Cultured at One of Austin’s Museums
With sites like the Blanton Art Museum, Bullock Texas State History Museum, Harry Ransom Center, and Texas Memorial Museum calling you, there’s no need to stay home. Whether you’re searching for abstract art, want to learn about Texas’s founding, or just have a yen to see some dinosaur bones, Austin’s museum scene has something for you.
“Escape” the Frigid Weather
Got a case of the winter blues? Forget the weather with one of Austin’s challenging escape rooms. You and your friends can test your puzzle-solving skills and have a weather-ready indoor adventure with one of these real-life mysteries. Whether you finish or not, it will make for a really memorable photo op.
Sample Some of Austin’s Best Comfort Foods
Nothing takes the edge off of winter like a hot meal. Treat yourself to a glass of red and a New York strip by the patio fireplace at Jack Allen’s Kitchen on 360 or slurp up noodles and bone broth at Ramen Tatsu-Ya, then top it all off with a boozy hot chocolate at Prohibition Creamery on East 7th Street. You’ll be full, happy, and ready to snuggle up at home with a blanket.
Laugh Off the Cold with a Comedy Show
Kick the cold with a big belly laugh courtesy of one of Austin’s gut-busting comedy shows. ColdTowne, the Hideout, and Fallout theaters all boast local improv and comedy acts, while Cap City Comedy Club and the Paramount Theater draw larger comedians and live podcasts. There are also smaller open mics scattered around town, too, so you should have enough live shows to carry you all the way to spring.
With activities like these to keep you occupied, you can have fun no matter what the weather dishes out. Hey, the cold never bothered you anyway, right?
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