Start at Treaty Oak Ranch for a distillery tour followed by cocktails and smoked meat at Ghost Hill Restaurant, then hit Argus Cidery, Revolution Spirits (Austin Reserve Gin, Amaro, and Coffee Liqueur), and Last Stand Brewing, which are all on the same block.Then, mosey on down to Jester King Brewery for uniquely crafted, award-winning beer and pies from Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza.Northsiders check out Hi Tunes Karaoke -- it has clean rooms, is BYOB and BYO-food, and is open almost all night!Southsiders: The Highball’s TV- and film-themed private rooms are a blast, and are free to rent from -7pm all week.Remember when you and your partner used to go on date nights?It used to be so easy -- and now it all seems like a distant memory.Pro tip: The blacklight in the This is probably best suited for a third date, when you’ve come to terms with introducing your weird friends to your new person.Geeks Who Drink are all over town, all week; find a spot near you and seal the deal with your team’s vast knowledge of fictional planets. Canopy is a huge creative arts complex that hosts Open Canopy on the first Saturday of each month from noon-6pm.
The first stop is another park, then the ride ends at a host bar. Pinballz is famous for its vast collection of classic pinball machines and new-school arcade games. There’s a talented group of writers, actors, and comedians at The New Movement, and they host free -- and practically free -- events all week. We like Wedding Oak Winery in Fredericksburg, Driftwood Estate Winery in Driftwood, and William Chris Vineyards in Hye.
Stroll arm-in-arm down South Congress, from Barton Springs Road to Elizabeth Street; the block is taken over by live music, craft vendors, and food. Pro tip: because it changes by a minute or so every day, see the exact time the sun will set with this nifty link.
People-watch, and then have a drink on the beautiful courtyard of the San Jose afterwards. Channel your inner senior citizen with a rousing game of bingo at one of Austin’s bingo halls.
All you have to do now is try not to blurt out something cripplingly embarrassing.
Grab a six-pack of Hops & Grain, then go to Peter Pan Mini Golf and play 18 incredibly kitschy (is there any other kind? Mini-golf (and beer) are perfect first-date icebreakers.