Champagne, poolside drinks, and live music


Labor Day weekend provides one last opportunity to celebrate summer (as much as the season ever ends in Texas). With that, here are the best celebrations to check out in Austin, happening Thursday, August 30 through Monday, September 3.

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Thursday, August 30

  • Geraldine’s, the restaurant atop Hotel Van Zandt on Rainey, is starting the weekend off with a fancy pool party with Veuve Clicquot. The free event has a DJ, games, and food and drink specials. (605 Davis Street, Rainey)

Saturday, September 1

  • LenoirLick Honest Ice Creams, and Revolution Spirits Distilling Co. are joining forces for the third year to raise money for Becker Elementary’s nonprofit gardening program. The free event, hosted at Lenoir, will have ice cream, boozy floats, a silent auction, and live music, and will accept donations of healthy snacks. (1807 South 1st Street, South First)
  • Revue at the Fairmont is hosting a benefit for Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Guy Forsyth is playing, as well as specials on beer, wine, and Tito’s cocktails. (101 Red River Street, Downtown)

Sunday, September 2

  • The Nickel City crew will take over the bar at Treaty Oak Distilling for one day. There will be live music plus special batched cocktails. (16604 Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs)
  • The Peached Tortilla is pairing with Emmer & Rye spinoff Henbit for their monthly Shakes, Burgers, and Bubbles brunch. The featured shake has peach compote and is topped with a Henbit monster cookie. There are also specials on burgers and bubbles during the brunch hours from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (5520 Burnet Road, Brentwood)
  • East Cesar Chavez bar Craftsman is hosting a free cornhole tournament. There are prizes for winners. (2000 East Cesar Chavez Street, Holly)
  • NLand Surf Park will have food and drink specials as well as reduced pricing on surfing. There’s also a DJ and free kids’ crafts. (5478 Navarro Creek Rd, Del Valle)

Monday, September 3

  • Irene’s will be serving their biscuit-filled brunch on Monday, too. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and includes specials on rosé and frosé. (506 West Avenue, West Sixth)
  • The W Hotel will have the Wet Deck open for an end-of-summer party. Tickets are $20. (200 Lavaca Street, Downtown)
  • In honor of Queen B’s birthday, St. Elmo Brewing Company is hosting Bey-bor Day party, re-releasing the Bey, a honey ale. Even better: ten percent of the day’s sales go to Girls Empowerment Network. (440 East Saint Elmo Road, St. Elmo)
  • Far south bar The Little Darlin’ is hosting a free concert from rock band Drakulas. There’s also rumors of a 22-foot water slide. (6507 Circle South Road, Far South)
  • Houndstooth Coffee has their regular Monday all-day happy hour ($8 cocktails) plus $2 bottles and $3 cans of beer. (2823 East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Chestnut)

Saturday through Monday

  • Live Oak Brewery is hosting its afternoon concert series throughout the weekend. The dog- and kid-friendly brewery will have The Black Forest German food truck on site, and of course, cold beer. (1615 Crozier Lane, Del Valle)
  • Weather Up is serving brunch all weekend, including Monday. This means $30 for an entree, coffee, and bottomless mimosas. (1808 East Cesar Chavez Street, Holly)
  • Salt & Time has Labor Day weekend specials at the butcher shop, like Angus Hanger Steak for $20/lb. (1912 East 7th Street, East 7th)

Originally published via Eater Austin by Erin Russell