Updated: Jun 2, 2019
Vino Vinyasa has the pleasure of booking a ton of private events for bachelorette groups who come to the great city of Austin to celebrate the bride-to-be. Often, we get asked for recommendations, so why not share them with you all? Find some of our favorite activities below:
To Cool Down
Austin is hot a lot more often than not, so we love heading over to Barton Springs or Deep Eddy for a dip. Barton Springs is more "iconic Austin" (and has some great people watching!), but is definitely colder. Deep Eddy is a bit warmer and is also a concrete pool, so is better for those who don't like algae on the edge of their swimming holes. :) Rent paddle boards, kayaks or canoes at The Rowing Dock for a bit more active fun. You can also rent party barges or go float the river if you're looking for more of an all-day bachelorette activity in Austin.
There are too many watering holes in Austin to choose from, so we'll focus on what we know best: wine bars. My top three are June's All Day, APT 115 and Aviary Wine & Kitchen. June's and Aviary both have excellent food as well so they're great options for brunch/lunch or dinner, and APT 115 is a kitschy bar on the east side at the bottom of an apartment complex. They have a focus on small producer and minimal intervention wines and serve snack foods like cheese plates and charcuterie. Bonus: June's is located on South Congress near lots of shopping and the famous "I love you so much" sign, where many Austin bachelorette parties like to get photos.
Aside from a meal at Aviary or June's, check out Lenoir (get a reservation to sit inside, or try their first-come, first-serve seating in the garden), Emmer and Rye, Rosewood or Pitchfork Pretty (reservations needed!) for some amazing farm-to-table food. For Asian cuisine, Uchi or Uchiko are the best in town, and if you can make it to the sake social from 5-6:30pm, you'll save a pretty penny. Loro is a laid-back Asian smokehouse (started by the chef from Uchi and from the famous Franklin's BBQ*) with indoor-outdoor seating that's great for groups (there are also lots of guys there, usually!). If you're looking for Mexican food, I would go to Fonda San Miguel, which is a hacienda-style restaurant in North Austin. If vegetarian is your jam, a must-try is Bouldin Creek Café—or try Counter Culture or Arlo's food truck (they all have great veggie burgers!). For grab-and-go healthy food and juices, Juiceland is the local staple. Finally, for the best pizza in Austin, check out Bufalina (they also have a fantastic wine list).
You can't really "wing" brunch in Austin. You will need to make a reservation anywhere you decide to go with your bachelorette group. The cutest place in town for brunch is probably Josephine House in the quaint-but-pricey Clarksville neighborhood. June's is also great for brunch, and Launderette is another solid option. For possibly the best view in town, The Four Seasons has a great a-la-carte brunch on Saturdays at their restaurant, Ciclo, and on Sunday, their all-you-can eat brunch is amazing (priced at $60 a person). The food at Carpenter's Hall, the restaurant at the new-ish Carpenter Hotel, is good, but I had to walk over to the café to get my cappuccino and you cannot order food to-go.
The Austin Winery is an urban winery with great wines if you're looking to stay within Austin. There are several wineries just outside of Austin, and our favorite is also one of the closest: Fall Creek Vineyards in Driftwood. Aside from being beautiful, they have some high quality wines made by their winemaker, who used to make wine for one of the most well-known wineries in Chile. We can also rent out their barrel room if it's available for your bachelorette party to hold a private class in. (Bonus: Salt Lick BBQ and Cellars is across the street!) Another winery about 45 minutes from Austin that has great wine and has a gorgeous property is Spicewood Vineyards. If you're looking to schedule a full-on winery tour (and lots of other activities!), be sure to contact Texas Tipsy Tours and they'll take care of you.
*I cannot tell you if Franklin's is good or not, because I have never wanted to wait in the line :)