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 or just outside of 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. All of these both have excellent food as well so they're great options for brunch/lunch or dinner (I think APT115 only does dinner). 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. Update: Rosie's Wine Bar in Clarksville just opened and I went recently - they don't take reservations but you can put your name down, go to Better Half a block away for food/drinks, then you'll get a text from Rosie's when your table is ready. They have snacks at Rosie's which you can make into a meal, or just eat before and enjoy the wine and cute (but small) space! It's also connected to a new bar, Howard's, if you want to keep the party going.
Aside from a meal at Aviary or June's or APT115, check out Lenoir, Emmer and Rye, Hestia for some amazing farm-to-table food. For Asian cuisine, Uchi or Uchiko are the best in town, and if you can make it for happy hour, 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. If you're looking for Mexican food, I would go to Fonda San Miguel, which is a hacienda-style restaurant in North Austin, or El Alma on Barton Springs. If vegetarian is your jam, a must-try is Bouldin Creek Café—or try Counter Culture on the east side. 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. One of the cutest places 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 (if you come to a public class there, definitely stay!) at their restaurant, Ciclo, and on Sunday, their all-you-can eat brunch is amazing. I would also recommend Paperboy on the East Side, or Summer House on Music Lane (South Congress area).
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!) If you are spending any time visiting wineries in the Hill Country, please let me know—I do PR for the entire region's wineries and I have a TON of insider knowledge I can share. :) 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.