Bowl a Strike, Bite Into Baked Brie at The Goodnight in Austin

The Goodnight is a retro-inspired bowling alley with more style and polish than some older alleys from decades past. This smaller venue hosts just eight bowling lanes and four custom billiards tables within its atmospheric space, which boasts pendant lights that hang from the ceiling and luxurious leather chairs that offer ample seating for you and your friends. Meanwhile, the 80-person dining room and two private lounge areas create a relaxing space to enjoy food and libations before or after your game.

Enjoy baked brie, pulled pork sliders, and fresh salads along with a handcrafted cocktail, or stop by for the weekday happy hour to enjoy special prices on food and drinks (as well as half off bowling and billiards!).

The Goodnight
2700 West Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 459-5000
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Take in a Film at the Regal Cinemas Metropolitan 14

Screening all of the latest blockbusters in IMAX, RPX, 3D, and 4DX, The Regal Cinemas Metropolitan 14 is a great place to see your next movie with a friend, a date, or a group. The screens are large, and the sound is excellent. What's more, each theater offers stadium-style seating with recliner-style seats, so you can catch up with your favorite actors in total comfort.

Insider's tip: Be sure to join the Regal Club so you can enjoy a number of freebies from this cinema. The theater's website posts about special deals and promos, so be sure to check it out!

Regal Cinemas Metropolitan 14
901 Little Texas Lane
Austin, TX 78745
(844) 462-7342

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Goorin Bros. Haberdashery and Hat Shop: Stay Stylish From Head to Toe

Take a walk down any given street in Austin, and you’ll likely notice that locals of both genders love a good hat. From classic cowboy hats to vintage ball caps and floppy hats to block the summer sun, Goorin Bros. Haberdashery and Hat Shop supplies a very large number of Austin residents’ hat collections. This beloved shop is located in the eclectic South Congress area, and it aims to maintain the city’s cowboy roots while also offering a bit of Tejano culture and folk art influence.

Inside, rich rugs line the shop’s floors and rustic light fixtures create a distinctly Austin décor style. Hats of all kinds are displayed on just about every surface, but the knowledgeable salespeople are more than willing to help you choose the perfect one. Although customers note that Goorin Bros. hats can be a bit pricey, these are investment pieces that are meant to last a lifetime.

Goorin Bros. Haberdashery and Hat Shop
1323 S. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 326-4287

The Yoga Room: A Round Rock Yoga Studio

The Yoga Room is an intimate yoga studio in Round Rock that welcomes everyone to engage in yoga practice. In fact, the studio’s “highly trained and experienced teaching staff offers yoga practice for regular people, regardless of the size, age, or condition of their bodies,” according to The Yoga Room website. Regulars report that this studio successfully cultivates a caring and compassionate community for those interested in starting or expanding their practice.

The Yoga Room hosts more than 40 classes per week, including a beginner’s series for those who are new to yoga. Better still, new students can partake in unlimited yoga for just $10 during their first week. Teachers are reportedly helpful, gentle, and attentive, so don't be shy about signing up for a private session.

For a schedule of upcoming classes, visit The Yoga Room website.

The Yoga Room
503 E. Palm Valley Boulevard
Round Rock, TX 78664

Warehouse Craft Brews and Food Trucks Meet at Austin Beerworks

Founded with principles of fun and community in mind, Austin Beerworks works overtime as a brewery and taproom. Between Thursdays and Sundays, this Austin craft brewery opens its warehouse taproom to the public. That's when beer aficionados from all over the city arrive to sample the brewery's beers at their peak of freshness: straight from the tank!

Austin Beerworks's core four beers—an American IPA, German-style schwarzbier and pils, and an ale—are offered at the taproom all year long, complemented by seasonal rotations and a selection of taproom-only brews. The taproom deal is $10 for a take-home pint glass and three pints. If you’re interested in trying more varieties, some locals say you can do six half-pours—you just have to ask.

On most evenings, you can find some of Austin’s best food trucks parked outside for a tasty pairing.

Austin Beerworks
3009 Industrial Terrace
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 821-2494

Savor an Icy Treat at Sweet Caroline’s Snow Shack

New Orleans is known for its snowballs, a popular frozen treat that involves fluffy, white ice that is much smoother than that of a sno-cone. In Austin, you can find authentic snowballs at the family-owned Sweet Caroline’s Snow Shack. This small and colorful dessert shop is housed in a food truck complete with a bright yellow exterior and a convenient ordering counter where you can choose your tasty treat.

Snowballs from Sweet Caroline’s are served in large Styrofoam bowls and topped with colorful syrups including flavors like classic cherry and root beer, as well as more unique flavors like the Tootsie Roll, which is made with chocolate cream and silver fox syrups.

The mobile operation has two locations in Austin, so it’s always easy to stop in for a frozen dessert after dinner or to cool down on a hot afternoon.

Sweet Caroline's Snow Shack
9528 Anderson Mill Road
Austin, TX 78729
(512) 234-7669

Laugh Out Loud at ColdTowne Theater

No matter what type of entertainment you typically enjoy, anyone who likes to laugh can appreciate the productions at ColdTowne Theater. Before 2006, Austin didn't have much of a comedy scene—certainly nothing like the countless improv clubs of Chicago. But that was the year that New Orleans transplants brought their brand of comedy to Austin in the form of ColdTowne Theater, which hosts everything from stand-up shows to improv.

You can take improv classes at ColdTowne Theater if you're interested in getting up on the main stage yourself, but you're also welcome to kick back and laugh from the comfort of a seat out in the audience. ColdTowne Theater holds a few signature events on a regular basis, like the improvised game show known as GameTowne (every last Thursday of the month) and an interactive storytime for kids, "What's the Story, Steve?" (every Saturday at 10 a.m.). However, the theater also boasts an ever-changing itinerary of performances that have only one thing in common: good comedy.

ColdTowne Theater
4803 Airport Boulevard
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 814-8696

See Why Wet Salon and Studio Is a Cut Above the Rest

If you're looking for a new salon, you're encouraged to try out Wet Salon and Studio on South Congress. This isn't your garden variety salon. Sure, typical salon services (highlights, waxing, extensions) are on the menu here, but Wet Salon and Studio also displays local art on its walls.

American Board Certified Master Colorists are on staff, so if you have a serious color quandary you can feel safe in their skilled hands. Consultations are free, and Wet's stylists are dedicated to working with you to figure out a style that works best for your routine and hair type. Wet Salon is interested in forming a long term relationships with clients and ensuring they feel confident with their hairstyle.

First-time clients should call to schedule their initial appointment, while returning clients can schedule future appointments online.

Wet Salon and Studio
1109 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-7375

The White Horse: An East Austin Hot Spot for Music and More

A fun night out in East Austin? One popular local spot is The White Horse. This dive bar features live music seven nights a week from 7 p.m. to closing. The full service bar, with a selection of whiskeys, is a great place to unwind while listening to some great music. An outdoor patio makes this a popular spot to enjoy Austin's weather; a cozy interior features a pool table, a vintage photo booth, and a Pac Man game. If you get hungry, a taco truck outside is sure to satisfy. The White Horse has hosted Honky Tonk and Rockabilly top acts like Rosie Flores, Roger Wallace, John Evans Band, and The Austin Steamers. Check out the website for a schedule of events.

The White Horse
500 Comal Street
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 553-6756

Esther’s Follies: A Mash-Up of Entertainment

Part magic show, part comedy set, part musical, the productions put on a Esther's Follies every week can't really be pigeonholed into any one category. It breaks down theatrical boundaries by mashing up political satire, music, and more in a single show every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.

The theater has roots in the late '70s, when founders Michael Shelton and Shannon Sedwick through their first bash on 6th Street. Back then, it was nothing more than a haphazard hodgepodge of performances by singers, dancers, mimes, comics, musicians, and everyone in between. Although the show has more structure today, nearly 40 years later, it still brings the same level of energy and fun to the stage. Yelp reviewers award particular praise to magician Ray Anderson, who delights crowds not only with his tricks, but also with his own unique brand of humor.

Esther's Follies
525 E. 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 320-0553
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