Head into 2018 in style with these fab FREE date night ideas! From Karaoke Underground to a party in the Upside Down, these are the hottest date night options in Austin this weekend.
Thursday, December 28
The Side Bar 14th Annual Holiday Party
One of the most talented photographers in town, Francis Joseph, will be returning to do the famous photobooth, DJs Czech One and Supafly will be spinning the music and you get to party with The Side bar Crew who will all be in front of the bar! Dance, drink and hug like old friends at The Side Bar’s 14th Annual Holiday Party. Salud!
The Side Bar, 602 E. 7th St., Austin
Jazz OUTside INside
The Jazz OUTside series moves inside for winter. Diverse Arts Culture works presents one of Austin’s longest running music series focusing on FREE Jazz, Beyond Jazz and Experimental music promoting local and international talent. Austin’s longest running monthly series with an improvised open jam. Moving into its 7th year, it happens every fourth Thursday of each month at the Carousel Lounge through March and then back to Kenny Dorham’s Backyard. Music starts at 9 p.m.
Carousel Lounge, 1110 E. 52nd St., Austin
Bars Against Humanity
Join Vigilante for Austin’s most horribly entertaining (and FREE) event: Bars Against Humanity. Led by host entertainer Preston Swincher, your table competes to impress a cast of characters with your terrible sense of humor. Get the most cards selected by the host to win a Mark of the Vigilante, redeemable for a secret room rental.
Vigilante Gastropub & Games, 7010 Easy Wind Dr., Ste. 150, Austin
Friday, December 29
Friday Night Flix – Scrooged
Friday Night Flix returns with a FREE screening of the Bill Murray holiday comedy, Scrooged! Get there early and enjoy a classic burger with fries and a soft drink for just $5 in the Water Trough Bar! RSVP for a chance to win some great prizes, including a complimentary stay at Lone Star Court, a $50 tab at the Water Trough, or a $25 tab at the Water Trough. Happy hour prices until 11 p.m. in the Water Trough Bar with the Marshall Hood Band performing at 9:00 p.m., following the movie.
Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr., Austin
PARTY in the Upside Down
Join the Spokesman as they open up the portal to the upside down and say goodbye to 2017. Come dressed in your best 80’s attire and receive happy hour pricing ALL NIGHT! Free to all and doors at 7 p.m.
The Spokesman, 440 E. St. Elmo, Building A-2, Austin
Saturday, December 30
Chocolate Tasting – Whole Foods Lamar
Taste chocolates from some of our most popular truffle collections, available at Whole Foods Lamar location. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., hosted by Delysia Chocolatier.
Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin
Relax & Recover Yoga
Relax and recover from the holiday busyness with a deep breathing yoga class taught by Katie Rich of Hill Country Fusion Yoga. You will be surrounded by the tranquil, clean air of Austin Air HealthMate air purifiers to breathe deeply and de-stress from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. All abilities are welcome. Please bring your own mat.
TreeHouse, 4477 South Lamar Blvd., Austin
Karaoke Underground with Stretch Panic at Barracuda!
The Karaoke Underground is for punk and indie rock fans who love to scream, yelp, croon, bark and sometimes even sing their favorites from artists like Black Flag, Modest Mouse, the Misfits, Cat Power, the Pixies, Dead Kennedys, Sleater-Kinney, Pavement, Joy Division, Fugazi, Guided By Voices and many more. It’s video karaoke with onscreen lyrics, a stage, you — and the chance to sing great songs you just can’t find anywhere else. 21+ and FREE! Doors open at 9 p.m.
Barracuda, 611 E. 7th St., Austin
Sunday, December 31
No Cover New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Brunch
Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden is ringing in 2018 with its annual New Year’s Eve celebration. Banger’s will host a smoke out on New Year’s Eve with live music from Teddy Long, followed by a complimentary toast of Miller High Life, “the champagne of beers,” at midnight. The no cover event happens from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. on Sunday followed by brunch on Monday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey St., Austin
Tomorrow Never Dies NYE Party
Party like there’s no tomorrow at Upstairs at Caroline’s FREE New Year’s Eve Party featuring DJ WillGood, photo booth, balloon drop and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Enjoy specialty themed cocktails by sponsors Flor de Cana Rum, Wild Turkey, Campari, Grey Goose, Absolut Vodka, Deep Eddy, Avion Tequila, and Patron and a group shareables menu for purchase. RSVP to ensure your FREE entry!
Upstairs at Caroline, 621 Congress Ave., Austin
NYE Bash at Rustic Tap
Countdown toast at midnight, FREE country boy apps, live music from The Motts, fancy cocktails inside The Original Hoffbrau Steakhouse, fires, smores, blankets and, best of all, no freaking cover! Starts at 7 p.m.
Rustic Tap, 613 W. 6th St., Austin
San José Presents : New Years Eve
Join Hotel San Jose for their annual New Year’s Eve bash! Free and open to the public. Dance the night away with DJ Markus and stay for the countdown! Special wintery drinks will be available and fun is guaranteed! 8 p.m. – midnight.
Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress Ave., Austin
And, if you’re looking for more of the hippest New Year’s Eve events (not necessarily free), check out this list.