Food Trucks We Want To Drive Away With

1. G’Raj Mahal- http://www.grajmahalaustin.com/

If you have not been to this food truck, than you need to head over to Rainey Street right meow. G’raj Mahal is not just a food truck, but an experience of Austin, India, and food heaven. Try to garlic naan, you won’t be disappointed.

2. Bananarhcy- http://bananarchy.net/blog/

We are banana’s for Bananarchy. These are not your ordinary banana’s, but they are also dipped in chocolate heavenly goodness. This is one food truck at ACL that you WILL NOT want to miss.

3. The Peached Tortilla- http://thepeachedtortilla.com/

There are some food trucks that can rival any 5 star restaurant in Austin, and The Peached Tortilla is one of them. Chow down on some of their infamously delicious tacos, or on one of their Bowl dishes. Either way, you are going to enjoy the best foodgasm of your life at The Peached Tortilla.

4. Good Pop- http://www.goodpops.com/

So you may be wanting to watch your waistline during ACL, which means that most of the food is a no go. Have no fear, because the good people at Good Pop are serving up all natural frozen pops. So have one, two, five, it’s all natural!

5. Kebabalicious- http://www.austinkebab.com/

Kebabalicious is bringing to you the best Turkish Style Wraps that Texas has to offer. Try their hummus wrap, in fact try too because they are the bomb.com.

ACL has some pretty good eats. If you do not gain at least 5 pounds over the weekend, then you’re doing ACL wrong my friends. So ditch that diet, throw on your stretchy pants, and enjoy some of Austin’s finest dining.

National Cat Day

National Cat Day

Today is the greatest day known to the majority of single ladies, hipster men, and our four legged feline friends. It is National Cat Day. So go treat Mr. Snugglebottoms with some catnip, treats, and a belly rub. After all our cats give us plenty of reasons to love them…

1. Wonderful Personality

2. Constant Cuteness

3. And They Can Do Tricks 

4. They are also good with technology

5. They are GREAT cuddlers……sorta

6. Unconditional Love….sorta

7. Sometimes they can be a little difficult

8. And Sometimes they do not always make the right decisions

9. But we love their overload of fierceness

10. In the the end our cats really do love us

So go let your inner cat lady out! Treat yourself and your favorite feline today!

Best ‘Escapes’ From ACL

ACL Off The Grid

ACL is taking over Austin. Everyone is flocking to Austin, bars are being taken over with ACL bands, and there are ACL parties galore. But for those of us who want to stay away from the ACL craziness, check out what halfpastnow has recommended for you.

1. Stronghorn!-http://www.halfpastnow.com/events/show/197752?fullmode=true

Looking to sweat out that ACL partying from the night before? Join up with Stronghorn Sweat Sessions for FREE!

2. Fall Festival- http://www.halfpastnow.com/events/show/194401?fullmode=true

The fall festival is kicking off at Barton Hill Farms with one of the largest corn mazes in Texas! This year they have a Willie Nelson themed corn maze that Willie himself can be proud of. They also have a fantastic pumpkin patch that your kids will LOVE. So round your family up for the Fall Festival this weekend!

3. Wine it up!- http://www.drippingwinetrail.com/

Dripping Springs is one of the best kept secrets in Austin. Not only is it out of the way from the ACL crowd but it is filled with fantastic wineries. So go relax over a glass of wine and escape from the ACL craziness.

4. Yoga- http://www.halfpastnow.com/events/show/188907?fullmode=true

Check out some FREE Yoga at Vuka on Monday night. There is nothing better than calming down from the ACL craziness with a little yoga TLC.

5. Yappy Hour-http://www.halfpastnow.com/events/show/182134?fullmode=true

Bring Fido out for a little fresh air and water at the Rowing Dock on Tuesday! Paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, and just chilling with mans best friend. So get your family out and head on down to the Rowing dock Tuesday.

6. Austin Startup Week- http://www.halfpastnow.com/picks/find/3167

Austin Startup Week is next week! Mix, Mingle, Learn, network, and grow your business in the hottest town in Texas for it. So for all you business and tech people check out our Startup Week trendsetter!

If you are looking for more to do in Austin this week, check us out at halfpastnow.com or download our mobile app for on the go events!

Cheers,

The halfpastnow Team

Highlighted Events Blog

September 30-October 3

It is finally here, the highly anticipated week before the Austin City Limits Festival and you better believe halfpastnow has all of the most exclusive events for your enjoyment! So, before you dive fully into all of the awesomeness that is ACL this weekend, have some extra fun on us!

Music

ACL Taping: Queens of the Stone Age at ACL Live

Thursday October 3, at 7:00 p.m.

Witness and enjoy an exclusive ACL taping with Queens of the Stone Age at ACL Live! There are only a limited amount of spaces available so hurry up and check out the site before you miss your chance at an amazing live music performance.

http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?venue_id=47138

Bright Light Social Hour

Thursday October 3, at 9:00 p.m.

Get your mind right for ACL by going to see Bright Light Social Hour, with Reignwolf and Walker Lukens at Emo’s East.

http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=193733

Aaron Behrens and The Midnight Stroll at Stubb’s BBQ

Thursday October 3, at 9:00 p.m.

Aaron Behrens of Ghostland Observatory will be performing at Stubbs BBQ as Aaron Behrens and the Midnight Stroll this Thursday! This Austin legend will also be performing at ACL, so since it’s impossible to OD on amazing music you might as well make it out to what will be a GREAT performance.

http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=193735

Mixed-bag

Two Step Tuesdays at TenOak

Tuesday October 1, 4:00 p.m.

This wouldn’t be Texas without some friendly two-stepping happy hours! Bring your favorite dance partner to TenOak for $4 Whiskey shots and Lonestar Cans. Don’t forget your cowboy boots!

http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=196317

Whiskies of the World at ACL Live

Wednesday October 2, 6:00 p.m

Start off the ACL Music Festival right at Austin Music Hall for the Whiskies of the World Expo & Artisanal Spirits Fest. Adults 21+ will leave feeling like a professional whiskey connoisseur after tasting hundreds of different whiskies.

http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=178073

Austin Eats Food: ACL

Thursday October 3, at 9:45 a.m.

Experience some of Austin’s finest eateries such as Franklin BBQ, Torchy’s, Blue Ox BBQ, Sugar Citrus Bakery and Hops & Grain Brew before the festival! Your stomach will appreciate it, and you thank us later.

http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=196970

ButterFly Entertainment presents ACL Styles

Thursday October 3, at 7:00 p.m.

For ACL, every Austinite wants to wear something comfortable so they can participate in just about any activity that is thrown at them. Here is your chance to see Austin-inspired fashions so you can look fabulous at ACL this year, all of your friends will be jealous!

http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=195834

Kid-friendly

Baby Bloomers at Austin Children’s Museum

Monday September 30, 9:00 a.m.

Monday mornings, the Austin Children’s Museum offers an exclusive program called Baby Bloomers for children ages three and under to enjoy the museum exhibits with their caregivers with other families with small children. Special programs are available such as Little Explorers Lab, Storytime and Sing-a-long for your babies and toddlers!

http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=181511

Storytime Yoga

Monday September 30, 10:00 a.m.

Recommended for ages two through five, allow your children to grow in all aspects with storytime yoga classes. Stories are retold through yoga and movement, dance, play and song and parents are encouraged to participate!

http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=183638

Non-profit

Drink for Pink! at Four Hands Home

Thursday October 3, at 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy delicious drinks and tasty treats for a good cause with the Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Have fun shopping alongside Kendra Scott, TRIBEZA, Mix 94.7 and Four Hands Home, a portion of proceeds go directly to Komen Austin.

http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=196399

Happy hour

Mutt Mondays at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden

Monday September 30, 5:00 p.m.

Grab your pup and come out to Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden to enjoy 50% of all pints as well as bonding time with man’s best friend! Fido will thank you in doggy kisses!

http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=196823

Monday Night Football at Rio Rooftop

Monday September 30, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Watch the New Orleans Saints and the Miami Dolphins battle it out on the football field at the Rio Rooftop! Your case of the Mondays blues will be cured with half priced appetizers and $10 beer buckets at one of Austin’s hottest bars! With their 30+ televisions, communal tables and couches there will be plenty of room for all of your friends! See you there.

http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=195978

TGIF: Highlighted Weekend Events

September 27-29

It’s finally Friday, so it’s time to celebrate another beautiful weekend in Austin! We’re all working for the weekend and halfpastnow has the best events going on around town. You can finally take it easy with your friends and have some fun! Enjoy!

Mixed-bag

Beauty Happy Hour at Serenity Creek Med Spa

Friday September 27, 4:00 p.m.

Calling all ladies! Join us at Serenity Creek Med Spa for a Beauty Happy Hour and enjoy discounts on Botox, make up applications by GloMinerals, food, drinks and more! Grab your girlfriends and come out to this FREE event!
http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=196407

Whiskey Weekend 2013 at TenOak Bourbon House & Lounge

Friday & Saturday September 27-28, 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.


Interested in becoming a bourbon connoisseur? Come out to TenOak for the 2nd Annual Whiskey Weekend for the premiere Bourbon and Whiskey tasting experience that is open to the public! Not only will you be able to taste a wide variety of bourbons and whiskeys, but vendors and guests will both participate in activities like games, live entertainment, whiskey classes and more!
http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=195645

Non-profit

Barkitecture at The Triangle

Saturday September 28, 12:00 p.m.

All dog-lovers are welcome to Barkitecture: an architectural dog-centric fundraiser showcasing doghouses created by some of Austin’s best and brightest architects, designers and builders. This non-profit event is benefiting three major animal welfare groups: Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin & San Antonio, Meals on Wheels & More’s P.A.L.S. Program, Lil’ Paws Maltese Rescue & Other Petite Paws, Pug Rescue of Austin, and Don’t Bully Me Rescue Texas. Help out the dog-loving community of Austin and enjoy live music, free stuff, food and drink specials, spa treatments for your dog and more!
http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=195738

2013 Texas Craft Brewers Festival at Fiesta Gardens

Saturday September 28, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Who doesn’t want to enjoy local breweries for a good cause? Come out for a day of beer tasting, courtesy of the Young Men’s Business League, with support from members of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, and benefitting Austin Sunshine Camps, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing mentorship, education and personal development for economically disadvantaged girls and boys throughout Central Texas.
http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=192644

And of course, it wouldn’t be the weekend in Austin without the abundance of brunches! (DUH!)

Brunch at Taverna

Saturday & Sunday September 28-29, 11:00 a.m.

$1 Mimosas and $1 Bellinis, must we say more? The brunch at Taverna is DE-licious! And a great way to pre-game before it’s time to tailgate. Hook ‘Em!
http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=196763

Tacos and Tequila

Saturday & Sunday September 28-29, 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy a unique brunch experience at Tacos and Tequila with s a variety of fresh fruit Mimosas, Champagne and Agua Frescas, fresh fruit juices mixed with sparkling wine, coffee or tea. Plus a variety of delicious food specials!
http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=195380

Brunch at Benji’s Cantina

Saturday & Sunday September 28-29, 10:00 a.m.


Dive into a variety of de-lish small plate specials, recommended three per person!
http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=195338

Sunday Funday at Bungalow

Sunday September 29, 12:00 p.m.

Come on down to Rainey Street for $1 Mimosas, $5 Bloody Mary Bar, $2 Domestics and FREE TACOS! It’s the Sunday Sociale event in Austin, see you there!
http://www.halfpastnow.com/search?event_id=196792

Highlighted Events

September 23-26

Highlighted Events Blog

Austin locals, it’s time to enjoy the amazing weather during very first week of fall! We have some great events going on this week at halfpastnow, get out of your comfort zone and lets make some memories together in this awesome city that we call home.

Fitness

Maha Yoga Mondays with Ben and Holly at Vuka

Monday September 23, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


We know how Austinites have to get their yoga fix in on the daily, so go ahead and enjoy FREE Maha Yoga Mondays with Ben and Holly at Vuka tonight!

http://www.halfpastnow.com/?event_id=188905

Mixed-bag

Casino Spa Night at DFG Noodles

Monday September 23 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Every other Monday, Food and Beverage Industry folks are welcome to enjoy FREE drinks, massages and mani/pedis at DFG Noodles! Also, enjoy some FREE Blackjack and Texas Hold’Em. Did we mention that it’s all free? See you there!

http://www.halfpastnow.com/?event_id=190257

Happy hour

Happy Hour at Elizabeth St. Café

Monday September 23, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Need to wind down after having a case of the Mondays? Enjoy some delicious specials at Elizabeth St. Cafe tonight! They have $2 off appetizers as well as specials on sake, beer, wine and punch. Ready, set, go!

 

http://www.halfpastnow.com/?event_id=191348

Service Industry Night at Voodoo Room

Tuesday September 24 at 8:00 p.m.

Need an excuse to check out Voodoo Room? We didn’t think so, but we’re giving you one anyway. Come out to their happy hour tonight, specials include $3.00 wells, domestics and tall boys. And for you service industry people that we love and appreciate so much, there is enough $3.00 Jameson, Fireball and Rumplemintz to go around for you and all of your co-workers!

http://www.halfpastnow.com/?event_id=194454

Outdoor

Tuesday Yapping Hour at Rowing Dock

Tuesday September 24 at 12:00 p.m.

Grab your pooch every Tuesday for an extra hour of paddling, free of charge at the Rowing Dock! From the pet-friendly kayaks or the NALU, a hybrid sturdy stand-up board, you and your pup will be more than satisfied!

http://www.halfpastnow.com/?event_id=182132

Music

HAAM Benefit Day presented by Soul of a Musician Series at Threadgills South

Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m.

HAAM Benefit Day 2013 is a unique Austin event where businesses donate 5% of the day’s proceeds to HAAM to support healthcare for local musicians. Austinites like you are invited to shop, eat, listen to great live music! Come out for a great cause and a good time!

http://www.halfpastnow.com/?event_id=195718

Mixed-bag

CIROC Amaretto Launch Party at Searsuckers

Wednesday September 25, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 Want to go to an exclusive launch party, with free appetizers and drinks? I’m sure we don’t have to ask you twice! 21+ can RSVP to enjoy some delicious freebies at the CIROC Amaretto Launch Party at one of Austin’s hottest restaurants to come into the dining scene. See you there!

http://www.halfpastnow.com/?event_id=196420

Happy hour

Texas Young Professionals Happy Hour at Lavaca St. Bar

Thursday, September 26 at 5:30 p.m.

 Grow your professional network at the Lavaca St. Bar for a networking happy hour! See ya there!

http://www.halfpastnow.com/?event_id=195833

 

Mixed bag

Fall Smokey Eye Classes at Adore Makeup Boutique

Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Join Adore Makeup Boutique and Salon for a FREE Fall Smokey Eye Class! Enjoy cocktails and treats while you learn how to achieve the perfect fall smokey eye look. There are a limited amount of spots, so make sure to RSVP with your favorite girlfriends!


http://www.halfpastnow.com/?event_id=196405

Music

Blondie at Stubb’s BBQ

Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.

 Blondie will be at Stubb’s BBQ this Thursday! Get excited, each ticket purchased will give you access to download codes sent via email for you to listen to exclusive new music from Blondie.

http://www.halfpastnow.com/?event_id=186645

Steve Miller Band at ACL Live

Thursday, September 26 at 8:00 p.m.

Everyone loves a blast from the past, come out and see Steve Miller Band at ACL Live this Thursday! Awaken the Space Cowboy inside of you and bring all of your friends as you dance the night away to some legendary rock and roll hits!

http://www.halfpastnow.com/?event_id=188499

Hello! It’s National Cheeseburger Day!

It’s National Cheeseburger Day!

Does your mouth water at the sight of a delicious cheeseburger? Do you often catch yourself fantasizing about running through a meadow towards the love of your life, only to find that you are actually running towards the heavenly goodness of a beautiful, juicy cheeseburger instead? Have your friends and family ambushed you with a cheeseburger-vention because you just can’t stop eating cheeseburgers? If this sounds like you, halfpastnow has your back. To celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, we are going to tell you the BEST places in Austin for you to embrace your addiction and tend to your cheeseburger fix!

Hopdoddy Burger Bar
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If you’re a fan of luscious burgers and beer (who isn’t?) Hopdoddy is for you. Not only is Hopdoddy my personal favorite, but it’s fresh, all-natural ingredients will keep you coming back for more! Plus, they have a variety of milkshakes that are to die for. You’re welcome.

Hut’s Hamburgers

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An Austin institution, Hut’s Hamburgers has been serving their juicy and delicious burgers since the 1940’s! Don’t forget to try their crispy fries and onion rings to go alongside their legendary cheeseburgers, you will never be the same.

Top Notch Burgers 

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Owned and operated by real Austinites since 1971, this Austin staple is known for their wonderful charcoal grilled hamburgers. Try the Longhorn, it’s juicy double patties topped with veggies and special sauce will send you into a food-induced comatose state you will never want to wake up from.

Fran’s Hamburgers 

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These phenomenal cheeseburgers are full of flavor, with perfectly melted cheese that will send you over the edge. Local Austinites swear that Fran’s has the BEST cheeseburgers in Austin and they won’t put a dent in your wallet either!

P. Terry’s

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There is a reason P. Terry’s has grown into a fast-food cheeseburger empire! Their cheeseburgers are soo good, you will be instantly addicted after one bite! Their delectable veggie burger will satisfy the taste buds of even the most loyal meat eaters.