A guide to your perfect Sunday Funday in AustinWe don't really do "Lazy Sundays" in Austin, Texas. While in many cities the whole Netflix-and-chill thing might be the MO for the start of the week, there are simply too many day drinks and too much good food to be consumed in the Capital City to just lay around all day.
They say a Sunday well spent brings a week of content, so it's important to take your Sunday Funday in Austin seriously. Here's three Sunday stops you've got to make.
Sunday Funday Stop 1: Big Band Brunch at Banger's Sausage House + Beer Garden
Rainey Street is one of Austin's most prized bar districts, and the Sunday afternoon party crowds will make you think it's Saturday night all over again. Each bar is a restored historic bungalow-style home, each with its own character and reputation. For Banger's, that reputation means Sunday brunch. They've got over 100 delicious craft beers on tap if you want to take it slow, but you can also really test your Sunday stamina with something called a Manmosa. It's a full bottle of champagne poured into a liter beer mug. Limit one per bruncher. I suggest washing one of those down with an order of the Lolo's Corned Beef Hash and plenty of water.
Bonus: There's a big band there every Sunday, usually delivering you NOLA-inspired music and even some
Pro-Tip: There's usually a bit of a line so get their early.
Sunday Funday Stop 2: Super Soul Sundays at Icenhauer's
Since you may already be one entire Manmosa in at this point, you don't have to go very far for your second Sunday Funday Stop, it's right there on Rainey. Head over to Icenhauer's for some sweet Motown jams from local band, The Night Owls. While your twerking your way through "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," you'll have plenty of people to dance with, and probably a few people you swiped right for already on Tinder. Take it slow and sip one of their house-made sangrias that comes in a full-size Mason Jar.
Bonus: It's dog-friendly so you can be anti-social for awhile and play with the pups.
Pro-Tip: If you need an afternoon snack, there's a food truck park right across the street. Grab a bite and get back to dancing.
Sunday Funday Stop 3: Bougie-on-a-budget dinner at Jeffrey's
OK, hopefully you're still dressed in your Sunday best, and can hop in a Fasten, Fare or Ride Austin (we don't have Uber or Lyft) and take about a 10-minute drive to Jeffrey's in Austin's Clarksville neighborhood. It's one the city's older + more historic restaurants, and it will have you feeling fancy AF. Like you should have just gone duck hunting kind of fancy. Don't worry though, grab a seat in the bar and you'll get plenty of Southern hospitality. Jeffrey's is known for their happy hour, and on Sundays that means half-off bottles of wine and bar food. This is not a drill. I suggest letting their resident sommelier pick you a bottle of red to pair with their delicious Dry-Aged Ground Beef Wagyu Burger. It's a great way to wind down your Sunday Funday, and hopefully you've survived what it means to have a real weekend in Texas.
Bonus: Free tasty table popcorn + plenty of Insta-worthy scenery.
Pro-Tip: Their happy hour only runs until 6:30 p.m. on Sundays, so if you didn't get your fill come back Monday when it lasts all night.
Drink your Manmosas responsibly and happy Sunday.
Anne Szilagyi is a native Austinite + recovering journalist. When she's not traveling the world living that work from home life, you can catch her on the Austin hike-and-bike trail or enjoying the finest craft brews Texas has to offer at the Whole Foods bar.