Austin Insider’s Guide
by Nicole Beckley
Gear up for Bike Austin’s Moonlight Serenade Social Ride. Launched in July, the night ride explores a different area of the city each month. With an aim to attract newbies as well as more seasoned cyclists, the rides are meant to be social, with an easy pace and a route that spans between five and eight miles. During the last week of the month, a group of about 20 will clip on their bike lights and follow the ride leader, wrapping up at a spot for food and drinks.For more information, head here.
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
At 25, singer-songwriter Ariel Abshire already has two albums under her belt, with a third, Unrequited, released just this past September. For the new album she looked to Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright and Patsy Cline for inspiration. “I just wanted to make something that I would want to listen to,” Abshire says.
Here she shares some of her favorite venues for playing and seeing live music.
- THE BLACKHEART — “There’s really good sound and a cool vibe.”
- BROKEN SPOKE — “I have very fond memories of playing at the Spoke. I think I learned everything that I know there. You have 90-year-old couples that have been going there every week for 50 years, [dancing next to] college kids.
- WATERLOO RECORDS —“There’s [always] a really good crowd.”
- THE MOHAWK — “When I try to interact with people my age, I always end up at the Mohawk.”
- THE WHITE HORSE — “I think that the White Horse does a good job of putting country and Americana out there. [Playing there] is one of my goals.”
GOBBLE AND GRAIN
With Thanksgiving nearing, a few local brew masters share their selections for perfect pairings for the big meal.
HOPS & GRAIN
“The cheesiness of the dish is a perfect backbone for layering notes of grapefruit
pith, blueberries and an earthy dankness that comes from the beer. It’s rich, satisfying and delectable.”
AUSTIN BEER GARDEN BREWING CO.
Road Trip, paired with the traditional turkey
“The spicy, peppery notes of the Saison, which come from its yeast profile, help liven up the flavors of the turkey. And unlike a well-cooked turkey, the beer finishes extra dry on the palate, so it won’t wear you out before you get to second helpings.”
Naked Nun, paired with cranberry sauce
“The citrus and coriander notes in Naked Nun compliment the tartness of the cranberries and balance with the sweeter notes of the sauce.”
Flyin’ Monks, paired with pecan pie
“Aged on rum-soaked oak cubes, this ale presents a rich complexity of sweet oak and warming rum notes which balance well with the spices in the pie.”
RIDDLE ME THIS
Where can you travel to another realm without leaving a single location? The answer is at one of Austin’s escape rooms. Groups enter a room and the doors are locked, with a timer set for one hour. The group’s challenge is to solve a series of puzzles that will help lead to their release. While it might not sound like a typical Saturday night, the growing scene has led to a boom over the past year, with Puzzle Room Austin, Austin Panic Room, and Lockdown Austin all offering the escape room experience.
“I can’t think of another example of something that challenges you mentally and that you can do with friends and enjoy a social experience at the same time,” explains Karen Kuhn, general manager of Lockdown Austin. “It’s a really wide variety of people,” Kuhn says. The newest escape room, which opened August 31, Lockdown Austin sees corporate teambuilding groups, friends, families and tourists alike all trying to take on the challenge — and open the door.