OK, it’s the 21st century, and there are no real speakeasies left. BUT, there are bars that give you the feeling that you're sipping drinks somewhere no one else knows about. Check out the unmarked Midnight Cowboy on Dirty Sixth, the found-behind-a-false-bookcase Firehouse Lounge, and Vinyl, which is accessed through a fake barrel inside Tellers.
Austin very first ping-pong bar, SPiN, is scheduled to open on May 19 in the 9,000-square-foot original Antone’s on West Fifth Street. The combination of elevated food, cocktails, and ping pong -- played on state-of-the-art, Olympic-style tables -- has already taken off in major cities like New York, San Francisco, and Seattle, and is an excellent recipe for a fun date. Expect tournaments, private lessons, dance parties, casual play, and plenty of private lounge space.
Watch a free movie in the park
As if you need another reason to love Austin, every summer sees the return of outdoor movie season -- and consequently, our comprehensive screening calendar (stay tuned for that). Sound & Cinema and Movies in the Park both host free films that start just after Sunset; Sound and Cinema pairs films and live music with food trucks and alcohol sold onsite, while Movies in the Park has a simpler, non-alcoholic (but still romantic) picnic vibe. Whichever one you choose, don’t forget to bring snacks and a cozy blanket!