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New Year's In Austin (for a couple in their 30's)

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New Year's In Austin (for a couple in their 30's)

Hi!

My husband and I (in our early 30's from Toronto, no children) are coming to cut loose in Austin for New Year's. Is there a place people would suggest? We are staying at the Hilton downtown. I guess we are looking for a more mature (not ancient, but not 21) crowd with fun music. We've never been near Texas before so any help would be great.

Thanks, Kara

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1. Re: New Year's In Austin (for a couple in their 30's)

there are many places to hear live music and/or "cut loose" here in Austin. For a bit older crowd, I'd suggest walking 5th street and going in to any place that seems to suit you. Speakeasy is good - also may want to check out Elephant Room on Congress for jazz.

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2. Re: New Year's In Austin (for a couple in their 30's)

Thanks for the tip! I'll check out both of those places on the net.

-K

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3. Re: New Year's In Austin (for a couple in their 30's)

Try Mesa Ranch in NW Austin. The food is great, the band is fun and entertaining, plus they have dancing, party favors and a bottle of champagne included. It's a neat Texas experience.

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You might want to look at the Austin American Statesman XLent to choose music and dining possiblities ...

Lots of my Canuck buddies love Robert Earl Keen, and I think he is at the Austin Music Hall for New Years + will be a solidly good show ...

Many options for great Texas Music...

can tune into KUT 90.5 Fm or KGSR 107.1 FM to scout the audio possibilities, and turn on cable 15 Austin Music NEtwork when you get a hotel room for the updates and videos samples of local talent ...plenty also happening downtown with the FREE FIRST NIGHT events on New Years Eve also, fabulous art, dance, theatre, You Name it kinds of public participatory arts also ...

Best genuwine Texas Honky Tonks _ two to choose from =

the Broken Spoke in South Austin,

or, if you have a rental car, Gruene Hall in New Braunsfels ( 65 minutes south down i35) are also good options to dance and mix it up all night long .... and then, there's always the legendary roots rock venues, Continental Club .. Saxon Pub .... Egos ... aw shucks, at least 3 musical stops on Nyears is not unusual in this town ..

OH + ANTONES + home o' da bluezzzzz....

welcome and have a large visit ~l Please, let us locals hear back how it all works out and what you experience !

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5. Re: New Year's In Austin (for a couple in their 30's)

Kara, if you can still get tickets, the Spazmatics is a great 80s cover band, lots of fun, that is playing at Cedar Street Courtyard in the Warehouse district in downtown Austin. We love this place!

http://www.cedarstreetaustin.com/

Good luck!

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6. Re: New Year's In Austin (for a couple in their 30's)

Slytx is right on for the older crowd/Texas venues. The Spoke is definitely honky-tonk, but it's a tame crowd, which you might actually enjoy. I know I'm rowdied out, myself. You'll find people anywhere from elementary-age kids to folks in their 80s on the dance floor. If you're looking to country dance and not hook-up, pose, or put on a pretentious attitude, then the Spoke is the place. Down on Lamar, too, is the Saxon Pub, another great venue that plays several music genre, but often local Texas artists. Best bet is to check the music listings at www.auschron.com or the XLent as Slytx suggests.

Elephant Room is another great choice, as someone said, for *loud* jazz. If you want to have a conversation, sit near the door. Gruene is another great dance hall. Depending on who's playing, you could be with an older crowd or a bunch of college-age kids. Just depends.

If you walk along Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth streets within a few blocks of Congress, you're sure to find someplace that suits.

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7. Re: New Year's In Austin (for a couple in their 30's)

Slytx is right on for the older crowd/Texas venues. The Spoke is definitely honky-tonk, but it's a tame crowd, which you might actually enjoy. I know I'm rowdied out, myself. You'll find people anywhere from elementary-age kids to folks in their 80s on the dance floor. If you're looking to country dance and not hook-up, pose, or put on a pretentious attitude, then the Spoke is the place. Down on Lamar, too, is the Saxon Pub, another great venue that plays several music genre, but often local Texas artists. Best bet is to check the music listings at www.auschron.com or the XLent as Slytx suggests.

Elephant Room is another great choice, as someone said, for *loud* jazz. If you want to have a conversation, sit near the door. Gruene is another great dance hall. Depending on who's playing, you could be with an older crowd or a bunch of college-age kids. Just depends.

If you walk along Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth streets within a few blocks of Congress, you're sure to find someplace that suits.

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8. Re: New Year's In Austin (for a couple in their 30's)

If you're staying downtown, would recommend walking or taking a cab (cheap cab ride if you dont want to walk) to 4th or 5th streets. 6th is more the college crowd area. Saba Blue Water Cafe is one of my favorites, as well as Gingerman, Malagra, and as mentioned in the other reply, Speakeasy and Elephant Room are also good for the 30s crowd.

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