Most people regard Sunday as the day of rest. And, while it is important to get some recovery time in before the work week, just because the weekend’s almost over doesn’t mean the party has to stop! Plenty of places in Austin say “the hell with Monday!” and keep the drinks pouring and band playing all night! So if you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to the weekend and you’re looking for fun on a Sunday night, here are 8 awesome Sunday Fundays in Austin to keep your Monday blues at bay.
Chicken Sh** Bingo – Last Stand Brewing
Located on the outskirts of west Austin near Dripping Springs, Last Stand Brewing is a great place to spend a weekend afternoon outside the city. Chill on the patio and sip on tasty pale ales and local IPA’s while you munch on a messy BBQ sandwich from Gordo’s Tortas and BBQ. Or head out to Last Stand Brewing on Sunday and catch a wild game of chicken sh** bingo: a fast paced frenzy of clucking and chaos that pays out big for the winner! Whether you’re there to play or just to watch chickens poop, this event is definitely a unique way to spend a Sunday afternoon. *Oh, and don’t worry, no chickens were harmed in the making of this game.
Sunday Funday – Deep Eddy Distillery
If you’ve driven out of Austin toward Fredericksburg, then you’ve probably seen the giant Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery settled right in the hill country. This place is bumping on just about any weekend, and it’s no wonder with an impressive taproom, delicious vodkas and a massive shaded patio overlooking the gorgeous green hills. But if you want the luxury of being able to drink and mingle to your heart’s content while not having to about worry transportation, then join the Austin Tour Company on an all-inclusive Deep Eddy Distillery Tour. These awesome boozy weekend retreats begin at the JW Marriott in downtown Austin, where you and your close friends – and maybe a few new ones – are whisked away in a private BYOB bus where you can pregame and chat on the way to the distillery. Once you arrive at Deep Eddy, you’ll receive a special behind the scenes guided tour of the distillery and learn about the history of vodka and how it’s made. After you’re finished, you can enjoy a complimentary fresh cocktail, souvenir drink glass and 10% off merchandise to take back to the poor saps that didn’t go with you!
Hot Dog Cinema Club – Kitty Cohen’s
Located in trendy east Austin, Kitty Cohen’s is a quirky pseudo-retro hangout with great cocktails and a small “kiddie” pool outside to dip your toes in. Claiming itself to be the “illegitimate love child of Burt Reynolds”, this 70’s style spot is full of delightful throwback flair and fun. Along with clever hand crafted cocktails, Kitty Cohen’s is also known for hosting delicious Pop Ups including the Pranom Pop Up and Hummus Among Us, as well as wacky weekend events like Hot Dog Cinema Club. This Sunday night get together features a “new” flick every week on their outdoor patio, from Die Hard and DeathProof to Grease and the Goonies. Plus visitors get a free hot dog to chow down on while you watch. But the fun doesn’t stop there! There’s also fun contests like a mustache contest, sweets from Swisher and even a Sexy Beast photo booth to commemorate this random occasion.
Super Soul Sundays – Icenhauers
One of Rainey’s most venerated and visited water holes, Icenhauer’s is known for their rustic chic casual setting and delicious hand crafted cocktails. Set inside a converted 19th century stable house, Icenhauer’s is a charming blend of old-fashioned hospitality and new age Austin. Each of their specialty cocktails is made with fresh ingredients and fruits and is given is unique girl’s name like “The Brittney” and “The Andrea.” From pickled pear to muddled strawberries, you can find just about every flavor on their drink menu. Throughout the week Icenhauer’s has live music events that draw big crowds and lots of excitement. Love and Happiness is a fun Throwback Thursday happy hour and Ladies Night Friday’s features killer DJs and dancing. But Sundays at Icenhauer’s are notorious for being just as rowdy as Saturdays thanks to their Super Soul Sundays with renowned local group The Nightowls. Every Sunday evening starting at 2PM enjoy $2 mimosas, $7 “The Allison” drinks and a foot stomping, energetic blend of R&B, pop and jams that you just can’t help but move to.
Sunday Sociale – Bungalow
Celebrating their fifth year on illustrious Rainey Street, the Bungalow is a popular weekend spot for the trendy socialites and day drinkers of Austin. Here, you can find a great selection of beers, wines and generously poured cocktails as well as an inviting outdoor courtyard that hosts some of the most happening happy hours on Rainey. While Bungalow has talented live acts on their stage on a regular basis, they are especially known for their seasonal Sunday Sociale, which take place in their courtyard. Every Sunday, hundreds of Austinites pack into the tiny courtyard at noon for a unique “reverse brunch” that includes $2, $5 bloody marys, $3 domestics free tacos and a badass DJ to get the party started. But let’s be honest, you had me at free tacos…
Funky Sundays – Blackheart
One of Austin’s renowned live music venues, the Blackheart is a dive bar and lounge that hosts some of the hottest talent in the city. Every night of the week you can grab a cold one – or a cocktail – and get down to some great jams. Consistently voted one of the best bourbon bars in America, you can find a staggering selection of whiskeys, small batches, scotches and bourbons – some of which are rarest in the world – right here. But if you’re looking for a groovy way to spice up your Sunday, stop by the Blackheart for Funky Sunday and catch a live show by Big Britches. This soulful funk band rocks the stage and brings the house down every Sunday night at 9:30 for free!
Comedy Mic and Showcase – Independence Brewing
Located in eclectic south Austin, Independence Brewing is a well-known craft brewery know for their fantastic selection of beers and ginormous tap room. During taproom hours, you can taste a bevy of beer flights that range from classics and seasonals to limited releases and brewery exclusive beers while you relax in the taproom and listen to chill live jams. Along with regular tours, Independence also hosts a handful of fun special events including food pop-ups, concerts, cookouts and trivia nights. But once a month on Sunday, Independence has a riotous comedy and open mic event known as Comedy Mic and Showcase. Each month brings different headliner to the stage, along with a hilarious host of performers from around Austin. The party kicks off at 5PM with DJ Propah English spinning beats while you get your grub on. Then the open mic sign-up, hosted by the side-splitting Greg Lockwood, starts at 6, followed by the comedy showcase hosted by Emily Howell at 7PM.
Saxon Sunday Funday – Saxon Pub
Tucked away in south Austin, Saxon Pub is among Austin’s most celebrated music venues. This decorated decades old dive bar has hosted over 22,000 musical acts throughout its history. And the numbers keep growing thanks to Austin’s exploding music scene and the established artists that still grace Saxon’s stages. Whether you’re into country, bluegrass or rock, you’ll find a number of fantastic concerts here that will spice up your week – some are even free! So if you’re out in south Austin on a Sunday evening looking for some live music excitement, head over to Saxon for Saxon Sunday Funday featuring the John Gaar Band. This foot-stomping event is $5 to get in but full of southern roots rock and distinctive Americana sounds that are perfect for hours of shaking and shimmying on the dance floor.