If there’s one city in Texas ready to show residents a unique night out on the town, it’s Austin. Coined ‘the city of all things weird,’ Austin is home to some of the most unique places for a night well spent.
Pinballz arcade is a truly unique experience with over 150 pinball machines, some dating back to the 1970s. At the original location, you can BYOB and compete for prizes. Other games include air hockey, Dance Dance Revolution, and guitar hero, with the possibility of prizes luring regulars and casual guests alike. Simply put, it’s a great place for a night out with your friends, family, or date.
Pinballz Arcade, 8940 Research Blvd, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 420 8458
Chicken Shit Bingo
Every Sunday, The Little Longhorn Saloon hosts the endearingly weird game of Chicken Shit Bingo. The name is quite literal; for just $2 you can purchase a ticket with a number that matches another number on a large table. They then release the chicken as everyone waits in anticipation for it to relieve itself on someone’s lucky number; the winner then receives a cash prize. This bar is also known for its honky tonk feel and live music, so bring your lawn chair and enjoy a truly unique night out.
Little Longhorn Saloon, 5434 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 524 1291
Blue Starlite Drive-in
Cinema, Movie Theater
Blue Starlite Drive-in
This great drive-in shows both old and new movies including indie films, art house, childhood favorites, and pop culture hits. You can even purchase a s’more kit and roast it over their fire pit. Upcoming screenings include The Breakfast Club, Rent, Clueless, Ghostbusters, and Star Trek (50th anniversary addition). It is a small establishment and space is limited so booking reservations ahead of time is essential.
Blue Starlite Drive-in, 1901 E 51st St, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 850 6127
Full Moon Swim at Barton Springs Pool
There is now an official Barton Springs Pool Full Moon Event. Located inside Zilker Park, this is a rare opportunity to enjoy a moonlight dip in Barton Springs. As it only takes place during the full moon, this event does charge an entry fee and space is limited in order to avoid overcrowding, so plan your swim ahead of time.
Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 867 3080
Museum of the Weird
This wonderfully odd museum is open till 12am for your viewing pleasure or puzzlement. A small collection – which includes the supposed body of a yeti – the wild and wacky stories you hear from the employees are half the fun of going here. Another fun fact is the apartment adjacent to the museum used to be the home of none-other than Johnny Depp.
Museum of the Weird, 412 E 6th St, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 476 5493
Weird Wednesdays at Alamo Draft House
Get over the mid-week slump at the Alamo Draft House Ritz Theater’s Weird Wednesday event. This weekly celebration shows movies you’d never catch at any mainstream theatre, with a schedule that includes everything from karate-chopping nuns to post-apocalyptic barbarian queens. Try one of their draft beers as you witness the truly weird world of films you never knew existed.
Alamo Draft House, 320 E 6th St, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 861 7020
Austin Ghost Tours
Perfect for getting in the spirit of Halloween, Austin Ghost Tours takes offers an alternate, more spooky glimpse of the city. Some of the tours include ‘Shadows and Alleyways of the Capitol,’ ‘Haunted Historic District,’ and ‘Historic Guytown and Ghosts.’ It’s a great place to learn about Austin’s history while feeling the slight inkling you’re amongst the ghosts of Texas’ past.
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Moonlight Bat Float
A definite must-do while in Austin, Moonlight Bat Float meets at the docks of Texas Rowing Center. From there you’ll head to Congress Street Bridge and watch the bats from a whole new perspective. You’ll hear music as you travel down river and witness spectacular views of the downtown city lights. Perfect for out-of-town visitors or a romantic date night out.
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