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9 Places For A Unique Night Out In Austin

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Updated: 21 December 2016
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.
Mozart's Coffee Roasters © Jill Shih/Flickr
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Pinballz Arcade

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

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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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

05/01 – Sunday – **Home of the Original Chickenshit Bingo!** – Carl Hutchens 4p-8p 05/02 – Monday – CLOSED 05/03 – Tuesday – James Fosler 7p-11p 05/04 – Wednesday – Emily Herring & the Farm to Market Band 7p-11p 05/05 – Thursday – Happy Hour w/ Kem Watts 6p-8p Alvin Crow 9p-1a 05/06 – Friday – Honky Tonk Happy Hour w/ James Leonard 6p-8p Jennifer B. and The Groove 9p-1a 05/07 – Saturday – Happy Hour w/ The Hens 6p-8p Mike Stinson 9p-1a 05/08 – Sunday – **Home of the Original Chickenshit Bingo!** – Weldon Henson 4p-8p 05/09 – Monday – CLOSED 05/10 – Tuesday – Fingerpistol 7p-11p 05/11 – Wednesday – Jake Penrod & the Burning Angels 7p-11p 05/12 – Thursday – Happy Hour w/ Them Duquaines 6p-8p Alvin Crow 9p-1a 05/13 – Friday – Honky Tonk Happy Hour w/ Adam Lopez & His Rhythm Review 6p-8p The Octanes 9p-1a 05/14 – Saturday – Happy Hour w/ John Mutchler & the Golden Roses 6p-8p Jesse Jay Harris 9p-1a 05/15 – Sunday – **Home of the Original Chickenshit Bingo!** – Mike Stinson 4p-8p #origionalhomeofchickenshitsunday #honkiesttonkiestbeerjointintown #lonestarbeer #thelittlelonghornsaloon #bestbartendersintexas #ATX

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Tue - Wed:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu - Fri:
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat:
2:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sun:
2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Blue Starlite Drive-in

Cinema, Movie Theater
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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

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Dog Friendly, Family Friendly, Accessible (Wheelchair)

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Independent

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Outdoors

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

#bartonspringspool #nightswim

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Museum of the Weird

Curiosity Museum
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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

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Sun - Mon:
10:00 am - 12:00 am

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Touristy, Photo Opportunity

Weird Wednesdays at Alamo Draft House

Movie Theater
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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

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Austin Panic Room

The Austin Panic Room is a favorite group or team-building activity. You are locked in a room with 10 other people and given one hour to figure out the puzzles or challenges in order to escape. It’s a great night out that’ll force you and your fellow group members to collaborate and think critically.

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Our new #sign is up! A huge shoutout to artist @slokeone for doing such a great job. We love it! #austinpanicroom

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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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Traveled back in time today with @georgiaobrien1 #austinghosttours #atx —

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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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#kayak #kayakatx #texasrowingcenter #zilkerpark #ladybirdlake #lakeaustin #townlake #bartonsprings

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Mozart's Coffee Roasters

Coffee Shop, Bakery, European, American, $$$
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Mozart’s Coffee Roasters

Open until 1 am on weekends, Mozart’s Coffee Roasters is most famous for their breathtaking views of Lake Travis. Spend the night talking over some flame-roasted coffee and a house-made pastry. During the holidays you can enjoy their well-known light show but be sure to arrive early to secure a parking spot.

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX, USA +1 512 477 2900

It may not feel like it but the sun does go down in Texas. #mozartscoffee #austin

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Mon - Thu:
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri:
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat:
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Sun:
8:00 am - 12:00 am