Several boozy spots around town are offering a mix of sweets and scares.
These days, kids are far from the only ones who can have a spooky good time on Halloween. Several bars and breweries in Austin have gotten into the Halloween spirit, either by transforming into "haunted" spaces or by throwing Halloween-related events this month. Best of all, we get booze with our boos.
Here's where to go if you're looking for some adult-level scares and sweets.
Celis Brewery, 10001 Metric Blvd.
The North Austin brewery has two events later this month related to our favorite ghostly holiday. On Oct. 25 is Night of the Living Macaron, a pairing and tasting featuring six macarons, six 5-ounce beer pours, an 18-ounce speckled campfire mug and a private tour of the brewery by owner Christine Celis. Because the French treat is better than just regular ol' candy, you know? On Halloween, Celis hosts Scary-Oke, during which you'll wear your costume while belting out your favorite tunes.
Craft Pride, 61 Rainey St.
Being sweet is always better than being scary, right? The Rainey Street bar specializing in Texas-only beers has whipped up Halloweird: A Candy Beer Celebration for those of us who just want the treats and not the tricks this year. On tap Oct. 27 is a lineup of candy-inspired beers such as the Blue Owl Warhead Sour, the Collective Brewing Project Peep This Collab and Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co. Jimmy Superfly Snicka Stout.
Craftsman, 2000 E. Cesar Chavez St.
The East Austin bungalow bar has officially transformed into a spooky space now offering themed cocktails with house-made ingredients and unexpected garnishes. For more about the creepy cocktails, which include the likes of the Jagermeister-filled Billy Butcherson, check out our story on Austin360.com detailing the Halloween pop-up bar.
Crow Bar, 3116 S. Congress Ave.
For the past nine years, the neighborhood bar across from St. Edward's University has gone all out with decorations for Halloween — and each year, owner Steve Gee adds to the decor, so that it's become quite an event putting everything up and then taking it down again. Gee said he even has a guillotine replica that he built himself. And on Halloween night, Crow Bar throws a big Halloween party with "off-the-hook costume contests," drink specials and more.
"Every Sunday through Thursday is a nightly special, but every Halloween, we'll do some kind of specialty sangria or cocktail that we'll call something like Crow's Blood, to go along with the name of the bar," he said.
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Gibson Street Bar, 1109 S. Lamar Blvd.
Throughout the month of October the South Austin bar has become a true Nightmare on Gibson Street.
Just read about the horrors to expect straight from the neighborhood haunt for yourself: "Elm Street’s nightmares have nothing on Gibson Street. The bar will feature its signature over-the-top Halloween decor with a few extra surprises this year, including an entrance that would petrify Freddy Krueger himself. While guests are encouraged to come for the sights and frights throughout the week, DJs, dry ice punch bowls and deadly cocktails will be served up on Fridays and Saturdays."
Hops & Grain, 507 Calles St.
You won't have to dust cobwebs off your goblet of beer at Hops & Grain's annual Halloween bash. Instead, expect a rowdy night of costumes, DJ beats and, of course, plenty of house beers from the East Austin brewery. Hops & Grain will also bring back its costume contest with prizes for first, second and third place, so you'd best get to work on planning out what you'll be this year.
Lala's Little Nugget, 2207 Justin Lane
It's Christmas all year at Lala's, a North Austin dive that opened in 1972, hung up a bunch of holiday decorations at one point and has been adding to them ever since. But Halloween is a holiday Lala's doesn't want to miss out on, either. On that night, the bar brings back its Zombie Christmas party with themed drink specials and a costume contest at 9 p.m. (And, no, you don't have to dress up as a zombie.)
Brix and Ale, 1101 Woodlawn Avenue, Georgetown
Live north of Austin? The Sheraton Georgetown's modern bar and grill has launched a Trick or Treat cocktail menu that you can order from through Nov. 10, with each drink costing $13. Here's what's on offer:
Amputation Cosmo: Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka, Bordeaux cherry juice, lime juice, house made blackberry puree
Spooky Sour: Buffalo Trace bourbon, blood orange bitters, lemon juice, egg white
Deadman’s Daiquiri: Cruzan Rum, Blue Curacao, pomegranate, lime, blackberry puree, cherry juice
Any Last Words?: Aviation Gin, Chartreuse, lime juice, Luxardo cherry liqueur