For Austin, March means one thing: the return of South by Southwest. But that’s not all you can do this month. It’s also full of boozy events from area bars, restaurants, breweries and more. (And did we mention it’s also the month the long-awaited Celis Raspberry is coming back?)
Here’s a roundup of those events so you can make note of the ones you want to attend. We’ll update the calendar as more are announced. As always, drink responsibly.
Friday, March 2
The Bourbon Takeover of Texas, all day. Garrison Brothers, one of Texas’ best whiskey distilleries, has teamed up with a variety of local chefs to create bourbon-infused dishes and cocktails in celebration of Texas Independence Day.
Z Tequila Dinner at Cannon + Belle, 7 to 10 p.m. The Hilton Austin’s regionally focused restaurant is hosting a five-course dinner featuring cocktails from Z Tequila, with founder Pepe Zevada present. $70.
Saturday, March 3
St. Elmo’s Vaya Coffee Cream Ale Release, 11 a.m. St. Elmo Brewing’s Vaya is back and even better than last time. Once again, the South Austin brewery teamed up with neighbor Spokesman to make it.
Pints for Pups at 4th Tap, 12 to 4 p.m. A $10 donation to local pit bull rescue organization Love-A-Bull will get you an event pint glass and a pour of anything on the 4th Tap Brewing Co-op tap wall.
Independence Brewing’s Cowboys from Helles Release Party, 2 to 7 p.m. Independence has produced a new lager in cans and is celebrating with a mini-rodeo complete with a mechanical bull and a real, live cowboy.
Sunday, March 4
Spokesman Pub Cruze with Austin Beerworks, 12 to 4 p.m. The South Austin coffee shop is hosting a bike ride to various local bars, most south of Lady Bird Lake, carrying Austin Beerworks brews.
Wednesday, March 7
Mondavi Family Estate Wine Dinner, 7 p.m. The Domain Northside location of Second Bar + Kitchen is hosting a five-course dinner featuring the wines of this Napa Valley winemaker. $125.
Thursday, March 8
Dandy Rosé Release Garden Party, 4 to 8 p.m. The ultimate rosé for Austinites is releasing again, so dress your dandiest to celebrate the new vintage. Garbo’s will provide lobster rolls.
March Wine Walk at the Hill Country Galleria, 5 to 9 p.m. Shop the eclectic mix of retailers while discovering great wines from around the world at this monthly tasting event.
Saturday, March 10
1st Annual East Side Cool Party, 10 a.m. Five breweries — including Hops & Grain, Lazarus and Southern Heights — are releasing seven new beers in celebration of the coolest neighborhood in town, the 78702.
Circle Brewing’s 7th Anniversary Party, 1 to 5 p.m. It’s the lucky number seven for this North Austin brewery, which is hosting a celebration with live music, food trucks and special beer releases including the M’Lady English IPA. $15.
Pics & Pints at Orf Brewing, 2 to 5 p.m. Escape the chaos of South by Southwest at this East Austin brewery, which will screen the film “El Cap Wedding” with the director in attendance.
Balcones Distilling RyeFest, 2 to 6 p.m. The Waco distillery is debuting its long-awaited rye whiskies: the Rye 100 and Rye Cask Strength. Enjoy live music, self-guided tours, food and Balcones cocktails. $10-$15.
Texas Keeper Cider’s 4th Vintage Party, 3 to 7 p.m. The far South Austin cidery is celebrating four years in business by welcoming the spring vintage, Grafter Blanc. $9.
Saturday, March 17
St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival, 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Jack & Ginger’s Irish Pub in Domain Northside is hosting its annual celebration with a live music lineup on two outdoor stages and 82 beers on tap.
South by Saint Paddy’s Day, 2 to 10 p.m. Infinite Monkey Theorem is teaming up with Freebirds to offer a refuge from SXSW with plenty of wine, taco baskets and live music.
Wednesday, March 21
Celis Raspberry Returns, 3 to 10 p.m. There’s double reason to celebrate, with the return of the beloved Celis Raspberry and the birthday of Celis founder, Pierre. Wear your best bolo tie.
Saturday, March 24
Real Ale’s Double Barrel Whiskey Release, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Real Spirits distillery in Blanco is releasing a super-limited whiskey that originally started as the mash of Real Ale’s Scotch ale, Real Heavy.
Craft Pride’s 5th Annual Pepper Beer Party, 5 p.m. The Rainey Street beer bar is bringing the heat with Texas’ finest pepper beers on draft and on cask. Expect an appropriately peppery pizza from Via 313.