What to do in Austin when it's Cold Outside

Austin is one of the greatest cities in the world but it can get overwhelming figuring out what to do downtown, especially if it doesn’t involve one of Austin’s well-known activities like hanging out at Zilker. Here are a few things you can do in Austin when it’s freezing cold outside.

By Kaylin Balderrama

Picture from Smart Apartment Locating

Picture from Smart Apartment Locating

Get a smores platter at Halcyon.

Not only is this coffee shop/bar located on 4th street the cutest thing ever, but it also offers a smores platter. On the platter comes marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate and a fire in the middle to roast your smores over. You can also grab beer or coffee here and sit on one of their comfy couches with friends.

Photo from Do512 Family

Photo from Do512 Family

Hang out at Pinballz Arcade

There are a few locations in Austin but my favorite is one of the older locations in South Austin that is BYOB. Whether you’re into the old fashioned Pinball machines or the newer arcade style games, Pinballz has it all. There will be less people than Dave and Busters and you’re supporting a smaller business!

Photo from LawnStarter

Photo from LawnStarter

Get a flight of beer at a brewery

Nothing is better than an alcohol blanket when it’s cold outside, so go drink some beer to better brave the cold. The breweries I recommend are Austin Beerworks, Zilker Brewery and Blue Owl Brewing.

Photo from MapQuest

Photo from MapQuest

If you’re not feeling beer, go sip on some tea.

Zhi Tea not only is cozy and cute but the tea is also delicious. Instead of heading to Starbucks, support a local business and sip on some earl grey here. They also serve food if you’re feeling hungry.

Photo from Elizabeth Street Cafe

Photo from Elizabeth Street Cafe

Get some Pho at Elizabeth Street Cafe

As soon as you show up to Elizabeth Street Cafe, you’ll want to Instagram EVERYTHING. From the decor to the food, it’s all beautiful. They have awesome Pho bowls that will warm you up.

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