Exploring Austin during the day is indisputably one of the most ideal ways to soak up some scorching sun, spice up your day and definitely enjoy yourself. The nature surrounding this city is simply beautiful, mind-blowing and exciting! The scenery is a true definition of a tourist attraction site (for both local and foreign). As such, it might come as a surprise to you, but Austin is actually a shadow of itself during the day compared to the nighttime Austin. There are tons of many exciting activities that anyone would love to identify him/herself within Austin at night. And truly, as many locals here like to say, Austin only comes alive once the sun goes down.
After dusk, the options to drown down a night in this city are far much more fun than just getting cozy in a five-star-bar with a couple of friends. For years, the Texas capital continues to revel in its nightlife!
Get the full experience of Austin when the sun sets, with these top things to do in Austin at night.
1. The Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in
Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in is the ultimate destination for all the outdoor movie lovers! It is one of the coolest outdoor movie theatres you will ever visit in the United States. From the old classic movies to the latest ones, the blockbuster indie films, children favorites, and pop culture hits – this great drive-in will give a valuable fun-full meaning to your night.
Space is limited and therefore booking a prior reservation is always very important.
2. Escapology Escape Rooms Austin
Fantastic! It’s the best word to describe Escapology Escape Rooms Austin. The escape games here are so much fun. It is a perfect platform for a family outing, a team building event, a lover’s night out or just a group of friends nighttime outing. The fun is both challenging and exciting. There is always enough room for everyone and everything. Good instructions and really interesting storylines!
Escapology Escape Rooms are also very addictive and trust me you will want to try the place for a second and third time. The rooms are diverse and after experiencing one, the urge to explore another is often at times irresistible. All in all, the overall experience here is fabulous and so much fun!
3. The Deep Eddy Pool
This one usually closes at 8.00 p.m. Here, outdoor movie nights are taken to a whole new level! You will have the opportunity to watch all the new blockbuster movies as well as your favorite flashback classics whilst you swim across the historic Eddy Pool. It was built during the Great Depression which makes it a major guest destination, especially for the late evening family outings.
4. Museum of the Weird
Away from the daily hustling and tussling, welcome to a quiet, relaxing and serene ambiance to pleasure your brain and puzzle your eyes. This amazingly odd museum is usually open up to the late hours of the night. It opens at 10.00 a.m. and closes at 0000hrs.
Adjacent to what was once home to Johnny Depp, one of the most versatile Hollywood actors of this day; this museum is simply quirky and fun. From the gift shop to the friendly/enthusiastic staff and the weird sideshows – Museum of the Weird is the ultimate little museum of curiosities and features an eccentric collection of weird stuff that is certainly very interesting.
5. Austin Poetry Slam
If you are a poetry fan, then Austin Poetry Slam is your home of value every Tuesday night. As from 8.30p.m, twelve poets stage on this slam poetry scene to give the rapt gathering some memorable and boisterous performances that would certainly leave anyone longing for more.
At Austin Poetry Slam, it’s not all about the fun. Here, you will experience the most aggressive and competitive art in Texas. This is because the top three artists of the night are usually awarded handsomely. To be part of the audience gathered inside the crimson-colored 29th Street Ballroom, all you will need is $5 and you will be good to go.
6. The Grand Social Club and Billiards Room
This is for the pool lovers! In this expansive pool hall, expect to find a diversified mix of characters depending on the theme of the night. The pool tables are humongous and stretch as far as the eye can see beneath the retro recessed lighting.
7. Watch The Congress Avenue Bats
The congress bridge is undoubtedly home to one of the largest bat colonies in the world. Every day after sunset, these bats commence their evening flight. It starts with one bat leaving the bridge followed by a batch of bats which systematically increase to a steady flow of countless bats flooding the atmosphere in search of food.
Indeed, it is one of those mesmerizing and mind-blowing sceneries that are just unexplainable until you experience them yourself.
8. Haunted ATX Hearse Tours
It’s the best tour you will ever take in Austin. You will be able to learn about the historical information on the darker side of Austin and much more! It involves visiting various landmarks that are said to be haunted or have experienced paranormal activities.
It is an extremely amazing tour and I would gladly recommend it to anyone.
9. Merlin Works
If you are interested in improv, and you would love to have fun, enjoy life and laugh; then don’t look further than Merlin Works. In addition, it’s the ideal place to learn, explore and open up new, confident parts of yourself through their classes and the fantastic, supportive teachers.
If you are looking to do something really fun, joyful, positive and meet great people Merlin is a great option.
10. Esther’s Follies
As a stage for improvisational dance, comedy, and songs, Esther’s Follies has established itself as one-of-a-kind comedy experience center for over three decades now. Whether it’s the political satires or the magicians, the troupes here are extremely talented, sharp and always on point.
Very entertaining and fun!
Updated: December 18, 2018