Red’s Porch

Red’s Porch sits atop the eastern edge of the Barton Creek Greenbelt. There you see a spectacular, broad view of trees and sky from their second floor patio. Since it opened in 2009, it has been a go-to place to take friends and family from out of town to show just how beautiful Austin can be. Just recently I started taking advantage of their indoor lounge area to get comfortable and do school work for hours at a time while sipping a margarita from their happy hour menu.

Atmosphere

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Red’s lounge area features old board games. 

Red’s essentially has nine places to sit and chill: Downstairs and upstairs bar, two separate patios, an upstairs deck, two separated dining areas, a lounge area with sofas and coffee tables and an outdoor gaming area. This gives you the choice of where to sit that is dependent on your mood. Each area has a different feel to it but with a common theme of TVs and great music playing over the PA.

The lounge area is the place to be when studying though. It is very limited when room is concerned but the couches are some of the most comfortable furniture my fine butt has ever had the pleasure to sit on.

Food and Beer

The food at Red’s will leave you with that southern, belt loosening, fullness. They have a mixture of Tex-Mex and soups, but their burgers and “Meals” are where it’s at. The Red’s Southern Chicken Fried Chicken with a side of Green Chili Mac ‘n’ Cheese is a favorite of many people who come to eat here. They also have a happy hour menu of typical bar foods that begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m.

Like most places in Austin, Red’s drink menu is very extensive. They have rolling taps and their website even has up-to-date information on what is currently available. The most important thing about Red’s is their happy hour menu for drinks and the length of time in which their happy hour spans.  Starting at 11:00 a.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m., Red’s happy hour is the perfect time to come in and do your school work (or anything in general) and enjoy yourself. It boils down to $2.00 PBRs, $3.00 wells and $4.00 frozen margaritas.

Connectivity

The WiFi is private but is available for guest. Just request the password from the waiter or waitress and you will be connected to the world. However, since a majority of the seating is outside you should come fully charged. There are outlets located throughout the restaurant and all you have to do is ask or find one.

Conclusion

Red’s is a great place to go when doing computer based homework that doesn’t require a lot of deep thought. Because of their location and their variety of things to offer, I would recommend you bring out-of-towners here to show them one of the many places that Austin has to offer.

Information

3508 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704
Monday through Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Study Drunk Presents: A Blog Review

In keeping with the alcohol theme, I decided to review another blog that deals with alcohol. In the midst of my searches to find the blog that “felt right,” I found Stories From the Pub, a beer and spirits review site that sometimes tells of the adventures in finding new beers or spirits.

The blog is written by one gentleman who, after trying hundreds of different types of beers and spirits, rates alcohol in the fashion of The Beer Advocate. He is whisky and beer orientated but does not stop just there. With over 100 posts, you can find great descriptions of most types of beers, whiskeys and other types of spirits.

He uses a scale starting at zero to “fucking excellent.” He differentiates the scales depending on whether it is whisky (1-100 scale) or other spirits or beers (1-6 scale).

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Screen grab of Stories From The Pub home screen

Site Navigation

His site is easy to use. He has a link to the list of all the alcohol he has rated for easy navigation. Instead of the entire post being presented on the main page, he uses an excerpt to describe the alcohol with a picture so the reader can click “continue reading” if they are interested in learning more.

Conclusion

The guy is “just a guy with dreams of opening a brewpub one day.” If you would like to get a more personal suggestion or rating of an obscure beer or whiskey, this may be the place to go.

 

 

 

 

Backspin Sports Bar and Grill

bs1Backspin was my home for about two years. Every night I would close my store and my coworkers and I would go and drink ourselves into a stupor. They set the requirements for cost of alcohol and their food has always been great.

This may be the only thing I write that contains massive amounts of unfair, positive judgement.  

Atmosphere

Backspin is located on the tail end of MoPac in the Circle C area of Austin. With it’s location, Backspin is the only bar in the general area that is open until 2:00a.m. The bar has a patio, TVs, a long bar and some of the best wait staff I have ever met. You will find a bunch of regulars at this bar and on the weekends you will find this place packed to the brim.

Food and Beer

The food at Backspin is great. The chef is constantly changing the menu. If something doesn’t work out they replace it with something new. Their hamburgers are phenomenal. However, their kitchen does close around 11:00p.m. but keeps a limited menu consisting of…PIZZA!

bs2The beer is cheap as well. They have $2.50 tall boy PBR’s, $2.50 pint Ziegenbock and well shots ranging from $3.00-$3.50. But if you require something a bit more expensive they have you covered with their massive beer and top shelf liquor selection.

They have daily drink specials ranging from Texas beers and liquors to wine Wednesday. Keeping with the basics, you should save some money and have a great time doing so.

Connectivity

The WiFi is password protected and asking a waitress will land you the magical words. It is reliable and I have personally successfully completed an online exam with no interruptions. They do lack plugs but you can find a table or two to get you charging. Again, asking a waitress for help and they will be thankful to lend assistance.

Overall

Backspin is a great place to go when you are charged, the sun is shining and want to get away from the typical people who frequent the more populated bars. If you are a good person who respect the waitress and come back again and again, you will love this place.

Information

5000 W Slaughter Ln #206, Austin, TX 78749
Monday through Sunday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.