Girlfriend Getaways: The Twenties Itinerary
Gather your girl squad and get ready to live large. With Archer Hotel Austin’s Girlfriend Getaways, you can bring your besties out for good times, happy hours and enough memories to fuel late-night convo for decades to come.
After all, scheduling special time with your BFFs gives you the clarity and courage to be all you are, to celebrate the struggles and the wins — and the perfect late-night noodle bowl, for that matter. Life will always be in flux, but committing to the fun, life-balancing ritual of a Girlfriend Getaway at Archer Austin will bring you back to what’s important: a stronger sense of self, friendship and revelry.
Choose your adventure, ladies.
We’ve done some of the legwork for you, putting it all within easy reach of Archer Austin.
Quirky urban décor, live music and a great outdoor patio. It’s a get-up, stand-up, sure-to-wake-you-up kind of place. Food from scratch, inventive “Rise and Shine” cocktails and comfort food make for a bestie brunch that could easily blend into an afternoon happy hour.
Energized and outdoorsy, this restaurant boasts a Sunday Funday brunch known as the “Hangover Menu,” served every Sunday ’til 3 PM. The stay-all-day, play-all-day setting and rooftop bar make it a great place to relax and sharpen your Tiki Toss skills over a mimosa.
If you’ve never tried Australian-style Thai food before, get ready to be one happy camper, mate. Sway has communal tables that help bring people together over delectable small plates and tasty drinks. Start with happy hour and stay for a memorable meal. To try: the Son in Law and the Tiger Cry.
Globally inspired, fresh takes on the everywhere taco. This funky, fast-casual taco joint delivers more than 20 different varieties. Think Shrimp and Grits, Spicy Tikka Chicken and Cuban Pig. Plus, it aims to make the world (and your body) a better place, with everything from scratch — tortillas, slow-roasted chicken and corn and extra-awesome margaritas made from fresh fruit and sorbets.
What began as a popular Austin food truck is now an all-day hot spot with authentic Thai cuisine (even vegan and gluten-free options) and service that follows the clock. You can order fast-casual style for lunch, full-service for dinner and at-the-counter-window for late-night eats. Order ahead if you’re short on time.
This lively, hip sports bar has as many TVs as it does Southern-inspired menu items. Whether for eclectic Turf ‘n’ Surf Po’boys, nachos and salads to hearty surf, turf and chicken entrees, this is the place to hit during happy hour (3 – 7 PM) and big games. Don’t miss Tecate Tuesdays, Game Day Buckets and 11 AM – 2 PM brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
Made fresh and in-store daily, classic and inventive Italian gelato and sorbets are great for midday cool-downs and pick-me-ups. Everything, including the gelato-making equipment and the display cases, was imported from Italy for an authentic gelateria experience.
Look great, feel great. Style and beauty come together in this trendy clothing boutique, salon and apothecary. Cute clothes, style tips, beauty and product advice are served up with complimentary cookies and champagne.
Within walking distance to the hotel, you’ll find one of the three Austin stores of local fashion-lifestyle brand Kendra Scott. Shop fashion jewelry, home décor, fine jewelry and more in a beautiful space where playing dress-up is always encouraged.
Happy Hour and Beyond
Part sports bar, part vintage arcade, part late-night dance party, this “barcade” has great music, local craft beer, one-of-a-kind sake bombs and pickle shots (who knew?). This social setting will up your game in every way and includes free skee ball.
Turn up the volume with this dazzling three-story nightclub alive with dance and music, sound and light. Stadium seating, bottle service and table rezzies make for stylish socializing and people-watching. Fridays and Saturdays only. Mind the dress code and go early to avoid the lines.
A totally legit legend of a dive bar where it’s Christmatastic all day, every day. Vintage holiday lights and ’70s-era decor meld with an old-school jukebox to add to the charm of this time-tested hangout. You’ll be taking lots of pics, we promise. Cash-only drinks. Open Tuesday to Saturday.
A great pizza and bottle of wine bring girlfriends together with ease. This from-scratch, hand-pounded dough makes for a thin, delicious crust that allows the other fresh ingredients to capture your taste buds.
This experiential space offers candle-pouring workshops several times per day. In one hour and for $40 per person, you and up to 23 friends can mix your own concoction and choose from a wide array of vessels to create your one-of-a-kind gift — for someone else or to keep for yourself. Go to lunch or shop in the area, then come back for your creation, or choose to have it shipped. It’s a fun stop for bachelorette parties, girlfriend getaways or some much-needed “me” time.
Believe it or not, swan paddle boats are insanely popular and the subject of Snaps and selfies for their kitschy charm. Perfect for relaxing on the lake or getting your legs moving. Bring a picnic lunch and plenty of water to keep those feet a-paddling. $15 per hour. Come early to avoid a wait.
This unbelievably picturesque street is actually a perennial cocktail crawl. It’s lined with historic homes renovated into bars and restaurants, as well as a section for some of Austin’s best food-truck fare. Come to brunch or bar-hop. Stay to people-watch. Zig and zag from twinkling white-light patios to bungalow bars in this quaint little corridor known for its live music and great vibe.
A once-hot-and-hopping BBQ stand has grown into a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Go early to miss the crowds, or get rewarded for standing in line (free beer!). Preordering at least three days in advance saves time in line, too. Choose from brisket, pulled pork, sausage and great sides devoured on-site in the restaurant or outside on the patio. Open Wednesday – Sunday.