Girlfriend Getaways: The 20s Itinerary
Updated April 2021
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.
Owned not by a cranky granny but by an industrious, young entrepreneur, this sweet shop is an homage to the familial camaraderie that stems from gathering around grandmother’s (and mother’s) table. A tempting variety of sweet and fluffy rolls include the classic sweet roll — with a secret, scrumptious, creamy, smooth, one-of-a-kind glaze — the Wet Walnut, Strawberry Shortcake Crunch, Cookies N Cream, Churro and Vegan. On second thought, it may be best to try the variety pack.
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.
Two master bakers who met while working in Napa under the famed chef-restaurateur Thomas Keller are the creative impetuses of this popular bakery. Every item is handmade with thoughtfully chosen ingredients. Along with to-die-for pastries and beautiful coffees, an all-day menu includes Nutella Babka, Croque Madame, Salmon on Everything Croissant and (naturally) Quiche Lorraine.
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.
Get ready to savor sustainable sushi, signature cocktails, energetic vibes and happy hour every day of the week. The main menu includes a lovely list of nigiri and sashimi, as well as classic. specialty and vegan maki — the Thai Hippie is groovy, y’all.
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.
The founded-in-Texas crêperie creates made-from-scratch crêpes, waffles, omelettes, milkshakes, paninis and salads. Specialty hot drinks include a Nutella Latte and a Mayan Hot Chocolate. Savory or sweet, your crêpe craving will be cured.
This jewelry store was built on a lens of diversity, equality, inclusion and sustainability. Contemporary and classic styling plus accessible pricing make it easy to do more than just window-shop.
This charming boutique offers a diverse range of brands (think AG, Gentle Fawn, Sanctuary and Tolani) and styles, which suit the casual Austin lifestyle to a T. The owners and staff deliver expertise, guidance and an honest opinion, ensuring that each customer experience is fun, memorable and fashionable.
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 + Beyond
This is not your typical bar. Wonder Bar is an interactive and imaginative bar that features unique installations. Color is the name of the game — and don’t be surprised to find fun swings, unicorns, cocktails served in disco balls and seriously photo-worthy backdrops and props.
“The optimal cocktailing atmosphere” is found at 77˚ Rooftop Bar. This 21-and-up three-story patio bar has a palette-pleasing assortment of tapas dishes, and some mind-altering hookah flavors, as well.
If the luck o’ the Irish is what you’re after, head over to this Irish-American pub and enjoy some good grub. Happy hour offerings include a pint and a pretzel for $12 or $8 select beer flights (that’s some good luck right there).
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.
The three longest and fastest ziplines in Texas are across Lake Travis. and Lake Travis Zipline Adventures safely operates all three — plus two shorter ziplines. All necessary equipment is provided, as well as boat transportation, water and a light trail snack — plus all-day access to private lakefront property where you can picnic, play games or relax in one of the provided hammocks.
Drink. Pedal. Party. Austin’s original party bike tours are in the heart of downtown — choose from the Market District, Riverside or Capitol/Warehouse District. And yes, electric pedal assist motors will help you when needed (or when the suds kick in).
This locally owned Austin landmark is home to a T-Rex that’s been overlooking Lamar and Barton Springs in downtown Austin for decades. Bring your own coolers (no glass, please) and choose from two 18-hole mini golf courses.
Wheels-on-the-ground exploring provides families and small groups a unique way to experience Austin. Sign up for the Capitol of Texas Sightseeing Tour, Historic Downtown Austin and Capitol Tour and the Haunted Ghost and Bat Tour, all of which include Segway training.
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.