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Generally speaking, the terms “warm” and “industrial” don’t really go together, but somehow, eastside warehouse-turned-restaurant Mettle seems to pull them together in a comfy brunch setting perfect for whiling away a sun-drenched Sunday afternoon over coffee or cocktails. Among its menu’s better and/or more inventive options: the grilled pear French toast and beef tongue tacos. With a few recent changes in Mettle’s kitchen lineup, we’re interested to see how its fare evolves in the coming months.
Mettle, 507 Calles Street
Tues-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 10am-9pm
Closed on Mondays
If you’ve been wanting to let your creative side out but haven’t been sure what to do with it, a fun experience called Painting with a Twist
provides the perfect opportunity for you to cut loose and create. Hosting a never-ending series of basic painting classes, each one offering instruction on how to recreate a different work of art, the experience is wine-friendly, laid-back and fun. Ice and cups are provided; bring your own drinks and snacks and let the magic happen.
Painting with a Twist, 8820 Burnet Road, open seven days a week
Class times vary day to day; see calendar for exact dates & times
A delicious new tapas bar brought the flavors of Spain to South Austin this summer when Barlata
opened its doors in July. Well into its groove now, the eatery has not only developed a solid reputation as a great happy hour spot, but it’s also expanding its offerings to include Sunday brunch beginning in October. In the meantime, evening hours will have to suffice if you want a taste of Spanish favorites like paella, patatas brava, Iberian ham, and of course, all the tempranillo, cava and other “tintos” (red wines) you can handle. Barlata also boasts an extensive dessert, coffee and cordial list to end the night on a sweet Spanish note.
Open 7 days a week, 5-11 pm (Happy Hour: Sun-Thurs 5-7 pm)
Whole Foods gets an awful lot of love in the local media when it comes to special events and rooftop parties, but Central Market is not to be outdone when it comes to the art of celebrating great food and drink. This weekend caps off the ultra-organic Texas-based grocer’s fall beer festival, taking place in the form of “Brewniversity” beer tastings. The final two tastings take place this Saturday courtesy of two brewers: Rahr & Sons Brewing Co and Independent Brewing, both lasting from 4 to 7 pm. Taste some beer, pick up some eats and stick around for some equally yummy live music on the deck thanks to funk/soul outfit Roxy Roca, taking the stage at 6:30 pm and rocking out until 9 pm.
Central Market Brewniversity Beer Tastings, 4001 North Lamar
Saturday, September 21 from 4 to 7 pm; live music til 9 pm
If you feel the need to practice your swing this summer but just can’t stand the heat, TopGolf’s got your answer, and quite frankly, it couldn’t be sweeter. The putting range just outside The Domain offers a host of golf-themed games for players of every imaginable level, from first-timers to practical pros, and word has it the food and drinks are as much of a draw as the activity itself. Pro tip: book your bay early and when you get there, enjoy the cotton candy.
TopGolf, 2700 Esperanza Crossing (at Burnet Road)
Sun-Weds 9 am – midnight, Thurs-Sat 9 am – 2 am