It seems The Domain is on a mission to reinvent itself from an open-air shopping center into a full-fledged entertainment complex. After opening a host of iPic theaters and throwing several large concerts on its campus, it recently became neighbors with a go-kart track and introduced a sports bar in the Aloft hotel, and now, we can add HD golfing to the list of things to do within the upscale retail district. The Range Golf Center and Sports Bar, located across from the Fiat dealership, is essentially a sports bar on steroids, with two golf simulators, a private sound system, lounge seating, multiple televisions, a projection screen and a private room for special events. Whether you’re looking for a swanky spot to watch the big game or just want to practice your swing away from the blazing sun, The Range is on par to deliver whatever you need — no mulligans necessary.
10910 Domain Drive (across from Fiat)
Mon-Thu: 11 am-midnight / Fri: 11 am-2 am
Sat: 10 am-2 am / Sun: 10 am-midnight
See The Range website for more details
4th of July weekend is undoubtedly a huge weekend for blockbuster movies, partially because movie studios always release big action films, and partially because we all want as much air conditioning as we can get. Since the 4th falls on a Wednesday this year, the way we see it, we get to enjoy both weekends surrounding it as if they’re official holidays in and of themselves. With three drastically different (and sure-to-be-huge) flicks opening during… let’s just call it “Independence Week,” options for the latter weekend are admirable; whether it’s The Amazing Spider-Man, Savages or that Katy Perry movie (don’t lie — you know you’re curious) that strikes your fancy, there’s a recliner waiting for you inside The Domain’s ultra-swanky (and did we mention air conditioned?) iPic Theaters, complete with seat service and supersoft blankets in case the A/C gets too intense. Now, there’s a perk of capitalism completely worth celebrating.
3225 Amy Donovan Plaza (The Domain, between Dillard’s & Macy’s)
Visit the iPic website for info, tickets and showtimes.
Dessert fads may come and go, but regardless of what’s cool or not cool at the moment in the eyes of the Food Channel, we think they’re all delicious. As the era of the cupcake starts to wane and the cake ball vs. macaroon/whoopie pie argument gathers steam, Austin Cake Ball gets ahead of the curve with a full bar and lunch+dinner menu. The elegantly-appointed space between Macy’s and Kona Grill at the center of The Domain welcomes patrons for anything from a full-scale dinner with drinks to a tiny takeout box of their delectable confections, literally about 3 dollars a pop. Perfect for a business lunch or a date night complete with shopping and strolling some of Austin’s higher-end retailers, Austin Cake Ball doesn’t disappoint with its savory bites.
3401 Esperanza Crossing at The Domain (near Macy’s)
Mon-Thurs: 11 am – 10 pm
Fri-Sat: 11 am – 11 pm
Sun: noon – 7 pm
See website for full menu and cake ball flavors
Now that it’s finally starting to feel like fall… well, most of the time, at least… a spot of hot tea is most definitely in order, and The Steeping Room has just the thing. The revered tea house is one of the few local proprietorships found in The Domain, sharing its sidewalk with corporate giants like Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Coach and Ralph Lauren in the heart of Austin’s high-end shopping community. Its list of teas is practically endless, delineated rather simply into black, green, white, oolong and pu-erh sublists, with a few iced tea “mocktails” on the menu to cool things down on those occasional 80-degree November days. The Steeping Room offers a delectable cafe menu of salads, sandwiches and a variety of vegan and gluten-free options, too; the “BAT” (bacon, arugula and tomato) sandwich in particular is a masterpiece on a plate. Also: the little tea house that could gets bonus points for boldly standing right next door to a Starbucks in a standoff that’s lasted for years; with multiple Austin Chronicle “Best Of Austin” awards under its belt and a bustling stream of customers, it shows no signs of backing down anytime soon. Stop in this weekend for a relaxing treat and see what the buzz is about.
11410 Century Oaks Terrace, in The Domain
Monday – Thursday 8 am – 9 pm
Saturday – Sunday 8 am – 10 pm