Austin City Guide: Bangers and Brats and Beers

“Oh My!”

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Erika and I moved to a new apartment this weekend, and let me tell you, I witnessed more than one miracle in the process.

Picture this: 2 relatively strong females + 1 Uhaul + 3 flights of stairs + 2 couches in questionably sturdy boxes.

Add a bit of spiderman stair maneuvering and you have miracle #1.

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Obviously after any sort of move, a trip to Ikea is 100% necessary. And fortunately, the closest Ikea is on the other side of Austin. This fact got me grinning and I suggested we make a quick stop at a restaurant on our way back. Not that walking through a city-sized warehouse of Swedish furniture is exhausting or anything. It’s not like they give you a map and place arrows strategically on the floor prompting your sense of direction….oh wait…

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Anyway, after stuffing Erika’s Minicooper full of boxes (miracle #2), we were off with a few prayers sent into the universe. I felt like the kid from Angel’s in the Outfield… “God, if there is a God, please don’t let the trunk of Erika’s car fly open, flinging our dis-assembled furniture all across Interstate 35 and 4 lanes of traffic.”

But on to the good stuff. Bippity boppity BEER! And BRATS!

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We happened upon a restaurant called Bangers, and boy was is hopping! This indoor/outdoor kitchen and beer garden is obviously a hot spot in the city. Located relatively close to 35 and 6th St, this place is an easy walk from most of the hotels downtown.

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We waited for a little over 20 minutes, but it wasn’t altogether unpleasant. The band, Urban Achievers, was all set up on stage, playing everything from wild, dance-inspiring polkas to Britney Spears and Jason Derulo. You could imagine the audience’s surprise and delight when this very German brass band yelled into the microphone, “You know what to do with that big, fat butt…wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.” There was much rejoicing throughout the land…well, throughout the beer garden anyway!

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Waiters clad in leiderhosen walked up and down the rows of picnic tables, bringing happy brunch-goers beers and Manmosas, basically the biggest mimosa in town. Almost a full liter of champagne with a smidgen of orange juice. Yeah, Texas knows how to party.

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I ordered a microbrew out of Dallas, the name of which, for the life of me, I cannot remember! But it was ice cold, kind of malty, and kind of perfect for the hot, Texas day.

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Erika ordered a cider that we both agreed tasted like reeeeeally sweet apple juice. Like, in the world of underground apple-dealing, this is the “special stash.” Now that’s a dangerous drink!

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Erika got a Bockwurst (no, not chicken sausage…I thought the same when I first heard the word out loud), a Berlin original. It was a combination of pork and veal, topped with mustard.

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I went traditional with a brat, straight up pork sausage. Both were delicious, and the perfect amount of food considering the saturating effects of beer!

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This place was amazing. If you’re in Austin, you should definitely go! This past Sunday was the Octoberfest celebration, but they seem to have all sorts of events, including human foosball, chicken sh*t bingo, and comedy night.

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Prost!

Xx,

Lauren


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