Texas Tiki Week is here! As I mentioned in my previous summer of tiki round-up, September 11-17, 2017 is a magical week put on by the geniuses at the Austin USBG, celebrating all things pertaining to tiki cocktail culture. Heaven!
While there are tons of activities, events, seminars, and parties to attend throughout the week, there are a few things that especially intrigue me.
This week of glory starts out with the big Kick-Off Party benefitting Hurricane Harvey Relief – Bartender’s Emergency Assistance Program through USBG National Foundation. This tropical bash features more booze sponsors than you can shake a stick at: Licor 43, Zacapa Rum, Ron Abuelo, Kimo Sabe Mezcal, Plantation Rum, Amaro Montenegro, Redemption Rye, Appleton Estate, Wray & Nephew, Bulleit Bourbon, Brugal Rum & Citadel Gin.
All throughout Texas Tiki Week, a large handful of Austin’s favorite restaurants and cocktail bars are offering tiki drink specials: Irene’s, Vox Table, ATX Cocina, Holy Roller, The Roosevelt Room, Frank, Midnight Cowboy, Upstairs at Caroline, The Townsend, CU29, Firehouse Lounge, Nickel City, Kuneho, Revelry, Javelina, Weather Up, Craftsman, and Whisler’s. Woof! Not sure when to sip around? There’s an official cocktail crawl (and treasure hunt!) this Friday 9/15 from 6-9pm.
Thursday night 9/14, Revelry Kitchen + Bar is hosting a family-style tiki feast in partnership with Lot 40. With offerings like short rib teriyaki, kalua pork tacos, ahi tuna poke, crispy tonkatsu chicken lollipops – plus cocktail pairings for each course – you know this one is gonna be delicious. $55 gets you access to all the food & drinks, but make sure you book ahead of time – only 20 seats available.
If you’re saving up your liver for the weekend, Contigo is playing host to the first ever Texas Tiki Week Tiki Village all Saturday long, featuring vendors hawking cool stuff like vintage Hawaiian wear, tiki art, stickers, and even tiki cookies that taste like tropical cocktails….painkiller cookie?! Heck yes. Expect a tiki-tinged live DJ set, tropical twists on Contigo’s famously amazing cocktails (painkillers, mai tais, and hurricanes!), & bites from a special Contigo tiki menu for your ordering pleasure. I will definitely be hanging out in the Tiki Village this Saturday 9/16!
Finally, nurse your tiki hangover at Weather Up’s Tiki Time Brunch on Sunday 9/17. The $28 ticket includes a custom menu and drinks, which is a steal of a deal.
As I mentioned, there are loooots more Texas Tiki Week activities going on besides these highlights, so check out their entire event schedule get get ready to party. For those of you who are USBG members, their closing shindig at Moai Icehouse sounds like a great time.