Ah, dive bars. The esteemed hole-in-the-wall establishments. Reviled by some and adored by many, dive bars are their own breed of bar.
Austin, TX is home to many of these fine locales, and each one has their own distinct flair. But which ones should you visit while you're in Austin? We've got the answers for you right here.
What Is an Austin Dive Bar?
Dive bars have the extra dose of personality that other bars don't. When you go to a dive bar, you're guaranteed to run into regulars.
You'll see, dive bars may not look like much on the inside, but they have established a stable clientele that ensures you'll find a sense of community in the bar you visit.
Other things you'll find? Pool tables, jukeboxes, oddball décor and dirty bathrooms. That last one isn't exactly a positive aspect, but the quality of the bathrooms has become a staple of dive bars everywhere.
A few things to remember about dive bars:
The three above points are reasons some people don't prefer to visit dive bars, but many would argue that those "negative" qualities are part of their charm!
There is a wonderful unpretentious quality to dive bars that many people find endearing, so if you are one of those people then keep on reading!
How Can a Dive Bar Tour Improve Your Bachelor Party?
Visiting a few dive bars can add a little bit of character to your bachelor party (not that you don't have enough already).
It can also be a fun change of scenery from the formal wineries and casual breweries that people tend to visit on their big weekends. Of course, when you go to a dive bar you're going to get something very casual, but that's kind of the point, isn't it?
If you've got a whole weekend planned, and one of those nights is spent on 6th Street, consider switching it up a bit and doing a dive bar tour. Look at it this way: everyone goes to 6th Street when they come to Austin.
If you're coming into town and you tell a local "Let's go to 6th Street!", they're probably going to roll their eyes.
However, if you opt to do a dive bar tour, then that brings something fresh and exciting to the proceedings.
The added bonus of dive bars is that there are plenty of them which even locals haven't discovered yet, so you could easily find a diamond in the rough that most people haven't caught on to yet.
How Can Ninja Buses Help?
Austin is home to dozens of dive bars. Whether you're north, east, south, west or central, there's always a dive bar near you.
But which ones are the must-visit bars? Here at Ninja Buses, we know all the best dive bars to visit in town.
In fact, one of our favorite dive bars is located just five minutes from our garage! Located in central Austin on the west side of 5th street, The Mean-Eyed Cat is a Johnny Cash-themed dive bar that also doubles as a satellite location for Stubb's BBQ.
In the same area (on the other side of Mopac/Loop 1) you'll find Deep Eddy Cabaret, which has been opened for more than 60 years!
Moving to the north side of town, it's imperative that you visit Lala's Little Nugget, which is decorated like Christmas all year round, and Workhorse Bar with its tree stump chairs.
Heading on over to the East side, you'll find a plethora of houses that have been converted into bars. The legendary East side is changing fast, but you'll still find a good bit of old-fashioned dive bars like La Perla and its friendly staff and Shangri-La with its enormous outside patio.
Not all of the best dive bars are centered in one location, so you're going to want to travel around the city to hit all of the hot spots.
Ninja Buses can help you do that by renting you one of our party buses! Not only does this allow you to keep everyone in your group together from bar to bar, but it also ensures that you're able to keep the party going between stops.
Rent a party bus, which comes packed with tons of cool amenities like speaker systems with Bluetooth capabilities, flat-screen TVs, Nintendos and more!
Contact Ninja Buses today to book a party bus for your dive bar tour in Austin!
Now that you've decided to do a brewery bus tour in Austin after reading why you should, it's time to decide which breweries you would like to visit.
There are tons of breweries in the state of Texas, but Austin has become one of the top destinations for people wanting to get a taste of the special kind of beer produced in the capital.
Why is Austin the perfect spot for a brewery tour? The variety, of course! Even if you're a casual beer drinker, you're bound to find something to enjoy at one of the many breweries in the area.
Top Brewery Destinations in Austin
Breweries like Lazarus Brewing Co., Blue Owl Brewing and Zilker Brewing Company are all fantastic. If you prefer not well-known ones, not only in the heart of downtown Austin but also on the north side of town located the breweries that most people forget about. Just north of Highway 183 are dozens of wonderful breweries like Austin Beerworks, Circle Brewing Company and Adelbert's Brewery.
If you're in the mood for some food, head on over to the Arboretum area, where you'll find the restaurant/craft brewery hybrid NXNW.
Lest you think you have to stay in Austin to visit all of the best breweries, never fear. There are plenty of breweries on the outskirts of town.
One of the most popular tours in Austin is to head over to Lake Travis and visit the Infamous Brewing Company and the Oasis Texas Brewing Company before heading on a party barge on the lake. So rather than do a full day of 3 or 4 breweries, cut it in half and do 2 breweries and a boat party.
Finally, you can visit the Hill Country, which is primarily known for wineries, it doesn't skimp on the breweries either. Heading to the Hill Country for your brewery tour is especially beneficial if you are in a party bus because it means your trip will last longer.
If you're booking a party bus, you want to make sure you get some quality time in the vehicle, otherwise what's the point?
In Driftwood and Dripping Springs, you can find Vista Brewing and the Twisted X Brewing Company, respectively. In between stops, you can even stop at the famous Salt Lick BBQ, one of the most popular barbecue joints in Texas!
Austin Brewery Bus Tour Experiences
Brewery tour is one of the most popular events for bachelor parties in Austin. Why is that? Well, there's a certain community aspect, which is inherent to the brewery world that transfers over to its customers. It almost feels like a second home.
When you go on a brewery tour, it is important to select breweries that fit your group. Your two main options are going to be the standard breweries and the microbreweries.
The beers at most of the Austin breweries are connected to the city. Austin's unofficial slogan is "Keep Austin Weird" and that slogan applies to the beer produced here as well. Many people prefer the casual atmosphere of brewery tours over winery tours, which can sometimes be considered more formal. That doesn't mean you should show up at a brewery inebriated (or plan to get inebriated during your tour), but breweries are definitely a little more relaxed than wineries.
What Can Ninja Buses Offer
Ninja Buses can help you whether you're a local or not. You'd be surprised at how many locals don't know the ins and outs of the brewery community in Austin.
If you book a party bus with Ninja Buses, our sales consultant will be able to help you plan your route. After a brief discussion, we can get a feel for which breweries you're likely to enjoy the most and make it happen for you.
If you've got a group that is larger than 10 people, a party bus is one of your only options for keeping your whole group together between stops. Plus, party buses just look cool.
Contact Ninja Buses today to book a party bus for your next brewery tour!
We all know that a party bus is the best mode of transportation for you to go on your winery tour in Austin, but how do you know which wineries you want to go to? Texas is a very large state, so you have plenty of options when it comes to places to visit.
There is one area of Texas that is the most popular place to visit for wine enthusiasts, though, and that is what we will be discussing here.
Top Destinations for a Texas Winery Tour
While Austin does contain plenty of wineries, the top destination for winery tours in Texas is the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Comprised of cities like Fredericksburg, Dripping Springs and Driftwood, the Hill Country features some of Texas' top wineries.
In fact, some of the wineries in the Hill Country are considered the best in the country. Not bad for a state whose wine industry was once considered sub-par!
The most popular wineries of the region would have to be Becker Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery and Pedernales Cellars, these seem to be the most widely known Texas wineries in the country.
Don't feel like you have to restrict yourself to the most popular wineries, though, as there are a few diamonds in the rough to be found in the Hill Country.We would recommend:
The best part about doing winery tours out in the Hill Country is that there are plenty of other great spots to visit between stops.
In Fredericksburg, you can visit the historic Main Street, which is home to dozens of adorable mom n' pop shops and quaint restaurants. If you're booking a weekend trip, be sure to stay in a bed and breakfast, as Fredericksburg is famous for them.
Driftwood is home to the legendary Salt Lick BBQ, arguably the best barbecue in the state (there are plenty of arguments to be made when it comes to the best Texas barbecue, however).
Best Austin Wine Bus Tour to Fit Your Taste
To find the best winery tour to fit your taste, it's really going to depend on the types of wines you like. Whether you are a light drinker or a heavy drinker, every winery will have a little something for everybody.
When you walk in, you have the option of either touring the winery, enjoying a tasting or simply purchasing a glass of wine at the bar and enjoying the scenery. You can make your tour be pretty much anything you want it to be, but we definitely recommend enjoying a tasting to get the most out of your trip.
Most winery tour trips will consist of visits to three or four wineries. If you don't want to do tastings at each one, you can mix it up a bit and plan what you will do at each one.
A good way is to do a full-blown tour at your first stop when everyone is at their most sober, then do a tasting at your second stop and, finally, purchasing a glass (or two) of wine at your third and fourth stops. This way of doing winery tours has proven to be the most successful when it comes to ensuring that everyone in your group has a great time.
Of course, you don't have to do it this way. If you want to do a tasting at each stop then go ahead! If you only want to visit two wineries because you want to do a tour and a tasting at each one, that is okay too! There is no right or wrong way about winery tours. As long as everyone has a good time, that is all matters.
What Can Ninja Buses Offer
Ninja Buses can offer you the ultimate mode of transportation from winery to winery. The most important thing about winery tours is keeping your group together, and booking a party bus can do just that. Plus, a party bus can add the necessary amount of style to your tour.
Don't split everyone up in a bunch of Ubers! Keep everyone together in one of our limo-style party buses.
We also have excellent event planners here at Ninja Buses, so if you're not exactly sure which wineries you'd like to visit, we are happy to either make some suggestions or plan a custom-made route for you and your group.
Contact us today to reserve a Ninja Party Bus for your winery tour!