This weekend will bring most of Texas some pretty heavy rains and thunderstorms and potentially even hail! While staying in watching movies all weekend is always an option for those long rainy weekends, sometimes you just want to go out and have fun without worrying about that pesky rain ruining your plans. Here are our top picks for the coolest places to go in Austin when it's raining outside.
1. Spin, Austin's Only Ping Pong Bar.
Spin is the first and only bar in downtown Austin that is completely dedicated to the sport of ping pong. They have plenty of ping pong tables for guests to improve their skills while enjoying tons of delicious food and drinks all night. They have leagues and special events every weekend and are open past midnight on Friday and Saturday. And all day on Sundays it's only $8 for all you can play ping pong.
Spin is located at 213 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701.
2. The Escape Game
Austin's most visited escape room is highly rated for a reason. The Escape Game offers five different 60-minute heart-pounding adventures that all are filled with mind-boggling puzzles and clues to solve before the time run outs! The rooms vary in difficulty and all have exciting different themes and plots. For only $32.99 per person, you and your friends can see if you can beat the clock and win the game as a team.
The Escape Game is located at 405 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701.
3. The Blanton Museum Of Art
One of Austin's greatest museums is the Blanton Museum of Art, for it always is bringing in and changing its featured exhibits and themes to cover a wide variety of interests, regions, and topics. They always have something new and cool to check out every day until 5 PM. Right now their open exhibits highlight Latin American art and incredible, limited film and video displays. Stop by for some incredible art and a snack at their museum cafe.
The Blanton Museum of Art is located at 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78712.
Enjoy some delicious indoor smores at the downtown cafe and bar, Halcyon. They serve tabletop smores with a lit fire and all of your essential smores ingredients. They also have tons of delicious and creative drinks from coffees to cocktails that you won't be able to get enough of! For the perfect cozy evening full of treats and drinks, this is the place to be.
Halycon is located at 218 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701.
5. K1 Speed
The fastest and wildest indoor place to hang out during a rainy day is the incredible K1 Speed. You can hop into one of their crazy fast go-karts and race your friends around the track all evening. For $22 a person, you can race in karts that go up to 45 mph on one of the largest indoor go-karting tracks in America! They are open late throughout the weekend so its the perfect late night activity for a spontaneous adrenaline rush.
K1 Speed is located at 2500 MC Hale Ct, Austin, TX 78578.
6. Main Event
For a night of fun, music, good food, and more, head on up to Main Event in Austin. They are notorious for their wide abundance of activities like bowling, laser tag, arcade games, mini golf, gravity ropes, and hanging at their bar. If you can't decide which activity you want to partake in on such a gloomy, rainy day, you can head to Main Event for tons of options! Prices vary for each event and activity you decide to join in on.
Main Event is located at 13301 N US Hwy 183 Austin TX 78750.
7. Alamo Drafthouse
Rainy days are perfect for dinner and a movie, so why not do both at the same time? At one of the many Austin based Alamo Drafthouses, you can order the best gourmet foods to your seat while you watch the latest blockbusters. And this is no ordinary theater because they are always hosting themed movie nights where you can dress up, sing or quote along, and order themed foods and drinks depending on the movie that is playing. They also play a lot of throwback movies and local favorites, so you can always find something good to watch there.
There are Alamo Drafthouse locations at Mueller, South Lamar, Lakeline, 6th Street, West Anderson Lane, and Slaughter Lane.
8. Milk + Honey Spa
Sometimes all you want to do on gloomy days is relax and be pampered, and Milk + Honey is here to do just that. Come in for a variety of wonderful, professional services to help you chill out from getting your hair done to mani-pedis to a full body massage. Milk + Honey is a fast-growing luxury spa that Austin locals are loving! If your skin needs a facial or your body needs some extra love, head to one of their multiple local spas for some nice self-care.
Milk + Honey's downtown location is at 100A Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701.
9. Blazer Tag
For an exciting night that will bring you back to your childhood, you can stop by the massive three-story laser tag experience, Blazer Tag. The alien-themed amusement spot will take you back to your youth with their massive, out-of-this-world laser tag arena, rope courses, and arcade. Go solo and wipe out your enemies or team up with your friends for a night of exciting laser tag. They are open until midnight on the weekends and have tons of specials, otherwise, they are only $8.99 per game.
Blazer Tag is located at 1701 W Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78704.
10. Punch Bowl Social
Last but not least is the local favorite Punch Bowl Social. The fun bar and restaurant offers the biggest alcoholic sharable drinks straight out of a punch bowl along with bowling, karaoke, Ping-Pong, life-sized scrabble and arcade games. For a more bar-like setting to hang out with friends but still be able to have some fun, you definitely need to check this place out.
Punch Bowl Social is located at 11310 Domain Dr, Austin, TX 78758.