South Austin weekend

When North, East, and West Austin just won’t do, there’s only one broadly defined area of town to turn to: South Austin. If you’re looking for stuff to do on a Friday or Saturday night, this itinerary will keep you busy and make you appear somewhat interesting and kind of in-the-know to your pals. Check it:

7pm | Red’s Indoor Range

photo / Mary Franzosa 

Please take notice that we put this place first on the bullet list. As in, your best shot at a successful evening is to go here before you make your rounds getting loaded on beer and/or margaritas. Shoot, just wanted to point that out. Ugh.

Red’s Indoor Range is the best place in town to get ice cream. We kid, we kid. It’s exactly what it sounds like: Walk inside, choose a gun, get a way-too-fast explanation of how to use said gun, pick up some ammo and earmuffs, and shoot your little heart out. Just be careful – these are guns, dude. This place can get a little pricey, so watch what you spend if you’re on a budget.

Getting there can be a little tricky, so pay attention. From I-35, head west on 290/71. Keep going west past MoPac toward Oak Hill. Just when the highway starts turning into a road, you’ll see a pawn shop on the right side. You’re close! Look for the Red’s Indoor Range sign – it’ll be a sharp right once the highway lanes merge to one lane.

512-Go!» Red’s Indoor Range
6200 Highway 290 West • 892-4867

8:30pm | Dinner options

You’re probably starving after all that bangin’, so hop back on 290/71, head east, and exit West Gate, where you’ll have a couple of choices for dinner:

Curry makes us hot: Madam Mam’s Noodles and More

Make a right on West Gate Boulevard, and Madam Mam’s is almost immediately on the right.

512-Go!» Madam Mam’s
4514 West Gate • 899-8525

We can’t agree on a type of cuisine, and we want to hear some music: Central Market Cafe

Make a right on West Gate Boulvard, then make the first left into the shopping center. Drive straight ahead and you’ll see CM. Central Market Cafe is on the east end of the store.

512-Go!» Central Market Cafe
4477 S Lamar Blvd • 899-4300

9:30pm | Now what?

Sadly, you can’t sit there and stare at each other for the rest of the evening, so you need a place to go. Pick from these, or do both:

We’re feelin’ kinda country: Midnight Rodeo

“A two-step above the rest,” the 2,000 square foot dance floor at Midnight Rodeo is the perfect place to show off your smooth moves, cowpoke. Down a few $1 longnecks (on Friday nights) or $2.50 MGD and Miller Lites (on Saturday nights), and you’ll probably be all about dancing. Warning: There might be a cover, but you can call ahead to find out.

To get there from West Gate, head east on 290/71. You’ll see it on the right side just after you pass I-35, so you might just want to stay on the access road. If you hit Burleson Road/Todd Lane, you’ve gone too far.

512-Go!» Midnight Rodeo
2201 E Ben White Blvd • 443-2623

We want to drink, play pool, and hang with bikers: The Warehouse Saloon and Billiards

There are drink specials at the Warehouse every night of the week, so you’ll have some cash left to play pool on one of their sweet tables. On Saturday nights, karaoke hosted by some guy named Robert Wagner starts at 10pm, so you’ll show up just in time to get a great seat (and a parking spot).

Stay on the access road and head east on 290/71. The Warehouse is on the right side just after S. Congress. If you hit I-35, you’ve gone too far.

512-Go!» Warehouse Saloon and Billiards
509 E Ben White Blvd • 443-8799


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Tuesday Night - Open Mic Night - Everyone Welcome
Wednesday Live Music - Ramsay Midwood
Thursday - Dart Night - Subs Welcome
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