It's an indisputable truth that girl's night (or day) out can be the most fun—and the most stressful. Because planning for a group is never easy, we’ve taken the guesswork out of the situation by putting together a list of the best spots for pampering, noshing, imbibing, and (of course) dancing the hours away.
Treating your worn and weathered hands to a manicure and pedicure is definitely something to look forward to. So why not do it with your girlfriends? At Embellish Nails & Boutique, the sole mission of the friendly staff is to give your nails some TLC, while you have fun and relax. We suggest opting for their embellished mani and pedi options for the ultimate treat. 3010 W. Anderson Lane, 512-452-7465
With a team of master stylists who have worked with celebrities and fashion shows around the world, ROAR has made quite a name for itself as one of Austin’s most distinguished salons. Make it a priority to get you and your girls signed up for their Blow Dry Styling Class or let the ROAR staff take the reigns and work their magic with a custom makeup application fit for the stars. 43 Rainey St. #103, 512-474-7627
At Jodi Elliott’s second location of Bribery Bakery, you'll be welcomed with oversized croissants, brownies, and pop tarts. At night, the bakery starts shaking up equally decadent cocktails, so you and your gal pals can get started with a few pre-dinner drinks. When the dessert is this good, you shouldn't feel bad about starting the night off like this. 2013 Wells Branch Pkwy. #109, 512-531-9832
When you’re ready for dinner, head over to farm-to-table favorite Barley Swine at its newest Burnet Road location. Take your pick of small plates or indulge in the chef’s tasting menu, where the group can feast on plates like poached red snapper with koji butter and Brussels sprouts, and blackened octopus with bacon fried rice and yogurt, and get a second helping of sweets with their decadent cider vinegear pie with apples, pecans, and oats.
After you’ve sufficiently stuffed your faces and stomachs with gourmet grub, walk on over to The Roosevelt Room or The Golden Goose for speakeasy-inspired and sinfully-good libations with your squad. In the rowdy nightlife landscape that is characteristic of Austin, these two venues are hidden gems boasting craft cocktails and great conversation in good company.
No night in the “Live Music Capital of the World” would be complete without live music. With neighborhood standbys like Parish and The Mohawk, and the very historic, Historic Scoot Inn founded in 1871, you have no shortage of amazing performances, good drinks, and great vibes for you and your friends to move and groove to all night long. Parish, 214 E. Sixth St.; Mohawk, 912 Red River St., 512-666-0877; Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E. Fourth St.
Sometimes, the best ending to an already amazing night are with munchies and a soothing drink to last you the rest of the evening. Late-night hot spot, Nightcap, is all about the sweets with a touch of savory. Your group can sip on delectable cocktails like Let’s Pear Them Up made with kappa pisco, pear simple syrup, lemon juice, and egg white, while you nosh on olive oil cake and coffee panna cotta. 1401 W. Sixth St., 512-628-0144