UPDATED MAY 2019
It’s been POURING in Austin for the last couple of weeks so what’s there to do? Here are my top picks for the 17 best things to do on a rainy day in Austin!
Escape from the rain and play at Austin’s newest Instagrammable bar, Wonder Bar, at the Domain!
11500 Rock Rose Ave Suite D, Austin, TX
The Infinite Monkey Theorem
After opening the doors of its first Austin location in 2015, The Infinite Monkey Theorem has moved to East Austin to an 11,000 square foot warehouse allowing them to produce up to 10,000 more bottled wine cases per year! Much like the old space, the winery will continue hosting a slate of programming such as the popular Silent Disco taking place the first Friday of the month and Trivia Tuesdays, as well as regular tours & tastings and one-off events.
702 Shady Ln, theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com
I just went to Pinballz for the first time last month and it was so much fun! Pinballz is similar to Dave & Busters with all the arcade games but with one major difference… it’s BYOB! Or in my case, BYOW – bring your own wine. I brought canned wine to sip on while playing all the games!
8940 Research Blvd, pinballzarcade.com
Every time it rains in Austin, there’s nothing more than I want to do but slurp a steaming bowl of ramen. Here’s my guide to the best ramen in Austin!
Austin Central Library
Curl up to a book at the Austin Central Library with the sound of rain on the rooftop garden that has an incredible view of Austin. If you’re hungry, head downstairs to the Cookbook Cafe.
710 W Cesar Chavez St, library.austintexas.gov/central-library
Topgolf is completely covered so rain or shine, swing away! They’re also dog friendly.
2700 Esperanza Crossing, Austin, TX 78758, topgolf.com/us/austin/
The children’s museum elevated. Want to avoid the kids? The Thinkery closes the museum on one Thursday of every month for Thinkery21 – adults can eat, drink and mingle while experiencing innovative science and art.
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, Texas 78723, thinkeryaustin.org
Located on the University of Texas Austin campus, The Blanton Museum of Art is one of the largest university museums in the nation. Admission is free on Thursday.
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
Enter the safe house of a Soviet spy and try to reveal his true identity. You have one hour to figure out your way out of the room with your friends. We made it just 10 minutes over!
5555 N Lamar Blvd Suite K110, Austin, TX 78751, austin.mazerooms.com
AUSTIN BOULDERING PROJECT
The world’s largest bouldering gym is located in Austin at the Austin Bouldering Project with a 50,000 square foot facility. Everything is bigger in Texas right?
I recommend getting the day pass for $16 and spending the day at the facility. Austin Bouldering Project has rock climbing, yoga classes, a gym, food options, and an area to work upstairs.
979 Springdale Rd #150, Austin, TX 78702, austinboulderingproject.com
It’s on my bucket list to skydive (even though it terrifies me) so I’ll opt for indoor skydiving for now. Skydive at iFly’s high-tech indoor attraction boasts a vertical-wind-tunnel-powered skydiving simulation. That’s me in the photo above!
13265 US-183, Austin, TX 78750, iflyworld.com/austin/
PUNCH BOWL SOCIAL
21,000-square-foot venue with a craft-beverage bar, a gastropub diner featuring high-end comfort food, private-party facilities and a one-of-a-kind Old School entertainment space offering pool, pingpong, shuffleboard, darts, vintage arcade games, board games and a private karaoke room.
11310 Domain Dr, Austin, TX 78758, punchbowlsocial.com/Austin/
An obvious choice for rainy days. Watch a movie and grab dinner at the same time. My favorite combo is the bottomless popcorn with extra butter, fried pickles, buffalo cauliflower, and boozy milkshake.
*Multiple locations, drafthouse.com/austin
Opened since 1958, Dart Bowl offers the most affordable lanes in Austin with $1.50 games (per person/per game) on Sundays after 9pm. Check out the Lazer Maze when you’re there, we spent over a hour trying to beat each others times.
5700 Grover Ave, Austin, TX 78756, dartbowl.com
IKEA is always packed and it’s a nightmare, but not on rainy days! Go for some home inspiration, or browse their new collections.
1 IKEA Way Round Rock, TX 78665, ikea.com
Blazer Tag is the largest lazer tag arena in Texas with a 10,000 sq/ft laser tag arena with towers & ramps.
1701 W Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, blazertag.com
VIGILANTE GAMING BAR
Before you say, “Gaming bar? Really?” Vigilante has every single board game possible (200+ options) with food, sake cocktails, wine, and beer. It’s $10 a table so if you have 3 friends plus yourself, that’s $2.50 per person for the entire day and unlimited board games. If you want some privacy and have a large group, Vigilante also has private rooms to rent.
Let it pour outside while you discover a new board game and toss back sake bombs!
7010 Easy Wind Dr #150, Austin, TX, vigilantebar.com