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Old 07-12-2019, 08:49 AM   #1
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Headed to an OUTDOOR wedding this weekend We're staying in Bee Cave Fri/Sat night.

I am totally unfamiliar with the area so looking for recommendations for a couple cool places to eat (dinner fri/lunch Sat). Maybe some cool bars to check out some live music afterwards.

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Old 07-12-2019, 08:55 AM   #2
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The Grove and Izumi Sushi would be my choices
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Old 07-12-2019, 08:59 AM   #3
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Drive down to Salt Lick for BBQ its not too far.
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Old 07-12-2019, 08:59 AM   #4
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It's All Good BBQ.
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:01 AM   #5
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South Congress or Rainey Street.
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:05 AM   #6
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Poodies Hilltop bar and grill for live music. 10 minutes away.
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:06 AM   #7
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South Congress or Rainey Street.
Are those restaurants or areas to check out? Again, totally unfamiliar with the area.

Thanks, fellas.
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:06 AM   #8
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Don’t go to Opie’s in Spicewood


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Old 07-12-2019, 09:08 AM   #9
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Rosie's tamale house is old school Tex-Mex. It has looked the exact same with the exact same menu my whole life. Food is solid though.
For a little more upscale you can try Verde's on Hamilton Pool Rd. There isn't much traditional Mexican food like but it is usually very good. Their pork chop is pretty impressive.
There generally isn't a ton of live music in Bee Caves proper. You could go out to Poodie's hilltop bar in spicewood, they've got live music 7 nights a week. It is a dive but was formerly owned by Willie Nelson's long time road manager. I have seen some good shows there, not sure who is playing this weekend.
You could drive into Dripping Springs to Hudson's on Mercer. They have live music most nights too. My brother and I did all of the woodwork in there.
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:11 AM   #10
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Are those restaurants or areas to check out? Again, totally unfamiliar with the area.

Thanks, fellas.
They are just areas with different food and drink options. Close to DT w/o the crowds.

South Congress Cafe for brunch/lunch then pop in and out of bars.
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:16 AM   #11
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There isn't much traditional Mexican food like but it is usually very good. Their pork chop is pretty impressive.

There generally isn't a ton of live music in Bee Caves proper. You could go out to Poodie's hilltop bar in spicewood.
My GF and i are first and second gen Americans (Mexico) so we get our fill of Mexican food throughout the week

Looked into Poodies but the late show is 9-11 and we wont be rolling into town until 8 so by the time we're done with checking into the hotel and dinner, it'll be too late.

Googled returned several options in "Drip" so may look into Hudson's.

Thanks, bud.
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:28 AM   #12
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If you end up in DS and want something unique try out Epicure. Fine wines and cheeses and fancy food. Very good food, open for lunch too. You may need to make a reservation on the weekend.
Shameless plug, we did all the woodwork in there also.
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:01 AM   #13
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No advice on the eats/entertainment but you're in my prayers for having to attend an outdoor wedding there in July. I used to officiate lots of weddings in the Austin area and did several out in the Bee Cave/DS/Hamilton Pool area and unfortunately some of them were outdoors in July and August. I'll just say the services were short and sweet out!
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No advice on the eats/entertainment but you're in my prayers for having to attend an outdoor wedding there in July. I used to officiate lots of weddings in the Austin area and did several out in the Bee Cave/DS/Hamilton Pool area and unfortunately some of them were outdoors in July and August. I'll just say the services were short and sweet out!
No kidding. I wore shorts and flip flops to a brewery on the 4th. I completely sweated through my shirt and shorts. I was leaving butt sweat marks on the benches... IN THE SHADE! In other words, I'm a sweaty dude. Been dreading it, although, they said it'll be 30 min max until we're back on the shuttle headed to the reception venue. We'll see.

I like the Congress St idea. May park the truck and follow our noses. Seems to be a concentration of cool restaurants/bars. Long street though... Where to start?
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:12 AM   #15
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Lol BeeCave is not really a place anymore—more like a neighborhood of Austin.
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:20 AM   #16
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We love Opies. Friday night they have prime rib...............
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:23 AM   #17
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Lol BeeCave is not really a place anymore—more like a neighborhood of Austin.
Appreciate the help.
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:33 AM   #18
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Hey Tim, If your looking for BBQ try Opies BBQ in Spicewood up hwy 71. If your looking for something to do hit up Krause Spring which is right by Opies.
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:40 AM   #19
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All good advice. Sonesta has a nice roof top bar, if you are into that sort of thing. Another vote for It's All Good BBQ. Maudie's is also popular. The Gingerman in the Galleria has a ton of beers on tap. Check out Pace Bend Park if you wanna get cool off. If you wanna try some local booze, hit up Spicewood Vineyards or Iron Wolf Distillery. They are about 2-minutes apart.
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:46 AM   #20
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All good advice. Sonesta has a nice roof top bar, if you are into that sort of thing. Another vote for It's All Good BBQ. Maudie's is also popular. The Gingerman in the Galleria has a ton of beers on tap. Check out Pace Bend Park if you wanna get cool off. If you wanna try some local booze, hit up Spicewood Vineyards or Iron Wolf Distillery. They are about 2-minutes apart.
We're staying at the Sonesta. The after party is on the rooftop lounge (open bar ) and the wedding ceremony, itself, is at Spicewood Vineyard Lol Good call, bud.
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:48 AM   #21
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:51 AM   #22
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Hudson's on the Bend is good. If you go out towards Briarcliff there is a hamburger joint I think it is called Mikes. Good burgers but not a fancy place LOL.
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:51 AM   #23
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I out on the Rosie's tamale house recommendation. Any mexican restaurant that doesnt serve fajitas regularly or let me enjoy a margarita or cold beer with my meal if I should so choose isnt the mexican restaurant for me.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:26 PM   #24
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All good advice. Sonesta has a nice roof top bar, if you are into that sort of thing. Another vote for It's All Good BBQ. Maudie's is also popular. The Gingerman in the Galleria has a ton of beers on tap. Check out Pace Bend Park if you wanna get cool off. If you wanna try some local booze, hit up Spicewood Vineyards or Iron Wolf Distillery. They are about 2-minutes apart.
Wife and I love Spicewood Vineyards and used to be members (cutting back on expenses), and wanted to try Iron Wolf but haven't yet.
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Old 07-12-2019, 02:04 PM   #25
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I hate to say it but as much as Bee Cave has grown, we really don't have much in the way of night life. Close by is Poodies or the Oasis, almost unlimited choices if you go into Austin proper. For local eats I would second Opies (sells out early, recommend the baby backs and butterbeans) in Spicewood and Verdes on Hamilton pool road. I live across the street from Rosies and haven't set foot in that place in at least 10 years, it's that bad. Schmidt family BBQ is hit or miss, and seems worse at lunch.
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We love Opies. Friday night they have prime rib...............
X2 on Opies. Live 5 minuets away and never been disappointed.
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Old 07-12-2019, 03:08 PM   #27
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So several votes FOR Opie's and a single "NO!" Guess someone just caught them on a bad day.
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Old 07-12-2019, 03:25 PM   #28
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I grew up out there. It's not really a town, just a suburb of Austin. We used to drive 15 minutes to eat at Barbara Ellen's, Rosies, or Springhill Cafe. Those were pretty much the only businesses out there other than a couple of gift shops and a neat little nursery, Living Desert Cactus.
Now it's solid shopping centers, restaurants and apartments.

No one has mentioned Schmidt Family Barbecue. It's next door to Sportsman's Finest (also a neat place to check out.) I like Schmidts better than Opies.
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:15 PM   #29
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I have only eaten at Opie’s out that way. Has always been good. Need to try Schmidt Family BBQ sometime.
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I have only eaten at Opie’s out that way. Has always been good. Need to try Schmidt Family BBQ sometime.
Reminds me of the Luling City Market
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:35 PM   #31
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Family Business Brewery on Hamilton Pool Road is only 8 minutes from Bee Cave.

https://familybusinessbeerco.com/

Cafe Blue in the Galleria for some Fine Steak and Seafood.

https://cafebluetx.com/

If you got time to kill, you can take the Water Taxi across Lake Travis from and go to the Gnarly Gar.

http://www.gnarlygar.com/

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Old 07-12-2019, 11:06 PM   #32
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I grew up out there. It's not really a town, just a suburb of Austin. We used to drive 15 minutes to eat at Barbara Ellen's, Rosies, or Springhill Cafe. Those were pretty much the only businesses out there other than a couple of gift shops and a neat little nursery, Living Desert Cactus.
Now it's solid shopping centers, restaurants and apartments.

No one has mentioned Schmidt Family Barbecue. It's next door to Sportsman's Finest (also a neat place to check out.) I like Schmidts better than Opies.
You forgot Billy Bob's and the Branding Iron. I really miss the Branding Iron and Springhill café. Darrel relocated the Living Desert further out 71 near Spicewood.
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You forgot Billy Bob's and the Branding Iron. I really miss the Branding Iron and Springhill café. Darrel relocated the Living Desert further out 71 near Spicewood.
Don't remember those. I do remember when The Backyard opened in the early 90s.
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Another vote for It's All Good BBQ.
Best mac n cheese in the world.
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Old 07-13-2019, 09:24 AM   #35
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Don't remember those. I do remember when The Backyard opened in the early 90s.
Branding Iron was where the original Backyard opened. Right next to Barbara Ellens. And it was Jim Bob's not Billy Bob's. It was where the Planet K is now.

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Old 07-13-2019, 10:53 AM   #36
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Do NOT speed if you're driving on 620 through Lakeway to get there. They love handing out tickets. With all the growth I certainly understand why. Some people still think you can still drive 60mph out there.
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Old 07-13-2019, 11:37 AM   #37
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Another vote for Gnarly Gar, which can be great people watching. Living Desert is shutting down, as the owner recently had a stroke. My wife bought about $50B worth of cactus at their going out of business sale. I alone have funded his medical bills, I think. Cafe Blue is good for sure...my wife's favorite.
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Another vote for Gnarly Gar, which can be great people watching. Living Desert is shutting down, as the owner recently had a stroke. My wife bought about $50B worth of cactus at their going out of business sale. I alone have funded his medical bills, I think. Cafe Blue is good for sure...my wife's favorite.
That's too bad. We have a bunch of century plants from them growing all over the yard. I went there a few years ago and asked if he had any for sale. He said he only had a few small ones growing in the ground around the greenhouse. He popped them up and put them in a box and only charged me like $20 or something. They are pretty big now.
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Old 07-13-2019, 01:22 PM   #39
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Casa de Montecristo for an evening vcigar
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