I went on the downtown happy hour tour on Thursday and I'm kicking myself for not writing this down right away. Please forgive me the generalities and missteps on what I remember.
First, let me say I had a wonderful time and couldn't be happier this is now an option in Austin.
We started off at Gingerman and sampled (well, since part of our group wasn't meeting with us until later, we ended up with much more than a sampling) two local beers; a dark and a light. Both quite tasty.
We then made our way to Trulucks, which, yes, isn't local in the one sense, but the owners are born and bred here...and hey, we got crab claws. There was also a butterflied, deep fried shrimp that was also quite nice.
We then made our way to Haddingtons, where we were served many little dishes, all of them quite nice, and another drink.
We then went to Waltons Fancy and Staple and had a mimosa. The sandwiches looked really good but just drinks here. I'll go back based on what I saw and grab a sandwich.
Then it was off to Bess Bistro, where we sat out on the patio and had muscles with dipping bread, mac and cheese and several other dishes passed around. There was also a wonderful drink I can only describe as a fizzy mojito (very tasty indeed).
The owner, Andy, guided us on this tour and while he's not a native Texan, he did a wonderful job of showing me some places that have been on my radar to try, but just haven't found the inclination.
All I can say is how glad I am that I went on this and that this (the South Congress tour looks promising) will be the "go-to" thing when the relatives visit.
Thank you, Andy and congratulations on your 100th tour!
304 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701