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Top 8 things to do in Austin to ease the bad-weather blues

Top 8 things to do in Austin to ease the bad-weather blues

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The Goodnight has a little bit of everything, from bowling to karaoke to fun bar games. Photo courtesy of The Goodnight

Just because the weather is bad doesn't mean you have to hide inside your house. Here are the top things to do indoors to ease those bad-weather blues.

Hit up The Goodnight
Food? Check. Drinks? Check. Bowling? Check. Karaoke? Check. You name it, The Goodnight has it. This Anderson Lane haunt is an adult playground — all indoors.

Swing a club at Topgolf
Get a few rounds in at Topgolf. Drink specials, tasty food, and good times abound at this weather-proof North Austin golf range, which is less about form and more about fun.

Escape the Puzzle Room
A day spent at Puzzle Room Austin is both entertaining and challenging. Guests are "locked" inside of a room and must work together to find the hidden clues and escape before time runs out. Current puzzle options include a Super Villain's Hideout or Wizarding School.

Play arcade games at Pinballz
Harken back to your childhood with all of your favorite games at Pinballz Arcade. The BYOB establishment has everything from pinball machines to modern games for ticket-hungry players.

Try kava and play Scrabble at SquareRüt Kava Bar
Never heard of kava before? SqaureRüt is the perfect place to learn more about the interesting drink made from kava root, which is supposed to calm nerves, reduce depression, and increase sociability. Grab a cup and enjoy a round of Scrabble in the cozy coffee shop-esque atmosphere at either location in South or North Austin.

Take a cooking class at Central Market
The Cooking School at Central Market hosts a wide variety of culinary classes. It doesn't matter if you're a home chef or a nightmare in the kitchen, you'll be able to find something fun and educational to dive into. We have our eyes on the upcoming gingerbread house decorating class.

"Treat yo' self" at the Aveda Institute
This local beauty school branch offers majorly discounted services ranging from simple treatments like manis and pedis to full-blown haircuts, massages, and facials. Check out the service menu, schedule an appointment, and let the fine students of the Aveda Institute take care of the rest.

Drink the rain away
Don't let the cold or rain deter you from enjoying a night out on the town. We suggest posting up at one of our favorite bad-weather bars and opting for a stiff drink.