Valentine’s Day is almost here which means Galentine’s day is even closer! I’m excited to spend this Galentine’s Day with my best friend! We’ve been friends for seven years and we’ve lived in the same city for two and half years. I’ve been blessed to be in the same city as her since November. We are celebrating with some of her friends, cheese, and wine. If you decided to stay in, cook up a storm with one of these recipes. Always remember, best friend can be a tier or a person. (Thanks Mindy!)
I’m a through and through extrovert. I need to be around people to unwind and relax. I’m personally a “friend person.” I don’t love people and meeting new people but I love “my people.” I commit a lot of time and energy to reaching out and maintaining relationships. Especially since graduation, my friends are scattered across the country and the world, and my goal is to make more time for everyone.
After going to an all-girls school, I learned the power and depth of female friendship. From high school, I have amazing friends who support me but still know when to call me out. From college, I have an amazing group of girlies that still reach out to wish me happy first day of school even though their college days are gone. For me, I’ve loved seeing all my friends blossom into honestly amazing people that are successful in their careers and give me real life #goals. Especially around my birthday, I feel blessed that, despite always being a birthday princess, my friends go out of their way to make me feel special and are understanding of my extra-ness.
I’ve had this conversation with cousin a few months ago and Rachel this weekend. Guys have it easy because they literally just need a computer to make them roommates freshman year of college, and they’ll be best friends in life. Girls definitely don’t settle in the same way but have much deeper and supportive friendships. My cousin was telling me how she now has an amazing group of girl friends that she really lacked before college. She didn’t realize what she was missing out on until she had that group of girls.
Galentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year which means you might not be able to go all out unless your friends are fine with mimosa-ing at 7 am before work. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite bars and restaurants with great happy hours (and snacks) along with other activities, so y’all can enjoy some time with the girlies with minimal coordination.
Happy Hour Drinks + Bites
Holy Roller has happy hour from 4-7! I highly recommend getting the cocktail, Queen fo a Day, their Trash Fries, and the Grilled Cheesus. If it offered, I recommend the Chicken Pot Pie as well. It’s easily the most flavorful chicken pot pie I’ve had. I’d end the night with their Circus Cookie Soft Serve. It has the cutest “girls, girls, girls” sign!
Key Bar has happy hour from 4-8PM with cocktails for $9, beers for $3, and wines for $5. I highly recommend getting the Double-Bubbles which is $5 and has a glass of champagne with juice filled boba at the bottom! This is right next to Holy Roller, so it’s perfect to go while you’re waiting for a table. It also has a fire pit, so you can all stay warm!
Eberly has happy hour from 5-7 in their back section called Cedar Tavern. Eberly is super aesthetic and you can get those perfect #squadpics. They have half price certain food items, including pizzas! They also have $7 cocktails and $6 wine by the glass. I recommend their Green Belt Pizza (and it’s only $7.50) and a French 75.
If margs are more of your vibe, I have two recommendations! Cyclone Anaya’s has happy hour from 11-6 and it’s perfect for a quick lunch with the girlies. It’s in the domain and their queso and margaritas are to die for! For a more central option, El Chile has happy hour from 3-6 and I recommend the Spicy Sandia and the queso!
You don’t always need alchol to have fun! If you want to do something with your girls, I recommend the Blue Star Lite Drive-In! It is showing Dirty Dancing on Tuesday and you can BYOB food and drinks. Throw together a picnic basket and enjoy! Alamo Drafthouse is doing a 90 minute showing of every Galentine’s Day episode of Parks and Recreation! Both events require tickets and Alamo Drafthouse has has a $5 reservation fee that is a redeemable food and drink coupon!
Galentine’s Day is all about women supporting women, so I wanted to bring up some of my favorite female entrepreneurs based in Austin and around the country. Bulletin has brick-and-mortar store in New York the I stumbled into that carry things made my female creators. They have an amazing online shop as well! Luella has your perfect #feminist clothes an accessories. Ponytail Mafia is made in Austin and is perfect for your girl gang. Lastly, if y’all are scrambling last minute for a cute shirt, Amazon’s got your back! They have one-day shipping if you buy this or this shirt.