Some days it feels like summer is just flying by, some days in the hot sweats of late afternoon when the kids start crying that they’re bored, it can feel like we still have an eternity to go before school starts up again. While we honestly love having our sweet little babes home, we can really, really, really use a bit of a break now and then.

So here’s our suggestion — let’s all take a night off! Book a sitter or call in a favor from Grandma to watch the kids for a bit. You deserve it. Whether you’re looking for date night options, happy hour with pals, or even a wild mom’s night out dancing, we’ve rounded up some ideas for a night out without the kids…


–> Go Dancing
Seriously, when is the last time you went dancing? There’s some fun options for almost any taste in music. Check out this big list of where to go dancing, and then go kick up your heels at Barbarella, two-step at the Broken Spoke or try a swing dance lesson with the Austin Swing Syndicate.

Upcoming Events: Be sure to check out this special event organized by local favorite DJ Mel. He’s hosting Early: A Dance Party at Dusk at the Historic Scoot Inn on Friday, August 10 from 7:30 p.m. – midnight. DJ Mel wanted to try out this early night dance party for those of us “living that grown up life; real jobs, family and kids. Those responsibilities makes it difficult to stay up all night.” We are totally on board with this, and can’t wait! Tickets are $10 & available here. Scroll below to enter to win a pair of tickets!

Enter to win tickets to DJ Mel’s Early Dance Party! Photo from DJ Mel’s website.


–> Go for Dinner & Drinks
It can be hard to navigate all of the latest culinary hot spots when our typical idea for dining out usually means Hat Creek on half-price burger Family Night. Thankfully, our pals at Do512.com know all of the coolest (grown-up) places to go. Check out these lists for some great ideas:

Upcoming Events: For an special night out featuring bites and beverages in the 2nd Street District, you could get tickets to Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s White Linen Night on August 4 from 6-9 p.m. Or plan the cheesiest casual day date at Quesoff at Mohawk  on August 25 from 1-4 p.m.

Enjoy bites and wine pairings at the White Linen Night block party in the 2nd Street District. Photo credit: Zappy Springs


–> Go to a Concert
Did you read that recent study that says going to concerts can help you live longer? We love that! There is no shortage of shows to go see in our “live music capitol of the world”. You can always go soak up some classic Austin vibes at The Continental Club or Antones, chill out at Parker Jazz Club,

Upcoming Events: Check out local bands in the Hot Summer Nights concert series in the Red River Cultural District July 26-29, don’t miss the season’s final Blues on The Green with The Oh Hellos on August 8, get tickets to big concerts such as Imagine Dragons on August 2 at Austin 360 Amphitheatre, Steve Miller Band on July 30 at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, or Hall & Oates on July 28 at the Frank Erwin Center.

Have a FREE date night at Blues on the Green, August 8. Photo credit: Roger Ho


–> Go to a Comedy Show
Laughter is the best medicine for just about anything (summertime blues, included). Go get the giggles with your spouse or pals at one of these great Awesome Comedy Shows in Austin.

Upcoming Events: Plan for a Monday night full of fun at Spiderhouse Cafe & Ballroom’s Shit’s Golden Showcase on August 6. Or get tickets to see Dax Shepard at the Paramount Theater on August 17 presented by Moontower Comedy.

Check out local funny man Chris Tellez at Shit’s Golden. Photo credit: Roger Ho


–> More ideas! Go swimming in Barton Springs without packing that giant diaper bag, or take a dip in a fancy hotel pool that allows public access on certain days of the week like the Westin Downtown’s AZUL Rooftop Pool & Bar. Play golf games at Top Golf! Go to an arcade that let’s you BYOB like the original Pinballz. There’s so much to do in Austin! Check out this list of Unique Date Night Spots for even more creative ideas. And be sure to check out weekly Get a Sitter list for the latest happenings!

Cheers to a swim without the kids! Photo credit: Roger Ho.

No matter what you choose to do, we raise a glass and say CHEERS TO YOU!

–> Win Tickets to an Early Dance Party!
Get your name into the raffle for a pair of tickets to Early: A Dance Party at Dusk at the Historic Scoot Inn on Friday, August 10 from 7:30 p.m. – midnight. Good luck! Entering the giveaway will add you to the Do512 Family email list, where we let you know about the best Austin family events each week.

Click here to enter giveaway on mobile