SWIM | AUSTIN MOTEL POOL
It’s that time of year again, when the temps are creeping up into the 90’s, and the humidity makes it feel like, well, hell. Here’s a great idea for ya’ to cool off from that Texas heat (besides an ice cold cerveza). Get your swim on at the iconic South Congress Austin Motel pool! They’re now offering Splash Cash - a $100 punch card, good for ten swims. Non-committal? You can always get a single pool day pass for $20 with a discounted rate on Sundays, with passes available at the front desk of the hotel. The pool is open from 8am – 10pm daily, but we suggest calling ahead to ensure your place in the sun since, on a rare occasion, the pool can be closed for a private event or at capacity. You can ring ‘em up here at (512) 441-1157 and oh, don't forget your sunscreen!
DRINK | CLEAN CAUSE
So you’re walking through somewhere like Bucee’s and there are so many beverage refrigerators filled with a thousand gagillion bottles and cans, and as if that doesn’t make the decision hard enough, half of them aren’t even any good and are filled with godknowswhat kinds of sugars and chemicals. Solution? CLEAN. Perfectly balanced, all-natural flavors (the best) and carbonation - it’s not a hard choice. Plus with their new yerba mate added to the mix you get bevs rich in minerals, amino acids, and naturally occurring caffeine (which means a crash free energy boost). If all of that’s not enough, here’s where it gets really rad. 50% of profits support recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. That’s right. Their mission is to energize recovery in America by creating a sustainable source of funding for recovery efforts.Their giveback initiative coined “CLEAN Kickstarts” are 30-day sober living scholarships in high-accountability homes intended to afford individuals fresh out of rehab the opportunity to focus on finding a job and establishing a recovery support system. This bridge between rehab and reintegration into everyday life is critical for recovery success. How cool is that!? You can read stories of addicts in recovery thanks to CLEAN and learn more here on their website. So as they say, it’s time to dump the junk and go CLEAN.
STRETCH | YOGA SERIES WITH OUTDOOR VOICES AT THE PHOENIX HOTEL
Attention San Francisco! Come one, come all! Pros and posers are welcome in SF for the return of the Saturday Yoga Series with Outdoor Voices at the Phoenix Hotel. Get your Zen on with the coolest of cool, aka Outdoor Voices, (known to always be “Doing Things”) at the hippest of hip, Tenderloin hotel, and then stick around for some poolside relaxation. It'll kick off on Saturday, June 1st from 12-1pm so it’s time to get on it, and by “it” we mean your yoga mat. Be sure to grab your mat and secure your spot here - tickets are $20 and include pool use until 5pm and a 15% discount on brunch at Chambers eat + drink. If you dig it or just want to get on top of the know, then tell Siri or Alexa to also put July 6, August 3, and September 7, on your calendar. You can get tickets here.
REVIEW | KEANU REEVES’ ENTIRE MOVIE LIST
Whether you know Keanu Reeves best as Ted Theodore Logan, Johnny Utah, Neo or John Wick, here’s your chance to know more. Oh. So. Much. More. Before you get started though, here are a few interesting facts you might not know about Mr. Reeves. Keanu Charles Reeves, whose first name means "cool breeze over the mountains," has a home in Beirut, Lebanon. He dropped out of highschool, was the bass player in a band called Dogstar that lasted into the early 2000’s, co-founded Arch Motorcycle Company, and has a net worth of well over $360 million. He’s also known for setting up a cancer charity, choosing not to attach his name to the organization, and has donated copious amounts of his income to PETA, the SickKids Foundation and Stand Up to Cancer. Pretty cool. Now as far as the movie list, make sure you have some time for this one because there are 45 films here. You read that right. Forty-five Keanu Reeves movie performances. There are a few previews available that might not be a requirement to watch, but as for some of the films themselves, there are plenty to be seen and reseen.
EMBIBE | FRAZIER’S LONG & LOW
There’s a new bar on the Southshore of Austin’s Eastside, and by new we don’t mean another trendy flash on this side of town. It’s called Frazier’s Long & Low, and with excellent drinks and dependable bar food, it’s one of those joints where happy hour can sometimes, if not often, go a little longer than planned. In an area where trendy haunts are popping up as a dime a dozen, Frazier’s is a good stretch from the try-too-hard crowd. It has a solid retro vibe that is just reminiscent enough of your favorite roller rink snack bar but not too much to worry about a DJ announcing limbo. Which makes it as cool to hang with friends there as it is to shoot a game of pool (or shuffle board). The leather booths will keep you put, so you can do as they suggest and Eat Drink Eat. After those patty melts, corn dogs, and fried pickles, if you’re not ready to take ‘em up on the menu choice to “Buy a beer for the kitchen” then you might just need another drink. Feel free to bring your K9 pal cuz there’s dog Friendly patio included. Take a look at some pics here of the place here and let’s go!
FACT | MUSICIAN PHIL COLLINS IS THE WORLD’S PREEMINENT COLLECTOR OF ALAMO MEMORABILIA
Phil Collins and the Alamo? As in the former drummer and singer of the band Genesis, and the Alamo as in the battle of? Yep, that’s correct. Collins was introduced to Texas when he was a 5-year-old boy in a London suburb watching the Walt Disney series “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier” on his family’s black-and-white television set. He became enthralled and later obsessed with the mission of obtaining historical information and relics, now estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars. According to Texas Monthly, the collections is so large that the Alamo is raising money to construct a $100 million museum that will permanently house the Phil Collins Alamo Collection . So crazy! So good! You can read more about this his collection and donation here.