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Saturday Night

Tag alongs—we follow four groups of Austinites for nights of adventure after dark.

Keith Davis Young + Laine Young

We caught up with newlyweds Keith Davis Young, a freelance designer and photographer, and his wife Laine, a yoga instructor, on a night out to celebrate their friend John Bozanich’s (better known as Boz) birthday. The revelry began with dinner for 20 at Contigo. The couple’s cocktail of choice? An old fashioned for the gentleman and a French 75 for the lady. After the celebratory dinner, the crew headed to new East Side spot Whisler’s, where the whiskey selection was the star of the night—well, along with birthday boy Boz, who was still wearing his crown. This dynamic duo finds the friendly faces they meet on nights out to be the most unique part of the city’s scene. Keith says, “Whenever we go out, it seems like we always make new friends. In this city, there is usually a mutual friend or friend of a friend between everyone!”

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Party Playlist

  • Keith
  • “Abandon” - French Kicks
  • “Side of the Road” - The Big Black Delta
  • “The Morning” - The Weekend
  • Laine
  • “Cry When You Get Older” - Robyn
  • “The Con” - Tegan and Sara
  • “The Elephant King” - Yellow Ostrich

The Youngs' Fave Bars

Noel Pitts + Will Bridges

For this striking couple, work and play often overlap. “We both thrive in high-energy social settings,” says Will Bridges, the co-owner of Arlyn Studios and Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, about himself and his fiancée Noel Pitts, a promotions manager at the Austin Chronicle. Good friends since grade school, the couple reconnected after college at the perfectly Austin Deep Eddy Cabaret, and now they are getting married on November 2. Together, with writer Chase Hoffberger, they conceived and produced the Inaugural Austin Chronicle “Cookout” at the Scoot Inn. It was a free mini-fest with a backyard BBQ vibe that highlighted some of Austin’s best hip-hop talent. The duo played host to the crowd of more than 700 people. Will says it best of the Austin nightlife scene: “You can be yourself, there’s something for everyone, and you never know where the night might take you.” And this was one of those kinds of nights.

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Party Playlist

  • Will
  • “Good Stuff” - UGK
  • “Holy Water” - Riders Against the Storm
  • “Sundown” - Gordon Lightfoot
  • Noel
  • “Lose Yourself to Dance” - Daft Punk
  • “Blue Monday” - New Order
  • “Bright Lights” - Gary Clark Jr.

Will & Noel's Fave Bars

Neil Smith + Friends

For a group of Austin dudes who spend their days working indoors behind a desk, a night on the town is often about enjoying the great outdoors. Neil Smith, a data and systems analyst for Apple, gathered his group of pals who all met post-college for a Thursday night out that started at the Dry Creek Cafe and Boat Dock. “When the workday is over, it’s nice to get outside, even if it is 100 degrees out,” he says. The guys have a standing Tuesday night get-together for beers to break up the week and usually a weekend meet-up to explore a state park. After catching the sunset at Dry Creek, the group headed to Barton Springs for a night swim. From there, it was rounds of glow-in-the-dark bocce ball on the capitol lawn. “I’ll never get tired of swimming in Barton Springs at night, but it’s also a lot of fun to wander around the Capitol grounds when no one else is around,” he says. They closed the night with one last round of beers at the Texas Chili Parlor. “I like how each place we went has the opportunity for people-watching weirdness,” he says. “There are so many options in Austin—there’s no way to get bored!”

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Party Playlist

  • “Mount Kimbie” - Made to Stray
  • “Tighten Up” - Archie Bell and the Drells
  • “Anything” - Talking Heads

Neil's Fave Bars

Denise Hosek + Friends

The Broken Spoke was part of what inspired Denise Hosek to move to Austin from NYC. “It was love at first sight,” she says. “I was terrified to get out on the dance floor. It took many visits, but I loved it from the start.” Now you can find Denise taking a turn on the dance floor three times a month with her colorful group of friends. “The Spoke hasn’t changed in almost 50 years—the dance floor, the bands, the authenticity. I like that I can sit a table and socialize when I don’t feel like dancing. I don’t know anywhere else in Austin where it’s that comfortable to do both.” Although Denise loves a good “fancy cocktail” every now and again, she goes for a Belgian beer on draft or sipping a good bourbon and water in between dances at the Spoke.

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Party Playlist

  • Twine Time on KUT
  • Anything by The Jungle Rockers

Denise's Fave Bars

Credits

Photography by LeAnn Mueller and Andrew Chan

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