Plus, The Dead Rabbit will open soon in Downtown Austin.
 
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🍴 Dine with strangers
a hand holding a phone with timeleft's app open, which shows the seat confirmation, the group and the restaurant
Timeleft emails you all of the information you need to prepare for your evening. |Photo by ATXtoday
Did you know that every Wednesday night at 7 p.m., strangers have dinner together at several restaurants across Austin? Well, that’s exactly what city editors Morgan and Figi did last week — and we’re here to give you the 411 on our experience.

How it works

Timeleft, an app on a mission to curb modern-day loneliness, launched in Austin at the end of May.

Users start by creating an account and completing a short questionnaire, where they share their age, career field, interests, diet, religious beliefs, and more. Based on their answers, Timeleft’s algorithm chooses five locals who they’re most likely to enjoy conversations with.

The day before dinner, participants find out more about your mystery guests broken down by percentages (i.e. 33% of the table works in the medical field) and receive safety tips for their excursion.

three men and two women sit and smile at a wooden table with silverware and flowers in the middle

Spoiler alert: we had a lot of fun.

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Photo by ATXtoday

The morning of, at least one secret is out — where the group will be eating. Timeleft chooses the restaurant based on the area the user has chosen and how much they normally spend on nights out.

Participants arrive at the restaurant at 7 p.m. + meet their new potential besties. During the meal, Timeleft releases an icebreaker game via the app for the group to play if they choose. At 8 p.m., the app reveals the location of the Last Drink, an optional meet-up point for every Timeleft group in your area to intersect.
 
Asked
 
Would you dine with strangers?

A. Definitely
B. Maybe
C. Absolutely not
D. I’m not sure
 
 
Events
 
Monday, June 24
  • Rainbow Skate: Pride Month Edition | Monday, June 24 | 7-10 p.m. | Playland Skate Center, 8822 McCann Dr., Austin | $14 | Lace up your skates and show your pride at this rainbow-themed night on the roller rink hosted by DJ Chorizo Funk.
Tuesday, June 25
  • Summer Sunset Series: Yoga and Coldplunge | Tuesday, June 25 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St., Austin | Donation based | Join in on a sunset vinyasa flow taught by instructors from YTX Yoga followed by a refreshing dip.
Wednesday, June 26
  • Austin Asian American Film Festival | Wednesday, June 26-Sunday, June 30 | 10 a.m. | Multiple locations, Austin | $140 | Enjoy several days of works from Asian and Asian American artists.
  • Summer Movie Series: “The Parent Trap” | Wednesday, June 26 | 8 p.m. | Meanwhile Brewing Co., 3901 Promontory Point Dr., Austin | Free | Grab your picnic blankets to watch “The Parent Trap” on the soccer field with a cold beer and snacks from on-site food trucks.
Thursday, June 27
  • “To Kill a Mockingbird” | Thursday, June 27 | 7:30 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., Austin | $12 | Take in the classic film in Austin’s iconic Downtown theater.
  • Media Mixer: Self Portraits | Thursday, June 27 | 6-9 p.m. | Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave., Austin | $15 | Enjoy drinks, small bites, and a gallery tour while watching artist Gerardo E. Silguero create self portraits.
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☀️ 5 reasons to visit Conroe this summer
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Fun fact: Conroe is home to the most Bigfoot sightings in Texas.|Photos provided by Visit Conroe; GIF created by ATXtoday
Located ~three hours away, Conroe is the state’s fastest-growing city. Rich in history, charm, and recreation, it’s the ideal weekend getaway destination.

Check out five can’t-miss activities:
  • Fun on the water | Enjoy fishing, boating, or kayaking on Lake Conroe’s 22,000 acres
  • Birding | Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles, osprey, and 300+ recorded species
  • Hiking | Explore the 128-mile Lone Star Hiking Trail
  • Free concerts | Catch live tunes at Heritage Park
  • Discounted bevvies | Snag deals at participating locations in this newly designated brew city.
 
News Notes
 
Coming Soon
  • One of NYC’s favorite Irish pubs will finally open in Austin this summer, after originally hoping to launch in spring 2023. The Dead Rabbit, known for its Irish whiskeys + coffees and classic pub dishes, is putting the finishing touches on its new location at 204 E. 6th St. (Eater Austin)
Drink
  • Downtown cocktail bar Roosevelt Room will soon close temporarily to undergo renovations, but in the interim, its private event space will open to the public with a new menu. The Eleanor Room will be open for full service Sunday, June 30-Sunday, July 14. (Culture Map Austin)
Community
  • Come on in, the water’s fine. The city of Austin launched a pilot program to reduce or eliminate pool fees for those looking to cool off this summer. Fees were eliminated entirely for Walnut Creek Pool in north Austin, and some other pools will offer select free days. (Austin Monitor)
Ranked
  • Austin ranked No. 5 in SmartAsset’s list of 10 major US cities with the lowest birth rates, based on the percent of people ages 15 to 50 who birthed a child in 2022. Other Texas cities — Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio, and Houston — had some of the highest birth rates.
Edu
  • Enrollment for the fall semester at Austin Community College is up nearly 23% from last year, with new student registrations increasing more than 78% from fall 2022. The jump follows the college’s April announcement of its Free Tuition Pilot Program. (KXAN)
Eat
  • The Salty will open a new location in Domain Northside at 11501 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. #158. Its opening date is yet-to-be announced, but the gourmet donut shop’s other Austin location on South Congress Avenue is popular for its lavish flavors, baked goods, and coffee. (Community Impact)
Feel Good
  • Alright, alright, alright. ATX teenager Yamileth Lemus, whose family didn’t previously own a car, was gifted a new SUV by Matthew McConaughey’s Just Keep Livin’ Foundation, Riptide Society, and Austin Subaru. She was chosen out of hundreds of teens and hopes to attend UT Austin. (KVUE)
Number
  • ~$116,350. That’s how much a Texas family with two working adults and two children need to cover basic necessities in 2024, according to a SmartAsset.com analysis using the MIT Living Wage Calculator.
Sports
  • The Texas Longhorns have won three Directors Cup trophies, but its four biggest programs haven’t won a championship in this decade. What will the next five seasons look like? Get the biggest stories every day from the local experts of the Texas Longhorns with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
     
     
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    🧚‍♀️ A day for the fae
    a faerie neighborhood in the mulch with three mushroom shaped homes made out of wood
    If you spot any faeries, let us know.|Photo by Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy
    Austin locals looking for a whimsical way to celebrate International Fairy Day today are in for a treat — faeries are still inhabiting their ATX vacation homes for the next few weeks.

    The annual Woodland Faerie Trail at Zilker Botanical Garden is on exhibit now in the Oak Grove. Visitors will find 75 faerie homes carefully crafted by community members and local school groups.

    Here’s how to make the most of the experience:
    • Embark on a scavenger hunt to find hidden gems. Stop by the gift shop to receive clues.
    • Vote for your favorite cottages in a community competition.
    • Avoid any spell-binding disturbances by refraining from touching the faeries’ homes.
    The faerie neighborhood will be removed on Saturday, July 13, so take in the magic now before the fairy dust settles.
     
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    Colorful margarita glasses that are shatterproof — aka, perfect for outdoor pool parties.
     
     
    The Wrap
     
    ATXtoday-morgan-headshot.jpg Today’s edition by:
    Morgan
    From the editor
    I’m a firm believer that Austin is the best city in Texas, but I spent the weekend in Dallas and really loved the Bishop Arts District. If you’re planning a weekend getaway to DFW soon, I’d definitely recommend spending an afternoon there — it’s a little bit of everything we love about ATX.
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