Donald Trump is set to become America's next president this Friday, January 20. To commemorate the uncertain occasion, Austin restaurants and bars are observing the day by donating sales to nonprofits, collecting goods, and offering up a lot of drinks. With that, here is how to make those dollars count for something good on Inauguration Day in Austin.
Everything below takes place on Friday, January 20, unless otherwise noted. Know of any other events or specials? Let Eater know through the tipline or within the comments below.
- South Congress vegetarian restaurant Bouldin Creek Cafe is donating all of its profits from the day to American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood, and Southern Poverty Law Center, all to "contribute to the protection of the civil rights, well-being, and safety of marginalized groups in this country," as it wrote on Facebook.
- Similarly, over on Burnet Road, The Aristocrat Lounge is donating all of its day's profits to the ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, and SafePlace. The bar will offer up drink specials and on-site trailer Three Little Pigs will have some food specials. It runs from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
- Cheer Up Charlie's is holding the State of the Uterus, a benefit raising money for several women’s health-focused nonprofits (Lilith Fund Texas, Annie's List Texas, #HappyPeriodAustin (the bar is also accepting donations for menstruation kits), Planned Parenthood, and National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health). Austin's Commission for Women will speak, and there's a $5 cover along with a raffle. It begins at 6 p.m.
- For the entire month of January, East 12th Street dive bar King Bee is donating a portion of its sales to Planned Parenthood Texas Votes.
- East 5th bar Yellow Jacket Social Club is donating 20% of its bar sales to Planned Parenthood, Safe, Casa Marianella, and Women Rule.
- Dubbed "Inauguration Rapture Happy Hour," Whip In is encouraging day drinking from 11 a.m. all the way to 7 p.m., with $4 local beer specials and more.
- Rio Rita is putting all of its profits from the day towards Out Youth, ACLU, and the Southern Poverly Law from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
- Hopfields charities of choice for its day's profits are the Texas Civil Rights Project and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas.
- Those who show up to either of Jo’s Coffee locations (downtown or South Congress) with their march garb and signs can grab a cup of free coffee on Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21.
- Nearby, Hotel San Jose is bringing back its activated charcoal margarita for Saturday, January 21, and donating all of its sales to Whole Woman's Health.
- Dai Due is doing its part on Saturday with a female-powered bake sale from executive pastry chef Abby Love, featuring goods like Burning Bra Chili Cheese rolls and more. It begins at 10 p.m. on Saturday, January 21.
- Frank is offering up an undisclosed special for every female customer on Saturday, January 21.
- New Waterloo restaurants (Goodall's Kitchen, La Condesa, Cafe No Se, Central Standard, Sway, and Manana) are donating 10% of all brunch profits to Girls Empowerment Network GenAustin on Saturday, January 21.
- Looking to honor women, L'Oca D'Oro is hosting a female chef-run dinner on Wednesday, January 25. Participating chefs are Abby Love (Dai Due), Susan Querejazu (Barley Swine/Odd Duck), Kristine Kittrell (Weather Up), Alex Manley, and Amanda Turner (Juniper), along with sommelier Vilma Mazaite and drinks from Erin Murtagh (Chicon). Proceeds of the $75 dinner ($40 for wine pairings) will go towards SAFE Austin. Seatings are available from 5 to 10 p.m.