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‘Harry Potter’-Themed Beer Festival Is Coming to Austin

Plus the old Searsucker restaurant is now a Tim Love event venue, and more news

Guests at the Wizards and Witches Beer Festival
Guests at the Wizards and Witches Beer Festival
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Harry Potter Beer Festival
The traveling Harry Potter-themed beer festival, the Wizards and Witches Beer Festival, is coming to Austin on Saturday, May 11 at the Fair Market. On deck are beer tastings, a cider section, and boozy butterscotch beers, plus food and live music. Pre-sale tickets are currently $39 until Monday, March 18, when it will presumably go up. The whole thing is organized by Rock Star Beer Festivals.

Restaurant Space’s New Future
Former downtown restaurant Searsucker’s old space in downtown Austin at 415 Colorado Street is now home to a new event space from Dallas chef Tim Love, This makes sense since his only Austin restaurant, Lonesome Dove, is right next door. Called weirdly enough the Colorado Lease, it’s now available for private events. Searsucker chef Brian Malarkey and the Hakkasan Group closed the restaurant last summer.

South Texas Dining Recognition
Finer dining restaurant Rosewood received an official Texas state flag that was used on the Capital during Texas Independence Day earlier this month because of its emphasis on the South Texas region from state senator Eddie Lucio. Co-owners Jesse DeLeon and Chas Spence are also going to help work on a bill concerning sustainable meat processing in the area with Lucio.

Texas Chili Parlor’s Importance
Texas Monthly’s Texanist opined on the special history of the Texas Chili Parlor, from its numerous political and artistic patrons a.k.a. the Mad Dogs to the Guy Clark song that mentions the bar and its margaritas.


, , TX 78702

Texas Chili Parlor

1409 Lavaca Street, , TX 78701 (512) 472-2828

Searsucker [Closed]

415 Colorado Street, , TX 78701 (512) 394-8000 Visit Website

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

419 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 271-2474