Updated: Dec 21, 2021
Robin Hancock's recommendations for designer fashion, unique jewelry, and chic places to dine in Austin, TX
All dressed up and nowhere to go? It's time to dust off your jewelry box and put on your favorite lipstick. We’re excited to finally get back to enjoying time spent sipping and dining with our favorite people, at our favorite spots around Austin, Texas. Date night or coffee run, we’re finding ways to invite a lot of joy and a little sparkle into everyday moments. Your jewelry should compliment your unique sense of personal style, which is why we’ve partnered with ByGeorge to create looks that will help you to step out on the town looking, and feeling, your best.
Whether you just moved here, or you’re a longtime resident, we’re sure you’ll enjoy Robin’s top selections for where to eat and drink in Austin, in style. Here you’ll find recommendations for chic bars, restaurants, and cafés with curated menus, well designed atmospheres, and ultimate charm. Below you'll explore the best places for New Years Eve, sexy cocktails, lively brunch, cozy coffee spots, and more. Pair elegant pieces from ByGeorge with favorites from our antique, vintage, estate, and designer jewelry collections, and get ready to enjoy all that Austin, TX has to offer.
Best Places to Spend New Years Eve in Austin
What to Wear
When thinking about what you'll wear for New Years Eve in Austin, choose an outfit you can dance in rather than going for an elaborate ball gown. Austin fashion is laid back but put-together — keep it polished, but make sure a too-tight pair of heels isn't keeping you from having a good time. Let a fun, sparkling, top take the lead. Pair it with warm leather leggings as slick as your dance moves. When it comes to your jewelry, we say more is more. Complement your sparkle with diamond jewelry that moves and shakes like you do! The diamonds melt into the sparkle, making a subtle yet stunning statement. Choose diamond cocktail rings in unique shapes, then add a single pop of color in a fun and bright shade of green.
Olivia shown in: Art Deco, Onyx, Jade, Diamond & Platinum Drop Earrings $9,350; Art Deco, Platinum, Diamond & Onyx Necklace $16,750.
Where to Wear
Looking for a sexy evening filled with French charm and cold champagne? Head to Justine’s to sit under the Winter tent, eat escargot, and toast a glass of Möet. We haven’t heard any plans for Justine’s usual NYE Party this year, so this could be your move for a low-key, yet lively, evening with good company. You’ll want to keep an open mind and fluid plans when you head to Justine’s — you never know what the night might hold, or what interesting acquaintance you might make. Wear unique jewelry, it’s sure to be a conversation starter.
If you’re looking for a reason to wear Art Deco jewels, look no further than The Roosevelt Room’s Roaring 20’s New Years Eve Party. While the Roosevelt Room is a must-try cocktail destination on a regular evening, the NYE Party adds extra glamor to an already elevated experience. Bring out your best vintage looks and prepare for dazzling pre-prohibition era cocktails. Wear jewelry that makes you feel like you can let go of your inhibitions.
Prepare for an evening of top-notch entertainment, high-end delicacies, and an atmosphere of mischief and delight at Devil May Care. This New Years Eve, grace your ears with jazz from The Ephraim Owens Trio while you enjoy caviar in a decadent atmosphere. Then, stay for the black-tie, late-night party and toast tequila at midnight. Wear jewelry that shines and sparkles like the NYE ball drop.
Best Bars for a Secluded Cocktail in Austin
What to Wear
The beauty of dressing for a night out in Austin is that the focus is on wearing what makes you feel good. If you feel good grabbing a fancy cocktail in jeans and a t-shirt, by all means! If you feel your best in a little black dress and striking heels, strut on over! We love this updated take on The Little Black Dress from ByGeorge. It's all about creating a balance between classic and modern: a structured, cut-out slit shows just enough skin, yet remains elegant, with a structured silhouette working to accentuate your curves in all the right places. Warm yellow gold is a subtle but bold contrast against solid black and always a good choice for evening cocktails. We like to punch up the classics with over-sized jewelry elements that are both bubbly-fun and refined.
Tabitha shown in: 18k Yellow Gold Disco Ball Necklace $2,750; 18k Yellow Gold Link Bracelet, Italy $17,900; 18k Yellow Gold Dome Ring, signed Papini, Italy $2,590; 18k Yellow Gold Tubular Door-Knocker Earrings, signed Papini, Italy $4,470.
Where to Wear
If you appreciate attention to detail, personal service, and a touch of exclusivity (without being pretentious) then head to Here Nor There for craft cocktails like you’ve never had before. This speakeasy destination requires a reservation in advance, upon which you’ll receive a passcode to the secluded, gated entry (download the app and become a member for reservations). Wear jewelry that glimmers in low light.
Expect good stories and extraordinary cocktails when you go to Garage. True connoisseurs seek out this hard-to-spot bar and try to keep it hush-hush. Disguised and constructed in the space of an old parking garage, it’s a sultry and sophisticated, yet relaxed, atmosphere — made better by intriguing conversation and well-made drinks. Wear your most interesting piece, make friends with a stranger.
Small Victory is where tiki drink classics and speakeasy vibes come for their honeymoon. The low-lit, 70s-esque bar aims to revive the classic drinks that founded America’s cocktail culture. Come for the dark green velvet and mahogany, stay for the Artists' Classic, the house cocktail of the Artists Bar on Rue Pigalle in Paris in the early 20th century. While it’s far in distance from Tahiti or Paris, it’s a stylish destination for when you want to look and feel impressive. Wear jewelry that brings a pop of warm gold.
Best Restaurants for a Romantic Date Night in Austin
What to Wear
First date or five-hundredth date, dressing up for a night with your partner gives you a chance to relax together and stay connected. For an intimate evening, we recommend figure-forming lines and neutral colors that keep the focus on your best features. Choose silhouettes that elongate your figure, like this maxi zipper dress from ByGeorge. Then, pair with long earrings, like these golden twists, to frame your face and add effortless movement. Contrast flowing pieces with structure: the geometric lines in this tunic and vintage choker do just that. First date? Wear an antique ring or heirloom jewelry and you'll have an intriguing story on your finger (or neck, or ears), ready to go. Grab your heels, stack your rings, and you'll be all set for a hot, Winter's night out.
Olivia shown in: Victorian Rose Cut Diamond & Natural Pearl Ring, $2,200; Victorian 'Moi et Toi' Ring with rose cut diamonds & pearl, $995; Victorian Double Ring with old mine cut and rose cut diamonds and single pearl $3,075; Edwardian Granulated Gold Bangle, circa 1900 $2,500; Estate Tiffany Earrings & Antique Cartier Collar Necklace, sold.
Where to Wear