What could be better this Halloween than bar crawling with your dog? Dress yourself and your dog in costume and come down to Rainey for this annual charity event supporting Austin Dog Rescue. Costume contest, drink specials, and free goodies are all part of the fun. 21+. Sun., Oct. 30, 2-5pm. $15 ($10, advance).
This tiny place serves reasonable small plates such as blistered shishito peppers with miso aioli and pomme frites with truffle aioli and Grana Padano, as well as some of the most inventive cocktails in town.
200 Congress, 512/827-2760
Irish music, excellent pub grub, and Guinness and Smithwick's Ale by the 20-ounce imperial pint make this a great place to watch sports. Check out six 42-inch hi-def plasma TVs and the 65-inch "ScreenZilla" Mitsubishi in back.
204 E. Sixth, 512/494-1335
Some say the sliders here are the best in town. Happy hour draws a crowd, and so do the 31 TVs for the sports set.
214 E. Sixth, 512/469-0001