Austin Cosmic Cowboy- the nighttime Duck tour. Yeah, I know, Duck tours are lame and corny. Not this one. Well, maybe a little bit corny, but in a great way.
Instead of being greeted with a rubber duck or quacker, you'll be greeted with smiles, live music and cold refreshments. Greg and his crew go out of their way to make sure you have a good time, and the package includes locally produced refreshments and a meal, as well as the tour of Austin and obligatory splash in Lake Austin. Although not listed on their website, I have heard rumors that they have an interesting and tasty variety of beverages available, all locally produced. And iced tea, too.
The evening starts with a tour of the downtown area, then a stop to pick up the evening's meal, then continues through the streets of Austin as you drink and dine. There is live music on board every night, Greg has lined up a long list of great performers and they change regularly. The last time I rode was on the now-infamous Hackers on a Duck BSides Austin afterparty and we were entertained Leeann Atherton on that evening. After dining it is time for a little aquatic adventure in the lake, then back on dry land for a stop at a local watering hole before ending the evening. We stopped at the Mean Eyed Cat on our outings, a former chainsaw repair shop turned bar. You will not mistake it for the lobby lounge at a Holiday Inn, and that's fine by me.