A Gift Guide for Father's Day in Austin
Father’s Day 2019 is just around the corner! Are you ready? If not, never fear. At Kennedy, we’ve been producing special events in Austin for 20 years, so we know our city like the back of our hand, from the best local spirits to the coolest spots and experiences. Read on for suggestions to make dear ol’ Dad smile on June 16.
Fits & Kicks
If it belongs at the intersection of “classic cool” and “the next big thing, known only by a select few” in men’s fashion, it can likely be found at Austin’s longtime hub of effortless cool: Service Menswear. Founded in 1993 and recently putting down new roots in its South Congress Avenue location, this style hub has everything from local Naked & Famous exclusives to critically-applauded Comme des Garçons fragrances. Whether the dad in your life could use a style upgrade or already enjoys the finer things, there’s something to be found here. Bring pops into the shop and get them looking sharp for the summer, or if they’re retail-averse, pick out something yourself to let them know you care.
Named after the nine bands on an armadillo’s body, in a subtle nod to Austin’s own Armadillo World Headquarters and the 1970s/80s heyday of our fair city’s laid-back musical heritage, Nine Banded whiskey is as smooth as it is approachable. Perfect for the liquor connoisseur and the newbie whiskey-drinker alike, this local spirit is aged in charred American oak and blended with limestone-filtered hill country water in true Texas fashion. The small-batch beverage is 90 proof, made of Kentucky bourbon blended with corn and rye whiskey, sure to take the edge off at the end of a long day or kick things up a notch at a Father’s Day celebration. Find it wherever fine spirits are sold around town, gift Dad with a bottle and serve up some cocktails made from one of the brand’s suggestions.
For adrenaline junkies and those who like risk but aren’t fond of consequences, iFly offers the best of both worlds: the thrill of flight without the actual height. Using vertical wind tunnel technology, this recreational experience trains you in common-sense safety measures, suits you up and gets you up in the air, indoors, with the aid of a personal instructor. Buy an advance ticket for the dad in your life to fly solo or with loved ones, or go all-out and rent the north Austin facility for a private party for Dad’s nearest and dearest.
Up, Up & Away
To get a bird’s-eye view of things, there’s no better way to experience the grandeur of the city than a chartered helicopter tour. From a quick 14-minute swoop over the downtown skyline to a full-on four-hour experience including a stop at The Salt Lick for some finger-lickin’ BBQ, Austin Helicopter Tours are an amazing way to thank the father figure(s) in your life for everything. Offering a handful of custom packages for sports lovers, Formula One enthusiasts and anyone who just plain loves taking in beautiful scenery from a rarefied view, this outfitter knows how to create a truly unforgettable experience. Book early to secure a spot around Father’s Day… but first, double-check to make sure Dad’s not afraid of heights!