New Year’s Eve Survival Guide

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We hope everyone has been enjoying their holidays this month! We’re inching towards the end of the year, and we’re all preparing to ring in the new year properly – champagne, toasts and good company.

There is one thing about the tech industry that we’ve noticed over the years – disasters don’t care about your holidays. Just ask Sony and Xbox… So what happens if you’re stuck working during New Years? We’ve got you covered with some nice coffee shop options – whether you’re working through the countdown or on the first day of the year with a terrible hangover. Here’s our list of just a few local Austin options of where to go if you’re plowing through code unexpectedly in the next few days.

If you’re already downtown on NYE and get the dreaded “Uh Oh” phone call:

If you’ve got your gear already, head on down to Wright Bros. Brew and Brew. It’s right off I-35 near 5th street.  You can even bring your NYE crew along for the ride because they’ll be open until 2am instead of their normal end time of midnight. They’re even having a midnight toast, and there’s no cover.  Their wifi isn’t too bad and they have some great snacks. And if you can get things finished early, you can even grab a beer and join the party.

Emergency all nighter option:

If you’re north-ish, go to Epoch. They will be open 24/7 throughout the holiday. They also have great wifi, snacks, pizza and comfy chairs.

If you’re more south-ish, check out Bennu Coffee. They also never ever close and have pizza and tacos and wifi.

If you partied hard on NYE and get the panicked 7am phone call on January 1st:

First – I’m sorry. But at least breakfast tacos exist, so grab some advil and sunglasses and head to one of these places:

Cherrywood Coffeehouse is on the east side of I-35 not far from the Hancock Center. They’re open their normal hours (7am to midnight) on New Years Day, and they have some amazing breakfast tacos. Just make sure to yell at any guy who doesn’t read the sign about wifi and turns on his personal hotspot because it’ll take down their wifi.

– If you’re more south, check out Strange Brew. They have a full menu (including tacos) and lots of seating. From what we’ve been told, it’s a great place, though we haven’t ventured to that part of Austin yet. If you go, let us know how it is!

So that’s our list. Hopefully you won’t have to use it for an emergency coding extravaganza, but maybe it will help in case you do. Also, be sure to let us know if you have any other contributions. And most importantly, Happy New Year! We hope that 2014 was great to everyone and that 2015 will be even better.


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