Founded by a posse of Kentucky-area natives, Trifecta On 3rd distinguishes itself with an enormous bourbon selection and a gourmet bar menu heavy on specialty pizzas. These house pies include the Southwestern chorizo, made with fresh, golden corn and cilantro, and the Fireball, which scalds mouths with jalapeños, serranos, habaneros, and, when in season, the notoriously nuclear Ghost Chili. Between bites, patrons can escape to Trifecta's expansive patio lest their ear-steam obstruct others' view of the interior's seven flat-screen TVs.
Small rows of café tables line the walls of Zaytouna Lounge as well as an outdoor patio with more breezy seating. Servers carry in pots of piping-hot mint and jasmine teas, pouring them into colorful glasses laid out on silver trays. Wafts of sweet hookah smoke drift through the air as players toss balls on the gravel bocce court.
Patrons will be able to make a selection from 21 varieties of Torres Cigars, which range from $5–$20 per cigar. Containing masterfully crafted blends with a Texas twist, Torres Cigars provide smokers an opportunity to sample top-notch tobacco in a striking package. Additionally, visitors can kick back and relax next to the bar, where a selection of wines and beers with the purchase of food await to wet the smoke-parched whistles of distinguished smokers and budding connoisseurs alike. You can use this Groupon toward cheese plates that include aged cheddar, havarti, imported gouda, and more ($3.75 for 1/2 plate, $5.75 for regular plate, $8.75 for large plate).
Though cigars were originally invented to celebrate the invention of the cigar, it can be used today to celebrate any occasion, up to and including "being alive and enjoying a fine cigar." For $10, today’s side deal gets you $20 worth of cigars from around the world at Fumée Cigar Lounge in Cedar Park. You may also use your Groupon in Fumée’s café. Menu items include cappuccino ($3), hookah ($10/hour), or if you just need a mixer to wet your smoky throat, Italian soda or Red Bull ($3). Fumée is open seven days a week.
Although Esther's Follies' variety show of music, magic, and comedy recalls the vaudevillian entertainment of yesteryear (albeit with a more acerbic modern bent), the nostalgia goes beyond just the performances. The longstanding venue and comedy troupe was named after Esther Williams, the Golden Age starlet whose career as a professional swimmer led to numerous iconic MGM films. Posters for several of these pictures are plastered throughout the space, and an undersea mural bustling with brightly-hued coral, kaleidoscopic marine life, and even a Loch Ness monster further contributes to Esther's otherworldly, aquatic theme. The magical environment, along with the shows themselves, have wowed audiences and Austin Chronicle critics alike.
On the production end, Esther's Follies busts guts in record speed with satirical quips on current events; relevant parodies; and high-stepping, fast-paced comedy sketches. Resident magician Ray Anderson keeps things light with levitation illusions known to dazzle crowds. As the Follies cast ignites into choral skewerings of front-page newsmakers, audiences will laugh so hard that giggles come out their noses.