SXSW Austin meetup? February 21, 2008 1:58 PM   Subscribe

Although I'm not going to South by Southwest, maybe the SXSW visitors and the Austin natives could have a meetup? SXSW is March 7 -16 this year.
posted by Daddy-O to MetaFilter Gatherings at 1:58 PM (50 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I am on a panel March 8th at 5pm, vaguely talking about "user revolts" and MetaFilter along with a bunch of other folks. I'm in town until the 12th. I'd love a meetup.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:04 PM on February 21, 2008

I'd be interested in a meetup, if it doesn't conflict with my movie-going that week.
posted by donajo at 2:04 PM on February 21, 2008

What about Sunday, March 9, in the afternoon? Last year we met at Opal Devine's on 6th so maybe somewhere else this time.
posted by mattbucher at 2:20 PM on February 21, 2008

"user revolts"

I'll say!
posted by dersins at 2:32 PM on February 21, 2008

I'm not going to SXSW but I do live in Austin, and could probably make it. (Although I have said that about two past meetups without showing up.)
posted by tepidmonkey at 2:35 PM on February 21, 2008

I want a talk on revolting users.
posted by xmutex at 2:36 PM on February 21, 2008

The Austin Bloggers group typically has a get-together the afternoon of SXSWi's first day, at the Mongolian BBQ joint right next to the convention center. I'll double-check the exact time and get back with that, but that would be a logical meetup opportunity.
posted by adamrice at 3:17 PM on February 21, 2008

that would be super-cool. I've never made it to a meetup in Seattle or Portland, but since I'll actually be in a central location.... (as opposed to the time (2001-ish?) I rode the bus from Lakewood to Seattle, ended up at the wrong place, and just came home again. somewhere I have a great pic of the closed sign from the restaurant that it was supposed to have been at. oh, my life pre-cellphone....)
posted by epersonae at 3:19 PM on February 21, 2008

Not going this year. :(

Opal Devine's is quite a hoof from the Convention Center, or at least was for me last year.
posted by dw at 4:22 PM on February 21, 2008

anyone gonna be around for music? i get in on the 12th.
posted by Hat Maui at 6:04 PM on February 21, 2008

I'm in! Sunday afternoon would be fine, will be in town Friday through Tuesday afternoon.
posted by ormondsacker at 6:36 PM on February 21, 2008

I think Sunday March 9th in the afternoon would be great. Noon?

Brainstorming here: There are several mexican restaurants on South Lamar, but not within walking distance of downtown. The Cedar Door is a possibility, it's at 2nd and Brazos 1 block east of Congress. The Dog and Duck Pub at Guadalupe and 17th is quite a jaunt if you're ambitious enough to hoof it, but maybe that would get us away from some of the crowds. Both of these have food and an outdoor patio if the weather is nice. A lot of places have the propane heaters on the patio for chilly days.

Cab sharing is always an option for the SXSWers, or maybe some of the locals would offer rides from downtown.
posted by Daddy-O at 6:38 PM on February 21, 2008

Yay, I was heading over to MetaTalk specifically to see if someone had set this up. I'll see y'all there!
posted by lhall at 7:31 PM on February 21, 2008

I'll walk up to a mile or so, but I'm cabbing it no place. I'm staying somewhere north of downtown, so public transpo works for me as well. Noon sounds great. I would like a burrito.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:34 PM on February 21, 2008

Scholz Garten at 17th and San Jacinto is another cool option.
posted by Daddy-O at 7:41 PM on February 21, 2008

How 'bout the Gingerman (4th & LaVaca)? I can't really think of a Mexican place downtown that would serve as a good meetup spot (Manuel's, Iron Cactus, Las Manitas), but someone feel free to correct me.
posted by mattbucher at 7:49 PM on February 21, 2008 [1 favorite]

Gingerman or Fados would be good choices in the warehouse district. Cedar Door is closer to Congress. I might stop by to point and laugh at the tourists wearing their sxsw badges.

If you all are stumbling home late at night sit down at Magnolia is very good. Quick take out try Torchy's for excellent tacos near Star Bar on west sixth. Taco Deli is excellent, but not yet downtown.
posted by jeblis at 9:03 PM on February 21, 2008

I'll be around for music. I get in on the 11th. Leave on the 17th
posted by chillmost at 1:41 AM on February 22, 2008

Oh hell yes! I'm up for it whenever/wherever.
posted by fiercecupcake at 5:40 AM on February 22, 2008

If this happens after the 9th, I'm totally down.
I had a good time meeting everyone last year.
posted by fnord at 6:25 AM on February 22, 2008

I'll nearly certainly be there, where and whenever 'there' turns out to be.
posted by dirtdirt at 9:38 AM on February 22, 2008

OK. As mentioned earlier, there will be an Austin Bloggers meetup, Friday Mar 6th at 6:00 PM, at the Mongolian Barbecue at San Jacinto & Cesar Chavez (East 1st St).

Obviously this doesn't preclude another meetup, but y'all are welcome to join in the nerdery.
posted by adamrice at 10:42 AM on February 22, 2008

Instead of a meetup, can we have a rumble?

But meetups are neutral territory!
posted by popechunk at 5:58 PM on February 22, 2008

Well, a question... shoudl the meetup coincide with the blogger meetup, or no? I'm sure there's tons of overlap.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 6:09 PM on February 22, 2008

Well, Friday evening's the start of Film, including the Twenty-One premiere, so I'd personally prefer another date.

(P.S. Will have own car, if needed for transporting.)
posted by ormondsacker at 9:29 PM on February 22, 2008

Lunch on Sunday works better for me than Friday evening.
posted by donajo at 8:26 AM on February 23, 2008

I don't think it should coincide with the other meeting. I'll be traveling on the Thursday and (from what I can see) panels don't start til 3:30 on Friday, so later is probably better than earlier.
posted by lhall at 10:56 PM on February 23, 2008

I just spent a few hours downtown looking at different places for the Austin/SXSW meetup, and The Cedar Door seems like the best to me. I have reserved the biergarten area for Sunday March 9th, from 12 noon until 2:30 pm. I told them I expected about 20 people.

The Cedar Door has a pretty good menu, lots of different kinds of beers, and a full bar. It's well located at 2nd and Brazos about halfway between the convention center and Congress Ave. If the weather is nice, the biergarten is a covered patio. If the weather is nasty, they enclose the biergarten, turn on the heaters, and run food and drink specials. So, I think we are covered for most contingencies.

Location, menu, and other info is at the link above. I look forward to meeting all of you in person!!!

If the mods could add this Austin/SXSW meetup to the list of meetups, that would be great. Thanks!
posted by Daddy-O at 2:49 PM on February 24, 2008

I added it, but I think anyone can add meetups. Thanks for taking care of this Daddy-O.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:15 PM on February 24, 2008

Awesome. See you then.
posted by mattbucher at 4:53 PM on February 24, 2008

Noon? I guess I can drag myself out of bed...
posted by Roman Graves at 10:28 PM on February 24, 2008

I just got picked in the wristband lottery!!!

Also, I'm coming to the meetup!

As long as D-O's doggy ain't comin'
posted by popechunk at 6:37 PM on February 25, 2008

...and you can pick up wristbands starting Sunday March 9th at noon near Cedar Door. What a crazy coinky-dink.
posted by popechunk at 6:41 PM on February 25, 2008

I'll be attending, and there will be accordion.
posted by AccordionGuy at 1:28 PM on February 27, 2008

I'm one of those who will be in for music, but not interactive, and would be up for something between the 12th and 15th for a sxsw meetup 2: electric boogaloo.
posted by andrewraff at 8:49 AM on March 4, 2008

Did anyone mention that daylight savings time is Sunday morning yet? Please make a note of it.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:19 PM on March 5, 2008

Upthread I mentioned a (separate) blogger meetup on Friday March 6. An astute observer might note that today is Thursday March 6. In fact, that meetup is tomorrow, Friday March 7, in case anyone is interested.
posted by adamrice at 10:36 AM on March 6, 2008

I am so, so, SO sad that I will be missing this, but in the interest of not infecting everyone with whatever Cough of Death I have, I will. :[

Somebody have a Mexican martini for me! Everyone have a Mexican martini for me.
posted by fiercecupcake at 7:34 PM on March 8, 2008

Huh. Do I put my money where my mouth is? I usually do the grocery shopping about then, but I've gotta get out and do some flyer-hanging anyway, so I just might make it.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:46 PM on March 8, 2008

Oh man! Sorry, fierce - consider the ring cooed at.
posted by ormondsacker at 10:46 PM on March 8, 2008

I am heading over there nowish. Tan pants, green backpack, slightly bleary expression.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:50 AM on March 9, 2008

The meetup was a success. Thanks to everyone who showed up!
posted by Daddy-O at 12:30 PM on March 9, 2008

Nice to meet everyone. Pics to come?
posted by mattbucher at 12:33 PM on March 9, 2008

This is my first attempt at uploading pictures to Flickr, but here they are. Let me know if there's a problem viewing them. I went to another "meetup" after this one, so I'm not in my right mind.

BTW, I just logged out for the first time, completely by accident, and could not get back in, thank God you can email yourself the password link again.
posted by popechunk at 3:20 PM on March 9, 2008

I had a great time, BTW, I'm really glad I went.
posted by popechunk at 3:21 PM on March 9, 2008

Oh, and I met Daddy-O's famous dog and was not intimidated.
posted by popechunk at 3:36 PM on March 9, 2008

Hey popechunk, those are great photos. I will blame the humidity for my choice of hairstyles. Thanks to everyone for coming. I have a few photos (I think?) but they won't be up til lateish.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:56 PM on March 9, 2008

Hey, I'll be arriving on Tuesday. Anybody still gonna be there? We can have an auxillary meetup.
posted by chillmost at 12:51 AM on March 10, 2008

I have a wristband and will be downtown Wed-Sat evenings, chilmost. I'll buy you a beer if we cross paths.
posted by popechunk at 5:26 AM on March 10, 2008

Thanks, everybody! Also, Tulia TX, Shot in Bombay, and Rainbow Around the Sun; the banjo thing with Bela Flick is surprisingly decent, especially musically; the shorts are good this year; avoid Bootleg, Wisconsin; Waiting for Sarah Marshall was the best sort of Apatow; and Battle for Seattle is 20 minutes of riot footage surrounded by 100 minutes of Sid Fields's Idiot's Guide to Dramatic Situations.
posted by ormondsacker at 12:24 PM on March 11, 2008

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