Close out SXSW with Swig & Swine at Half Step Sunday

Drink.Well's Rain King, with tequila and Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, is among the drinks that will be at the Swig & Swine Sunday.

Drink.Well’s Rain King, with tequila and Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, is among the drinks that will be at the Swig & Swine Sunday.

If you’re still able to get out of bed on Sunday, Rainey Street’s Half Step is throwing one final South by Southwest party featuring the hospitality and design group behind San Francisco’s acclaimed Trick Dog bar (a place that’s high on my list of must-visit spots).

Called Swig & Swine, the charity barbecue is a sister event to the Bon Vivants’ Pig & Punch fundraiser at the Tales of the Cocktail, the largest cocktail festival in the country held every year in New Orleans. Sunday’s event will provide attendees — who need only pay $30 at the door, no SXSW badge or RSVP required — with a very meaty meal and plenty of punch poured straight from large barrels.

Among the all-stars chefs preparing all that pork for your happy consumption is Scott Baird, one of the Bon Vivants, as well as the local line-up of Sway’s Alexis Chong, Salt & Time’s Josh Jones and Dai Due’s Jesse Griffiths.

Three local bars, Half Step, Drink.Well and Weather Up, are helping to provide the punch. These will be $10 or $11.

It’s money for a good cause. All proceeds and additional donations, according to a press release, will be donated to KIPP Austin Public Schools, a charter school network.

Not convinced you’ll want to make it to one more SXSW event on Sunday? Here’s a look at three of the punches that will be provided.

  • Half Step’s Rainey Street Revival: Templeton Rye, Carpano Antica, Fernet, fresh ginger syrup and lime ($11)
  • Weather Up’s Moreno Swizzle: Don Q Anejo, King’s Ginger liqueur, Luxardo Amaretto, pineapple, lime, Bad Dog Fire and Damnation Bitters and Angostura bitters ($10).
  • Drink.Well’s the Rain King: Don Julio Blanco, Ancho Reyes liqueur, pineapple puree, Giffard Ginger liqueur, lime and Bitter End Thai Bitters ($10)

Swig & Swine at South by Southwest

What: A charity barbecue featuring live music and signature punches from local bars

When: 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Half Step, 75 1/2 Rainey St.

Cost: $30. No RSVP necessary.


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