Boat Tie-Up Parties, Devil’s Cove, Texas Singles & The Bars
Jimmy Buffett once wrote a song called “Where’s the Party?”
If he were to go to Lake Travis in Austin, Texas on a holiday weekend, he wouldn’t have to ask. Because it’s HERE!
All About The Party Scene
From sunshine to sundown and beyond, this body of water outside the state capitol of Texas is filled with bodies in the water. This is a Texas-sized bash and anyone with a boat or the means (or looks) to find one is invited. It’s bikinis and martinis, bare breasts and beer, socializing and shots.
Thousands of people pile on hundreds of boats and meet in a place called Devil’s Cove. And it’s a devilish good time. Entire rows are formed, dozens of boats tying up to one another to create what has to be the World’s Largest Floating Dock.
All aboard, it’s pure madness, the alcohol flowing as freely as the pickup lines. Forget bar hopping, here it’s boat hopping.
And oh, what boats. Huge off-shore speed demons with bows the size of Sixth Street. Yachts so big they can barely squeeze through the party lanes. Ski and wakeboard boats, runabouts, you name it.
And huge double-decker houseboats stocked with full bars, kegs, a serious sound system and dozens of strangers all having a good time together.
There’s even a BBQ boat; call ’em up on the cell phone and a few minutes later a cute bikini-clad water waitress comes putting along in a dingy with the order.
Navigating from one boat to the other is as simple as walking over to it. Or grabbing a drink, taking a dip, paddling around and climbing a ladder. Here, permission is always granted to come aboard. One of the more popular items – other than beer, of course – is a Styrofoam tube that rolls up between the legs, enabling people to leisurely float from boat to boat without spilling their drink.
The party starts anytime after noon. After getting buzzed all day at the cove, at sunset it’s off to Carlos ‘n Charlie’s, a huge hut of a bar which is conveniently perched at the top of a cliff on the way home. The dress code is bikini tops, shorts, sandals, T-shirts and tank tops.
A little more mellow scene – notice we said a “little” more mellow – is downriver at another lakeside bar, Johnny Fin’s. And there’s yet another bar,Shades, which is totally kicked back and plays mostly Jimmy Buffett tunes (we’ll have to check that one out on another trip).
And to think this scene is repeated every summer holiday – Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day. A smaller version happens just about every weekend in the summer but it swells during these holidays.
You know, there’s another Jimmy Buffett song that’s a bit more appropriate for Lake Travis. It’s called “Boat Drinks.”