SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestAUSTIN, TX — A confession: Between the rain pouring down and the rumors pouring in, I didn't even make it to the Austin Convention Center today for any of SXSW's official programming. A show veteran granted me absolution: "No one makes it to the third day." The third night, however, was not optional. The hot ticket: Facebook's Get.friends party at Pangaea. The Crush party at Six Lounge a half-block down Colorado Street was the chill-out alternative. Scott Kidder and I hopped between the two, snapping pictures all the while. Mazyar "Mazy" Kazerooni of OpenHulu fame joined up for the party tour. At Six, I found myself sandwiched between Sarah Lacy and Julia Allison, SXSW's two controversy magnets. Back at Pangaea, I spotted Dave McClure grooving ecstatically to BT, the electronica artist Facebook evangelist Dave Morin picked for the event. (Don't tell Morin: BT has a MySpace page.) The afterparty? It took so long to get going anywhere that we ended up having it outside on Colorado Street, where Wired's Megan McCarthy administered breathalyzer tests. More photos:

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS

SXSW bar crawl begins in earnestS