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Downtown Austin Hotel Opens ‘20s-Themed Whiskey Bar

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The Whisper Room will offer a wide selection of whiskeys and tableside cocktails

The Whisper Room at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel
The Whisper Room at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel [Official]

The InterContinental Stephen F. Austin hotel is opening a reservations-only whiskey lounge, The Whisper Room, with a menu curated by bar expert Justin Elliot. The bar makes its debut on Friday, October 26 at 701 Congress Avenue.

The Whisper Room is a 1920s-themed ten-seat bar found within the hotel’s existing restaurant, Stephen F.’s Bar & Restaurant. The lounge will have a selection of whiskeys from around the world along with bar snacks and cocktails like Manhattans and a Sazeracs. The cocktails, many of which are made tableside, were developed in collaboration with Elliott, who opened downtown bar the Townsend.

Glassware and whiskey at The Whisper Room
Glassware and whiskey at The Whisper Room
InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel [Official]

Bar snacks include deviled eggs, garlic-charred olives, and shrimp and chorizo arancini. The lounge features decor appropriate for the era, like the vintage crystal sconce, ornate glassware, limoges serving dishes, and a private terrace overlooking Congress Avenue.

The InterContinental opened during the Prohibition era in 1924, hence the bar’s speakeasy theme. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at (512) 721-4230. The lounge is open Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from noon to 2 a.m. and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m.

Update November 13: A call to the hotel confirmed that there are two seatings for cocktail hour: 5:30 and 8:30. There is $100 minimum spend for up to 10 people. To rent as a private event, it’s an $800 minimum spend.

InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel

701 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701 512-721-4230 Visit Website

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