Though Austin holidays are typically less snow-topped and more muggy than other cities, there are still plenty of places to order spiked eggnog and hot toddies. In recent years, Christmas celebrations around the city have gotten more elaborate with pop-ups and specials galore. Many have adjusted for the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping social distancing and virus mitigation measures in place while offering takeout cocktails.
Eater put together this handy map of the best bars and restaurants offering takeout holiday cocktails and specials throughout Austin. This year still includes the kitschy national pop-up bar Miracle at downtown cocktail bar the Eleanor (sibling to the essential the Roosevelt Room), its tiki offshoot Sippin’ Santa at east side favorite Nickel City, and the Hanukkah pop-up at East Austin bar Kitty Cohen’s. Plus, there’s a non-boozy option over at fast-casual Asian restaurant 101 by Tea Haus. For the purposes of this map, only bars and restaurants offering takeout services are being included.
As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each bar is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Be sure to wear a mask, tip well, and, if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the bars themselves.
A number of Austin restaurants have resumed dine-in service. That level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the City of Austin website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More