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10 Outstanding All-Around Bars in Austin

Bars that work for any occasion, from dives to cocktail spots, with drinks, beers, wine, and spirits

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Austin’s drinking scene has never been better, with numerous bars offering absolutely great boozy beverages, from cocktails to beer to wine. With that in mind, Eater is highlighting the city’s best all-around bars, those establishments that serve stellar mixed drinks, as well as excellent beer and/or wine selections, so there’s a libation for every preference.

Austin’s most versatile bars include King Bee with its varied choices, great neighborhood spot Nickel City, East Austin’s Holiday bar, and others. .

Elsewhere, Eater breaks down the city’s best alcoholic offerings: essential cocktail bars, new cocktail bars, beer spots, dive bars, wine lists, and sports bars.

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Drink.Well

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The North Loop bar offers excellent cocktails made with its well-curated spirits list, beers, and wines, as well as a sturdy food menu. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Veracruz Fonda and Bar

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Fantastic taco truck Veracruz All Natural opened up this Mueller Mexican restaurant, where it was able to expand into alcohol. This means a great cocktail list, many with agave spirits; a short but well curated wine list — including options from Chile; and beers that are local, domestic, and, yes, from Mexico. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Hole In The Wall

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The campus dive bar is the place to nurse a beer or mixed drink (including mezcal mules) while watching a live show. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

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King Bee Lounge

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Even under new ownership, the Central East Austin bar still offers a potent frozen Bee’s Knees cocktail, alongside non-frozen cocktails, beers, wines, and a great mezcal selection. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Small Victory

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While somewhat difficult to find, the intimate downtown bar pays equal amount attention to its cocktails (i.e. that choose-your-own-adventure martini) as it does to its modest wine list. There are indoor dine-in services.

Nickel City

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The central east Austin neighborhood bar has something for everyone: wines by the glass, frozen drinks, cocktails, beers, shots, and boilermakers. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

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Holiday

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The newly crowned Eater Austin’s best new bar of 2023 in East Austin serves up a well-rounded drinks menu. There are all sorts of cocktails, from very casual to fancy, as well as thoughtful wines and beer options. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Frazier's

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For low-key beers, cocktails and well drinks, and shots, Frazier’s is the answer. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Little Drinks Lounge

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Head to the South Austin location of the Drinks group where you can find good frozens and cocktails, beers, shots, and Austin-made wines. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Little Darlin'

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Far South Austin’s bar paradise can be found with Little Darlin’. There are rotating frozen cocktails, well drinks, and plenty of beers, including the locally focused draft list. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Drink.Well

The North Loop bar offers excellent cocktails made with its well-curated spirits list, beers, and wines, as well as a sturdy food menu. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Veracruz Fonda and Bar

Fantastic taco truck Veracruz All Natural opened up this Mueller Mexican restaurant, where it was able to expand into alcohol. This means a great cocktail list, many with agave spirits; a short but well curated wine list — including options from Chile; and beers that are local, domestic, and, yes, from Mexico. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Hole In The Wall

The campus dive bar is the place to nurse a beer or mixed drink (including mezcal mules) while watching a live show. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

A bar’s beer taps.
Hole in the Wall.
Robert J. Lerma/Eater Austin

King Bee Lounge

Even under new ownership, the Central East Austin bar still offers a potent frozen Bee’s Knees cocktail, alongside non-frozen cocktails, beers, wines, and a great mezcal selection. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Small Victory

While somewhat difficult to find, the intimate downtown bar pays equal amount attention to its cocktails (i.e. that choose-your-own-adventure martini) as it does to its modest wine list. There are indoor dine-in services.

Nickel City

The central east Austin neighborhood bar has something for everyone: wines by the glass, frozen drinks, cocktails, beers, shots, and boilermakers. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

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Nickel City.
Robert J. Lerma/Eater Austin.

Holiday

The newly crowned Eater Austin’s best new bar of 2023 in East Austin serves up a well-rounded drinks menu. There are all sorts of cocktails, from very casual to fancy, as well as thoughtful wines and beer options. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Frazier's

For low-key beers, cocktails and well drinks, and shots, Frazier’s is the answer. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Little Drinks Lounge

Head to the South Austin location of the Drinks group where you can find good frozens and cocktails, beers, shots, and Austin-made wines. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The Little Darlin'

Far South Austin’s bar paradise can be found with Little Darlin’. There are rotating frozen cocktails, well drinks, and plenty of beers, including the locally focused draft list. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

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