Bars are important to Austin, where drinking is a time-honored ritual. The city overflows with bars, so it’s important to pay respect to the city’s essential cocktail bars, where well-crafted drinks come first.
Here are the best bars that hold the craft of the cocktail in utmost respect, where bartenders pay dedicated attention to building excellent drinks. There is the longtime classy spot the Driskill, knowledgeable bars including Roosevelt Room, and the need-to-know lounge of Midnight Cowboy, and welcoming neighborhood spot Nickel City, among others. Sit back, sip, and enjoy.
While, yes, a majority of these cocktail bars are found in/near downtown Austin, the city has way more boozing options. Navigate versatile bars for every drink preference, iconic dive bars, and great restaurant bars.
As with all businesses, 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. Wear a mask, tip well, and if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the bars themselves.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More