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Mai tai in glass and bottle form at Small Victory
Mai tai in glass and bottle form at Small Victory
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Where to Order Austin’s Best Takeout Cocktails, June 2021

From bottled mai tais to frozen margaritas to canned drinks galore

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Mai tai in glass and bottle form at Small Victory
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Luckily, takeout cocktails are now permanently legal in Austin, allowing people to enjoy expertly mixed drinks in their own homes or outdoor settings. Local bars and restaurants have really stepped up their games to create the best to-go cocktails right now. This means sublime offerings from downtown bar the Roosevelt Room, unpretentious drinks from North Loop bar the Tigress, easygoing takes from favorite neighborhood bar Nickel City, to funky crowlers from Rainey Street spot Little Brother.

Keep in mind that, in accordance with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission guidelines, purchases of sealed mixed drinks and cocktail kits must be accompanied by food.

For specific drinks to-go, check out Eater’s guides to margaritas, frozen cocktails, beers, wines, and Jell-O shots.

As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Follow the business’s rules, be sure to wear a mask, and tip well.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Peached Tortilla

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5520 Burnet Rd #100
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 330-4439
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The Allandale Asian-Southern restaurant’s beverage director, Kevin Kok, converted a few of his cocktails into takeout form, including the house margarita, made with a habanero-infused tequila and Thai basil. Pickup orders can be placed online, and the restaurant has reopened for dine-in services, with patio space available. Find a similar to-go cocktail menu at Clarksville sibling spot Bar Peached.

A bottled margarita from Peached Tortilla
A bottled margarita from Peached Tortilla
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2. The Tigress Pub

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100 W N Loop Blvd unit g
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 600-3232
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One of Austin’s earlier bars, led by owner Pam Pritchard, is still serving up amazing unpretentious cocktails in the North Loop area. The current menu includes low-ABV options and the delightful Fancy Feast punch. The grilled cheese (which is required) is just an added bonus. Pickup orders can be placed online. The bar has reopened for indoor and patio service.

The punch from Tigress Pub
The punch from Tigress Pub
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3. Drink.Well

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207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 614-6683
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The thoughtful cocktail menu at North Loop bar from owner Jessica Sanders translates well into bottled cocktails. There are sturdy house and classic cocktails, from gin gimlets to Old Fashioneds. Drinks are available in eight-ounce bottles. Pickup and curbside orders can be placed online. The bar has reopened for dine-in service, with some outdoor areas.

To-go cocktails from Drink.Well
To-go cocktails from Drink.Well
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4. Contigo

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2027 Anchor Ln
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 614-2260
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The MLK restaurant is serving up its alfresco-friendly cocktails to go, in the form of frozen and canned libations. Among the short but strong list are a frozen guava margarita, the sage paloma, and a rye Old Fashioned. Pickup and drive-thru orders can be placed online. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service with plentiful outdoor space.

5. Sour Duck Market

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1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 394-5776
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Of the city’s Bryce Gilmore restaurants, it’s the Central East Austin alfresco restaurant that offers a bunch of great bottled cocktails. There are individual drinks, from the turmeric mule to the Whats Up Duck with cilantro mezcal and carrot juice, plus 32-ounce options of frozen margarita and paloma and the turmeric mule. To-go and delivery orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service with plenty of outdoor space.

Sour Duck Market’s bottled paloma
Sour Duck Market’s bottled paloma
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6. Small Victory

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108 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 903-9450
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One of the city’s best cocktail bars has reopened with takeout service, where wonderful drinks — bartender’s choice of daiquiri to excellent martinis — are available in three sizes, paired with bags of appropriately shaped ice. Those who want to experiment even further can opt for one of their several house-made cocktail syrups. Place pickup orders online.

Bottled cocktails from Small Victory
Bottled cocktails from Small Victory
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7. Nickel City

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1133 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

Austin’s favorite neighborhood bar in Central East Austin is back in action again. Booze expert Travis Tober, manager Amanda Carto, and the team of knowledgeable bartenders are whipping up wonderful cocktails, available for pickups. This means the favorite creamy frozen Irish coffee at the moment. Pickup orders can be placed online. The bar has reopened for dine-in service with a patio available.

Frozen to-go cocktails from Nickel City
Frozen to-go cocktails from Nickel City
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8. The Roosevelt Room

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307 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-4094
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The respected downtown cocktail bar, from co-owners Justin Lavenue and Dennis Gobis, combed through its sprawling menu to highlight several of its house and classic cocktails for its takeout service. Options include the mezcal-based Cigar Box to the tequila-based Lonesome Dove to the Negroni to the Painkiller, in varying sizes from two- to 10-servings. Pickup and delivery cocktails can be placed online. The bar has reopened for on-site service.

Roosevelt Room’s bottled cocktails
Roosevelt Room’s bottled cocktails
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9. Kalimotxo

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607 W 3rd St #105
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 333-0737
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The takeout cocktail program at the downtown bar from Emmer & Rye/Hestia is naturally Basque-style, taking its cues from the food menu. The two-serving cocktail pouches include the frozen namesake drink (a mixture of Spanish red wine and Coca-Cola), a Spanish gin and tonic, and an Old Fashioned. Pickup orders can be placed online. The patio and dining room have reopened for dine-in services.

10. Whisler's

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1816 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 480-0781
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Scranton Twohey’s East Austin bar is offering a mixture of its well-crafted house and classic cocktails, from the creamy Five Dollar Milkshake with rum, apricot, pineapple, and coconut cream, to the Twisted Nerve with hibiscus vodka and citruses to the Old Fashioned, in fun bottles and cans. Pickup orders can be placed online. The bar has reopened for dine-in service too, with patio areas.

Whisler’s canned cocktails
Whisler’s canned cocktails
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11. Kitty Cohen's

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2211 Webberville Rd #3548
Austin, TX 78702

The East Austin patio bar reopened with fun and easy cocktails and frozens, such as the Coconut Gimlet, the Poolevardier with brandy, Camparis, and sweet vermouth, and the frosé. To-go orders can be placed in person or through the TabbedOut app.

Cocktails from Kitty Cohen’s
Cocktails from Kitty Cohen’s
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12. Little Brother

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89 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 305-3133
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Perhaps Austin’s tiniest bar in downtown, from Matthew  Bolick, Matt Wright, and Grady Wright, is serving up a very fun and packed-with-flavor takeout cocktail menu. Current options include Togronis (negronis, naturally), an actually good espresso martini, frozen cocktails, and post-meal shooters (including the Enzo Ferrari, with fernet, Campari, and chocolate bitters). Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. The patio has reopened for dine-in service. Find a similar to-go cocktail menu at sibling spot the Clarksville-adjacent Better Half.

13. De Nada Cantina

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4715 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 615-3555
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Austin cocktail expert Chris Bostick oversees the bar of this new taco restaurant, which includes excellent margaritas in various forms (including a mango frozen) for takeout purposes. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

1. The Peached Tortilla

5520 Burnet Rd #100, Austin, TX 78756
A bottled margarita from Peached Tortilla
A bottled margarita from Peached Tortilla
Peached Tortilla/Facebook

The Allandale Asian-Southern restaurant’s beverage director, Kevin Kok, converted a few of his cocktails into takeout form, including the house margarita, made with a habanero-infused tequila and Thai basil. Pickup orders can be placed online, and the restaurant has reopened for dine-in services, with patio space available. Find a similar to-go cocktail menu at Clarksville sibling spot Bar Peached.

5520 Burnet Rd #100
Austin, TX 78756

2. The Tigress Pub

100 W N Loop Blvd unit g, Austin, TX 78751
The punch from Tigress Pub
The punch from Tigress Pub
The Tigress Pub/Facebook

One of Austin’s earlier bars, led by owner Pam Pritchard, is still serving up amazing unpretentious cocktails in the North Loop area. The current menu includes low-ABV options and the delightful Fancy Feast punch. The grilled cheese (which is required) is just an added bonus. Pickup orders can be placed online. The bar has reopened for indoor and patio service.

100 W N Loop Blvd unit g
Austin, TX 78751

3. Drink.Well

207 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751
To-go cocktails from Drink.Well
To-go cocktails from Drink.Well
Drink.Well [Official]

The thoughtful cocktail menu at North Loop bar from owner Jessica Sanders translates well into bottled cocktails. There are sturdy house and classic cocktails, from gin gimlets to Old Fashioneds. Drinks are available in eight-ounce bottles. Pickup and curbside orders can be placed online. The bar has reopened for dine-in service, with some outdoor areas.

207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

4. Contigo

2027 Anchor Ln, Austin, TX 78723

The MLK restaurant is serving up its alfresco-friendly cocktails to go, in the form of frozen and canned libations. Among the short but strong list are a frozen guava margarita, the sage paloma, and a rye Old Fashioned. Pickup and drive-thru orders can be placed online. The restaurant has reopened for dine-in service with plentiful outdoor space.

2027 Anchor Ln
Austin, TX 78723

5. Sour Duck Market

1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78702
Sour Duck Market’s bottled paloma
Sour Duck Market’s bottled paloma
Sour Duck Market/Facebook

Of the city’s Bryce Gilmore restaurants, it’s the Central East Austin alfresco restaurant that offers a bunch of great bottled cocktails. There are individual drinks, from the turmeric mule to the Whats Up Duck with cilantro mezcal and carrot juice, plus 32-ounce options of frozen margarita and paloma and the turmeric mule. To-go and delivery orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for dine-in service with plenty of outdoor space.

1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin, TX 78702

6. Small Victory

108 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701
Bottled cocktails from Small Victory
Bottled cocktails from Small Victory
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

One of the city’s best cocktail bars has reopened with takeout service, where wonderful drinks — bartender’s choice of daiquiri to excellent martinis — are available in three sizes, paired with bags of appropriately shaped ice. Those who want to experiment even further can opt for one of their several house-made cocktail syrups. Place pickup orders online.

108 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701

7. Nickel City

1133 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Frozen to-go cocktails from Nickel City
Frozen to-go cocktails from Nickel City
Nickel City/Facebook

Austin’s favorite neighborhood bar in Central East Austin is back in action again. Booze expert Travis Tober, manager Amanda Carto, and the team of knowledgeable bartenders are whipping up wonderful cocktails, available for pickups. This means the favorite creamy frozen Irish coffee at the moment. Pickup orders can be placed online. The bar has reopened for dine-in service with a patio available.

1133 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

8. The Roosevelt Room

307 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
Roosevelt Room’s bottled cocktails
Roosevelt Room’s bottled cocktails
Roosevelt Room/Facebook

The respected downtown cocktail bar, from co-owners Justin Lavenue and Dennis Gobis, combed through its sprawling menu to highlight several of its house and classic cocktails for its takeout service. Options include the mezcal-based Cigar Box to the tequila-based Lonesome Dove to the Negroni to the Painkiller, in varying sizes from two- to 10-servings. Pickup and delivery cocktails can be placed online. The bar has reopened for on-site service.

307 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78701

9. Kalimotxo

607 W 3rd St #105, Austin, TX 78701

The takeout cocktail program at the downtown bar from Emmer & Rye/Hestia is naturally Basque-style, taking its cues from the food menu. The two-serving cocktail pouches include the frozen namesake drink (a mixture of Spanish red wine and Coca-Cola), a Spanish gin and tonic, and an Old Fashioned. Pickup orders can be placed online. The patio and dining room have reopened for dine-in services.

607 W 3rd St #105
Austin, TX 78701

10. Whisler's

1816 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Whisler’s canned cocktails
Whisler’s canned cocktails
Whisler’s/Facebook

Scranton Twohey’s East Austin bar is offering a mixture of its well-crafted house and classic cocktails, from the creamy Five Dollar Milkshake with rum, apricot, pineapple, and coconut cream, to the Twisted Nerve with hibiscus vodka and citruses to the Old Fashioned, in fun bottles and cans. Pickup orders can be placed online. The bar has reopened for dine-in service too, with patio areas.

1816 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Kitty Cohen's

2211 Webberville Rd #3548, Austin, TX 78702
Cocktails from Kitty Cohen’s
Cocktails from Kitty Cohen’s
Kitty Cohen’s/Facebook

The East Austin patio bar reopened with fun and easy cocktails and frozens, such as the Coconut Gimlet, the Poolevardier with brandy, Camparis, and sweet vermouth, and the frosé. To-go orders can be placed in person or through the TabbedOut app.

2211 Webberville Rd #3548
Austin, TX 78702

12. Little Brother

89 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

Perhaps Austin’s tiniest bar in downtown, from Matthew  Bolick, Matt Wright, and Grady Wright, is serving up a very fun and packed-with-flavor takeout cocktail menu. Current options include Togronis (negronis, naturally), an actually good espresso martini, frozen cocktails, and post-meal shooters (including the Enzo Ferrari, with fernet, Campari, and chocolate bitters). Pickup and delivery orders can be placed online. The patio has reopened for dine-in service. Find a similar to-go cocktail menu at sibling spot the Clarksville-adjacent Better Half.

89 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

13. De Nada Cantina

4715 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Austin cocktail expert Chris Bostick oversees the bar of this new taco restaurant, which includes excellent margaritas in various forms (including a mango frozen) for takeout purposes. Pickup orders can be placed online. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

4715 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

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