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The 9 Hottest New Cocktail Destinations in Austin Right Now

Where to drink right now this August

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A cocktail from Wax Myrtle’s.
| Nadia Chaudhury/Eater Austin

Welcome to the latest installment of Eater Austin’s cocktail heatmap, a map of the hottest, buzziest boozing destinations around town. This means the latest bars in town, hot new restaurants offering serious cocktail games, or even older spots mixing it up with a new bar program, under a year old.

Local bars and restaurants have really stepped up their games to create the best cocktails right now. This means speakeasy bars like Kinfolk, tiki wonderland Tiki Tatsu-ya, classics from Diner Bar, and more. This August update includes Oaxacan restaurant Chapulín Cantina.

For the city’s must-hit essential cocktail bars, Eater has it covered elsewhere, along with the best all-around bars and restaurant bars. And then there are guides to other specific drinks, like refreshing frozen drinks, that other Austin cocktail staple margarita, craft beer, wine, happy hours, bloody marys, and mimosas.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Pecan Square Café

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The latest McGuire Moorman Lambert restaurant in Clarksville offers up a classic cocktail menu to accompany its New American with California vibes fare since April. There’s a Bee’s Knees iteration with lemon-herbed grapefruit honey; Old Fashioneds; and martinis. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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Hidden bar Here Nor There expanded with this way-more-visible bar in downtown Austin this July. The very tiny bar includes cocktails, aperitivi, and digestivos. There are indoor dine-in services.

Wax Myrtle's

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For poolside alfresco drinks, head to the lush bar on the fourth floor of the Thompson Austin hotel in the downtown area courtesy of Chicago hospitality group Land and Sea Dept. since February. The refreshing cocktail menu spans drinks such as the Stoop Hang with sherry and a pineapple-campari; or the Bday with mezcal and grapefruit soda; plus frozens. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Diner Bar Austin

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The Southern-leaning restaurant from partners chef Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano in the Thompson Austin offers a short but sweet cocktail list of both house and classic drinks since April. The Garden Daiquiri comes with rum, turmeric, rosemary, and orange bitters; Wonder When is made with mezcal, cognac, Cointreau, and maraschino liquor; and there are Vieux Carres and Corpse Reviver #2s. There are even vodka flights, which pair well with the raw oysters. There are indoor dine-in services.

Kinfolk Lounge & Library

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Downtown Southern restaurant Moonshine turned its cellar into an intimate cocktail bar making use of its long list of spirits as of late December 2021. Reservations are recommended. There are indoor dine-in services.

Tiki Tatsu-Ya

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The Tatsu-ya group’s latest joint is an entire wonderland dedicated to all things tiki since October. The cocktails take its cues from classic drinks, such as the Slurping Bastard (a take on the Suffering Bastard), the Painkiller, and the Cobra Kai (Cobra’s Fang), all served in fun vessels. The bar is open for indoor dine-in services.

Maie Day

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The revamped South Congress Hotel restaurant under the helm of the Olamaie team since May features a fantastic cocktail menu. The Garden Variety with a blueberry-peaflower syrup and gin is refreshing; and the Framboise Au Poivre is lovely. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Chapulin Cantina

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The new Oaxacan restaurant that took over the former Enoteca Vespaio Italian space on South Congress touts a corresponding cocktail menu, including Vampiros, Palomas, and margaritas. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Ani's Day & Night

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The Montopolis cafe’s cocktail menu is made for sipping on its big patio, from the Pop Fizz, Hotshot with gins and oat milk; the A Certain A-Peel with rum, banana liqueur, and turmeric honey. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Pecan Square Café

The latest McGuire Moorman Lambert restaurant in Clarksville offers up a classic cocktail menu to accompany its New American with California vibes fare since April. There’s a Bee’s Knees iteration with lemon-herbed grapefruit honey; Old Fashioneds; and martinis. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

In Plain Sight

Hidden bar Here Nor There expanded with this way-more-visible bar in downtown Austin this July. The very tiny bar includes cocktails, aperitivi, and digestivos. There are indoor dine-in services.

Wax Myrtle's

For poolside alfresco drinks, head to the lush bar on the fourth floor of the Thompson Austin hotel in the downtown area courtesy of Chicago hospitality group Land and Sea Dept. since February. The refreshing cocktail menu spans drinks such as the Stoop Hang with sherry and a pineapple-campari; or the Bday with mezcal and grapefruit soda; plus frozens. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Diner Bar Austin

The Southern-leaning restaurant from partners chef Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano in the Thompson Austin offers a short but sweet cocktail list of both house and classic drinks since April. The Garden Daiquiri comes with rum, turmeric, rosemary, and orange bitters; Wonder When is made with mezcal, cognac, Cointreau, and maraschino liquor; and there are Vieux Carres and Corpse Reviver #2s. There are even vodka flights, which pair well with the raw oysters. There are indoor dine-in services.

Kinfolk Lounge & Library

Downtown Southern restaurant Moonshine turned its cellar into an intimate cocktail bar making use of its long list of spirits as of late December 2021. Reservations are recommended. There are indoor dine-in services.

Tiki Tatsu-Ya

The Tatsu-ya group’s latest joint is an entire wonderland dedicated to all things tiki since October. The cocktails take its cues from classic drinks, such as the Slurping Bastard (a take on the Suffering Bastard), the Painkiller, and the Cobra Kai (Cobra’s Fang), all served in fun vessels. The bar is open for indoor dine-in services.

Maie Day

The revamped South Congress Hotel restaurant under the helm of the Olamaie team since May features a fantastic cocktail menu. The Garden Variety with a blueberry-peaflower syrup and gin is refreshing; and the Framboise Au Poivre is lovely. The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Chapulin Cantina

The new Oaxacan restaurant that took over the former Enoteca Vespaio Italian space on South Congress touts a corresponding cocktail menu, including Vampiros, Palomas, and margaritas. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Ani's Day & Night

The Montopolis cafe’s cocktail menu is made for sipping on its big patio, from the Pop Fizz, Hotshot with gins and oat milk; the A Certain A-Peel with rum, banana liqueur, and turmeric honey. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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