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The 12 Hottest New Cocktail Destinations in Austin Right Now

Where to drink right now this November

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Cocktails from Electric Shuffle.
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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, all under a year old.

Local bars and restaurants have really stepped up their games to create the best cocktails right now. This November update includes Japanese-Texas restaurant BBQ Ramen Tatsu-ya, luxury hotel restaurant lounge Nido, East Austin restaurant Industry, and shuffleboard bar Electric Shuffle.

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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Vegan restaurant the Beer Plant debuted a new evening vegan Oaxacan restaurant in late August, complete with a whole agave spirits menu plus cocktails and wine. There are indoor dine-in services.

BBQ Ramen Tatsu-Ya

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The latest Tatsya-ya joint, this one in the MLK neighborhood as of November, includes a Japanese-ish cocktail menu. There's the Melo-Bryd with stool, umeshu, yaupon tea, and plum salt; and the Onibaba with Suntory Toki, mezcal, and chamomile tea. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

The powerhouse team behind Suerte opened a new coastal Mexican restaurant up in Blackland in October, which includes a very strong cocktail menu. There’s an array of margaritas, including the Sombra with tequila, mezcal, pomegranate, and rhubarb amaro; house drinks like the Hoga en Blanco with gin, pisco, melon, teas, and egg whites; as well as Mexican lager beers paired with seasoned rims. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Skinny’s Off Track

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The team behind Higher Ground opened a new Central East Austin bar in October with neighborhood spot Skinny’s Off Track. The bartop will serve up whiskeys, beers, and cocktails, including the Orange Cooler drink made with Sunkist soda. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Howards Bar & Club

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The MML cocktail bar showing is strong on this map: the hospitality group opened up this Clarksville bar in October. There are elegant cocktails, draft espresso martinis, and a large whiskey list. There are indoor dine-in services.

In Plain Sight

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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 like the Southern Pearl with gin, tea, and egg whites or the Strawberry Garibaldi with Campari, strawberries, and fluffy orange juice, plus aperitivi and digestivos. There are indoor dine-in services.

The hotel restaurant’s eight-floor patio overlooking downtown Austin and the lake is the place to enjoy cocktails, from the refreshing B&P Shrub to the old fashioned. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Industry

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There are cocktails aplenty at the Austin location of the San Marcos restaurant. Take your pick from draft cocktails like the French 86 and margarita, frozens, and made-on-the-spot ones. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Room 725

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The Fairmont Hotel opened up a champagne and caviar bar in September. Along with champagne offered every which way, there are other cocktails like martinis and old fashioneds. There are indoor dine-in services.

Electric Shuffle Austin

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For people who like activities and drinking, the new Austin location of the shuffleboard bar is the place to be. The cocktail list includes drinks like the Watermelon Sugar mojito, the Colada in the Rain, as well as larger sharable drinks and frozens. There are indoor services.

Proud Mary Cafe

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The new Portland Aussie cafe along South Lamar serves up some cocktails alongside its strong coffee offerings. Booze includes bloody marys, spritzes, and, yes, an espresso-rum concoction. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Lulu’s

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The new far-south Austin bar takes its cues from Mexico City and its neighborhood by offering plenty of outdoor spaces and boozy aguas frescas starting in October. There are indoor and outdoor areas.

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Vegan restaurant the Beer Plant debuted a new evening vegan Oaxacan restaurant in late August, complete with a whole agave spirits menu plus cocktails and wine. There are indoor dine-in services.

BBQ Ramen Tatsu-Ya

The latest Tatsya-ya joint, this one in the MLK neighborhood as of November, includes a Japanese-ish cocktail menu. There's the Melo-Bryd with stool, umeshu, yaupon tea, and plum salt; and the Onibaba with Suntory Toki, mezcal, and chamomile tea. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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The powerhouse team behind Suerte opened a new coastal Mexican restaurant up in Blackland in October, which includes a very strong cocktail menu. There’s an array of margaritas, including the Sombra with tequila, mezcal, pomegranate, and rhubarb amaro; house drinks like the Hoga en Blanco with gin, pisco, melon, teas, and egg whites; as well as Mexican lager beers paired with seasoned rims. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Skinny’s Off Track

The team behind Higher Ground opened a new Central East Austin bar in October with neighborhood spot Skinny’s Off Track. The bartop will serve up whiskeys, beers, and cocktails, including the Orange Cooler drink made with Sunkist soda. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Howards Bar & Club

The MML cocktail bar showing is strong on this map: the hospitality group opened up this Clarksville bar in October. There are elegant cocktails, draft espresso martinis, and a large whiskey list. There are indoor 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 like the Southern Pearl with gin, tea, and egg whites or the Strawberry Garibaldi with Campari, strawberries, and fluffy orange juice, plus aperitivi and digestivos. There are indoor dine-in services.

Nido

The hotel restaurant’s eight-floor patio overlooking downtown Austin and the lake is the place to enjoy cocktails, from the refreshing B&P Shrub to the old fashioned. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Industry

There are cocktails aplenty at the Austin location of the San Marcos restaurant. Take your pick from draft cocktails like the French 86 and margarita, frozens, and made-on-the-spot ones. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Room 725

The Fairmont Hotel opened up a champagne and caviar bar in September. Along with champagne offered every which way, there are other cocktails like martinis and old fashioneds. There are indoor dine-in services.

Electric Shuffle Austin

For people who like activities and drinking, the new Austin location of the shuffleboard bar is the place to be. The cocktail list includes drinks like the Watermelon Sugar mojito, the Colada in the Rain, as well as larger sharable drinks and frozens. There are indoor services.

Proud Mary Cafe

The new Portland Aussie cafe along South Lamar serves up some cocktails alongside its strong coffee offerings. Booze includes bloody marys, spritzes, and, yes, an espresso-rum concoction. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

Lulu’s

The new far-south Austin bar takes its cues from Mexico City and its neighborhood by offering plenty of outdoor spaces and boozy aguas frescas starting in October. There are indoor and outdoor areas.

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