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A cocktail from Tipsy Alchemist
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Kirsten Kaiser

The 8 Hottest New Cocktail Bars in Austin Right Now

Where to drink right now this February

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A cocktail from Tipsy Alchemist
| Kirsten Kaiser

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 game, or even older spots mixing it up with a new bar program.

The February update of the previous installment adds Tipsy Alchemist, TenTen, and LoLo.

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.

Did Eater miss a recent spot or restaurant with an amazing cocktail program? Show it some love in the comments or send along an email.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. TenTen

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501 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(737) 243-9147
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The shiny downtown restaurant makes use of Japanese ingredients in its cocktails, like the rum-based Wabi Sabi with wasabi, the tequila Yuzu Picante cocktail, and the negroni made with Japanese fruit ume.

The Wabi Sabi cocktail
The Wabi Sabi cocktail
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2. Kalimotxo

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607 W 3rd St Suite 105
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 333-0737
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The Emmer & Rye team opened up a pintxos bar next-door to its latest restaurant Hestia in downtown Austin. There’s a frozen version of the namesake drink, a mixture of red wine and cola, but you can also ask the bartenders to whip up a non-frozen version of the cocktail.

The Tinto de Verano cocktail at Kalimotxo
The frozen kalimotxo
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3. The Peacock Mediterranean Grill

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600 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 628-1410
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The first of the many restaurants slated for the Austin Proper hotel and condo building is the Mediterranean Peacock. On deck are house and classic cocktails found at the bar and the restaurant proper, spanning the refreshing strawberry rose shrub to the boozy Crave the Date mixed with date syrup to the martini (gin or vodka) to bloody marys.

4. Troublemaker

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1209 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

The new East Austin bar, burrito spot, and record shop (née The Hightower) offers up fun cocktails like the Yesterday’s Wine with rosé with gin, hot toddys, and rum with mango and turmeric.

A cocktail from Troublemaker
A cocktail from Troublemaker
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5. LoLo

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1504 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

Okay, this is cheating and, yes, yes, it’s a wine bar, but it’s a really smart wine bar focused on natural wines right in East Austin with a great patio space.

Lolo’s wine bar
Lolo’s wine bar
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6. Tipsy Alchemist

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70 Rainey St Suite 200
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 646-4733
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Eater Dallas named Tipsy Alchemist the city’s bar of the year in 2016, and it decided to expand onto Rainey Street last month. The showy bar mixes up interesting cocktails including, yes, one served in a lightbulb-shaped glass and another that is actually transported via a pneumatic tube.

The lightbulb cocktail at Tipsy Alchemist
The lightbulb cocktail at Tipsy Alchemist
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7. Central Machine Works

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4824 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 220-2340
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Yes, the East Austin brewery serves up plenty of cocktails within its spacious building and beer garden. There are cocktails by-the-glass or pitcher (yes) like spiced daiquiris and Old Fashioneds made with hops, along with other daytime-friendly go-tos like Micheladas and hot toddies.

8. The Meteor

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2110 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

Instead of using spirits, the new South Congress cafe makes mixed drinks using fortified wines for refreshing libations, like the Chain Lube with gentiane quina and a yuzu umami shrub or the Maglia Rosa with cocchi rosa, prosecco, and orange juice.

The main space at the Meteor
The main space at the Meteor
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1. TenTen

501 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
The Wabi Sabi cocktail
The Wabi Sabi cocktail
Letitia Smith

The shiny downtown restaurant makes use of Japanese ingredients in its cocktails, like the rum-based Wabi Sabi with wasabi, the tequila Yuzu Picante cocktail, and the negroni made with Japanese fruit ume.

501 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

2. Kalimotxo

607 W 3rd St Suite 105, Austin, TX 78701
The Tinto de Verano cocktail at Kalimotxo
The frozen kalimotxo
Kalimotxo [Official]

The Emmer & Rye team opened up a pintxos bar next-door to its latest restaurant Hestia in downtown Austin. There’s a frozen version of the namesake drink, a mixture of red wine and cola, but you can also ask the bartenders to whip up a non-frozen version of the cocktail.

607 W 3rd St Suite 105
Austin, TX 78701

3. The Peacock Mediterranean Grill

600 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

The first of the many restaurants slated for the Austin Proper hotel and condo building is the Mediterranean Peacock. On deck are house and classic cocktails found at the bar and the restaurant proper, spanning the refreshing strawberry rose shrub to the boozy Crave the Date mixed with date syrup to the martini (gin or vodka) to bloody marys.

600 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701

4. Troublemaker

1209 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
A cocktail from Troublemaker
A cocktail from Troublemaker
Courtney Pierce/EATX

The new East Austin bar, burrito spot, and record shop (née The Hightower) offers up fun cocktails like the Yesterday’s Wine with rosé with gin, hot toddys, and rum with mango and turmeric.

1209 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

5. LoLo

1504 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Lolo’s wine bar
Lolo’s wine bar
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Okay, this is cheating and, yes, yes, it’s a wine bar, but it’s a really smart wine bar focused on natural wines right in East Austin with a great patio space.

1504 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

6. Tipsy Alchemist

70 Rainey St Suite 200, Austin, TX 78701
The lightbulb cocktail at Tipsy Alchemist
The lightbulb cocktail at Tipsy Alchemist
Kirsten Kaiser

Eater Dallas named Tipsy Alchemist the city’s bar of the year in 2016, and it decided to expand onto Rainey Street last month. The showy bar mixes up interesting cocktails including, yes, one served in a lightbulb-shaped glass and another that is actually transported via a pneumatic tube.

70 Rainey St Suite 200
Austin, TX 78701

7. Central Machine Works

4824 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Yes, the East Austin brewery serves up plenty of cocktails within its spacious building and beer garden. There are cocktails by-the-glass or pitcher (yes) like spiced daiquiris and Old Fashioneds made with hops, along with other daytime-friendly go-tos like Micheladas and hot toddies.

4824 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

8. The Meteor

2110 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
The main space at the Meteor
The main space at the Meteor
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Instead of using spirits, the new South Congress cafe makes mixed drinks using fortified wines for refreshing libations, like the Chain Lube with gentiane quina and a yuzu umami shrub or the Maglia Rosa with cocchi rosa, prosecco, and orange juice.

2110 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

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