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The El Diablo cocktail at Kinfolk.
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The 11 Hottest New Cocktail Destinations in Austin Right Now

Where to drink right now this May

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The El Diablo cocktail at Kinfolk.
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Welcome to the return 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 Eden Cocktail Room and Kinfolk, tiki wonderland Tiki Tatsu-ya, Caribbean takes at Canje, and more.

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.

As with all businesses, 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. Wear a mask, tip well, and if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the restaurants themselves.

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.

1. Pecan Square Café

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1200 W 6th St #B
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 265-1612
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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. There’s a Bee’s Knees iteration with toasted fennel honey; Old Fashioneds; martinis; and sotol with Topo Chico and grapefruit cordial. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

2. Eden Cocktail Room

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214 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 853-0591
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A new speakeasy-styled bar opened in downtown Austin last July from former Here Nor There bartender Chris Crow. This means a short but thoughtful menu of cocktails inspired by classics.

The space had previously housed J. Stephens Bar, Happy Chicks, and Bikinis. Reservations are bookable online. There are indoor dine-in services.

3. Wax Myrtle's

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506 San Jacinto Blvd Suite WM, 4th Floor
Austin, TX 78701
(737) 257-3026
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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.. The refreshing cocktail menu spans drinks such as the Happy House with tequila, stool, a spiced grapefruit cordial, and sparkling wine; or the Bday with mezcal and grapefruit soda; plus a frozen. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

4. Diner Bar Austin

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500 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
(737) 257-3047
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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. The Graffiti Park comes with vodka, Aperol, and egg whites; Autumn’s Harvest is made with a hibiscus-infused tequila; 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.

5. Kinfolk Lounge & Library

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303 B Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 236-9687
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Downtown Southern restaurant Moonshine turned its cellar into an intimate cocktail bar making use of its long list of spirits. Reservations are recommended. There are indoor dine-in services.

6. Carpenter Coffee Bar

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400 Josephine St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 682-5300
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Zilker hotel Carpenter updated its cafe with evening cocktail hours. Drinks include the A Mule of Culture with vodka, agave, and kombucha; and the Dead and Berried with mezcal and strawberry chartreuse. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

7. Canje

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1914 E 6th St ste c
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 706-9119
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The East Austin Caribbean restaurant courtesy of chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph and the Emmer & Rye group offers up a fun tropical cocktail menu befitting the food. The Curry Wata is made with a curry-infused gin and a mango-ginger shrub; the Quittin’ Thyme comes with rum and grilled pineapples; and the Smoked Coconut is made with a charred coconut mezcal. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

8. Tiki Tatsu-Ya

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1300 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 772-3700
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The Tatsu-ya group’s latest joint is an entire wonderland dedicated to all things tiki. 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.

9. De Nada Cantina

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4715 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 615-3555
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For excellent margaritas courtesy of booze expert Chris Bostick, pay a visit to the East Austin restaurant. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

10. 1417

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1417 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 551-2430
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The French-ish restaurant in Bouldin Creek offers up a solid fruity cocktail menu, from a cucumber gimlet, strawberry-basil mojito, to the spicy pineapple margarita. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

11. Ani's Day & Night

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7107 E Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 775-1355
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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.

1. Pecan Square Café

1200 W 6th St #B, Austin, TX 78703

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

1200 W 6th St #B
Austin, TX 78703

2. Eden Cocktail Room

214 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

A new speakeasy-styled bar opened in downtown Austin last July from former Here Nor There bartender Chris Crow. This means a short but thoughtful menu of cocktails inspired by classics.

The space had previously housed J. Stephens Bar, Happy Chicks, and Bikinis. Reservations are bookable online. There are indoor dine-in services.

214 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

3. Wax Myrtle's

506 San Jacinto Blvd Suite WM, 4th Floor, Austin, TX 78701

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.. The refreshing cocktail menu spans drinks such as the Happy House with tequila, stool, a spiced grapefruit cordial, and sparkling wine; or the Bday with mezcal and grapefruit soda; plus a frozen. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

506 San Jacinto Blvd Suite WM, 4th Floor
Austin, TX 78701

4. Diner Bar Austin

500 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

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. The Graffiti Park comes with vodka, Aperol, and egg whites; Autumn’s Harvest is made with a hibiscus-infused tequila; 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.

500 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

5. Kinfolk Lounge & Library

303 B Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

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

303 B Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

6. Carpenter Coffee Bar

400 Josephine St, Austin, TX 78704

Zilker hotel Carpenter updated its cafe with evening cocktail hours. Drinks include the A Mule of Culture with vodka, agave, and kombucha; and the Dead and Berried with mezcal and strawberry chartreuse. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

400 Josephine St
Austin, TX 78704

7. Canje

1914 E 6th St ste c, Austin, TX 78702

The East Austin Caribbean restaurant courtesy of chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph and the Emmer & Rye group offers up a fun tropical cocktail menu befitting the food. The Curry Wata is made with a curry-infused gin and a mango-ginger shrub; the Quittin’ Thyme comes with rum and grilled pineapples; and the Smoked Coconut is made with a charred coconut mezcal. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

1914 E 6th St ste c
Austin, TX 78702

8. Tiki Tatsu-Ya

1300 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

The Tatsu-ya group’s latest joint is an entire wonderland dedicated to all things tiki. 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.

1300 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

9. De Nada Cantina

4715 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

For excellent margaritas courtesy of booze expert Chris Bostick, pay a visit to the East Austin restaurant. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

4715 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

10. 1417

1417 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

The French-ish restaurant in Bouldin Creek offers up a solid fruity cocktail menu, from a cucumber gimlet, strawberry-basil mojito, to the spicy pineapple margarita. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

1417 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

11. Ani's Day & Night

7107 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741

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.

7107 E Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78741

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