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 Radio/East, modern Chinese restaurant Zoé Tong, speakeasy Trona, lakeside drinking at Quince, and tropical cocktails from Nomade.
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, those other Austin cocktail staples margaritas and Mexican martinis, craft beer, wine, happy hours, bloody marys, and mimosas.
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