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The 12 Hottest New Cocktail Destinations in Austin Right Now

Where to drink right now this January

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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 January update includes the new Mexican restaurant Masa y Mas.

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.

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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The Dirdie Birdie

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The new mini-golf course up in the Domain opened in November, with a bunch of cocktails, including bloody marys available all day long, martinis with jalapeno-stuffed olives, and a yuzu Pimm’s Cups. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

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A cocktail from Dirdie Birdie.
The Dirdie Birdie

Tweedy's Bar

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A bunch of Austin bar people from Kinda Tropical, Hotel Vegas, and Yellow Jacket Social Club, took over the former Spider House Cafe space, turning it into this new campus bar in November. This means plenty of cocktails, draft cocktails, and more. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

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.

Wiggle Room

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West Sixth’s latest is this new bar from Ranch 616 in November. There are West Texas vibes, which means cocktails like the iconic Ranch Water among others. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

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

Bosses Office

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The Jacoby’s team turned its former pizzeria into this new bar earlier this December. There are classic cocktails, beers, and wines in what’s meant to be a speakeasy-ish space. There are indoor dine-in areas.

Masa y Más

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The new Mexican restaurant in Zilker offers a nice selection of related cocktails, ranging from the carajilo, a hot boozy coffee drink to a paloma made with Jarritos and tequila to, yes, margaritas. 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 boozy aguas frescas and other cocktails starting in October. There are indoor and outdoor areas.

The Dirdie Birdie

The new mini-golf course up in the Domain opened in November, with a bunch of cocktails, including bloody marys available all day long, martinis with jalapeno-stuffed olives, and a yuzu Pimm’s Cups. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

A cocktail with ice and mint greens in a silver metal cup.
A cocktail from Dirdie Birdie.
The Dirdie Birdie

Tweedy's Bar

A bunch of Austin bar people from Kinda Tropical, Hotel Vegas, and Yellow Jacket Social Club, took over the former Spider House Cafe space, turning it into this new campus bar in November. This means plenty of cocktails, draft cocktails, and more. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

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.

Este

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.

Wiggle Room

West Sixth’s latest is this new bar from Ranch 616 in November. There are West Texas vibes, which means cocktails like the iconic Ranch Water among others. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Nido

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

Bosses Office

The Jacoby’s team turned its former pizzeria into this new bar earlier this December. There are classic cocktails, beers, and wines in what’s meant to be a speakeasy-ish space. There are indoor dine-in areas.

Masa y Más

The new Mexican restaurant in Zilker offers a nice selection of related cocktails, ranging from the carajilo, a hot boozy coffee drink to a paloma made with Jarritos and tequila to, yes, margaritas. 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 boozy aguas frescas and other cocktails starting in October. There are indoor and outdoor areas.

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