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Cocktail Confidential: Austin's Most Underrated Bars

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Cocktail Week 2013 is not just about giving readers an excuse to drink more - Eater wants you to drink more widely, too. Bartenders from top Austin bars like Bar Congress, Midnight Cowboy, the W Austin, and Weather Up, as well as folks from some of Austin's best restaurants, share the city's hidden drinking gems.

From the divey goodness of Dirty Bill's to darkened whiskey drinking at the Cloak Room, not to mention the underrated cocktail programs at places like Vino Vino and The Tigress, let this map be your guide to the underground stars of Austin's bar scene.

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1. Los Pinos

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11715 Bee Cave Rd
Bee Cave, TX 78738
(512) 263-2320

James Holmes of Olivia and Lucy's Fried Chicken says this West Austin spot "has damn fine margaritas."

2. drink.well.

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207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 614-6683
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Several bartenders around town love it here. They have W libationist Joyce Garrison's vote, and Tyler Naumann of Searsucker says, "No place has my respect more than Drink.Well. Mike and Jessica, they do so much for the community and the bar world in Austin. Drink.Well is highly regarded, but they win my vote for support, talent, execution, and range."

3. FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar

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2905 San Gabriel St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 474-3027
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Rachel DelRocco, one of Qui's barkeeps, says, "I may be a little biased having started my restaurant work in Austin at Fino Restaurant but the bartenders that have been in and out of there and are still there have always been and are incredibly talented. I learned wine, cocktails, and everything bar from that program and it's still being curated thoughtfully and executed with a lot of care. Whatever you are in the mood for be it a cocktail, beer, aperitif, sherry, wine, amari, brandy, agave, and on and on, they have an incredibly precise selection where every spirit chosen and cocktail made has a purpose and is just enjoyable and easy."

4. Austin's Pizza

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2324 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 795-8888
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David Voss, Operations Manager at Craft Pride says, “Austin Pizza on the Drag is pretty legit for a campus bar."

5. The Tigress

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100 W North Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 600-3232

All sorts of bartenders around town love the Tigress. Brian Dressel of the Midnight Cowboy says "They consistently put out solid cocktails with one of the simplest back bars in town. Nice bartenders and interesting regulars always make for a good conversation."

6. Vino Vino

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4119 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 465-9282
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7. Cloak Room

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1300 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 472-9808

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8. TAPASITAS Tapas & Bar

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800 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 436-9633
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9. Dirty Bill's

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511 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 477-3789

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10. The Elephant Room

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315 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 473-2279

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11. Firehouse Hostel and Lounge

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605 Brazos St, Ste 100
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 201-2522
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Tyler Naumann, the bar manager at Searsucker, says, "I believe that Firehouse has a unique style that is consistent, that I fully respect."

12. Whisler's

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1816 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

Joyce Garrison of the W says, "Whisler's. That is all."

13. The Sahara

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1413 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78721

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14. QUI Restaurant

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1600 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

Rob Pate of Peche likes to visit former Peche barman Justin Elliott behind the bar.

15. Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

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2316 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 610-2031
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Weather Up bartender Fidel Campbell wanted to give a shout out to Gourmands as "a great local hang."

16. The Grackle

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1700 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-0133

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17. Casino Southside Lounge

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1502 W Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

David Voss, Operations Manager at Craft Pride, calls this "a great dive bar down south."

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1. Los Pinos

11715 Bee Cave Rd, Bee Cave, TX 78738

James Holmes of Olivia and Lucy's Fried Chicken says this West Austin spot "has damn fine margaritas."

11715 Bee Cave Rd
Bee Cave, TX 78738

2. drink.well.

207 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751

Several bartenders around town love it here. They have W libationist Joyce Garrison's vote, and Tyler Naumann of Searsucker says, "No place has my respect more than Drink.Well. Mike and Jessica, they do so much for the community and the bar world in Austin. Drink.Well is highly regarded, but they win my vote for support, talent, execution, and range."

207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

3. FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar

2905 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705

Rachel DelRocco, one of Qui's barkeeps, says, "I may be a little biased having started my restaurant work in Austin at Fino Restaurant but the bartenders that have been in and out of there and are still there have always been and are incredibly talented. I learned wine, cocktails, and everything bar from that program and it's still being curated thoughtfully and executed with a lot of care. Whatever you are in the mood for be it a cocktail, beer, aperitif, sherry, wine, amari, brandy, agave, and on and on, they have an incredibly precise selection where every spirit chosen and cocktail made has a purpose and is just enjoyable and easy."

2905 San Gabriel St
Austin, TX 78705

4. Austin's Pizza

2324 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705

David Voss, Operations Manager at Craft Pride says, “Austin Pizza on the Drag is pretty legit for a campus bar."

2324 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

5. The Tigress

100 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

All sorts of bartenders around town love the Tigress. Brian Dressel of the Midnight Cowboy says "They consistently put out solid cocktails with one of the simplest back bars in town. Nice bartenders and interesting regulars always make for a good conversation."

100 W North Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

6. Vino Vino

4119 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78751

[Photo: Jay B.S./Yelp]

4119 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78751

7. Cloak Room

1300 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701

[Photo: Meredith D./Yelp]

1300 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701

8. TAPASITAS Tapas & Bar

800 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

[Photo: Tapasitas/Yelp]

800 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

9. Dirty Bill's

511 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78701

[Photo: Jourdan A./Yelp]

511 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78701

10. The Elephant Room

315 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

[Photo: Allison J/Yelp]

315 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

11. Firehouse Hostel and Lounge

605 Brazos St, Ste 100, Austin, TX 78701

Tyler Naumann, the bar manager at Searsucker, says, "I believe that Firehouse has a unique style that is consistent, that I fully respect."

605 Brazos St, Ste 100
Austin, TX 78701

12. Whisler's

1816 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Joyce Garrison of the W says, "Whisler's. That is all."

1816 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

13. The Sahara

1413 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78721

[Photo: Ashwini K./Yelp]

1413 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78721

14. QUI Restaurant

1600 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Rob Pate of Peche likes to visit former Peche barman Justin Elliott behind the bar.

1600 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

15. Gourmands Neighborhood Pub

2316 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702

Weather Up bartender Fidel Campbell wanted to give a shout out to Gourmands as "a great local hang."

2316 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78702

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16. The Grackle

1700 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

[Photo: Catherine T./Yelp]

1700 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

17. Casino Southside Lounge

1502 W Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

David Voss, Operations Manager at Craft Pride, calls this "a great dive bar down south."

1502 W Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

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