A good meal always requires a satisfying beverage as a complement, but Austin does goes one step beyond that. From an afternoon cocktail to a late night cheap liquor-beer deal to a hangover cure-all, this list offers something for everyone. Yup, we’ve even remembered the teetotalers with must-have sips like coffee, juice, and agua fresca.
The following list of Austin’s iconic drinks and where to find ‘em spans staples that have been around for years (Lone Star and Mexican Martini, we’re looking at you), plus an old favorite — Mattie’s 1965 Milk Punch — that returned for an encore all the way to relatively new cocktails like The Roosevelt Room’s Poet's Muse
If you’re looking for a beverage bucket list around town, consider this your guide. The map will take you around town from quintessential dive bars like Barfly’s to Live Oak Brewery’s taproom to a bunch of Austin standbys like Curra’s Grill and Broken Spoke. Plus, you’ll appreciate the pitstop at JuiceLand after some of the more potent offerings.
Together this group represents a range of prices and helps define the world of sipping, glugging, and chugging in this town. Disagreement is inevitable, but in our view, Austin wouldn't be Austin without the drinks on this list. All of these drinks are worth trying at least once.
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