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Where to Drink in Austin Right Now, June '14

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Welcome to the latest installment of Eater Austin's drinky heatmap, a list of the hottest, buzziest boozing destinations around town. That might mean brand-new bars, hot restaurants with serious cocktail game, or established places mixing it up with a new bar program.

The past few months have been very, very good to the Austin drink scene, and this update of the previous installment features lots of great new options. From hidden-away Garage to impossible-to-miss Container Bar, there's lots of fun spaces to explore. And new bars Pleasant Storage Room and Mezcaleria Tobala offer a chance to get to know rum and mezcal very, very well.

Don't see your favorite new spot on the list? Heard about an older place that's made some changes? Let us know down the tipline or leave advice in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Garage

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503 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701
This hidden-away bar inside a downtown parking garage is worth seeking out: the midcentury-inspired space is a stunner, and Chauncey James' cocktail program features a great mix of classics and original cocktails

2. The Container Bar

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90 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-4120
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Rainey bar maven Bridget Dunlap finally opened her crazy shipping container bar during SXSW, and it's already a certified hit. A food trailer is coming soon.

3. Bar 2211

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2211 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 699-1830
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Rainey's Blackheart features one of the best whiskey selections in the city, and the team behind the bar bring that same focus to this newly opened, more casual neighborhood bar.

4. Licha's Cantina

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1306 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 619-0993
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Licha's serves up traditional Mexico City cantina fare that makes for a great accompaniment to their agave-forward drinks menu.

5. La V

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1501 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 293-6048
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LaV's elegant Provencal dining is generating serious buzz, and their large bar area offers its own unique drinking and dining experience. Enjoy their impressive wine selection and solid cocktails with their approachable bar menu.

6. Mezcalería Tobalá

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1816 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
Whisler's bar manager Cesar Aguilar shares his passion for mezcal in this stripped-down, intimate space above the main bar. Designed to encourage exploration, all mezcals can be sampled in half or full pours. Open Thursday - Saturday only, starting around 9.

7. The Pleasant Storage Room

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208 W 4th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 919-0770
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If Pleasant Storage Room has its way, this summer will be the summer of rum. The first bar in Austin to focus on the spirit, Pleasant also features a street-food inspired menu to compliment their classic cocktails.

8. Half Step

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75 1/2 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
Co-owner Chris Bostick honed his skill at craft cocktail meccas like L.A.'s The Varnish, and now he's returned home to heat up the Austin cocktail scene. Half Step's friendly service and intimate setting is worlds away from wild Rainey, and the ice program alone demonstrates a serious commitment to quality.

9. chavez

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111 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-9611
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The bar at Shawn Cirkiel's new Radisson stunner overlooks the pool, and the cocktail menu features options like a smoked cherry margarita and a michelada made with Pearl Snap's pilsner

10. Odd Duck

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1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
Barley's Swine's more casual sibling is focused on making everything in-house, including the cocktail ingredients. They're not afraid to have fun with their cocktail menu, either: check out the frozen orange margarita.

11. School House Pub

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2207 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 469-7630
This Cherrywood neighborhood bar from the team behind Mi Madre's is serving up inventive cocktails with playful school-inspired names, as well as an extensive menu of bar snacks.

12. Haymaker

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2310 E. Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 707-2744
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This laid-back Manor road neighborhood pub is primarily about the beer, but they serve up a solid menu of cocktails as well, and it's a great place to watch all sportsball worth watching.

1. Garage

503 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
This hidden-away bar inside a downtown parking garage is worth seeking out: the midcentury-inspired space is a stunner, and Chauncey James' cocktail program features a great mix of classics and original cocktails
503 Colorado St
Austin, TX 78701

2. The Container Bar

90 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
Rainey bar maven Bridget Dunlap finally opened her crazy shipping container bar during SXSW, and it's already a certified hit. A food trailer is coming soon.
90 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

3. Bar 2211

2211 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702
Rainey's Blackheart features one of the best whiskey selections in the city, and the team behind the bar bring that same focus to this newly opened, more casual neighborhood bar.
2211 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78702

4. Licha's Cantina

1306 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Licha's serves up traditional Mexico City cantina fare that makes for a great accompaniment to their agave-forward drinks menu.
1306 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

5. La V

1501 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
LaV's elegant Provencal dining is generating serious buzz, and their large bar area offers its own unique drinking and dining experience. Enjoy their impressive wine selection and solid cocktails with their approachable bar menu.
1501 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

6. Mezcalería Tobalá

1816 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Whisler's bar manager Cesar Aguilar shares his passion for mezcal in this stripped-down, intimate space above the main bar. Designed to encourage exploration, all mezcals can be sampled in half or full pours. Open Thursday - Saturday only, starting around 9.
1816 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

7. The Pleasant Storage Room

208 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701
If Pleasant Storage Room has its way, this summer will be the summer of rum. The first bar in Austin to focus on the spirit, Pleasant also features a street-food inspired menu to compliment their classic cocktails.
208 W 4th St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Half Step

75 1/2 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
Co-owner Chris Bostick honed his skill at craft cocktail meccas like L.A.'s The Varnish, and now he's returned home to heat up the Austin cocktail scene. Half Step's friendly service and intimate setting is worlds away from wild Rainey, and the ice program alone demonstrates a serious commitment to quality.
75 1/2 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

9. chavez

111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701
The bar at Shawn Cirkiel's new Radisson stunner overlooks the pool, and the cocktail menu features options like a smoked cherry margarita and a michelada made with Pearl Snap's pilsner
111 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701

10. Odd Duck

1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Barley's Swine's more casual sibling is focused on making everything in-house, including the cocktail ingredients. They're not afraid to have fun with their cocktail menu, either: check out the frozen orange margarita.
1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

11. School House Pub

2207 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
This Cherrywood neighborhood bar from the team behind Mi Madre's is serving up inventive cocktails with playful school-inspired names, as well as an extensive menu of bar snacks.
2207 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

12. Haymaker

2310 E. Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
This laid-back Manor road neighborhood pub is primarily about the beer, but they serve up a solid menu of cocktails as well, and it's a great place to watch all sportsball worth watching.
2310 E. Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

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