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Where to Drink in Austin Right Now, October '13

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

This update of the previous installment features a wealth of cocktail riches, from twin Manor Road newcommers School House Pub and Haymaker, to the inventive drink programs at Qui and beer-lovin' heat at South Austin sensation the AGBG. Celebrate Cocktail Week 2013 by checking out some of the best new libations in town.

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. School House Pub

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2207 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 469-7630
This hotly anticipated neighborhood bar from the team behind Mi Madre's is serving up delicious and affordable cocktails as well as an inventive menu of bar snacks.

2. 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 tasty Ginger Collins, and their Bloody Mary's are $3 on Sundays.

3. Jeffrey's

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1204 West Lynn
Austin, TX 78703
With cocktail vet Josh Loving at the helm, the bar is the place to be at Jeffrey's. Sister restaurant Josephine House makes it cool to drink like your imaginary classy grandma.

4. Bonneville

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202 Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 428-4643
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The unassuming Bonneville serves new takes on classic beverages, an approach which compliments their refined New American menu. Their laid-back downtown location makes this a perfect happy hour spot.

5. CU 29 Cocktail Bar

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720 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-0029
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This tiny cocktail bar downtown is really, really into infusions, including a bourbon infused with Franklin Barbecue's brisket.

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6. Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

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500 San Marcos St #105
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 493-0963
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The genius mixture of craft beer and local coffee has earned this East side newcomer a slate of regulars already. Wright Bros. serves up beer and espresso pairings, too. Think of it like a deconstructed cocktail.

7. QUI Restaurant

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1600 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
Qui has just started taking reservations, but dining there still often involves waiting for a table. Their inventive, craft-forward bar program makes the time spent on their patio worth it. Team Brian Floyd, Rachel DelRocco, and Justin Elliott are mixing up some of the most playful cocktails in Austin, and star mixologist Michael Simon's departure doesn't seem to have hurt their stride a bit.

8. Whisler's

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1816 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
This craft-focused bar in the former Rabbit's Lounge space has been an instant hit on East 6th. The drink menu mixes new creations with classics. Even better, the bar is designed to minimize that scourge of the cocktail world: the wait.

9. Mettle

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507 Calles St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 236-1022
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This restaurant from Rainey Street bar maven Bridget Dunlap serves up a solid and delicious cocktail list, and their outdoor patio features couches perfect for sitting and sipping this fall.

10. NO VA Kitchen & Bar

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87 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 382-5651
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NO VA bills itself as not the "usual" Rainey Street haunt, but that doesn't mean they've ignored the street's drinkey reputation. Their cocktail menu is adventurous, and they've recently added some daydrinking options like "milk punch" to accompany their new brunch menu.

11. The ABGB

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1305 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 298-2242
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Yes, it's cocktail week, but this brewpub is burning up the Austin drinking scene so hot and fast it can't be ignored. The ABGB is all about beer, glorious beer. They have a certified hit on their hands in South Austin with a mixture of craft enthusiasm and neighborhood love.

1. School House Pub

2207 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
This hotly anticipated neighborhood bar from the team behind Mi Madre's is serving up delicious and affordable cocktails as well as an inventive menu of bar snacks.
2207 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

2. 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 tasty Ginger Collins, and their Bloody Mary's are $3 on Sundays.
2310 E. Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

3. Jeffrey's

1204 West Lynn, Austin, TX 78703
With cocktail vet Josh Loving at the helm, the bar is the place to be at Jeffrey's. Sister restaurant Josephine House makes it cool to drink like your imaginary classy grandma.
1204 West Lynn
Austin, TX 78703

4. Bonneville

202 Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78701
The unassuming Bonneville serves new takes on classic beverages, an approach which compliments their refined New American menu. Their laid-back downtown location makes this a perfect happy hour spot.
202 Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78701

5. CU 29 Cocktail Bar

720 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
This tiny cocktail bar downtown is really, really into infusions, including a bourbon infused with Franklin Barbecue's brisket.

[Photo: CU29/Facebook]

720 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701

6. Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

500 San Marcos St #105, Austin, TX 78702
The genius mixture of craft beer and local coffee has earned this East side newcomer a slate of regulars already. Wright Bros. serves up beer and espresso pairings, too. Think of it like a deconstructed cocktail.
500 San Marcos St #105
Austin, TX 78702

7. QUI Restaurant

1600 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Qui has just started taking reservations, but dining there still often involves waiting for a table. Their inventive, craft-forward bar program makes the time spent on their patio worth it. Team Brian Floyd, Rachel DelRocco, and Justin Elliott are mixing up some of the most playful cocktails in Austin, and star mixologist Michael Simon's departure doesn't seem to have hurt their stride a bit.
1600 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

8. Whisler's

1816 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
This craft-focused bar in the former Rabbit's Lounge space has been an instant hit on East 6th. The drink menu mixes new creations with classics. Even better, the bar is designed to minimize that scourge of the cocktail world: the wait.
1816 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Mettle

507 Calles St, Austin, TX 78702
This restaurant from Rainey Street bar maven Bridget Dunlap serves up a solid and delicious cocktail list, and their outdoor patio features couches perfect for sitting and sipping this fall.
507 Calles St
Austin, TX 78702

10. NO VA Kitchen & Bar

87 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
NO VA bills itself as not the "usual" Rainey Street haunt, but that doesn't mean they've ignored the street's drinkey reputation. Their cocktail menu is adventurous, and they've recently added some daydrinking options like "milk punch" to accompany their new brunch menu.
87 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

11. The ABGB

1305 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
Yes, it's cocktail week, but this brewpub is burning up the Austin drinking scene so hot and fast it can't be ignored. The ABGB is all about beer, glorious beer. They have a certified hit on their hands in South Austin with a mixture of craft enthusiasm and neighborhood love.
1305 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

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