In honor of National Cocktail Day, we wanted to put together a quick round-up of some of our favorite cocktail bars in our home city of Austin, TX. As food bloggers, we have had the opportunity to try a lot of different liquors and a ton of craft cocktails (tough gig, eh?).
Our favorite cocktail bars in Austin:
Academia Bar – This is a new kid on the block and recently opened downtown in the Warehouse District. They carefully selected their mixologists from all around the country to curate a team of highly skilled bartenders. They even have a cocktail with caviar in it! 208 W 4th St Unit D, Austin, TX 78701
Whistlers – If you are looking for a hip spot with a patio, Whistlers is the place to go. Located on East 6th street, this bar features a large outdoor area complete with a food truck. They also come up with some creative cocktails that you won’t find elsewhere. 1816 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Garage Bar – This is one of our favorite places to bring guests who are visiting. Garage Bar is literally a cocktail bar located in a parking garage. Listen to vinyl records while sipping on some fancy cocktails. The Indian Paintbrush is a crowd pleaser that has won awards in past years. 503 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
Firehouse Hostel – We’re a sucker for a speakeasy and this cocktail bar lets you enter in through a hidden entrance, a sliding bookcase! What could be more fun than that?! Many of their cocktails are stellar, but lately, we have been into the Gold Rush. 605 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
Red Headed Stepchild – Another speakeasy to add to the list! This spot is located in a storefront called “Floppy Disk Repair Company”, you’ll need a numeric password to punch into the door to get in (it changes monthly and is shared via text message if you’re lucky enough to get on their list). They serve up some really funky drinks like the “I’m in love with the CoCo” which come complete with CoCo Puffs cereal. 119 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
Roosevelt Room – This bar KNOWS know to make a good cocktail. Choose from their custom creations, a traditional cocktail (which they display based on the year the drink emerged), or tell them what flavors you like and have them mix up something special just for you! 307 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
If you are a mixologist at heart, our blog also offers a number of cocktail recipes that you can make at home. Find them on our recipe index page.
If you end up at a new cocktail bar as a result of this post, please tag us on social media and let us know what you think!