Happy Friday everyone!
I hope all of you have had a great and product week. My week has been busy busy, but also so much fun! With holiday parties in full-swing, my brother’s birthday, my birthday🎉 (on the 17th!), friend get-togethers, and so many exciting holiday events… December is already off to a crazy and fun start! 🎄
Let’s face it, the holidays can be pretty wild, and wedding planning has also been a little CRAZY! For times that I want to destress, I head straight for a glass of wine and a long relaxing bubble bath. AND… other times when I’m feeling fancy💃🏻, I suggest to Nathan that we should hit up one of our favorite spots in the city for happy hour or a great cocktail.🍸(Because you know your girl needs one from time to time.💁🏻♀️)
Below, I’m sharing some of our favorite spots around Austin to grab a great cocktail! From intimate speakeasy’s to chic and trendy locations that’ll leave you wanting everything on the drink menu: I’ve got you covered!😉 – Keep reading to check out some favorites.
LAST STRAW: This Austin hang is a 2018 Eater Awards Winner and just snagged the title of BAR OF THE YEAR. I think that says it all, friends. ✨
BETTER HALF: If you’re on the hunt for great drinks AND great food, this spot should definitely be on your list. You can’t go wrong with their Guadalupe Peak.🥃
DEAN’S ONE TRICK PONY: This new space is a perfect Friday night hangout if you’re in the mood for bar snacks, Aperol pink lemonade 🍋cocktails, and a little shuffleboard.
SMALL VICTORY: For all of my speakeasy lovers❤️, this one is for you! Small Victory has been a favorite of Nathan’s and mine since we moved here, and a great spot to take friends that are experiencing the city for the first time.
NICKEL CITY: This bar loves dressing up, from Halloween and Christmas to everything in between! It’s currently a Sippin’ Santa🎅🏻 for the holiday season.
GARAGE: This hip, mid-century inspired spot is tucked away inside an actual parking garage! (Hence the name Garage.💁🏻♀️) Make sure you add it to your list.
MIDNIGHT COWBOY: Nathan and I went here for the first time a few months ago, and LOVED it! I hope you’re able to find it. 😉
THE ROOSEVELT ROOM: The RR showcases an extensive cocktail menu with drinks by the era.🎩 From classic cocktails that date back to pre-1880 to turn of the century concoctions, and prohibition style daiquiris… you’re sure to find the perfect drink to wet your whistle here.
WATERTRADE: If you’re a fan of an old fashioned then you’ll love the Goma Fashioned at Watertrade. (It has toasted sesame and vanilla.😍)
WHISLER’S: A must-stop spot if you’re over on the East side! Did I mention they have an upstairs mezcal bar too? #sogood
AH SING DEN: Ambience is everything in this gorgeous space. Cozy up with your boo here on a Saturday night and let the good times roll.❤️
WEATHER UP: You might be familiar with this NYC bar, and this is it’s only sister spot in Austin. 🌵Head here if you want a little taste of the Big Apple.
THE TIGRESS: My cousin Andrew and his wife introduced us to this pub, and I’m so glad that they did. Anywhere that serves a cocktail called Two White Dresses is a yes in my book. 💃🏻
THE DRISKILL BAR: Named one of the 10 Best Hotel Bars in America, the Driskill is the perfect spot to enjoy some of Austin’s history. Don’t forget to order the Batini!🦇
ELLA PARLOR BAR: Last, but not least – the cozy, intimate bar at Hotel Ella. (Pictured throughout this post.) They offer up a great selection of handcrafted cocktails as well as yummy bites. Happy Hour happens Monday – Friday from 4pm – 7pm and you won’t want to miss their half-off cocktails, beers, & wine. 🍷
photography by Madeline Harper.
I hope you enjoyed today’s list on some of our favorite cocktail spots in the city. I could honestly go on and on with great drink locations, but these are sure to satisfy even the most advanced cocktail connoisseurs! 🥂
Have a great weekend!! xo