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The Best Cocktail Bars In Austin, Texas
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The Best Cocktail Bars In Austin, Texas

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Updated: 5 December 2016
Austin, Texas is a huge, vibrant city with a lot to see and do, so after a long day of exploring and sight-seeing, it’s great to wind down with an expertly crafted cocktail. Read ahead for our list of Austin’s best cocktail bars.
CU29 Cocktail Bar | Courtesy of CU29
CU29 Cocktail Bar | Courtesy of CU29

CU29 Cocktail Bar

CU29 Cocktail Bar is one block away from Austin’s Historic 6th Street, and the atmosphere helps you separate from the hustle and bustle that is Downtown Austin and relax in a soothing setting in large, cozy booths, tables for two, private rooms, or even sitting barside. The bartenders are attentive and experienced, and craft cocktails with fresh fruit and squeezed juices with house made infused liquors, syrups, and bitters.

CU29 Cocktail Bar, 720 Brazos St. Austin TX 78701, +1 512- 474-0029

Somersault Edible Cocktails | Courtesy of Somersault Innovative Cocktails
Somersault Edible Cocktails | Courtesy of Somersault Innovative Cocktails

Somersault Innovative Cocktails

If you’re looking for creative cocktails in a sophisticated and edgy, Somersault Innovative Cocktails is the place to visit. Their menu offers three different categories of cocktails for each liquor; The Bold, The Daring, and The Established. Each cocktail has catchy unique name and the ingredients to match. In addition to drinkable cocktails, Somersault also has a selection of edible cocktails, including seasonal jello shots.

Somersault Innovative Cocktails, 11601 Domain Dr #200, Austin, TX 78758, +1 512-478-7275

Weather Up

Weather Up feels more like hanging out in your best friend’s garden. It’s beautifully decorated and lit with string lights to add a garden party atmosphere. Along with Weather Up’s vintage backyard style, they offer craft cocktails. The bartenders at Weather Up will even go off menu to create a unique cocktail for you, just answer a few questions and you’ll have a drink hand crafted to your liking.

Weather Up, 1808 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, +1 512-524-0464


drink.well. is an intimate bar in a residential neighborhood that accommodates 37 patrons with limited standing room, so you know that the bar is going to be a comfortable level of full and not too crowded. drink.well. offers both craft and contemporary cocktails and over 75 American whiskeys. Their cocktails go well with their award-winning restaurant menu.

drink.well., 207 E 53rd St, Austin, TX, 78751, +1 512-614-6683

The Tigress Pub

The Tigress is a swanky yet intimate cocktail bar that also features a mix of local beers. The owner, offers classic cocktails and even some invented by her hand and with creative names. This summer, The Tigress has just opened an outdoor patio space where herbs are grown, giving the space a lovely feel and aroma.

The Tigress Pub, 100 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751, +1 512-600-3232

Strawberry Martini © daspunkt/Flickr
Strawberry Martini | © daspunkt/Flickr


Located in East Austin, Whisler’s serves handcrafted cocktails in a rustic-chic, fun atmosphere, and features classic cocktails as well as signature cocktails with fresh takes. Whisler’s is also known for featuring live music on their outdoor patio. Upstairs at Whisler’s is their Mezcaleria Tobala, which is available for rent.

Whisler’s, 1816 E 6th St, Austin, TX, 78702, +1 512-480-0781


Shangri-La is an expansive outdoor patio that welcomes dogs and serves cheap brews and frozen drinks. The staff at Shangri-La encourages you to escape from whatever your day has held and just relax, enjoy the atmosphere, and party. The patio is DJ-d by jukebox tunes and has a lively feel. Shangri-La has some great events, too, including free pool on Sundays and $1 trivia on Mondays.

Shangri-La, 1016 E 6th St, Austin, TX, 78702, +1 512-524-4291