Food & Drink

6 Austin Beverages So Boozy There’s a Limit

Published On 03/24/2015 Published On 03/24/2015
Anastacia Uriegas/Thrillist

There are folks who are into low-alcohol-session-beers, and there are those who want to compress an entire night's worth of drinking into two beverages. This list is for the latter. Fruity, boozy, tangy, champagne-y... no matter your taste, Austin has a drink for you that's strong enough that the establishments place limits on how many of them an individual may order (though, you can always move onto something else afterwards!).

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Mexican Martini

Trudy’s (address and info)
Multiple locations
Trudy’s is as famous for its Austin-style Tex-Mex as it is for its mouthwatering Mexican Martinis. Consisting of tequila, Cointreau, Sprite, OJ, and lime juice, these are served in a giant shaker and pack a serious punch. Every Monday, they are only $5. Limit two.



Banger’s (address and info)
Rainey Street 
Who says mimosas are girly? Banger’s took that notion and flipped it on it’s head. The Manmosa is a whole damn bottle of champagne with a splash of OJ or cranberry juice served in a man-sized mug. Limit one!

Draft Pick

Purple People Eater

Draft Pick (address and info)
East Riverside
This state-altering concoction is essentially a margarita with added 151, vodka, blue Curaçao, and almond liqueur. Good luck (and may the odds be ever in your favor?) to anyone who attempts this baby, which may induce the appearance of extraneous eyes and horns, as well as the sensation of flying. Limit two.

Baby Acapulco - Baby A's

Purple Rita

Baby A’s (address and info)
Multiple locations
Chances are, when you are just enjoying a plate of enchiladas and you hear crazy laughter coming from another table, there are Purple Ritas on their table. This ‘rita is a powerful blend of tequila, Everclear, blue Curaçao, crème de cassis, and lime juice. Limit two.

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Draft Zombie

Isla (address and info)
Warehouse District
Peché’s new sister restaurant/bar, Isla, is bringing its A-game with a fantastic food menu, and a bevy of tropical libations. Their Draft Zombie is a deceivingly delicious blend of Jamaican rum, Demerara 5 Year rum, 151, house-made cinnamon syrup, house-made falernum, lime, absinthe, and angostura bitters. Limit two.

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The Helldorado

The Jackalope (address and info)
Sixth Street
This drink comes with a different type of enforcement. They require that at least two people share this colossal and colorful beverage. It’s a vodka-based cocktail served in a HUGE martini glass complete with neon straws.

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1. Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden 79 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden not only provides over a 100 beers on tap, but it's also home to one of the district's largest biergartens. Enjoy live music and all the sausage that you can eat.

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2. Draft Pick Sports Bar 1620 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741 (Oltorfeast Riverside)

Nestled into the Amli apartments on Riverside, Draft's the latest project from the guy behind Texican Cafe: a tastefully wood-paneled sports-watcher's paradise whose 17 flatscreens include a 226in monster they claim's the biggest in the 787.

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3. Isla 208 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Warehouse District)

From the team behind the city's beloved Péché, Isla -- conveniently located right next door -- brings a taste of the islands to the Warehouse District from its colorful, breezy post on West 4th Street. Dishes are inflected by Peruvian and Caribbean tradition, with menu items like anticuchos and jerk pork chops. Cocktails are tiki-inspired (the mai tai is a must-have), and the rum selection is extensive; enjoy it in cocktail form or by the flight from your post in the tropics of Austin's Isla.

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4. The Jackalope 404 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Dirty 6th)

Many dive bars have burgers, but few have burgers this epic: flame grilled and piled high on a toasted bun with premium toppings like smoked bacon, brie cheese, and carmelized onions, they're plenty sizable and a good bang for your buck ($10). Cheap signature shots, tunes from the house DJ, and a giant jackalope that you can mount merely sweeten the deal.



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