Austin The fine people of the Austin chapter of the USBG (United States Bartender's Guild) have put together a week of events and cocktails (kicking off June 23rd) to celebrate all things tiki! A little Elvis, a little surf rock, enjoying a flaming bowl of booze with a date... there's something for everyone. Check out the full schedule of events and drinks here if you like, but we did the hard work for you and gave you the top picks below.
Tiki Week is coming. This is where you need to be.
East Side Show Room
Starting on Tuesday, June 24th, ESSR will be featuring a cocktail that is aptly named The Indigenous Revenge, and it features Pusser's rum, Amaro Montenegro, Cocchi Americano Rosa, cinnamon, lime, and tiki bitters. The Italian spirits in the cocktail provide a contemporary twist on traditional tiki flavors.
drink.well. will be participating with a special menu all week and will host its 2nd Annual Texas Tiki Week tiki brunch from 12pm-4pm next Saturday and Sunday, June 28th and 29th. Chef Travis Bennett and bar masters Dennis Gobis and Jessica Sanders will deliver island-inspired fare (and beverages!) showcasing The House of Angostura rum & bitters.
Come into Peche for their Texas Mai Tai, made with Treaty Oak Barrel Reserve rum, grapefruit juice, lime juice, peach-infused curaçao, and smoked pecan orgeat, creating a refreshing Lone Star-infused interpretation of the classic tiki drink. Lone Star as in Texas. They don't dump any inexpensive beer into it.
Contigo has a tiki cocktail menu for the week with delectable drinks such as the Dr. Funk (Rhum Agricole blanc, lemon, lime, Herbsaint, grenadine, omme syrup) or our favorite, The Pain Killer. This frozen concoction blends creamy coconut milk with pineapple, orange, and Pusser's rum.
Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane
On Thursday, June 26th at 7pm, the USBG and Alamo Drafthouse present Cocktails & Cinema, featuring the 1961 classic Blue Hawaii staring Elvis Presley. Expect tiki-inspired cocktail pairings from Alamo Drafthouse beverage director, Bill Norris. Tickets on sale now!
Along with a menu of reinterpreted classics, Bar Congress is also serving their Flaming Bowl of Cong's Navy Grog -- a punch bowl portion for two (or more if you're feeling generous!). It's made with Old Grogram rum blend, Cong's Tiki Masala Honey, ginger, citrus, and burned cinnamon.
Red River District
Saturday, June 28th at 9pm, Leon Taylor and Bob Spalding of The Ventures -- one of the most iconic surf rock bands in history -- will present a special live performance, "V2: The Music of the Ventures". Opening acts include The Del-Vipers and King Pelican. Get your tickets here!
A vintage-style, pre-WWII era bar with a European feel, classic 'tails, and a butt-kickin' blue cheese burger.
This American gastropub specializes in craft cocktails and fresh ingredients. Although drink.well lives up to its name, boasting over 75 different whiskeys and a whole menu section devoted to tiki cocktails, their food does not suffer in spite of the imbibing. Seriously, they make a homemade twinkie that changes flavors weekly.
Consciously attempting to recreate the European art of mixology that was largely lost in America as a result of Prohibition, Peche is a genuine cocktail paradise, and it's the only place in Austin that you can experience absinthe "in its true form".
Contigo Austin strives to bring the ranch to the people, having patrons sit down at large wooden tables on an equally expansive patio to chow down on flawless BBQ, other seasonally diverse menu items, and a long list of craft beer. Open for dinner and brunch, you can enjoy outdoor or indoor seating, as well as some great happy hour specials. Contigo is the perfect place to catch up with friends or bring a more casual date.
It's all in the name -- this is an Alamo Drafthouse on Slaughter Lane. Grab anything to eat, from popcorn and fried pickles to burgers and pizzas, enjoy a pint or two of your favorite local craft beer, and settle in for a movie.
The bar counterpart to Second Kitchen, Bar Congress' craft cocktails use only pure, artisan ingredients in their signature drinks, which accompany an extensive collection of wines and sakes. The bar also serves an array of small plates, snacks, and entrees that are specifically tailored to house spirits.