Food & Drink

Tiki Week is coming. This is where you need to be.

Published On 06/19/2014 Published On 06/19/2014
Nick Conover
Lisa Tridle
Claire McCormack
Peche
Contigo
Alamo Drafthouse
Bar Congress
Flickr user MarkScottAustinTX
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1. East Side Showroom 1100 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

A vintage-style, pre-WWII era bar with a European feel, classic 'tails, and a butt-kickin' blue cheese burger.

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2. drink.well. 207 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751 (Hyde Park)

This American gastropub specializes in craft cocktails with fresh ingredients, boasting more than 75 different whiskeys and a whole section of the menu devoted to tiki cocktails. Though imbibing is the main event here, the food does not suffer because of it. You'll want to check out the homemade twinkies that change flavors weekly.

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

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".

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4. Contigo Austin 2027 Anchor Ln, Austin, TX 78723 (Mueller)

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.

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5. Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane 5701 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78749 (Circle C Ranch)

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.

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6. Bar Congress 200 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

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.

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7. Red 7 611 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Red River)

One of the grittier places to see music in Austin, Red 7 has both an indoor and outdoor stage, full bar service, and is a great, divey spot to catch your favorite local acts.

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