1. Hopfields3110 Guadalupe St, Austin
2. Garage503 Colorado St, Austin
3. The Goodnight2700 W Anderson Ln, Austin
4. Whip In1950 S Interstate 35, Austin
5. Peche208 W 4th St, Austin
6. Firehouse Lounge605 Brazos St, Ste 100, Austin
7. The Tigress100 W North Loop, Austin
8. Whisler's1816 East 6th St, Austin
9. Midnight Cowboy313 E 6th St, Austin
10. Lucille77 Rainey St, Austin
A cathedral-inspired gastropub, Hopfields creates an upscale atmosphere where locals can enjoy craft beer, French wine, and a menu filled with French cuisine (or, at least, French-inspired takes on American classics). You can opt of a low key night of cheese plates and Pinot Grigio, or chow down on the colossal Pascal Burger and a nice craft beer.
One of the most exciting drink menus in Austin is also one of the most hidden. Keep your eyes peeled as you head to dark, industrial Garage: it's tucked inside the parking garage on Colorado and marked by a turquoise neon sign. Feeling something citrus-y and herbal? Go for the Indian Paintbrush (vodka, grapefruit, lime, rosemary). Looking to go bold? Consider trying the Forked Tongue (sotol, jalapeno, lime, green chartreuse, saline).
Since it's weird that South Austin gets to keep all the fun, the North Side's making a play for your attention with The Goodnight.
Whip In has a lot going for it: 72 beers on tap, growlers for you to take your brews home, live music every night of the week, and Indian cuisine with a Texas flare.
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".
Located in Austin’s oldest standing fire station, built in 1885, the Firehouse Lounge is a speakeasy hidden behind a bookshelf in the Firehouse Hostel’s lobby. With cerise damask wallpaper and candlelit tables in an otherwise dimly lit space, the split-level cocktail room is redolent of an old jazz club, which is fitting as the Firehouse Lounge doubles as a music venue, featuring DJs and jazz, blues, and rock musicians. Craft cocktails change seasonally and can be paired with the menu of small bites, including sandwiches and snacks.
Intimately tiny and British mainly in vibe, this pub's decked out with steam-punkish touches like custom wood-worked benches & stools and a copper mushroom-headed beer tap, which spews imperial pints of Guinness, Live Oak Hefeweizen, Independence Brown, and more.
Whisler’s is the the go-to patio on the East Side for great classic cocktails, spicy eats from Thai-Kun, live music shows, and ample seating. And, while the outside of Whisler’s may seem pretty ordinary, the bar’s unique brand of elegance is evident inside, where the juxtaposition of different elements makes for a truly lovely place in which to do your drinking. Chandeliers and candles cast a glow on stone walls, while a few tiny tables exist for quiet conversation. Drinks are muddled behind a gleaming wooden bar, and other unexpected touches -- intentionally cloudy mirrors, the occasional piece of art -- combine to create a one-of-a-kind feel.
Once part of Austin's red light district, The Midnight Cowboy pays tribute to its former brothel glory as a reservations-only, buzz-in cocktail lair, where clients are encouraged to flirt with staff as long as they abide by house rules. Reservations are for two hours and there’s a two-drink minimum per guest. With so many expertly crafted cocktails to choose from, you can’t really go wrong -- some of them are even prepared table-side.
The dudes behind a slew of 6th St college haunts (Friends, Cheers, Touche) are also responsible for Lucille: a decidedly date-friendly Rainey St bar complete with polished hardwoods, velvet curtains, and a delicately lit, xeriscaped patio on which to enjoy a menu of signature martinis and draft beers like a (512) Porter.