Food & Drink

Where to drink whiskey in Austin

Published On 02/26/2014 Published On 02/26/2014
Best Whiskey Bars ATX
Anastacia Uriegas
RECSPEC
East Side Show Room
Bar Congress
Peché
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1. 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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2. The Blackheart 86 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

From a pair of nightlife vets formerly tied to Beauty Bar and the ND, this shanty-chic, NOLA-style spot is situated inside a refurnished 1886 Rainey St home adorned with votive-candle-lit nude B&Ws of Storyville women-of-the-night.

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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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.