From a hip wine-centric South Congress lounge to a retro poolside patio, Austin certainly has no shortage of watering holes. Here are our picks for the 10 hottest spots in town right now.
What to drink: While the varied wine list, curated by namesake sommelier June Rodil, rules here, the cocktails are also not to be missed. Try June's Punch, a combination of several rums, brandy, absinthe, clarifed milk, green tea, spices and pandan.
Insider tip: The vintage jukebox inside isn't just pretty. It's packed with all sorts of modern indie gems.
What to drink: To help maximize your hangout time, the menu at this retro lounge focuses on tasty, seasonal cocktails like the Kitty Spritz (grapefruit liqueur, white wine, soda) and Bo Derek (Ancho Reyes, Deep Eddy peach vodka, ginger beer).
Insider tip: Wear shoes that are easy to slip off so you can dip your toes into the patio wading pool.
What to drink: Try the sweet-spicy-tangy Burmese Mission (gin, lime, Thai basil, clementine togarashi syrup), a welcome concoction at this opium den–inspired reinterpretation of the former East Side Showroom.
Insider tip: Partner Mickie Cohen's handcrafted interior design is just as impressive as ever, so come ready to Instagram.
What to drink: In addition to a lengthy list of local and craft beer, this market and cafe boasts an impressive selection of wine, thanks to the oenophile owner Raj Singh.
Insider tip: During happy hour, every day from 3–6 PM, all drafts, wine and bites are $2 off.
What to drink: This latest addition to East Sixth Street features refreshers like the RKB Mint and Cherry limeade (black cherry vodka, mint syrup, lime, Topo Chico) and stiffer selections like the Mezcal Perfectio (Del Maguey crema mezal, Campari, vermouth, sweet vermouth, bitters).
Insider tip: North Austinites take note — a second location is slated to open on North Lamar this spring.
What to drink: Choose from a dozen local draft beers or rotating frozen drink specials, both perfect for lounging in the spacious backyard patio.
Insider tip: Come hungry because the bar food here (parsley popcorn, pimiento cheese croquettes, duck fat eggplant dip) is not to be missed.
What to drink: The signature Backbeat cocktail was a runner-up in the Official Drink of Austin competition... and can be made with a spirit of your choosing.
Insider tip: Relax on the rooftop patio with Backbeat's all day Sunday happy hour specials.
What to drink: The drinks here are incredibly affordable. Cocktails run just $7 each and wine by the glass costs just $6. First-timers should try the stiff Goodnight Irene, named after the Southern grandmother who inspired the place.
Insider tip: Food here is served until 2 AM and includes a "steak and whiskey" option: a one pound bone-in NY strip served with a sizable shot of Old Granddad whiskey.
What to drink: The Greener Side (pictured) is a perfectly refreshing tonic for summer, made with gin, aquavit, arugula, lime and a splash of soda.
Insider tip: On Sunday–Thursday, all house cocktails are $2 off from 5–6:30 PM.
What to drink: The Argentine version of a mint julep (pictured) is a must-try, made with Cynar, pompelmo (grapefruit) soda, lemon and mint.
Insider tip: Be sure to text the number below to snag a reservation (and directions for entry) before you go.