Where to Find the Best Cocktails in Austin

Written by Hafeez Hussain

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Austin is a city with a lot of character. The city has a diverse music scene and is home to South by Southwest (SXSW), one of the largest festivals in the world. It is also known for its vibrant and eclectic nightlife. From packed dance clubs to busy Tex Mex restaurants, this city has a bit of something for everyone.

Austin is no slouch when it comes to drinks either. The range of bars in the city is incredible, from low-key dives to chic speakeasies, to big-budget lounges with some of the most impressive selections of spirits in the country. If you're looking for a unique bar experience, these four Austin cocktail bars should be on your list.

Drink Well

One of the North Loop's favorite bars, Drink Well, is a little tough to get into — but once you're in, it'll be worth the wait. Jessica Sanders and her team craft cocktails that are always one of a kind. Located in the heart of Austin at 207 E 53rd St, Sanders has created an elegant lounge that features cocktails, wine, draft beer, and food items too. The drinks are flavorful, the service is attentive, and the space is charmingly vibrant. For those who can't visit in person, the bar's online shopping experience makes it possible to recreate the experience at home. Space is limited, but it's definitely worth waiting for a seat at this bar.

The Tigress Pub

The Tigress Pub is one of Austin's best cocktail bars, offering a selection of well-made drinks, including Zombies, Painkillers, Negronis, and more for customers seeking something different from the typical craft beer on tap. This charming cocktail bar is also among the oldest in Austin, not only providing its guests with creative drinks but also a sophisticated atmosphere. Pam Pritchard, the mind behind the curated bar at the North Loop, has created an intimate cocktail space that's on par with any high-end cocktail bar in the city. Pritchard's extensive knowledge of spirits shines through in every well-made cocktail making Tigress Pub is one of Austin's favorite spots for crafty libations, with an easygoing vibe that welcomes everyone regardless of whether it's happy hour, date night, or something special.

Nickel City

Nickel City is a cozy award-winning cocktail bar that dispenses a wide selection of mixed drinks, cold beer, whiskey, and more. With its neighborliness, ease, and quirkiness, Nickel City has perfected the art of the neighborhood bar. Located at 1133 E 11th St.Austin, TX 78702, the bar highlights classic cocktails served by friendly bartenders that are sure to please any customer. Don't miss out on trying Paper Planes, the Guilty Pleasure, or any of the other specialty drinks on the menu. The bar also offers delicious snacks and is a very pet-friendly place, so you don't have to leave your furry friends at home.

Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy is a friendly neighborhood bar that does more than just serve alcohol — it offers a relaxing escape from the bustling scene of 6th Street. With its warm, inviting interior and high-quality signature drinks, there's no better spot to unwind with a cocktail after a long day of work or sightseeing. The once-illicit brothel has been reborn as a refined, intimate bar that serves up near-perfect craft cocktails that are worth the two-hour wait. Patrons should be prepared to make reservations and wait for their table service — but even if their patience runs thin, an outside patio awaits with a limited menu.

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