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Austin’s Finest Bars: Where to Drink in Bat City

The bar scene in Austin has come a long way, expanding from the establishments catering to lines of college students on East 6th Street. From award-winning, sultry lounges serving world-class libations to family-owned, dog-friendly neighborhood pubs, this vibrant city on the Colorado River champions diversity.

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Claudia Alarcón
9 Restaurants
Updated June 09, 2022
Restaurants:The Roosevelt Room, Canje, El Naranjo - South Lamar
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Cocktail Bar, Caribbean, Traditional Mexican
Neighborhoods:Downtown, East Austin, South Austin
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The Roosevelt Room

$$$$
Cocktail Bar
Downtown
4.8
851 reviews

When you’re seeking an extraordinary experience, look no further than this low lit, sexy lounge boasting an award-winning program that includes libations from essential periods in cocktail history alongside innovative signature drinks. Happy hour happens every day until 7 pm, with discounts on classic cocktails, beer, wine, and bites such as parmesan popcorn and a full-on charcuterie and cheese tray. The luxe atmosphere and detailed service appeals to both large parties and couples on date night, so reservations are highly encouraged.


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Canje

$$$$
Caribbean
East Austin
4.9
663 reviews

Decked in cool, breezy tones and tropical plant decor, this buzz-worthy East Austin newcomer, which opened doors in 2021, is the longtime dream of award-winning chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph. Best known for his mold-breaking desserts at Emmer & Rye, Kalimotxo, and Hestia, the Guyana native brings his modern vision of Afro-Caribbean cuisine to life, putting new spins on nostalgic family dishes. The cocktail list follows suit, with warm-weather drinks that include ingredients such as passion fruit, grilled pineapple, and coconut-infused spirits.


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El Naranjo - South Lamar

$$$$
Traditional Mexican
South Austin
4.7
620 reviews

At this modern South Austin spot, Chef Iliana de la Vega – a 2022 James Beard Award Finalist for Best Chef: Texas – serves her widely acclaimed Oaxacan food – from fresh ceviches to street-style antojitos and not-to-be-missed scratch-made mole, which takes three days to prepare. The horseshoe-shaped, marble top bar offers a comfortable, casual space for sipping a good selection of mezcales, tequilas and cocktails within eyesight of the kitchen, in a classy yet convivial atmosphere.


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P6

$$$$
Contemporary American
Downtown
4.5
883 reviews

Named after its former incarnation as a parking lot garage, this airy, Mediterranean-inspired bar will transport you to the French Riviera faster than you can say rosé. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better spot from which to watch the famed Congress Avenue Bridge bats emerge at sunset. The indoor-outdoor space, complete with comfy wicker sofas and pastel-colored furnishings overlooking Lady Bird Lake, complements tasty small plates and a generous selection of wine, local beers, and signature cocktails.


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Bar Peached

$$$$
Asian
Downtown
4.7
1080 reviews

Housed in a period bungalow with a serene atmosphere, this Austin favorite serves Asian-inspired snacks—bahn mi tacos, spicy edamame, and charred Brussels sprouts—paired with a fine selection of beer, wine, and signature cocktails, with excellent specials during their daily evening social hour. The covered patio under a heritage oak is a lovely spot to while away an afternoon or evening. Pro tip: go on Tuesday for bulgogi-marinated steak & frites night.


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Ranch 616

$$$$
Southwest
Downtown
4.6
1123 reviews

A local favorite for decades, this funky, kitschy homage to all things Texan also happens to be the birthplace of the now ubiquitous Ranch Water cocktail, a refreshing tequila-lime highball. Other signature drinks include the Fire in the Hole, a hollowed out fresh jalapeño filled with a potent tequila and fresh lime mix, and some of the best margs in the city—a credential that carries extra weight in Austin. Pair the libations with South Texas-inspired dishes such as chicken fried quail, stuffed burgers, and wood-fired steaks under the giant steel pistol sculpture on the patio.


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Sway Thai

$$$$
Asian
West Austin / Westlake
4.6
589 reviews

Thai specialties and Southeast Asian-accented cocktails are the dual draws at this large West Lake restaurant bar. A rooftop terrace affords views of the hills, while the dining room and bar exude a charming industrial aesthetic. Pair your hand-pounded green papaya salad with a savory cocktail such as the Phuket Your Troubles, made with mezcal, Thai basil, pineapple, and lime juice, or opt for the signature non-alcoholic coconut-lime soda. Drinks are half-priced during happy hour every weekday from 4pm to 6pm.


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Il Brutto

$$$$
Italian
East Austin
4.6
1068 reviews

This modern Italian joint in East Austin, which thoughtfully balances local and imported ingredients, is loved for its traditional dishes from around the Boot, featuring house-made pastas (including gluten-free options) and breads. General Manager Charity Sadoy curates an exclusively Italian wine list and an exciting amari and vermouth program unlike any other in the city. Pull up a stool at the bar and let her guide you through a flight, or create a bespoke before- or after-dinner drink.


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Aviary Wine & Kitchen

$$$$
Contemporary American
South Austin
4.6
179 reviews

Don’t let the simple façade fool you – this casual South Austin spot boasts one of the most unique and adventurous wine selections in the city, as well as craft beer and cider with an emphasis on local offerings. The staff’s knowledge borders on nerdy without being pretentious, and the eclectic farm-to-table menu is as exciting and playful as the wine list.


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