The Butterfly Bar is widely hailed as serving some of the best cocktail mixes in town. Get seated on their large outdoor patio and sip on an exotic list of cocktails prepared by friendly and experienced bartenders. It also has an impressive wine and beer collection. The light snacks and the yummy cheesecakes make for good accompaniments with drinks. All in all, this intimate space meets high standards, while also having reasonably priced drinks.
Serving chef-prepared cuisine inspired by the La Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City, La Condesa offers upscale street food and tweaked home-style dishes in an energetic, airy atmosphere designed by acclaimed architect Michael Hsu. The menu contains street favorites like tacos and elotes, whole corn cobs served on a stick with cotija cheese and chili powder, as well as composed dishes like a Sunday Chicken with potato gratin and a butternut squash-stuffed chile relleno. La Condesa focuses on using local ingredients whenever possible for the best flavor. At the bar, award-winning cocktails are mixed, and a selection of over 80 tequilas is available.
Besides its great name, this bar is a fabulous place to grab a beer. Casino El Camino also features one of the largest burgers this side of the Mississippi. The jukebox is always crammed with your favorite rock 'n' roll hits, and the staff is very friendly. The lighting inside is subdued, and patrons enjoy the outdoor patio featuring its own birdbath.
Hopdoddy is a restaurant specializing in high quality burgers and beers, located in South Austin. Hopdoddy features fresh ground beef burgers daily available with classic as well as new and inventive topping combinations, like the Terlingua burger, which is topped with Chile con Carne, corn fritos and a generous dollop of cheddar, or the Janis Joplin burger, which is a hemp seed veggie pattie with avocado, sunflower sprouts and cheddar, again. For those who want to be a little more health conscious, they have salad bowls available with all their different types of patties (beef, buffalo, tuna, turkey or veggie). In addition to the solid foods, they also offer delicious milkshakes, available with various types of liquor to spike them with, and a good selection of craft beers.
Whenever you are looking for the perfect suds, visit this cafe where you can get yours in the form of Cappuccino or a frothy beer. It's all about brewing at Wright Bros, it doesn't matter if the shop brings in roasted beans for its coffee or local Texan brewmasters for its beer. The bar has 38 different taps and though most are local, guests can still find some international and national brands. The small space does not have room for a kitchen, but Wright Bros. still provides some light snacks and bites from restaurants and cafes around Austin.
No other bar in recent memory has managed to so monopolize the patronage of Austin's tattoos-and-piercings crowd than has Jackalope, which caters to the unsubtle sensibilities of its otherwise neglected customer base by way of Reagan-era punk rock on the stereo, tragi-comic b-movies on the TVs and velvet paintings of topless women on the walls. Aside from serving as Sixth Street's most prominent de facto refugee camp for Black Flag fans, Jackalope is otherwise known for its burgers, regarded by many denizens of the downtown area as the best in the neighborhood and the Wednesday two-for-one burger deals make these the best bargains in the city.
Located in the historic downtown Driskill Hotel, at the center of the entertainment district, Driskill Bar boasts of some of the finest drinks in Austin. Its chic, rather lavish interiors set the first good impression, with its exquisitely carpeted floors, dim-lighting and elegantly upholstered furniture. The drink choices are plentiful, including the selection of wine. Best known for its innovative cocktails, the bartenders signatures concoctions like as the Barton Springs, Spyglass and The Batini, are not-to-be-missed. The cigar selection is quite adequate for those who care to indulge in life's little pleasures. Whether you are looking for top quality scotch, champagne, or maybe just a little mixed drink to soften the day, the bartender can satisfy your need. Add extraordinary happy hours and great live music to the existing excitement and you have a bar that you simply can't miss.
Whether it's for an evening of drinks or a satisfying meal, Trace is a sophisticated eatery that is worth returning to time and again. Located at the W Hotel in downtown Austin, this restaurant is a great place to dine even if you're not staying at the W hotel. Trace's chefs provide guests with masterful cuisine concoctions that are sure to leave you wanting more. What's surprising is that all foods are seasonal and organic fare that originated from the farms around Austin. But these well-trained chefs aren't constricted by the lack of food options, instead, their creativity shines through.
Located inside the W Hotel, this is not your typical bar. The Living Room is made up of four separate areas where patrons can indulge in nibbles, drinks, and a relaxing atmosphere. Plush, comfy chairs abound in the Living Room, making it the perfect place to settle in for the evening or just enjoy a quick drink. One of Austin's celebrity hot-spots, you never know who you'll see sipping a drink at the Living Room. Stick around later in the evening for the fabulous happy hour or to catch the in-house DJ spinning an awesome set.
Imagine a posh, outdoor bar with swaying palm trees flanking an inviting swimming pool, strings of lights strewn all over the place and fashionable patrons mingling over the wood-decked flooring. One of the swankiest rooftop locations in the city, Rio is nestled in Downtown Austin. Armed with fabulous interiors, some of the best DJs in town and a bar that churns out stellar drinks, Rio offers a night of partying like no other. The ambiance is top-notch, the wait staff is helpful and attentive and the ebullient music is so fantastic that guests just cannot stop dancing. If you are looking for a happening evening under the fine Austin sky, then this is the place to go. If you choose, you can also beat the heat by jumping into the lovely pool.
If you want to experience the local flavors of Texas with a few innovative twists, Corner is the place to come to. Spend a relaxing summer evening at their patio bar catching up with a friend over some delicious Tex-Mex tacos and zippy cocktails. Come in for a hearty lunch or dinner which consists of delicious Texan specialties starting from the homemade zucchini cornbread to the Jumbo Lump Crab and Crawfish Stack. The lively environment and the modern decor creates a perfect ambiance for a get-together, whether it is with friends, for business or for a casual date.