We asked our favorite mixologists in Austin for their favorite bars to drink in the city. Here are the 13 spots that earned their stamps of drink-pproval.
If I have to pick one then I gotta say The Grackle.
- JR Mocanu
I'm going to preface this answer with: I don't go out much, if I'm downtown, I'm usually working, if I'm home I stay home. Therefore, my favorite places in Austin to drink are the downtown bars where I can visit with some homies and have a drink or few: Townsend, Firehouse, Roosevelt Room, Garage, Midnight Cowboy.
- Josh Loving, owner of Small Victory
My favorite place to drink is a toss up between Deep Eddy Canaret, King Bee Lounge and Poodie's Hilltop.
- Steven Robbins, principal bartender at Small Victory
You'll find me at Halcyon, King Bee Lounge, Firehouse, and/or Skylark Lounge. Too many great bars to pick just one
- J Scott Birch, bartender at Contigo
My favorite place to drink in Austin; now that's a tough one. I guess I would have to pick Dirty Bill's. I love the bartenders and it's my go to for good people watching and a great time with friends. Plus they have the beers I drink. I'm a beer and whiskey guy these days.
- Alfonso Castillo III, Operations Manager at Sourced & bartender at Weather Up
Mezcalaria Tobala at Whislers
- Michael Phillips, General Manager at Midnight Cowboy