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5 Essential Austin Bars for Bourbon Cocktails

Beloved bars, lounges, and dives

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East Austin is home to some of the city’s best bars — unpretentious, cozy hangouts slinging great cocktails at honest prices. They aren’t just a place to grab a drink. They’re part of the heart of the city. And the best way to get them back on their feet and keep them pouring is simple: stop by and order a drink or two.

The next time you’re in the mood for a bourbon cocktail, head to one of the local spots below. They’re all serving up drinks made with Bulleit Bourbon, a favorite of ours and local bartenders.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Revelry on the Boulevard

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Revelry Kitchen + Bar started with its original location on East Sixth Street, another beloved East Austin hangout. Chase your East Austin bar crawl with brunch at Revelry on the Boulevard on North Lamar in Brentwood: a new family-friendly (and dog-friendly) option with an expansive brunch and dinner menu. Try Revelry’s famous family gumbo recipe made with a little bit of everything: shrimp, crab, crawfish, chicken, ham, sausage, and smoked okra, plus a Revelry Old Fashioned, the top selling cocktail on their menu, made with Bulleit Bourbon, vanilla simple syrup, and Angostura with some Aztec chocolate bitters.

Nickel City

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Although it’s only been open since 2017, Nickel City has already earned its stripes as a classic local hangout with a blue-collar vibe. Its deliberately unassuming exterior is an ode to the dive bar, and inside it’s filled with a  sprawling yellow banquette and bartenders serving up known, unknown, and tiki cocktails.  A bar at the back, Cash Only, frequently hosts pop-up bartenders for charity fundraisers, while Delray Cafe, the permanent on-site food truck, slings Detroit-style coney dogs, burgers, tots, and crinkle fries. Get the full experience by pairing your food with a limited time only mixed drink like Once Pecan a Time made with Bulleit Bourbon, toasted pecan sweet vermouth, and orange essence.

The Cavalier

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For a taste of New Orleans in East Austin, make your way to The Cavalier on Webberville Road, a nicely worn-around-the-edges dive bar that serves Southern food like po’ boys (shrimp, chicken, or cauliflower for vegetarians), burgers, wings, and deviled eggs that have won over many a customer. Old Fashioned fans should try The Cavalier’s spin on the cocktail, made with Bulleit Bourbon, Demerara, and Creole bitters for a little extra heat.

The Grackle

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For your next stop, head to The Grackle on East Sixth Street — named for that polarizing central Texas bird that has its legions of haters and fans. The Grackle’s dark wood-paneled interior features a circular bar where locals like to catch up, as well as a roofed outdoor patio.Try the home-brewed Hot Toddy to warm up on a chilly spring night. The drink is an elixir of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, agave, lemon, and Bulleit Bourbon.

Long Play Lounge

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Long Play Lounge’s East Cesar Chavez location is the second in this popular vinyl-centric Austin franchise. Glitzy gold-curtained stage? Check. Disco ball? Check. Full wall of LPs ready for the DJ to spin your favorite tune? You’ll find it all here, plus a spacious outdoor courtyard and some great happy hour drink specials, like $5 Bulleit Bourbon Old Fashioneds on weeknights. Or try the MIA with Bulleit Bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino, and lemon for a new spin. Pair with records, live music, or bring your own instrument and join the weekly jazz jam.

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Revelry on the Boulevard

Revelry Kitchen + Bar started with its original location on East Sixth Street, another beloved East Austin hangout. Chase your East Austin bar crawl with brunch at Revelry on the Boulevard on North Lamar in Brentwood: a new family-friendly (and dog-friendly) option with an expansive brunch and dinner menu. Try Revelry’s famous family gumbo recipe made with a little bit of everything: shrimp, crab, crawfish, chicken, ham, sausage, and smoked okra, plus a Revelry Old Fashioned, the top selling cocktail on their menu, made with Bulleit Bourbon, vanilla simple syrup, and Angostura with some Aztec chocolate bitters.

Nickel City

Although it’s only been open since 2017, Nickel City has already earned its stripes as a classic local hangout with a blue-collar vibe. Its deliberately unassuming exterior is an ode to the dive bar, and inside it’s filled with a  sprawling yellow banquette and bartenders serving up known, unknown, and tiki cocktails.  A bar at the back, Cash Only, frequently hosts pop-up bartenders for charity fundraisers, while Delray Cafe, the permanent on-site food truck, slings Detroit-style coney dogs, burgers, tots, and crinkle fries. Get the full experience by pairing your food with a limited time only mixed drink like Once Pecan a Time made with Bulleit Bourbon, toasted pecan sweet vermouth, and orange essence.

The Cavalier

For a taste of New Orleans in East Austin, make your way to The Cavalier on Webberville Road, a nicely worn-around-the-edges dive bar that serves Southern food like po’ boys (shrimp, chicken, or cauliflower for vegetarians), burgers, wings, and deviled eggs that have won over many a customer. Old Fashioned fans should try The Cavalier’s spin on the cocktail, made with Bulleit Bourbon, Demerara, and Creole bitters for a little extra heat.

The Grackle

For your next stop, head to The Grackle on East Sixth Street — named for that polarizing central Texas bird that has its legions of haters and fans. The Grackle’s dark wood-paneled interior features a circular bar where locals like to catch up, as well as a roofed outdoor patio.Try the home-brewed Hot Toddy to warm up on a chilly spring night. The drink is an elixir of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, agave, lemon, and Bulleit Bourbon.

Long Play Lounge

Long Play Lounge’s East Cesar Chavez location is the second in this popular vinyl-centric Austin franchise. Glitzy gold-curtained stage? Check. Disco ball? Check. Full wall of LPs ready for the DJ to spin your favorite tune? You’ll find it all here, plus a spacious outdoor courtyard and some great happy hour drink specials, like $5 Bulleit Bourbon Old Fashioneds on weeknights. Or try the MIA with Bulleit Bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Nonino, and lemon for a new spin. Pair with records, live music, or bring your own instrument and join the weekly jazz jam.

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