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11 of Austin’s Most Refreshing Summer Sips

Essential Austin-area spots for making up some lost time

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We hardly need to say it, but it’s been a long year, y’all. And since most of us missed out on the bar scene in 2020, we’ve got a little catching up to do. What better way than to grab a few friends, head to one of Austin’s many rooftop bars or trendy downtown restaurants, and reconnect over a round or two of cocktails?

We’ve assembled a list of this summer’s 11 essential hotspots, each promising fun bites and unique sips for you to order the next time you assemble your crew in ATX, guaranteeing a night out that was well worth the wait.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Green Light Social

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720 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 595-3885
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Known for its bar-branded canned drinks and “Adult Capri Sun” slurps (try Feel the Burn), Green Light Social is an irreverent, good time bar located on West Sixth Street. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the wall mural emblazoned with the tagline, “Come early, stay late, get lucky.” Enjoy the flavor of downtown Austin’s original Sixth Street party scene on the dance floor, then escape to the rooftop for some fresh air and quieter conversation.

A pink cocktail in a short glass is topped with a carrot and a rosemary sprig.
A cocktail at Green Light Social
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2. W Austin

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200 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 542-3600
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If you’re feeling a little fancy, head to the W, located just a few steps from ACL Live downtown. Inside you’ll find several themed bars to suit your mood inside the Living Room (a/k/a lobby): the Tequila Bar with a screened outdoor porch, the Records Room (featuring 8,000 vinyl albums from floor to ceiling for your perusal), and the not-so-secret Secret Bar, a cozy, red-hued hideaway. If you’re feeling brunch or dinner vibes, take a seat at TRACE, the on-site restaurant. The truffle popcorn is a move for any time munchies hit. Pair your small plates with a round of Essences Press cocktails (your choice of flavor-infused Grey Goose Essences vodka, Topo Chico, and lemon lime soda) and you’re in for a memorable, swanky night.

A spritzy, bubbly clear cocktail in a wine glass sitting by a pool is topped with a strawberry slice.
A cocktail at W Austin
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3. Hotel ZaZa

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400 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701
(888) 880-3244
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This whimsical downtown Austin hotel boasts two fantastic bars: Group Therapy on the ground floor, and the poolside Cabana Bar with a gorgeous skyline view of the city. At each bar, you can order up a Spring Fever, a delicious mix of Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, a tropical energy drink, and sparkling lemonade.

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A cocktail at Hotel ZaZa
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4. Rosedale Kitchen and Bar

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3800 N Lamar Blvd #170
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 729-0052
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This airy neighborhood kitchen situated near the Shoal Creek Greenbelt is ideal for grabbing brunch with your friends and settling in for some quality catch-up. Chef Janelle Reynolds nabbed the coveted top prize at Austin’s Mac and Cheese Fest 2021 for her limited-time-only Carbonara Macaroni and Cheese with a three-cheese sauce, Italian sausage, egg, and fried garlic. Go all out by pairing that gooey goodness with a Spring Fling: a refreshing Grey Goose vodka cocktail with fresh strawberries, lemon juice, lemongrass, and fresh-picked sage, it sings with notes of spring and rejuvenation.

A clear drink is filled with muddled strawberries and topped with a mint sprig.
Cocktail at Rosedale Kitchen and Bar
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5. Geraldine's

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605 Davis St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 476-4755
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Head over to the trendy Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt’s rooftop restaurant and bar, Geraldine’s, for a fantastic night of dinner, drinks, and music — or go for jazz brunch on weekends. Like the hotel itself, which was named for the famed Texas singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt, Geraldine’s embraces Austin’s live music heritage and was designed from the ground up with acoustics in mind. Have the bartender stir up something soulful to complement your live music journey, like a Cause-Mopolitan, with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, cranberry juice, triple sec, and lemon juice. A donation to a local nonprofit organization is included, too.

A magenta cocktail in a coupe glass has a lemon slice with lemongrass speared through it, sitting on the rim.
A cocktail at Geraldine’s
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6. The Tipsy Alchemist

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70 Rainey St Suite 200
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 777-0120
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A Dallas import to Austin’s bar scene in 2020 at 70 Rainey Street, the Tipsy Alchemist stands apart with its cocktail menu, which is formatted like the periodic table. Drinks here are served in lightbulb-shaped containers or delivered through a pneumatic tube that snakes around the ceiling (a must-see experience). For something a little different, we recommend the cocktail, Hair of The Dog.

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A cocktail at The Tipsy Alchemist
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7. Bungalow

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92 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 363-5475
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Even before the arrival of the latest herd of high rises on downtown Austin’s horizon, Rainey Street’s trendy bungalows-turned-bars neighborhood stood apart as the place to be for revelers who wanted something a little more laidback. Although things are always changing in Austin, you can still find that chilled out Rainey Street vibe at Bungalow, which prides itself on being friendly and unpretentious (and also welcomes dogs). Order a Strawberry Drip and spread out in the large backyard filled with picnic tables and cushy seating.

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8. The Lucky Duck

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1300 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(210) 478-8251
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A little quirky and a little quacky, this East Austin bar is a quintessentially casual Austin hangout with its sprawling patio, killer draft cocktails, and an on-site food truck for whenever you need a little sustenance. We suggest the super bubbly Lucky Spritz: Grey Goose Essences, Martini & Rossi Fiero, lemon juice, soda, and prosecco.

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A cocktail at The Lucky Duck
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9. Wonder Bar

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11500 Rock Rose Ave
Austin, TX 78758

How many clever photo backdrops is too many? We doubt you’ll come up with an answer, but you’ll certainly have fun trying at Wonder Bar, the bar designed “for all your senses” located in the Domain’s Rock Rose area. The bar is owned and operated by the same folks who own nearby Rose Room, Jack and Gingers, and 77 Degrees. Banana swings, disco ball-shaped drink cups, a tub filled with rubber ducks, and an upside-down room are just a few of the surprises in store for those who’ve never visited. Fuel your imagination for your next post with a BBC made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, sweet vermouth, watermelon juice, lime, and ginger beer.

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10. Kitty Cohen's

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2211 Webberville Rd #3548
Austin, TX 78702

This self-branded “classy and slightly trashy” retro bar is said to be inspired by rebellious women. The East Austin patio bar gives major Palm Springs vibes with its kitschy artwork, wading pool, and cheekily named cocktails (Snake in the Grass is a current favorite). Come and knock on their door and have yourself a little “Three’s Company” moment.

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A cocktail at Kitty Cohen’s
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11. Central Machine Works

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4824 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 220-2340
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This spacious East Austin hangout inside a 1940s era workshop provides plenty of room to spread out and enjoy live music, burgers, brats, and pizza in the company of your friends. And despite its mission to provide “beers for the working man and woman,” there’s more than just beer on the menu here. Try out a Summer Collins to quench your thirst, which is Grey Goose Essences Vodka (pick your flavor from White Peach & Rosemary, Strawberry & Lemongrass, or Watermelon & Basil) plus sparkling lemonade — it’s summertime, after all.

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Cocktails at Central Machine Works
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1. Green Light Social

720 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
A pink cocktail in a short glass is topped with a carrot and a rosemary sprig.
A cocktail at Green Light Social
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Known for its bar-branded canned drinks and “Adult Capri Sun” slurps (try Feel the Burn), Green Light Social is an irreverent, good time bar located on West Sixth Street. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the wall mural emblazoned with the tagline, “Come early, stay late, get lucky.” Enjoy the flavor of downtown Austin’s original Sixth Street party scene on the dance floor, then escape to the rooftop for some fresh air and quieter conversation.

720 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

2. W Austin

200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701
A spritzy, bubbly clear cocktail in a wine glass sitting by a pool is topped with a strawberry slice.
A cocktail at W Austin
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If you’re feeling a little fancy, head to the W, located just a few steps from ACL Live downtown. Inside you’ll find several themed bars to suit your mood inside the Living Room (a/k/a lobby): the Tequila Bar with a screened outdoor porch, the Records Room (featuring 8,000 vinyl albums from floor to ceiling for your perusal), and the not-so-secret Secret Bar, a cozy, red-hued hideaway. If you’re feeling brunch or dinner vibes, take a seat at TRACE, the on-site restaurant. The truffle popcorn is a move for any time munchies hit. Pair your small plates with a round of Essences Press cocktails (your choice of flavor-infused Grey Goose Essences vodka, Topo Chico, and lemon lime soda) and you’re in for a memorable, swanky night.

200 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701

3. Hotel ZaZa

400 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701
A yellow cocktail has a lemon slice on the rim.
A cocktail at Hotel ZaZa
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This whimsical downtown Austin hotel boasts two fantastic bars: Group Therapy on the ground floor, and the poolside Cabana Bar with a gorgeous skyline view of the city. At each bar, you can order up a Spring Fever, a delicious mix of Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, a tropical energy drink, and sparkling lemonade.

400 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701

4. Rosedale Kitchen and Bar

3800 N Lamar Blvd #170, Austin, TX 78756
A clear drink is filled with muddled strawberries and topped with a mint sprig.
Cocktail at Rosedale Kitchen and Bar
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This airy neighborhood kitchen situated near the Shoal Creek Greenbelt is ideal for grabbing brunch with your friends and settling in for some quality catch-up. Chef Janelle Reynolds nabbed the coveted top prize at Austin’s Mac and Cheese Fest 2021 for her limited-time-only Carbonara Macaroni and Cheese with a three-cheese sauce, Italian sausage, egg, and fried garlic. Go all out by pairing that gooey goodness with a Spring Fling: a refreshing Grey Goose vodka cocktail with fresh strawberries, lemon juice, lemongrass, and fresh-picked sage, it sings with notes of spring and rejuvenation.

3800 N Lamar Blvd #170
Austin, TX 78756

5. Geraldine's

605 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701
A magenta cocktail in a coupe glass has a lemon slice with lemongrass speared through it, sitting on the rim.
A cocktail at Geraldine’s
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Head over to the trendy Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt’s rooftop restaurant and bar, Geraldine’s, for a fantastic night of dinner, drinks, and music — or go for jazz brunch on weekends. Like the hotel itself, which was named for the famed Texas singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt, Geraldine’s embraces Austin’s live music heritage and was designed from the ground up with acoustics in mind. Have the bartender stir up something soulful to complement your live music journey, like a Cause-Mopolitan, with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, cranberry juice, triple sec, and lemon juice. A donation to a local nonprofit organization is included, too.

605 Davis St
Austin, TX 78701

6. The Tipsy Alchemist

70 Rainey St Suite 200, Austin, TX 78701
An orange cocktail in a wine glass has freeze dried berries and a strawberry on the rim
A cocktail at The Tipsy Alchemist
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A Dallas import to Austin’s bar scene in 2020 at 70 Rainey Street, the Tipsy Alchemist stands apart with its cocktail menu, which is formatted like the periodic table. Drinks here are served in lightbulb-shaped containers or delivered through a pneumatic tube that snakes around the ceiling (a must-see experience). For something a little different, we recommend the cocktail, Hair of The Dog.

70 Rainey St Suite 200
Austin, TX 78701

7. Bungalow

92 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
A bright pink cocktail in a coupe glass with a strawberry slice on the rim
A cocktail at Bungalow
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Even before the arrival of the latest herd of high rises on downtown Austin’s horizon, Rainey Street’s trendy bungalows-turned-bars neighborhood stood apart as the place to be for revelers who wanted something a little more laidback. Although things are always changing in Austin, you can still find that chilled out Rainey Street vibe at Bungalow, which prides itself on being friendly and unpretentious (and also welcomes dogs). Order a Strawberry Drip and spread out in the large backyard filled with picnic tables and cushy seating.

92 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

8. The Lucky Duck

1300 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
A light pink cocktail sits in a wine glass with lots of ice and is topped with a lemon slice.
A cocktail at The Lucky Duck
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A little quirky and a little quacky, this East Austin bar is a quintessentially casual Austin hangout with its sprawling patio, killer draft cocktails, and an on-site food truck for whenever you need a little sustenance. We suggest the super bubbly Lucky Spritz: Grey Goose Essences, Martini & Rossi Fiero, lemon juice, soda, and prosecco.

1300 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Wonder Bar

11500 Rock Rose Ave, Austin, TX 78758
A bright blue cocktail in a glass with ice and a black straw
Cocktail at Wonder Bar
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How many clever photo backdrops is too many? We doubt you’ll come up with an answer, but you’ll certainly have fun trying at Wonder Bar, the bar designed “for all your senses” located in the Domain’s Rock Rose area. The bar is owned and operated by the same folks who own nearby Rose Room, Jack and Gingers, and 77 Degrees. Banana swings, disco ball-shaped drink cups, a tub filled with rubber ducks, and an upside-down room are just a few of the surprises in store for those who’ve never visited. Fuel your imagination for your next post with a BBC made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, sweet vermouth, watermelon juice, lime, and ginger beer.

11500 Rock Rose Ave
Austin, TX 78758

10. Kitty Cohen's

2211 Webberville Rd #3548, Austin, TX 78702
A cocktail in a blue ombre glass sits by a pool with white umbrellas and has a lemon slice and a strawberry on the rim
A cocktail at Kitty Cohen’s
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This self-branded “classy and slightly trashy” retro bar is said to be inspired by rebellious women. The East Austin patio bar gives major Palm Springs vibes with its kitschy artwork, wading pool, and cheekily named cocktails (Snake in the Grass is a current favorite). Come and knock on their door and have yourself a little “Three’s Company” moment.

2211 Webberville Rd #3548
Austin, TX 78702

11. Central Machine Works

4824 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Two silver cans sit on a bright orange table surrounded by and topped by lemons, peaches and rosemary.
Cocktails at Central Machine Works
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This spacious East Austin hangout inside a 1940s era workshop provides plenty of room to spread out and enjoy live music, burgers, brats, and pizza in the company of your friends. And despite its mission to provide “beers for the working man and woman,” there’s more than just beer on the menu here. Try out a Summer Collins to quench your thirst, which is Grey Goose Essences Vodka (pick your flavor from White Peach & Rosemary, Strawberry & Lemongrass, or Watermelon & Basil) plus sparkling lemonade — it’s summertime, after all.

4824 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

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