Aside from the fantastic bar program at Odd Duck just down the street, this stretch of South Lamar was desperately in need of a proper cocktail bar. Thankfully, Backbeat not only filled the need but surpassed expectations. The creativity and talent here are evident in every cocktail—take, for example, the Swedish Punsch (made with anise-tinged Aquavit, funky Batavia Arrack, dry Riesling, lime and aromatic Earl Gray tea cordial) from the “oddball” section of the menu. The interior is a sleek nod to mid-century style, and in true Austin fashion Backbeat also has a rooftop patio with views of our ever-changing skyline. Backbeat is the second project from the owners of Hyde Park’s drink.well., one of Austin’s best neighborhood bars.
1300 S Lamar Blvd
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 4pm-Midnight; Fri, Sat 4pm-2am; Sun 2-10pm|