Opened in 2021, this social club is downtown’s hippest spot. Combining a restaurant, bar, and nightclub in one large venue, Higher Ground is spiritually themed, offering patrons a sinfully good time. Driving home that message, the space is intricately decorated with religious artifacts, stained glass windows, and a DJ booth made from a vintage organ. Sip on one of the “Seven Deadly Sins” cocktails such as Greed (Texas whiskey, coffee-infused demerara, and bitters) or Lust (tequila, mezcal, absinthe, strawberry syrup, and blackberries). Keen to work your way through the entire list? We suggest ordering a helping of delicious “daily bread” to soak up the booze, a la crispy porchetta. Mmm.
Whether you’re cooling off from the Texas heat or gearing up for live music at one of the city’s endless venues, the best bars in Austin are ready to serve.
One thing’s for sure: Austin is a bonafide booze-loving city. With year-round sunshine fueling outdoor events, a culture that welcomes social gatherings, and the constant need to rehydrate, there’s a good excuse for a generous pour all day and everyday. Luckily, a variety of watering holes cater to virtually all manners of taste.
You’ll find top-notch dive bars along 6th Street and Rainey Street for those looking to get down and dirty with their crew. In the heart of downtown, there are swanky lounges and rooftop bars atop the best hotels in Austin that swell with class and Insta-friendly backdrops. And of course, there are exclusive speakeasies guaranteed to impress any date, no matter how long they’ve lived in town.
Ready for a strong drink? Handpicked by the locals, here are the 27 best bars in Austin.
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