Watertrade, the shoebox-sized cocktail den next door to nationally-recognized Otoko, is quietly serving top notch spirits and a handful of thoughtful cocktails, each laced with Japanese flavors. The silky Goma Fashioned combines rye whiskey, toasted sesame and vanilla over a large ice cube for a cocktail with smooth yet booze-forward qualities. Previously, Watertrade was open only to those dining at Otoko but is now open to all guests!
Boozehounds are well served in the Texas capital. Amazing craft beer? Check. Great wine bars? Check. Ridiculously good cocktails? They’re on almost every corner, pumped out by wild, scheming bartenders in some of the best bars in Austin. We’ve rounded up the best of the best, the most inventive and well-executed concoctions in town, from a perfectly made house martini to a whimsical frozen Irish coffee. Looking for things to do in Austin? Go ahead, drink all of the best cocktails in the city (over a period of time, of course, and be sure to hit up one of the best coffee shops in Austin in the morning for a recovery session).