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Walton's Fancy & Staple
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Where to find the best Irish coffee in Austin

Hot or cold, with whipped cream or without鈥攖hese are the best Irish coffee options in Austin

By Erin Kuschner

If you think the best Irish coffee in Austin is only worth ordering on St. Patrick's Day, you'd be sorely mistaken. Whether you're starting off your morning at one of Austin's best pubs (we're not judging) or looking for a nightcap at the city's top cocktail bars, the boozy, caffeinated drink is always a crowd pleaser—when it's done well. Here are some of our favorite spots to order an Irish coffee, from sports bars to cafés with killer patios. 

Best Irish coffee in Austin

Cosmic Coffee
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1. Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden

Bars Beer bars Dawson

Austin's popular marriage of coffee and beer has found its newest coupling at Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden in South Austin, a spacious bar with one of the city's best patios. The Irish coffee uses locally sourced coffee brew with Tullamore D.E.W Irish Whiskey, brown sugar and cream, and can be ordered hot or cold—which comes in handy during Austin's sporadic spring weather.

Nickel City
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2. Nickel City

Bars Cocktail bars Central East Austin

The former Longbranch Inn has been transformed into Nickel City, a refreshingly unpretentious cocktail bar with classic cocktails, inventive variations and a legit Detroit-inspired food truck out back. There are two NOLA-inspired frozen drinks on the menu—including the Frozen Irish Coffee, a frosty blend of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey, coffee liqueur and cream. It serves as an homage to the bestselling version offered at Erin Rose, the divey French Quarter Irish pub which attracts industry folks and tourists alike.

Fad贸 Irish Pub
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3. Fad贸 Irish Pub

Restaurants Warehouse District

Fadó won't be around for much longer—the downtown Irish pub is closing at the end of March and looking for a new location—so you should take advantage of their classic Irish coffee while you still can. Made with Tullamore D.E.W., brown sugar, coffee and fresh whipped cream, the pub adds its own touch with a cinnamon swirl on top.

Holy Roller
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4. Holy Roller

Restaurants American Market District

Holy Roller is killing the comfort food game in Austin right now, where kolaches, trash fries and a Grilled Cheesus bring brunchers back again and again. But they also have a seriously good frozen Irish coffee, which uses Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey, Patron XO Café, Chameleon Cold Brew and cream. Pair it with their cookies and cream pancakes and you've got a homerun on your hands.

Little Woodrow's
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5. Little Woodrow's

Bars Sports Bars Pleasant View

Little Woodrow's is a solid sports bar, but it's also an ideal spot to sip on an iced Irish coffee while watching your favorite team. Their version is made with Chameleon Cold Brew, Jameson Irish Whiskey, butterscotch schnapps and Aztec chocolate bitters, and is served with a cinnamon and sugar rim. Want to make it extra? Add the optional horchata floater.

Jack & Ginger's
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6. Jack & Ginger's

Bars Pubs

With its exposed brick, wooden furniture and tin ceiling ciles, Jack & Ginger’s brings the warmth of an Irish pub atmosphere to the otherwise sleek and industrial Domain entertainment district. In addition to their annual St. Patrick's Day Festival, the bar also serves a stellar Irish coffee made with Jameson and coffee, plus Bailey's, whipped cream and a drizzle of creme de menthe.

District Kitchen + Cocktails
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7. District Kitchen + Cocktails

Restaurants Circle C Ranch

You'll have to flip through to the After Dinner Beverages menu to find District Kitchen + Cocktail's Irish coffee, made with Casa Brasil coffee and your choice of whiskey. Topped off with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick, it makes for a warming nightcap on a chilly evening.

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