The Roosevelt Room's Black Pearl is, hands-down, Austin’s most extravagant drink experience. The spectacle begins with a pirate's treasure chest, which your server opens to reveal fragrant clove smoke, vintage glassware and a skull’s head vessel full of swirling, iridescent gunmetal-colored liquid. A blend of Johnnie Walker Black Label whiskey, Talisker Storm single malt scotch, Smith & Cross Rum, Italian digestive Barolo Chinato, walnut liqueur, Abbott’s bitters, charcoal powder and liquid silver, the Black Pearl is a pirate’s booty for the ages. Prices range from $16 for a single serving to $150 for 12 servings and $250 for 24 servings.
The best cocktails in Austin are often of the classy variety (think: really great old-fashioneds and expertly-made margaritas) but sometimes we like our drinks a little, well, ostentatious. At dive bars and cocktail bars alike, Austin’s most creative bartenders are outdoing themselves with meticulously crafted, insanely garnished and just plain gorgeous cocktails meant to be photographed, posted on social media and eventually consumed. Here are a handful of drinks that will leave your jaw on the floor.