Owners and operators Justin Lavenue, Dennis Gobis, and Matthew Korzelius continue to impress at The Roosevelt Room. The giant chalkboard above the bar reads like the history of cocktails with drinks categorized by era from Early Years (pre-1880) to Modern Classics (2000s-present). In addition, there is a signature cocktail menu with a selection of colorful concoctions such as the aromatic Cigar Box (mezcal, smoked black tea syrup, lavender bitters, tobacco bitters, flamed cinnamon stick). Roosevelt Room’s location gives it instant appeal to existing West 5th and 6th bar patrons, and on any given weekend, the bar is buzzing with conversation, laughter, and movement.
Like many major US cities, downtown is the best place to be for bars, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment; and Austin’s certainly no different. The core of the action happens between Rainey, Lamar, the trail, and the Capitol. It also happens to be walkable—no need for a designated driver here. And because Austinites are more partial to a tipple than any Texan, there’s something for everyone in the same vicinity. Downtown you’ll find noisy dive bars just around the corner from swanky hotel bars; you’ll be able to alternate between locally brewed beer and fine imported wines, and you can sake, mezcal, gin, or rum it till your liver’s content. Whether you’re looking for a rooftop sundown party or a quiet date with wine, downtown is where to drop your pins. Here are our picks of the best places to get merry.
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