The bar team at Geraldine’s—found on the fourth floor of the sleek Hotel Van Zandt—are known for crafting seasonal cocktails that embody Austin culture. The "Willie’s Cup" is made with High West double rye whiskey, hemp seed milk and sage, and the cup is wrapped with a little red bandana in honor of Willie Nelson. On especially hot days, try the $5 punch at happy hour (Mon-Fri from 5 to 6:30pm)—it changes seasonally, but it's a guaranteed refresher. The hotel's rooftop pool with an outdoor fireplace is accessible through Geraldine’s, and the restaurant and bar also doubles as a music venue.
There are plenty of perks to visiting one of Austin’s best hotels: fancy pools, luxurious spas and fantastic restaurants—oh yeah, and Austin's best hotel bars. Hotel watering holes are a great way to feel like you’re on vacation without actually leaving the city, but you don't have to be a guest to take advantage of these lounges. Our favorite hotel bars in Austin are serving up classic cocktails and trendy frozen rosé along with sunny skies, live music and stellar service.