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Bars, Cocktail bars East Cesar Chavez
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)
Photograph: Courtesy Whisler's/Brian Flannery Whisler's

In 2011, the iconic Rabbit’s Lounge closed its door forever—for 40 years Rosalio “Rabbit” Duran’s humble bar had been the meeting place for Austin’s Chicano politicos. Veteran Austin bartender Scranton Twohey purchased the building from Duran and in the summer of 2013 opened Whisler’s. Twohey’s renovation highlights the space’s raw feel—the archaic stone walls are lit by flickering religious candles—while adding a stunning cocktail program which includes both classic cocktails and those with a modern spin, like the umami-rich Beware of Sleestak made with whiskey, celery, lemon, rice wine vinegar, fenugreek and wasabi sesame seed. In addition to the main inside bar and a large open patio, upstairs is Mezcaleria Tobala—a speakeasy-style one room bar with a large selection of the agave-based spirit. Nationally acclaimed food truck, Thai-Kun, has a permanent spot on the back patio as well.

By: Anastacia Uriegas


Venue name: Whisler's
Address: 1816 E 6th St
Cross street: at Chicon St
Opening hours: Daily 4pm-2am
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Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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If you're visiting Austin then Whisler's should probably be on your list. They have a killer selection of cocktails and great patio area to hang out on those warm Austin nights. 


Love this bar! Recently went with a large group and had a fanatic time. We enjoyed their delicious cocktails and there's a lot of indoor/outdoor seaton options. It does get very packed so I suggest going early.

Crashed Whistler's with a big group of people while in town for SXSW.  The indoor/outdoor venue was busy, but was still able to find some seats to relax.  There was a blonde female bartender working that literally put on a show every time she made a cocktail.  The bar fed off her energy and it certainly kept us coming back for more.  Huge outdoor seating area, so if you're looking for a place to hang with a big group and grab some expertly mixed cocktails, this is your joint!

Staff Writer

This is likely one of the most beautiful bars I've ever been to, but it's not all style with no substance. The cocktails here pack quite the punch with a quick staff behind the bar to keep things moving. The plentiful outdoor seating makes the space more laid back and you can grab a great bite from the East Side King food truck parked outside. If you are lucky you'll be able to grab a spot at the exclusive Mezcal Bar situated above the main bar. I'd definitely recommend spending an evening drinking here.

Fantastic spot in East Austin! The crowd is so hip, and approachable too. The playlist is great and sets a chill vibe for all to enjoy. Whether you're looking for an intimate table for a date night to sip mezcal or an outdoor table to hang with friends and drink local beers and killer cocktails - Whisler's is the perfect choice for an unforgettable night. 


First off, Austin has plenty of great bars to choose from, but Whisler's is a must-stop. What a wonderful place to enjoy a great cocktail. The open backyard style inspires conversation amongst strangers and Amy, the all-star bartender crafted a perfect old fashioned. Highly recommend planning a trip here whether you're a local or visitor in Austin.

Staff Writer

Easy-going venue with punchy cocktails, beautiful bar and plenty of open air seating. Popular haunt with the East Austin hipster crowd in particular. Great spot to relax on a warm Austin evening. 

One of the best bars I visited during a recent trip to Austin. Fantastic cocktails, great vibe, different spaces for whatever you're into - big outdoor/backyard type area out front, historic building with beautiful bar set up as the centerpiece and a secret mescal room upstairs. All served up with a dollop of the best looking people you'll find in Austin. Get on down there!

Wow, this has to be one of the best bars I have been to in a long time, I didn’t stay for long (one drink in fact!) but the vibe of the place, the people, the staff and just the general feel was great.There is a large outdoor space which is fantastic but what I loved most was the front bar and the mezcal room upstairs!If you’re in Austin, you have to make sure you check this place out, fantastic!


Whisler's seems to have everything you want for a big night: a beautiful space (party backyard-style outdoor space; beautiful hundred-year-old interior within); friendly folks behind the bar; and some really good-slash-strong cocktails, made quickly and well.