Whisler’s and More Cocktail Bars in Austin That We Love

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If you’re looking for a city to bar hop around, Austin is your place! We have so many incredible cocktail bars around town you are sure to find the right spot for you whether you’re looking for an old fashioned or martini.

With so many unique spots like Whisler’s in East Austin, we figured a guide to the best was just what you needed! 

Whisler’s has some specialty cocktails with names quirky enough to get you asking questions. If that’s not quite your vibe, they have an extensive beer and wine list that is always a people pleaser. The stone wall interior and classy drinks set the mood for the perfect spot to enjoy a  delicious cocktail. You can also enjoy their large outdoor patio space with picnic tables and string lights! 

🗓 Every Day | 4PM–2AM

📍 1816 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 


Tipsy Alchemist is a Rainey Street favorite with mind-blowing scientific and artistic cocktails. Their social lounge sets you up for chemistry in more than just your drink.

Not only are you getting to enjoy a tasty drink you also get some awesome entertainment watching these bartenders whip up your drink using some pretty unique methods!

🗓 MON–WED | 4PM–10AM
🗓 THUR | 4PM–12AM
🗓 FRI | 4PM–2AM
🗓 SAT | 12PM–2AM
🗓 SUN | 12PM–10PM

📍 70 Rainey St Suite 200, Austin, TX 78701 

Another Rainey Street favorite, Half Step, is a  converted, early 1900’s bungalow. Their cocktail professionals will not leave you disappointed, and neither will their drinking space. Experience a more quiet atmosphere inside, or step out onto their large patio for live music of both local and touring musicians while people watching on Rainey!

🗓 TUE–THU | 4PM–12AM
🗓 FRI | 4PM–2AM
🗓 SAT | 2PM–2AM
🗓 SUN | 2PM–12AM

📍 75 1/2 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701 

This award-winning cocktail bar has been a pinnacle part of Austin for five years in the historic warehouse district. Feel the Austin community and experience a one of a kind cocktail masterclass!

🗓 MON–WED | 4PM–12AM
🗓 SUN | 3PM–12AM

📍 307 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701 

Techo Mezcaleria is a one of a kind speakeasy type of cocktail bar located on Manor Road. You can find mezcal and agave cocktails tucked inside. To find the entrance go to School House Pub and take an immediate right. Follow the patio around and go up the stairs. At the top, you will find double wooden doors where the bar is located.


We recommend you order a frozen mezcal margarita!

🗓 WED–SAT | 5PM–12AM
🗓 SUN | 4PM–12AM

📍 2201 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722 

Las Perlas Oaxacan influence makes this bar different than your typical Austin stop! Their handcrafted cocktails are made from over four hundred agave spirits and can be enjoyed in the lively, yet cozy space in Downtown Austin.

🗓 Temporarily Closed

📍 405 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701 

Midnight Cowboys upscale space offers a more relaxing pace among busy Sixth Street. With a speakeasy vibe and the most upscale cocktails, you are soon to feel transported out of modern day Austin to an intimate blast from the past. 

🗓 FRI & SAT | 5PM–1AM

📍313 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 

Known for recreations of some of the world’s best cocktails, Firehouse Lounge also makes some of their own incredible creations. Focusing on “presentation without all the pretentiousness,” their skilled bartending makes the photo op drinks taste just as good as they look.

🗓 WED & THU | 5PM–1AM
🗓 FRI & SAT | 5PM–2AM
🗓 SUN | 5PM–12AM

📍605 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701 

This semi-private cocktail lounge requires membership by invite only. Here Nor There is an “experiential hideaway” with drinks that each represent a different place they have been, everything has been carefully selected to perfectly represent the vision. 

🗓 SUN–WED | 5PM–12AM

📍 612 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

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Christina Pennell

Christina Pennell

Christina is a UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, subscribe to our text and email, and follow us on social!