We’ve all heard the common myth that different types of alcohol affect people in different ways, and I don’t care that science says there’s no truth to this: I know for a fact that tequila makes me happy.
I was invited out to taste some amazing cocktails from some of Austin’s best mixologists at the recent Art of Patrón event. An event that will live in my memory as one of the best I’ve been to all year, and that’s saying a lot.
The space they rented out was gorgeously decorated, and filled with more food, drinks, and activities than I could complete. Well, almost.
After sampling their Roca Silver, Reposado, and Añejo by themselves (all of which being sheer perfection in their own right), I was invited to try their coveted Patrón En Lalique Serie 1. At $7,500 per bottle, which comes out to about $375 per ounce, it lived up to expectations. I like to imagine this is the tequila Beyoncé drinks when she wants to reward herself.
We tempered the tequila with delicious bites passed around, and even quail, cooked open-fire onsite by Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine and Odd Duck fame. Did I mention their were cupcakes made with Patrón’s XO Cafe line?
When we needed a break from constantly consuming, we sat down to make arts and crafts. That’s right. It was called Art of Patrón for reason! Not only that, we got to view art, and even take an oculus rift tour of how their tequila is made! We finished the night sampling each and every inventive cocktail offered, of which there were many. I unabashedly will call Patrón my favorite tequila, and hope they come through town again next year!
As a member of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance, it is with great pleasure, and perhaps a bit too much of a sense of duty (you read that right), that I present to you the places to get the best, damn cocktails in our fair city.
As a card-carrying member of the East Side, I can’t express enough of my love for Qui, and its ever-inventive cocktails. (When I first went, they were all Game of Thrones themed!) Their menus change fairly frequently, and they do not disappoint ever. On anything.
This small, luxe space was formerly occupied by a massage parlor, hence the name. Mystery abounds, reservations are practically mandatory, and this bar eschews loud, club-like scenes for intimate booths with cart service; you get your drink made table side, and the bartenders truly know their stuff. Last time I went, I just told the man what types of drinks I normally like, and he blended up something customized, and wonderful just for me.
W Austin, 200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 542-3660
I drink so much at Trace that I’d like to formally apologize for whatever it is I may have done there. I don’t know what it is, but maybe they do. Sorry, just in case. (This is all code for: the cocktails are great!)
From absinthe to handmade cocktails, to a open-late kitchen and extraordinarily knowledgeable staff – Peche has it all. Happy hour is usually 4-7, every day but Saturday and all night Sunday-Monday. I go for the Spicy Bees Knees when they have it, and they can custom make just about anything if you let them know the flavors you’re looking for.
I honestly feel deeply ashamed that it’s been a few weeks since I’ve been to East Side Show Room. Those guys are the best, and past visits have taught me that they sometimes have absinthe if you ask nicely.
1808 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702 (512) 524-0464
Infinitely secretive, and hardly advertised, this place draws the crowd that wants to be ‘in the know.’ The cocktails are expertly crafted, and they have an obsession with ice, which clearly works in their favor.
Winners of a recent ‘best drink in Austin’ contest (and also in a crazy-cool location – it’s literally hidden away in a parking garage). They also have a great weekday 5-7 happy hour with discounts on both cocktails and wine.
Wednesday the 10th: Enjoy sips and treats at the Away Spa at The W from 6-9.
Friday the 12th: Check out the Fit Foodie 5K! They have amazing stuff happening all weekend long, including a tasty kick-off party at Searsucker, and yours truly will be out there working up a sweat. (It’s my first 5K.) Also, MOD at the LBJ is going to be a can’t-miss event. The tickets are $40 in advance, but that includes an open bar, appetizers, and 60s fashion.
Monday the 15th:Departure Lounge is celebrating their first anniversary with happy hour pricing all night, all week, from the 15th-20th. I can personally vouch for how delicious their wine flights are.
That’s all I have at the moment, but follow me on Twitter for last minute updates, and surprise finds. (Trust me, they happen.)
When I learned that Austin Eastciders was hosting a party at La Barbecue to celebrate the release of their new can, I was beside myself, but not just for the obvious reasons. My partner’s absolute favorite food in the world is barbecue from La Barbecue, and his number one drink of choice is cider from Austin Eastciders. I was admittedly tempted to threaten to not let him attend the event with me unless he agreed to a few slave-like conditions, but I’m not always that mean.
A big thing that he raves about when it comes to their cider, is that it tastes like the cider he grew up on. (I should probably mention that my boyfriend, like Eastciders’ founder, is from England.) He’s always assumed that the apples in America are much sweeter than the ones they grow in Britain, giving American ciders an intensely sweet taste. Austin Eastciders’ Original product is made from bitter-sweet European apples, as well as American dessert apples, giving it a dry, complex flavor that the Champagne connoisseur in me loves. At 4.8% alcohol by volume, and given its large 16 ounce can, the Eastciders Original is easily a patio pounder with a unique taste, and I can see why that boyfriend of mine is so partial to it.
Full disclosure: I was in the beginning phase of a low-carb diet when I attended this, so I only got to take baby sips. Lots and lots of baby sips. Believe me though, my boyfriend looked happy as a clam. No, happier than that. He looked like happy as an Englishman eating Texas barbecue and drinking cider.