Austin’s Best Beer Bars, Wine Clubs, and Craft Cocktails

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It’s never been a better time to be a lover of beer, wine, and spirits in Austin. Over the past few years, Austin has been gaining clout as a hub for craft beer, cocktails, and locally produced wine. Increasingly more bars, restaurants and stores throughout the city are offering finely crafted, niche drinks that are locally grown, brewed and prepared.

On the beer side, two Austin beer bars were recently named among the top 100 in the nation on Draft Magazine’s 2015 list. The two bars taking the honors are Craft Pride on Rainey Street, located within walking distance from The Austonian luxury condominiums, and Draught House Pub and Brewery north of the UT campus. Austinite-compiled lists also give props to these two establishments, and offer a huge selection of other places in the city that serve craft beer.

For wine lovers looking for a taste of something local, Texas Monthly has launched a new wine club that delivers Texas-made wines to your door. With selections from the Best Texas Wines List, the club offers aficionados the chance to sample some of the harder to find Texas wines from wineries across the state. The Central Texas Hill Country is also home to over 40 wineries that grow and produce wine just outside of Austin. Explore on your own, or alternatively attend one of their Texas wine trail events held year-round.

There’s also been a huge surge in Austin-made liquor over the past few years. Locally owned and operated distilleries are making a name for themselves across the United States with distinctly Austin brands that match the quality of national players. Do 512 has compiled a list of these local liquors that you can find at bars and stores across the city. Additionally, the art of craft cocktails permeates many of the city’s hippest bars. Austin Monthly has a selection of their favorites, including Peche in the 2ND Street District a short walk from The Austonian. Start sipping and sampling around the city to find whatever best suits your taste.

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