Todd V. Wolfson

Best New Bar

TIE: Whisler's; Moontower Saloon

The battle for best new place to get your drink on has, this year, ended in a tie – between two very worthy winners. First up, we have Whisler's, which has taken over the much-beloved Rabbit's Lounge at East Sixth and Chicon Streets in the heart of East Austin. The drinks are cold and served with a smile, the clientele is friendly, and the scene remains classic Austin. Hey, even Rabbit himself – proprietor of the legendary haunt named for him – likes the place, at least enough for it to play host to his 80th birthday. What better endorsement could there be? Second up we have the hottest venue south of the river, Moontower Saloon, which is more a lifestyle choice than a mere watering hole. On three acres of land, the proprietors of Moontower bring a whole new meaning to the idea of a neighborhood bar. There are drinks, of course, and so much more: food, movies, volleyball, and music – just to name a few of the niceties that make this place no mere bar, but a destination address.

Whisler's
1816 E. Sixth, 512/480-0781
www.whislersatx.com

Moontower Saloon
10212 Menchaca Rd., 512/712-5661
www.moontowersaloon.com

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