Where to Find Tequila Around Austin
Our favorite orders at a dozen-plus bars and restaurants
We may live on the face of the sun, but at least Austin understands the importance of having tequila on the menu. Here are our favorite orders at a dozen-plus bars and restaurants.
ATX CocinaThis fine-dining Downtown spot offers 30-ish tequilas (including LALO) and 12-plus tequila cocktails, including LALO's highly recommended Sowers Sandia, a refreshing watermelon delight, making it a go-to.
110 San Antonio St. #170, atxcocina.com
Central Machine WorksIt's more than "just" a brewery, and you can't go wrong with their rosemary paloma (Tequila 512 blanco, Martini Fiero, clarified grapefruit, agave) or the FauxGarita (Jalisco 55 spiritless tequila, Lyre's orange sec, tepache, lime juice).
4824 E. Cesar Chavez, cmwbrewery.com
Curra's Hyde ParkThis Austin institution has two locations, both serving up several tequila cocktails, plus their famous margs like cucumber, jalapeño, and avocado (frozen) available by the pitcher.
4215 Duval St., currashydepark.com
Eldorado CafeOne of our favorite restaurants in town makes one of the very best cocktails, the Tamarindo (Socorro añejo, tamarind, fresh squeezed lime juice, honey; shaken, served with a Tajín rim).
3300 W. Anderson, eldoradocafeatx.com
Holiday on 7thThe Mexi Mart is an Austin-born staple, and the geniuses at this delightful new spot leveled up with the frozen Mexican martini (LALO blanco, triple sec, lime, salt, olive brine). Enjoy on either of the two great patios.
5020 E. Seventh, holidayon7th.com
La CondesaConsidered a classic, this Downtown staple boasts more tequilas than you can count and offers flights so you can discover your fave. We hear the El Cúbico (tobacco-infused reposado tequila, vanilla brandy, lemon, grilled pineapple, volcanic saffron salt rim) is outta this world.
400-A W. Second, lacondesa.com
Licha's CantinaA tequila-based Manhattan? So smart. Try the Añejo Manhattan (Tromba añejo tequila, Carpano Antica, Grand Marnier, Angostura) or make a similarly bold choice with the Coyoacan (Don Julio blanco tequila, Cantera Negra Café liqueur, half-and-half milk, and whipped cream).
1306 E. Sixth, lichascantina.com
Matt's El RanchoGo for the rowdy patio, stay for the many special margs, including the Burnt Orange margarita (LALO tequila, Cointreau, fresh squeezed lime juice, and a splash of fresh squeezed orange juice, garnished with a burnt orange wheel).
2613 S. Lamar, mattselrancho.com
Nickel CityThis dive-turned-hot spot offers fun well-known, lesser-known, and unknown cocktails, including the Lovejoy (Tromba tequila, El Silencio, watermelon shrub, lime, bubbles) and the Aki Paloma (Astral tequila, yuzu juice, jasmine-pomelo tea, grapefruit, smoked pomelo salt).
1133 E. 11th, nickelcitybar.com
SeareinasThe owners of this Mexican seafood and sushi spot in Northeast Austin also have Gabriela's and Taquero Mucho, and they know how to throw a party. We like the Malverde (kiwi, tequila, lime, agave) but they've stocked other great agave options, too.
6607 N. I-35, instagram.com/seareinasaustin
SuerteYou're guaranteed a good time with the Suerte Maria (morita-infused tequila blanco, tomato, chile morita y cascabel, lime, lemon, shoyu), a delicious concoction that pairs well with any of the dishes. Any pour of tequila is 50% off during Lucky Hour (Sun.-Thu., 5-6pm) and all night Mondays.
1800 E. Sixth, suerteatx.com
Techo Mezcaleria & Agave BarOwned by the folks at Mi Madre, this speakeasy's name says it all: It's an agave wonderland! Try the Cereza Hermosa (reposado tequila, cherry Heering, Ancho Reyes, lime, egg white).
2201 Manor Rd., fb.com/techomezcaleria
VivoCap off a night at nearby AFS Cinema with the delightfully spicy La Boca Picosa (cilantro-and-jalapeño-infused reposado; served on the rocks with Hawaiian black sea salt), which makes a great pairing with their perfect pollo tinga tostada.
6406 N. I-35, vivoaustin.com
Whisler'sThis bar staff knows what they're doing, so trust 'em and try the unusual cocktail called Sophie's Armada (reposado tequila, mole milk punch, citrus, Ancho Verde, dry vermouth).
1816 E. Sixth, whislersatx.com
Ranch Rider SpiritsOK, this one's not a bar, but we had to throw in a can for river days! We like the Ranch Water Original (reposado, sparkling water, lime), and the roster also includes pineapple, passion fruit, jalapeño, margarita, and paloma varieties.