718 Congress, Austin, 78701, 512/887-8778
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 4pm-12mid; Fri.-Sat., 4pm-2am
Housed in a historic building near the Capitol and across the street from the Paramount Theatre, the Townsend’s designer cocktails include the rum “Single Engine Plane,” bourbon “Lamplight,” and mezcal “La Linea.” The bar with glass chandeliers also serves cucumber sandwiches and charcuterie plates. Kathy Valentine, formerly of Eighties pop sensation the Go-Go’s (she co-wrote “Vacation”) is an investor, enlisting audio engineer Scott Samson to design the performance hall. Open nightly, music nights are special events.
- 2016: Critics Best Off Menu Shot (Aquavit Pickleback at the Townsend)