It's time for girls' night out. Gather your pals for an evening on the town at one of these six perfect spots for imbibing with the ladies.
This sweet Mueller outpost pairs decadent treats with boozy drinks and neon pink decor. Cocktails, most of which are named after women, include the Franny (vodka, rosemary, blood orange, bubbles) and the Carmen (rum, hibiscus, orange, lime). You'll also find a thoughtful list of wines and staples such as sangria, mimosas, and Bloody Marys. Plan a post-work session any day of the week or stay out till 10 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Schedule an island getaway without leaving town by taking the girls out to Isla. This kitschy bar has a wide variety of fruity cocktails and Tiki drinks, with an emphasis on pisco and rum. Since you're already in the Warehouse District, happy hour (which lasts all evening on Tuesday and Wednesday) can easily turn into a night of dancing.
For a pick-me-up, swing by the Blo Blow Dry Bar on West Fifth Street followed by a trip to Nightcap, just around the corner. Cocktails (the descriptions of which are hilarious) and wine are the stars. Both menus rotate regularly, so Nightcap deserves repeat visits with the girlfriends. If you need a sweet fix, we love the alcoholic shakes.
The food is delicious, and the drinks are too. Specialty cocktails are worth the splurge (martinis are half-off on Mondays) and the wine and liquor lists are quite thorough. Follow up your meal with a reservation at Midnight Cowboy, Austin's famous speakeasy, and you'll have yourself a grown-up good time on Dirty Sixth.
Second Bar + Kitchen
The original downtown location of Second Bar + Kitchen is a great option for girls' night for two reasons: large size and downtown location. Plus, the cocktails are crafty and the wine list is long and varied. Belly up to ,the bar or enjoy a glass or two outside on the patio if the weather is nice.
With plenty of space and tons of tasty cocktails, Whisler's is perfect for large, thirsty groups of gals. Need to escape the crowd for a bit? Settle in upstairs at Mezcalería Tobalá's cozy setting, perfect for gossip sessions. Afterwards, you can bar hop down East Sixth Street.