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One Austin gem named best new bar of the year by Garden & Gun magazine

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Sip on Southern cocktails, enjoy the breeze on the lawn. Photo by Bill Sallans
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Garden & Gun loves Josephine House. Photo by Bill Sallans
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The secret is out about Josephine House. While it's been an Austin favorite since opening last year, this little Clarksville cottage recently found its place in the Southern spotlight, earning the distinction of one of Garden & Gun's best new bars of the year.

No doubt the editors of the South's favorite lifestyle magazine searched high and low — from Washington D.C. to Georgia — to uncover the 10 bars worthy of such praise. Eclectically filled with dive bars and "punch-de-jour palaces," one thing is clear about the list: these spots do Southern cocktails right.

Our darling Josephine House caught the eye of Garden & Gun with its relaxed vibe, inviting nooks and always dapper staff. "At this sun-bathed suburban bungalow in the historic Clarksville neighborhood, the servers are impeccably uniformed, a leafy oak shades the patio, and the food and cocktails are clean and seasonal," says the magazine.

Combine its charming locale with delicious Southern-inspired sips, and you've found a truly idyllic experience deep in the heart of Texas. Garden & Gun suggests "the spiced apple toddy with calvados, maple syrup, apple juice, apple bitters, and Chinese five spice bitters, or sip a classic sparkling wine cocktail."

Since you can "enjoy the Hill Country breezes drifting across the yard," this is the perfect spot to while away an afternoon (and cheers to the much beloved return of Texas sunshine). 

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