Where to Drink
Where to drink in Austin right now: 15 sexiest bars in the city
Love is in the air, so treat your sweetheart, crush, date, or best friend to a night out at one of the sexiest bars in Austin. And remember: There are different kinds of sexy, so we're highlighting everything from secret to sultry to playful.
Ah Sing Den
East Side Show Room's replacement offers a mix of unique and classic cocktails alongside beer, wine, sake, and an Asian-influenced food lineup. The interior is eclectic and lush — all of the velvet, fringe, and tropical plants you could dream of in one place.
C-Boy's Heart and Soul
The sister venue to nearby Continental Club is decked out in the finest red. Above the bar you will find a heart-shaped mirror, and that's just the beginning. C-Boy's also boasts live tunes, soul food, and a sweet little lounge called The Jade Room.
The star of Cedar Tavern, the classy bar inside newcomer Eberly on South Lamar Boulevard, is the legendary mahogany bar straight from the historic Cedar Tavern in New York City. A midcentury theme permeates the space, complemented by a curated list of tasty drinks.
Named after its hidden location in a parking garage downtown, this unique lounge has garnered quite the reputation due to its iconic circular bar, cozy seats, and clever cocktails — one of which was named the Official Drink of Austin in 2015.
The fifth-floor restaurant at Hotel Van Zandt on Rainey Street dishes up unique cocktails and live music in a swanky setting. Settle in for an evening of live music inside under the warm lights or enjoy a beautiful view of downtown Austin on the pool patio.
One look at Justine's will have you saying "oui oui." The East Austin restaurant oozes an incredible French ambience with chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Late-night offerings range from snacks — can you say oysters? — to wine, apertifs, and cocktails.
This sexy little number on Webberville Road broke the east side dive bar mold when it opened with refreshing cocktails, funky 1970s vibes, and a gorgeous patio and pool. In addition to beer, wine, and sake, the beverage program includes sweet concoctions designed to be sipped throughout the day.
A popular speakeasy in the heart of Dirty Sixth, Midnight Cowboy specializes in Prohibition-era libations and vibes. Make a reservation, ring the buzzer marked "Harry Craddock," and enter a world of hidden drinkable delights. Belly up to the bar or opt for table-side cocktail service, a perk that is sure to make you feel glamorous.
Underneath Buenos Aires Cafe on East Sixth Street is Milonga Room, a sultry speakeasy specializing in Argentinean wines and tapas. A cocktail selection relies heavily on bitters and Fernet, both popular in the home country. Reservations — with accompanying passwords — are highly recommended.
The Roosevelt Room
The friendly and educated staff at this downtown lounge are more than happy to walk you through the options on the massive menu of unusual and popular cocktails throughout history. Large, red velvet booths are big enough to fit a group and cozy enough for a couple.
This sumptuous space from the team behind Rainey Street bar Icenhauer's just opened in the Warehouse District. The atmosphere and the drinks take inspiration from the '70s, which means funky designs and craft cocktails named after iconic films of the decade. The only thing missing is the shag carpet.
Situated on the Rock Rose strip in the burgeoning Domain Northside development is St. Genevieve, an upscale lounge with an impressive lineup of cocktails and globally-inspired cuisine. The 21-and-older only space, decorated in a deep blue, can easily be utilized for intimate meetups or lively mingling. Check out rooftop bar 77 Degrees and weekend nightclub Rose Room above St. Genevieve.
While we love Stay Gold's awesome patio, the interior booths were made for snuggling. Grab a beer or a cocktail with your boo and settle in for a night of live music at this east side hot spot.
The Townsend is a high-end cocktail lounge and live performance venue (and 2016 CultureMap Tastemaker winner) in the middle of downtown. The food and drink menu is the crowning jewel, but the space is equally impressive with its dark wood and towering ceilings.
Vinyl is the final speakeasy on this list. Downstairs from Tellers in the Dirty Sixth district is a sexy escape filled with a more grownup kind of debauchery. Dance the night away in the "Red Light District" to the tunes from the thousands of records onsite.