Booze at the Bell
First Taco Bell Cantina opens in Austin — and it's got a boozy twist
Brace yourselves for Austin's newest fast-food addition. A new Taco Bell near the University of Texas campus opened Thursday with booze on the menu — the first Texas location to serve it.
The concept, called Taco Bell Cantina, is the third in the U.S. The Austin outpost serves beer and liquor from national distributors, as well as local brands like Tequila 512, Tito's, Treaty Oak, and Live Oak Brewing Company.
A highlight of the boozy menu is the Twisted Freeze, a Taco Bell slushie with a shot of liquor. Yes, an Airheads White Mystery, Starburst Strawberry, or Mountain Dew Baja Blast can be made better with booze.
Taco Bell Cantina, located at 2000 Guadalupe St., boasts a different experience than other Taco Bell locations, from the feel down to the food. "Designed to set the stage for a social dining experience, the restaurant will serve the Taco Bell menu fans love, along with shareable menu items exclusive to Cantina restaurants," notes a release. The space features digital displays and community seating. Oh, and there's no drive-thru.
Taco Bell Cantina is open Sunday through Thursday, 7 am to midnight, and Friday and Saturday, 7 am to 1 am.