Everyone knows Austin is the place to be in Texas, or for that matter, in all the world, when it comes to having a good time. The undisputed live music capital of the world has so many great bars, clubs, honkytonks, and saloons, it's impossible to choose one, or a even a handful, that stand hat and moustache above the rest. Locals and visitors all agree that Austin not only has the greatest music, but the best food and drink in the Southwest, and some of the most mouth-watering concoctions you will ever find are served up in the bars. Get yourself a designated driver, saddle up and try a few of the signature drinks that make any weekend in the Longhorn City a time worth remembering.
Tobacco Mule at Frank
Known for inventive hot dogs, this palace of cased meat offers food specialties like the Jackalope or the Sonoran Dog. Enjoy these with a long, tall, cold beer. Then try a libation that is just made for the adventurous Texan:
This Texas-sized drink has a kick like a Tennessee mule. A devilish concoction of tobacco-infused Maker’s Mark, mixed vigorously with Maine Root ginger beer, Key Lime juice, spanked mint, and Angostura bitters, this smokin’ pot of spirits is served in a generous 12 ounce quilted Mason jar on the rocks. Sip slowly and do not inhale.
Siamese Caipirinha at Mettle
Mettle is new to the East Austin scene, but this bistro has some taste-bud tingling menu items that will please anyone who loves refined food served imaginatively with a large helping of international influence. The drink menu is no less impressive. Try this fusion drink:
A Pacific Rim inspired signature drink that may make you think of volcanoes and tiki gods, this potion is a secret mixture containing Thai chili and basil infused Cachaca, swizzled with some fresh lime. They could have called this drink Fire on Ice. Try it out if you like a good kick.