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In Texas, cocktail culture is as big and varied as the state itself. Visitors may expect inventive cocktail lists in cities such as Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin—San Antonio even hosts an annual cocktail conference—but tasty drinks, some made with local spirits, can be found throughout the state. Whether you are looking for a craft cocktail at a neighborhood bar, a hotel’s liquid temptation, or an appetite-whetting libation before a meal, here’s are some places to belly up to the bar.
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1300 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX 76102, USA
Fort Worth’s western heritage and colorful history are both on display at Whiskey & Rye. Though located at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, a modern tower in downtown’s southern edge, this spacious watering hole, with leather chairs, pool tables, and...
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777 Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76102, USA
The renowned craft spirit distillery Firestone & Robertson was launched in Fort Worth only a few years ago, but already its TX Blended Whiskey has achieved cult popularity. Many favor it neat, but the smooth liquor forms the heart of specialty...
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1717 McKinney Ave #100, Dallas, TX 75201, USA
In one of his latest ventures, longtime—and justifiably admired—Dallas chef Stephen Pyles has turned his attention to Modern Texas cuisine, celebrated-yet-Texas dishes considered afresh with contemporary touches or, in some cases, as wholesale...
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3001 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, USA
With such relentlessly inventive cocktail names as Lust for Life, Pepper Smash, Wet Hot American Summer, and the eponymous Victor Tango, it's clear you are in a nightspot that takes its alcoholic concoctions seriously—but with a big dash of fun....
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1100 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, given Austin’s universal appeal and seemingly endless growth, that hipster mixology has taken hold here. East Side Show Room is at the forefront of the scene, and has a relaxed boho feel that's...
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1424 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
Craft cocktails have been a thing for a while now, and Anvil Bar & Refuge, opened in 2009, was one of the first places to put Houston’s mixology scene on the map. Specializing in drinks that use local ingredients and house-made...
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1919 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007, USA
Perhaps no cocktail is more associated with the American South than the mint julep, and it serves as the namesake for a Houston bar that celebrates this drinks that dates back to the eighteenth century. Created by Alba Huerta—who, like Bobby...
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310 Main St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
Given the ever increasing interest and zeal for all things agave—tequila, mescal, and even sotol, a spirit distilled from a type of agave native to the Mexican state of Chihuahua and parts of Texas—it was only a question of time before the Pastry...
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1524, 102 9th St #400, San Antonio, TX 78215, USA
The much anticipated rooftop bar has opened! The vista of the San Antonio skyline is stunning. The cocktail menu is inventive; not feeling adventurous? Stick to a classic! The bartenders will make you anything! The wine list and beer list is also...
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229 E Houston St #10, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
A recent—and popular—addition to San Antonio’s cocktail scene, The Last Word is lead by mixologist Jeret Peña, the force behind popular bar, Brooklynite. With TLW, Peña has opened a spot downtown, close to the famous River Walk, that is...
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609 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
In addition to Clive Bar’s wood-paneled, no-fuss, roadhouse-feel interior (there’s even a buck deer head mounted on the wall), its ample patio allows for easy conversation on mild days. It also features a surprise: tucked away in a patio corner is...