6 Hotel Bars in Austin that even locals love                                                 

Courtesy of Austin360

 

It used to be if you wanted to get a sense of the city you were visiting you didn’t stick around the hotel bar which often lacked the local flavor and personality that made visits to other hangouts in the area so appealing.

But in Austin at least that’s no longer the case.

Now more than ever even the locals are visiting hotel bars with friends for a happy hour drink or two finding in these places comfort class and a mutual appreciation for Texas-made beverages.

 

1. The Driskill Hotel

The concierge recommendation: Made with locally aged rye the Driskill Julep is one of the cocktails commemorating the hotel’s 130th anniversary later this year. Sip the sweet drink on a Wednesday evening when a local artist paints to live music.  604 Brazos St.

 

2. The W Austin

The concierge recommendation: Stop in during Primetime the hotel’s happy hour when cocktails like the Django – a bright a boozy tipple with Treaty Oak bourbon kriek beer and lemon – are half off. Primetime runs every day from 7 to 10 p.m. making it a deal hard to pass up for the locals and guests alike. 200 Lavaca St.

 

3. J.W. Marriott

The concierge recommendation: Tequila cocktails like the tart and spicy ATX Paloma are top notch but have a Texas beer from one of the 24 taps Corner boasts. They’re constantly rotating through new and surprising offerings. 110 E. Second St.

 

4. Hotel San Jose

The concierge recommendation: During one of the popular jazz brunches that are kicking off Saturdays this spring wake up with Hotel San Jose’s michelada. A mixture of lime soy Tobasco and Worstechire sauce with the beer of your choice such as a Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower or an Oasis Texas’ Luchesa Lager – the “Michelada is a very special recipe the perfect antidote for a hot day” Scherr says. 1316 S. Congress Ave.

 

5. South Congress Hotel

The concierge recommendation: Until the intimate Water Trade opens make yourself at home at the Lobby Bar where you can meet with friends enjoying small plates from Café No Se and cocktails like the gin-forward Last Word. The hotel’s garage is free for diners and drinkers for up to three hours so you won’t have to start with the stress of finding parking in a crowded area. 1603 S. Congress Ave.

 

6. Hotel Van Zandt

The concierge recommendation: Make a night of it at Geraldine’s – stay for dinner drinks and a show and prepare to be wowed by all of it. Keyser’s bar program is arguably just as lively; after all Geraldine’s has become home to a cheeky tribute to Austin’s favorite musician: Willy’s Cup made with rye whiskey sage leaves and hemp seed milk and adorned with a telltale red bandana. 605 Davis St.