Weatherup, a renowned NYC bartender and the proprietor of Weather Up in Brooklyn, and Tribeca, first visited Austin to watch a friend's bike race and quickly grew fond of the city. "Austin has lots of great coffee, beer, and cocktails, and a lot of good energy," she says. So she trucked her philosophy down to Texas—the third and latest Weather Up is located on Cesar Chavez in East Austin. Wanting to "go big and do it Texas style", the menu at the Austin branch contains 108 classic cocktails.
They shake them, strain them, and pour them, but where do they drink 'em? Austin is home to many great bartenders who can make a mean drink. They also listen to guests ramble on about their problems, break up bar fights, and clean up spilled beers. After a long shift, it's their turn to unwind. We asked 8 bartenders about their favorite watering holes, whether they're looking for craft beer, calm outdoor space, or classy cocktails.
Austin has a vibrant patio culture. Thanks to year round warm weather and little rain, almost every restaurant seems to have al fresco dining space. So what makes a patio area particularly special? Well, plenty of shade helps since Austinites are still willing to sit outside long after the temperatures exceed 100 degrees. Of course a relaxed space serving great food, beer, and cocktails doesn't hurt either.