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First Look: Cocktails at Qui in Austin, Texas

When diners arrive at Paul Qui's long awaited formal restaurant, simply named qui, they are first escorted to the bar, where bar manager Michael Simon and his team shake up pre-dinner beverages that can also be sipped on the restaurant's spacious patio. "There are lots of savory elements to the drinks," said Simon. "They're boozy but balanced; salty, sweet, and sour, so they can pair well with food." More

Where to Drink Coffee in Austin, Texas

For those who plan to spend their trip to SXSW—or any trip to Austin, really—staying up late and, maybe, possibly, consuming lots of tacos and booze: a solid morning (or afternoon or even evening) coffee is going to be of the utmost importance. Thus, we offer a quick guide to some of the finest cafes in this land of sensory indulgence. More

Hungover in Austin? Go To Torchy's Tacos

There's nothing on the menu at the several branches of Torchy's that wouldn't send a hangover back to the depths from whence it came, but might I make a few suggestions? We've already told you about The Dirty Sanchez, with its fried poblano, scrambled eggs, and guacamole, but the Independent is another strong contender for best-in-show: a slab of deep-fried breaded portobello mushroom perched not-so-daintily on a pile of fresh corn kernels, piled with pickled carrots, avocado, queso fresco, and a squirt of ancho chili aioli. Did I say "perched not-so-daintily"? What I meant was "slammed raunchily". More

The Best Margaritas in Austin, Texas

It's rare to find a bar menu in Austin that doesn't have at least one margarita on it, and it's no wonder that this simple concoction is so well loved under the Texas sun. The combination of lime, tequila, and orange liqueur has the ability to quench thirst and make even the worst heat more bearable. We drank our way around Austin to find the best examples possible. More

Hangover Helper: Frito Pie at Lamberts in Austin, TX

Growing up in Texas, the state where experienced my first hangover, you learn, eventually, that some of the best foods when you are sober are also the best for your hangover. Nothing better sums up Texas eats for me than these three items: brisket, queso*, and Fritos. The first two I only recommend eating in Texas and the third, while nationally available, is a Texas original. More

Where Bartenders Drink in Austin, Texas

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. More

With Classic Cocktails, The Journey Is Not The Destination

A few weeks back I was sitting at the Anvil Bar in Houston, picking at a few well-seasoned, tender lamb meatballs and sipping on a Sazerac—my drink of choice whenever I check out a new craft cocktail bar. It's my yardstick. One I'm intimately familiar with. A classic drink simple enough that any bartender should have its recipe down to muscle memory, but complex enough that the difference between a perfect one and a just ok one comes down to the fine points of finesse. More

Hangover Helper: Tamale Breakfast at Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse and Café in Austin, Texas

Vegetarian boozers are lucky in Austin. They can't rely on bacon and egg breakfast tacos to cure their hangovers, but at least they have Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse and Café. This combination coffee shop and restaurant serves fresh vegetarian sandwiches, tacos, and other satisfying fare at bargain prices. There's no need to drag yourself out of bed too early because breakfast is served all day. You'll enjoy your meal in a bright and inviting space among a quirky crowd of aging hippies and young hipsters. More

5 Whiskey Cocktail Recipes from Haddingtons in Austin, Texas

The menu showcases a pretty wide range of classic and modern cocktails, but their collection of creative whiskey libations is particularly impressive. On chillier evenings (by Texas standards), you'll want to unwind with a Duck Fat Sazerac (and an order of the velvety truffle egg custard on crusty bread.) Not in Texas? You can still enjoy Brandon Burkart's drinks, since he was kind enough to share the recipes with us. More

Soda: Texas Loses Dublin Dr Pepper

As just about any drinker of soda in certain parts of Texas could tell you, Dublin Dr. Pepper is the cane-sugar equivalent of the version you'll find in the rest of the country. It's marketed much as Mexican Coke is, preferred by many for its lack of corn syrup and its old-fashioned glass bottles. Or, at least, it was, until last week. More

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