There's a reason why Old Fashioneds are called Old Fashioneds. They've been around for a long time, and the recipe remains fairly simple: whiskey or bourbon, bitters, sugar, orange peel, and a cherry. Sometimes we get fancy on the cherries (Luxardo Gourmet Maraschino Cherries = you're doing it right) or put the ice in a perfect cube (typically this means I Can't Afford To Drink Here) or shake it up altogether and add in something crazy. It's my all-time favorite cocktail, and here are some of my faves!
|Photo by Arianna Auber, American-Statesman.
Vox Table - A whole MENU of Old Fashioneds? I'm in heaven. This is literally my favorite restaurant in town, and all of their cocktails are so well made--I didn't know that there was a difference between cocktails made by an expert, and those sloshed together at a dive. Vox has shown me the light.
1100 S Lamar Blvd #2140, Austin, TX
Prohibition Creamery - The star of the menu is clearly their BOOZY ICE CREAM, but their cocktail menu is reasonably priced AND expertly crafted. $6 for a cocktail, and it doesn't even have to be happy hour? Sold.
1407 E 7th St, Austin, TX
Oasthouse - Get a stool at the bar during Happy Hour and take advantage of their $6 Granny's Old Fashioned. Subtle apple flavors and a sprinkling of spice make this a perfect winter cocktail (though it's tasty all year round!)
8300 N FM 620 e, Austin, TX 78726
Péché - Yes, Péché is Austin's premiere absinthe bar. However, they also have an incredible Old Fashioned on the menu. Their version of the cocktail uses Single Barrel Whiskey, Jerry Thomas bitters, lemon peel, and sugar. Classic, fresh, and always pleasing. Have a shot of absinthe if you must, but sip slowly on this.
208 W 4th St, Austin, TX
drink.well - pair their delicious, classic old fashioned with a house-made Twinkie and you have yourself a deliciously classy start to your evening. Try to snag a spot at the bar and watch the bartenders work their magic.
207 E 53rd St, Austin, TX
Whisler's - There really is nothing better than sitting outside on Whisler's laid back East 6 patio and sipping on a perfectly crafted Old Fashioned during happy hour. Thai Kun is nearby, and the two go quite well together.
1816 E 6th St, Austin, TX
Porter Ale House and Gastropub - The Banana Nut Old Fashioned is probably the most unique Old Fashioned I've come across. The banana flavor is subtle, the whiskey is high quality, and there's a slight nut aftertaste. If you like sweeter old fashioneds with different fruit flavors, you'll love this.
3715 S 1st St A, Austin, TX
Butterfly Bar - Butterfly Bar calls their take on this classic drink a New Fashioned, using Makers Mark, brown sugar, bitters, and lemon. This quirky Manor Road bar has great indoor and outdoor seating. Grab a bite at Patrizi's and indulge in the craft cocktails at Butterfly.
2307 Manor Rd, Austin, TX
Crow Bar - For a place that looks like a sports bar, Crow Bar is sure to surprise you with an excellent cocktail menu. While the cherries are typical bright red variety, the cocktail itself is well blended and not overpriced. A great find in this area of South Congress!
3116 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX
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