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The Driskill Bar

The Driskill Bar

Hotel Bar$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
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    Scott & Heather P.
    "Try the Batini - worthy of being Austin's official cocktail!"(6 Tips)
    Pearson - Always Learning
    "Oldest hotel in town (Built in 1886) Elegant & classy, but fun!"(10 Tips)
    Elizabeth H.
    "happy hour specials in the bar"(2 Tips)
    Trae F.
    "Great spot and the cocktails are very reasonable for a hotel bar."(20 Tips)
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  • batini
  • live music
  • good for dates
  • bar
  • happy hour specials
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  • ℳ𝒶𝓎♍
    ℳ𝒶𝓎♍October 29, 2015
    Absolute class of Austin upstairs in the back at The Driskill. A super Texas-themed decor with cow fur tables and chairs. Real upscale big city vibe, just far enough away from the dirty 6th chaos
    Upvoted May 21
  • Miriam G.heart icon on user image
    Miriam GoldmanJanuary 23, 2015
    Try one of their three cocktails with St. Germaine's. It's an amazing elderflower liqueur whose taste will haunt you (in a good way!) forever!
  • Chris P.
    Chris PetesciaMarch 12, 2014
    I was largely a vegetarian until, in a happy buzz from the blackberry smash cocktails, I sampled the bacon-wrapped dates. There's no way to ever to back after having tried them. #love
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HibbardDecember 27, 2018
    One of the most historic places in Austin it's so surprise their menu is one of a kind, keeping things original! Being right of 6th Street The Bar in The Driskill is a great place for live music!
  • OkCupid Daters' Choice
    The Driskill Bar was voted the Best Classic Date Spot by OkCupid users in the first-ever Daters' Choice Awards! Tap Read more for additional date spot categories in Austin. #daterschoice Read more
  • Pearson - Always Learning
    Pearson - Always LearningFebruary 28, 2014
    Oldest hotel in town (Built in 1886) Elegant & classy, but fun! The Bar is worth a trip. Bartenders are lifers and have all been there 10+ years
  • Nathan W.heart icon on user image
    Nathan WrightMarch 11, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    If you spend enough evenings here, you're guaranteed to have a celebrity sighting. On crowded nights it's approximately 30 degrees warmer near the bar and you will sweat profusely. 
  • Charles B.heart icon on user image
    Charles BMarch 15, 2012
    wanna come back and visit this great spot on a non-SXSW day, bet its a great place to catch up over a cocktail or 5.
  • Tom I.heart icon on user image
    Tom InglesiasMarch 16, 2015
  • Nicholas G.heart icon on user image
    Nicholas GiovanniMarch 24, 2015
    Nice elegant atmosphere with great drinks. Little pricey but worth it.
  • JJheart icon on user image
    JJOctober 25, 2015
    Great cocktails and even better live music!!!!
  • emily c.
    emily chenSeptember 2, 2014
    the history of this place is quite interesting. check it out. feels like you are transported back in time.
  • Visit Austin
    Visit AustinNovember 4, 2011
    The Driskill bar serves up the Batini! Roll like a cattle barron at this landmark of Texas hospitality. Since 1886 the Driskill has offered luxury and great service. Just don’t longboard in the lobby.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchMarch 7, 2012
    You're joining a long list of celebrities and politicians when you belly up for a beverage here. And rumor has it LBJ's ghost is still wandering the hotel, so you've got that going for you.
  • Matthew
    MatthewOctober 13, 2012
    Surprisingly, the hotel bar at the Driskill is legitimately great. The bar staff is knowledgeable and courteous, and you can get a delicious cocktail for a reasonable price.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 28, 2012
    This is one of the classiest bars in Austin. Go during happy hour for cheap appetizers and drinks, otherwise expect to pay a little extra for the nice atmosphere!
  • Larry L.heart icon on user image
    Larry LaBurrJuly 6, 2015
    The Moscow Mule is the drink of choice I hear, and the bar itself is pleasant and has plenty of seats. Wonderful bathrooms too!
  • Moe D.heart icon on user image
    Moe DexlerNovember 14, 2014
    Very cool old hotel. The perfect place to throw back an adult beverage and be thought if as the coolest person in town.
  • Maggie C P.heart icon on user image
    Maggie C PerkinsMarch 19, 2017
    Grab a burger at the bar, enjoy a classic rita, and people watch for days.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferJuly 23, 2012
    Celebrating an important occasion and need a cake? Buy from the Driskill Bakery downstairs and avoid the $15 cake-cutting fee. Sweets & cocktails - a match made in heaven.
  • Elizabeth H.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth HallAugust 15, 2015
    So much to love at Austin's oldest hotel including happy hour specials in the bar with live music daily!
  • Kevin S.heart icon on user image
    Kevin SkobacMarch 20, 2015
    I'm told ordering the chips & queso is a touristy thing, but so is hanging out at the Driskell hotel bar, and it's still awesome
  • Sonja R.
    Sonja RümenappMarch 13, 2013
    You can also order cocktails which are not on the drink menu. The Bloody Mary tasts extremly good.
  • Paul C.heart icon on user image
    Paul CanterburyMarch 16, 2016
    Great bar with fantastic atmosphere and I've always meet interesting people here during SXSW
  • Paul S.
    Paul S.October 10, 2020
    The best breakfast, the waffle was dreamy.
  • Joseph B.heart icon on user image
    Joseph BukovecDecember 29, 2017
  • Suri R.
    Suri RJanuary 3, 2014
    Must-visit. Bartenders do the classics justice, the decor is stately, and at night there's live piano.
  • Lesley R.
    Lesley RobinsonDecember 29, 2015
    Classy Cowboy decor! Great place to grab a drink and plan the rest of your night.
  • Steve G.heart icon on user image
    Steve GriersonFebruary 12, 2018
    Surprising good happy hour specials. Bartenders made my drinks strong too, which is a plus.
  • Eric A.heart icon on user image
    Eric AndersenFebruary 22, 2013
    The hand-cut fries are tasty — and the garlic aioli is strong!
  • Iman J.heart icon on user image
    Iman JalaliJanuary 2, 2015
    Old school bar, great hotel bar for people watching. Solid happy hour!
  • Caro L.heart icon on user image
    Caro LMay 19, 2015
    Laid-back, lounge. Feels like a classy Texan blast to the past.
  • Eric A.heart icon on user image
    Eric AndersenFebruary 22, 2013
    Need a strong drink after a long day? Order the LDM, vodka martini. Mmm.
  • Rachel Y.
    Rachel YouensMay 7, 2012
    Um, that really attractive girl shamelessly hitting on you? Might be a hooker. I've seen them on the prowl here more than a few times and heard some interesting stories.
  • Trae F.heart icon on user image
    Trae FFebruary 17, 2016
    Great spot and the cocktails are very reasonable for a hotel bar.
  • Gordon RealTVfilms V.
    The baked brie and Batini are a must:-). Wrapped dates and lobster tacos will make that hottie ask for ur room key
  • Janos B.heart icon on user image
    Janos BraemAugust 2, 2015
    Mmm very good Brussels sprouts As appetizer and Chimay on tap!
  • Brent M.
    Brent MitchellApril 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The best combination: Chimay, Baked Brie and the 1886 Beignets!
  • David G.heart icon on user image
    David GeereMarch 8, 2013
    You have to get the Sage Advice drink its amazing.
  • Jeremy P.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy PerontoApril 7, 2016
    Great for a quiet drink off of the madness on the street.
  • Jordan L.
    Jordan LampeMarch 9, 2013
    The driskell sxsw hack: Avoid the line. Take elevator near front desk to mezzanine. Walk straight. Walk down stairs to bar.
  • Salvatore S.heart icon on user image
    Salvatore SaievaDecember 9, 2014
    Don't pass-up the House Made Beef Jerky at the bar, it's awesome!
  • Avery E.
    Avery EpsteinFebruary 19, 2015
    oldest hotel in Texas and supposedly haunted, its really pretty and quintessential Texas
  • Mashable
    MashableMarch 8, 2011
    Into tech celebrity spotting? You'll be sure to "run into" a few web celebrities here. Just don't make it look like you're stalking them, which you are. - Royal Frasier
  • Chrisheart icon on user image
    ChrisDecember 29, 2017
    Charming, classy hotel bar.
  • Janna B.
    Janna BastowMarch 10, 2013
    Ask for ProdPad beer, helps build better products.
  • Eric A.heart icon on user image
    Eric AndersenFebruary 22, 2013
    Study the "Widow Maker" statue. You'll be surprised and enlightened…
  • Paul d.
    Paul de HalléAugust 9, 2014
    Tommy the bartender makes a mean sidecar!
  • Eric A.heart icon on user image
    Eric AndersenFebruary 22, 2013
    The Brazos Brasiliensis Batini is excellent — drink up!
  • Scott & Heather P.
    Try the Batini - worthy of being Austin's official cocktail! And more reliable than the actual bats...
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