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Savoring Tradition: Exploring Austin's Best Old Fashioned Cocktail Bars

In the ever-evolving landscape of mixology, there's something undeniably alluring about the classics. Among them, the Old Fashioned stands tall as a timeless icon, a testament to simplicity and sophistication.

In Austin, a city known for its vibrant culture and culinary scene, the Old Fashioned finds its own unique expression in the hands of talented bartenders. Join us on a follow-up journey through the streets of Austin as we uncover some of the best spots to indulge in this beloved libation, 5 years after our initial review.

  1. The Roosevelt Room: Nestled in the heart of downtown Austin, The Roosevelt Room is a haven for cocktail enthusiasts seeking meticulously crafted drinks in an elegant atmosphere. Their interpretation of the Old Fashioned is a masterpiece of balance, featuring a choice of premium bourbon or rye whiskey, house-made bitters, and a hint of demerara syrup. Served over a large ice cube and garnished with an orange twist, each sip is a symphony of flavors that dance on the palate. 


  2. Whisler's: Located in the eclectic East Austin neighborhood, Whisler's exudes an effortlessly cool vibe with its dimly lit ambiance and cozy décor. Behind the bar, skilled mixologists take pride in their Old Fashioned rendition, which pays homage to tradition while infusing a touch of modernity. Using small-batch bourbon or rye whiskey, they add a dash of aromatic bitters and a sugar cube, stirred to perfection and served in a chilled glass. It's a nod to the past with a contemporary twist that keeps patrons coming back for more. 

  3. Small Victory: Tucked away in an unassuming alley off bustling Congress Avenue, Small Victory is a hidden gem cherished by cocktail connoisseurs in the know. Their take on the Old Fashioned is a testament to craftsmanship, featuring carefully selected spirits, house-made bitters, and a meticulous attention to detail. Whether you prefer yours with bourbon, rye, or even a smoky mezcal, the skilled bartenders at Small Victory will craft a cocktail that exceeds expectations with every sip. 


In a city as diverse and dynamic as Austin, the Old Fashioned remains a steadfast favorite among cocktail enthusiasts. Whether you're seeking a classic rendition or a modern twist on this timeless libation, the bars and lounges of Austin offer something for every palate. So, the next time you find yourself in the Texas capital, be sure to raise a glass to tradition and indulge in one of these exceptional Old Fashioned cocktails. Cheers!


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