If your weekend here in Austin is bordering on the mundane and you find yourself seeking newer locales to hoist a cocktail, I direct you to one of the better additions to the local restaurant and bar scene here in 2012 – drink.well. – a cool, new gastropub located in the funky area in and around North Loop, just east of Lamar, and near other stalwarts, Foreign & Domestic, The Tigress and Workhorse Bar.
Opened this past February by former Forbes Magazine and AMC Network employees, Michael and Jessica Sanders, along with Executive Chef, Aaron Zarczynski, drink.well. portrays itself as both the “bar that has killer food” and a “restaurant that serves brilliant cocktails.”
An excellent selection of craft beers on tap, a well-versed bar staff adept at concocting stellar adult beverages, a “Twinkie of the Week” and, apparently, one of the better burgers in all of Austin are just a few of the highlights from my initial few visits over the last month.
Granted Austin’s newest “American pub,” is not a large place, yet the quaint scene is made all that more intimate by the lack of hostesses or servers, forcing guests to get to know the staff behind the bar, in almost a “Cheers” sort of manner. Not to mention, the flat screen adjacent to the bar constantly screens classic flicks, while great tunes from Pandora emanate through the speakers. A neighborhood stop, if there ever was one.
Open now seven nights a week from 4-11pm, drink.well. will not disappoint. Stop on by and raise a glass!
207 East 53rd Street
Austin, TX 78751