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The Driskill Bar

The Driskill Bar

Hotel Bar$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
108 Tips and reviews
  • batini
  • cocktails
  • fancy
  • live music
  • good for dates
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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
  • 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
  • Miriam G.
    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!
  • Nathan W.
    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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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!
  • Kevin S.
    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
  • Nicholas G.
    Nicholas GiovanniMarch 24, 2015
    Nice elegant atmosphere with great drinks. Little pricey but worth it.
  • Sonja R.
    Sonja RümenappMarch 13, 2013
    You can also order cocktails which are not on the drink menu. The Bloody Mary tasts extremly good.
  • JJ
    JJOctober 25, 2015
    Great cocktails and even better 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
  • Liz H.
    Liz HallAugust 15, 2015
    So much to love at Austin's oldest hotel including happy hour specials in the bar with live music daily!
  • Tom I.
    Tom InglesiasMarch 16, 2015
  • Moe D.
    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.
  • Paul C.
    Paul CanterburyMarch 16, 2016
    Great bar with fantastic atmosphere and I've always meet interesting people here during SXSW
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenFebruary 22, 2013
    The hand-cut fries are tasty — and the garlic aioli is strong!
  • 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.
  • Maggie C P.
    Maggie C PerkinsMarch 19, 2017
    Grab a burger at the bar, enjoy a classic rita, and people watch for days.
  • 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
  • Mitchell G.
    Mitchell GeereMarch 8, 2013
    You have to get the Sage Advice drink its amazing.
  • Suri R.
    Suri RJanuary 3, 2014
    Must-visit. Bartenders do the classics justice, the decor is stately, and at night there's live piano.
  • Charles B.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Lesley R.
    Lesley RobinsonDecember 29, 2015
    Classy Cowboy decor! Great place to grab a drink and plan the rest of your night.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenFebruary 22, 2013
    Need a strong drink after a long day? Order the LDM, vodka martini. Mmm.
  • Janna B.
    Janna BastowMarch 10, 2013
    Ask for ProdPad beer, helps build better products.
  • Iman J.
    Iman JalaliJanuary 2, 2015
    Old school bar, great hotel bar for people watching. Solid happy hour!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MarksMarch 12, 2012
    Beware of the Tardis elevators. You get in one, and come out in an empty hotel in the 19th century.
  • Janos B.
    Janos BraemAugust 2, 2015
    Mmm very good Brussels sprouts As appetizer and Chimay on tap!
  • Scott & Heather P.
    Try the Batini - worthy of being Austin's official cocktail! And more reliable than the actual bats...
  • Long C.
    Long CaoMay 15, 2012
    Get the bacon wrapped dates during happy hour for $3. Excellent deal and very tasty.
  • Elizabeth W.
    Elizabeth WiewallMarch 18, 2012
    Great bar to hit during SXSW (and very pleasant the rest of the year as well)
  • Caro L.
    Caro LMay 19, 2015
    Laid-back, lounge. Feels like a classy Texan blast to the past.
  • Salvatore S.
    Salvatore SaievaDecember 9, 2014
    Don't pass-up the House Made Beef Jerky at the bar, it's awesome!
  • Jeremy P.
    Jeremy PerontoApril 7, 2016
    Great for a quiet drink off of the madness on the street.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenFebruary 22, 2013
    The Brazos Brasiliensis Batini is excellent — drink up!
  • 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
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenFebruary 22, 2013
    Study the "Widow Maker" statue. You'll be surprised and enlightened…
  • Avery E.
    Avery EpsteinFebruary 19, 2015
    oldest hotel in Texas and supposedly haunted, its really pretty and quintessential Texas
  • Trae F.
    Trae FFebruary 17, 2016
    Great spot and the cocktails are very reasonable for a hotel bar.
  • Paul d.
    Paul de HalléAugust 9, 2014
    Tommy the bartender makes a mean sidecar!
  • Brent M.
    Brent MitchellApril 20, 2012
    The best combination: Chimay, Baked Brie and the 1886 Beignets!
  • Yinon
    YinonAugust 6, 2014
    Happy hours are Sun-Wed 5PM-7PM and Thu-Sat 4PM-7PM.
  • 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.
  • Katie B.
    Katie BehrMay 6, 2013
    Cool decor but not the best made cocktails, my manhattan was a bit off tasting.
  • Paul H.
    Paul HylandMarch 10, 2014
    Good roots blues etc. stuff, gotta check em out!
  • Chris W.
    Chris Wren3 weeks ago
    Charming, classy hotel bar.
  • Brittany H.
    Brittany Hardin TanguayJanuary 11, 2016
    Lovely venue to escape some of the madness of Sixth.
  • KIND Snacks
    KIND SnacksMarch 7, 2013
    Need a late night munchie post-celebration? Find our KIND Jeep around SXSW for a free KIND bar. You'll need it.
  • Leyla A.
    Leyla ArsanMarch 12, 2013
    Skip the big corporate parties & converse among your SXSW peers in this quaint establishment
  • Austin Fine Properties
    Everything about the ambiance feels like Don Draper.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PellegrinoApril 4, 2013
    Everything about the ambiance feels like Don Draper.
  • Tom G.
    Tom GibsonJune 17, 2011
    Happy hour 5-7pm. Half price bar snacks and $4 margaritas.
  • elizabeth S.
    elizabeth ScottAugust 27, 2011
    Great bar, friendly folks, fancy vibe.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 4, 2014
    Check out The Driskill Bar as seen on Best Bars in America Read more
  • Sergio C.
    Sergio C.February 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoy the free wi-fi. No password needed!
  • @mik3cap
    @mik3capMarch 13, 2012
    Try the Banana Fosters Bread Pudding - Beautiful
  • Maria D.
    Maria D'AmatoNovember 16, 2014
    Find a quiet corner and speculate on the ghost stories.
  • Gerry R.
    Gerry ReyeltsNovember 23, 2013
    Hi Todd get a whiskey on the rocks then go downstairs and stare at the creepy paintings
  • Travis W.
    Travis WaggonerApril 2, 2016
    Cocktails are well done here.
  • Carlos P.
    Carlos PachecoMarch 18, 2015
    Come early during SXSW!
  • Benjamin C.
    Benjamin CostleyOctober 16, 2012
    Order a double tall here - they really know how to take care of you!!
  • Connor H.
    Connor HayesSeptember 24, 2013
    Awesome happy hour, cool scene.
  • Amy C.
    Amy CaoMarch 10, 2012
    Try the Texas Pecan Waffle - Delicious Texas pride.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BloomDecember 14, 2011
    Don't miss the decorative stones in the urinals. Creates a babbling brook effect.
  • Laura F.
    Laura FittonMarch 11, 2012
    Can't get in? There's a back door on 7th street. Even if that's locked wait for someone to leave. #dontwaitinline :)
  • Omar B.
    Omar Bahatheq™March 11, 2013
    Hot spot ............. Strongly recommended
  • Actifirm
    ActifirmMarch 10, 2012
    We highly recommend the chocolate martini.
  • Tommy B.
    Tommy BeltonMarch 14, 2011
    Try the batini at the Driskill bar. It's the official drink of Austin and amazing!!
  • David G.
    David GivotNovember 18, 2011
    Tito's Martini ... Super Dirty, Extra Dry! You will not be disappointed!!
  • Dylan B.
    Dylan BoydSeptember 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Yes you should drink whiskey.
  • Jane K.
    Jane KoNovember 15, 2012
    The Texas Orange Blossom tastes like a Dreamsicle!
  • Allen A.
    Allen ArcadeJanuary 29, 2013
    Live piano bar
  • Jabril F.
    Jabril FarajMarch 19, 2012
    Not great in terms of food. If you're looking for celebrity sightings, however, not a bad spot to check out...
  • Cindy F.
    Cindy FriisJune 16, 2013
    Nice relaxing swanky bar!
  • Joe G.
    Joe GizziSeptember 20, 2014
    Coolest hotel bar in Austin.
  • Scott H.
    Scott HendersonOctober 24, 2011
    Stately place for a cocktail and conversation
  • Joseph B.
    Joseph Bukovec3 weeks ago
  • Odette S.
    Odette SantosFebruary 26, 2015
    Mexican martini
  • John K.
    John KreicbergsMarch 13, 2013
    Lots of dark wood and marble. Fancy shmancy.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KaplerApril 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch out for the widow maker.
  •  Deon P.
     Deon ParconMarch 13, 2013
    Everything is so Fancy..
  • Joe A.
    Joe AndrewApril 12, 2013
    Had a great stay here!
  • Seth D.
    Seth DeanNovember 23, 2014
    The Barton springs is awesome!
  • Karen A.
    Karen AubyOctober 15, 2011
    Super nice staff. And it's haunted.
  • Michael R.
    Michael RisserAugust 13, 2016
    It was magnificent!
  • Rick L.
    Rick LesserApril 27, 2012
    They have a big cow head on the wall.
  • Gordon RealTVfilms V.
    Get Beniegts and u will live forever
  • Vonia
    VoniaDecember 9, 2014
    Great deals 4-7
  • Karin T.
    Karin TracyApril 1, 2012
    Loving the live music!
  • Mike K.
    Mike KovacikMay 27, 2011
    Very friendly hotel staff
  • Tyler H.
    Tyler HayesMarch 27, 2012
    Check out Charlie Hurtin when he plays.
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BurrisJune 4, 2013
    love this place
  • Molly S.
    Molly SMay 8, 2013
    Batini is awesome!
    freecreditscore.comMarch 13, 2012
    Silly but true: perfect AC
  • Scott
    ScottMarch 2, 2012
    Tito's & soda +lime
  • April B.
    April BennettDecember 12, 2011
    Try bacon wrap dates
  • Rick B.
    Rick BakasMarch 13, 2012
    Find Sommelier Scott Ota for some SICK wine.
  • Doug S.
    Doug SmithMarch 9, 2013
    Don't use the special during sxsw... They won't honor it.
  • Rick R.
    Rick RaanesSeptember 19, 2011
    Cold Shiner....
  • Jarred G.
    Jarred GammonMarch 8, 2014
    This place does not honor foursquare specials....lame. $$$$
  • Shani S.
    Shani SMay 30, 2013
    No. Just leave. Pretentious, ridiculous.
  • Carlos C.
    Carlos CorreiaMarch 11, 2013
    um dos melhores drink's de Austin
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