Restaurants and bars in Austin have been able to sell alcohol for takeout and delivery (including cocktail kits) for a little while now, but that did not include pre-mixed cocktails. In late June, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) announced a waiver that allowed restaurants and bars with a mixed beverage permit to sell cocktails for takeout and delivery. There are all sorts of rules and regulations that the TABC has laid out, including having to put cocktails in a bag that’s then zip-tied shut.
Cocktail orders also have to come with food - and some spots have gotten creative with it, like Sway’s $0.25 order of sticky rice, or The Tigress with a grilled cheese sandwich on Easy Tiger bread. And there are all sorts of new options, from canned cocktails and Capri-Sun-like pouches that come with straws to Ball jars and neatly vacuum-sealed cocktails with all the garnishes separated out. Nothing beats the sheer convenience of having cocktails delivered to your house, ready to drink. Here are 31 places where you can do just that.
Little Brother is a cafe/bar on Rainey Street that’s currently doing takeout and delivery. They’ve got beer, wine, and canned cocktails, including a frozen pina colada, an espresso martini, and a ToGroni (a negroni to-go). Conveniently, you can also tack on food from Bummer Burrito, the best burrito spot on the street. We’d recommend the Popperito burrito (because it has jalapeno poppers in it).
The South First Street location of Fresa’s has beer, wine, and margaritas to-go. Varieties include ancho chile, frozen avocado, and prickly pear. They come in either 8 ounce (one margarita) or 32 ounce sizes (four margaritas). The North Lamar drive-thru location doesn’t sell cocktails, but they do have margarita mix (just add tequila).
The popular East 11th bar Nickel City is currently open for indoor seating in limited capacity, but takeout drinks are still available, so you can get their frozen Irish coffee whenever the craving hits. You can place orders through Delray Cafe - the food truck parked on their patio - and grab an excellent burger while you’re there.
The North Loop Japanese restaurant Kome is open for takeout, including ramen from the recently-closed sister restaurant Daruma. On the drinks front, they’ve got beer, wine, sake, and a bottled Matcha Maker, their cocktail with matcha and Mars Iwai whisky.
Lefty’s is almost entirely outdoors, making it a nice spot if you want to pop in for a quick drink or snack. They’re also doing takeout cocktails, like frozen Dr. Peppers and caipirinhas, in addition to beer and wine.
The Eastside all-day spot Kinda Tropical has online ordering and curbside pickup. There’s a pulled jackfruit sandwich that’s really great, and you can order cigarettes, groceries, wine, beer, and cocktails like activated charcoal margaritas and frozen pina coladas. And currently they even have frozen booze pops in flavors like strawberry mojito and banana daiquiri to help you stay just a little bit cooler.
East Side gelato and amaro-focused spot Gemelli currently has their interior closed, with limited seating on their sidewalk patio. They also have a takeout window setup where their entryway is, so you can conveniently pick up gelato and cocktails at the same time.
Here Nor There
Downtown membership speakeasy Here Nor There is currently open to all for takeout cocktails and charcuterie. Cocktails come pre-bottled for 2-3 servings and feature some of their best-sellers, like their signature milk punch and their old fashioned.
The East Side farm-to-table restaurant HIllside Farmacy is open for patio dining, takeout, and delivery (with groceries even). You can also get pre-batched cocktails like wasabi bloody marys, mimosas, and grapefruit jalapeño margaritas.
Popular East Side cocktail bar Whisler’s is offering beer, wine, and their signature cocktails for takeout. They’ve also partnered with Breaker’s Big Ice so you can make your home bar feel just a little bit closer to the real thing. There’s also a rotating daily frozen cocktail if you need to cool down a bit after the 18th 100 degree day in a row.
Dai Due, the restaurant/butcher shop in Cherrywood, is sticking to delivery and takeout from their window out back. While they’ve never had hard liquor, they do have a drink that is perfect for summer: a white wine punch, made with mango and blueberry.
The Roosevelt Room makes some of our favorite cocktails downtown, and now you can enjoy them at home, with both pickup and delivery available. They’re currently offering a selection of their popular cocktails, batched in 250ml and 750ml bottles (3-4 drinks and 10 drinks, respectively). There’s also beer, wine, soda, and cocktail accessories available.
Paradise On Ice
Paradise on Ice sells a variety of drinks, like frozen pina coladas, margaritas, and sangria by the cup or by the gallon to-go. They have a storefront in Pflugerville and another one in Austin near Burnet Road and 183.
The East Side live music venue Hotel Vegas has switched gears a bit and is now operating as a concession stand serving burgers, Frito pie, beer, wine, and cigarettes with curbside pickup and delivery. They’re selling frozen drinks too, like margaritas, pina coladas, Irish coffees, and palomas in Capri Sun-like containers, or by the half-gallon. They also have jello shots, and for brunch, bloody mary kits.
The North Loop cocktail bar/restaurant Drink.Well is open for curbside pickup and limited delivery. There’s an extensive menu of bar food, wine, beer, and bottled cocktails that come with garnishes and glassware recommendations. They also have a cocktail pantry that includes different varieties of vacuum-packed ice and bar tools from Cocktail Kingdom.
You can order online for curbside pickup from this Eastside Goan/Portuguese restaurant for the chef’s tasting menu (and an optional wine pairing), and you can also get cocktails like a Frozen Mango Lassi and a Chai Old Fashioned. And since all alcohol orders have to be accompanied by food, there’s the option to get a $0.25 chickpea snack.
The all-day spot Better Half has pretty much everything you need for a summer day: a cheeseburger, some cauliflower tots, and an enormous variety of wine, beer, large-format cocktail kits - like sangria and bloody marys - and individual cocktails, both frozen and not.
Il Brutto, the Italian restaurant on East 6th, has a full menu of pizza and pasta available for takeout, as well as fresh pasta and sauces you can make at home. They’ve also got beer, wine, frozen Aperol spritz pouches, and tiny bottles of house-made limoncello.
Thai Kun, the Thai restaurant in the Domain, has online ordering and curbside pickup of their full menu, alongside bottles of pre-batched cocktails, including a lychee sangria and an “Adult Thai Tea.” There’s also a michelada with your choice of an Asian lager.
The East 6th Mexican restaurant has changed their concept up a little for the time being - calling themselves “Suerte Taqueria” - that’s slightly more casual with tacos and quesadillas. They’re also selling cocktails to go, with drinks like margaritas and daiquiris that also come in bottles (with three servings).
The East Austin neighborhood restaurant launched what they’re calling “Contigo Drive-Thru” (but really you just order online and pick up at the bar window). They’ve got a small menu of the classics like the okra and cheeseburger, and you can also get cocktails like a frozen painkiller and a frozen margarita. Additionally, Contigo is running a market operation, so you can add groceries and produce to your order.
Odd Duck on South Lamar has an online menu with curbside pickup, as well as their “Odd Fashioned” cocktail kits and 32 oz. containers of premixed palomas.
El Naranjo, the Mexican restaurant in South Austin, has online ordering with curbside pickup. They’ve got a full menu available, including single cocktails (like mezcalinas and margaritas), as well as large-format kits that yield eight cocktails.
The West Lake location of Sway is open for takeout and delivery, and they’ve got a full menu of their Thai dishes, as well as beer, wine, sake, and homemade sauces. They’ve got cocktails that are served in sealed pouches, where all you need to do is add ice. You have to add an order of sticky rice for an extra $0.25, but make sure to plan ahead because it’s a sizable portion.
The Tex-Mex restaurant Curra’s Grill on East Oltorf has online ordering and curbside pickup of their full menu, and they’re also selling beer, wine, and cocktails to go. They’ve got a big selection, including their famous frozen avocado margaritas, Mexican martinis, and a margarita flight with four flavors.
The South Austin coffee shop/beer garden Radio Coffee & Beer has online ordering for takeout of beer, wine, and cocktails - including margaritas, a mint blackberry bramble, and bloody marys.
Colleen’s Kitchen, the Southern restaurant in Mueller, has online ordering and curbside pickup of their full menu, wine, beer, and cocktails, including a moscow mule and a frozen margarita. There are also cocktail kits available so you can easily make eight drinks at home, like a bloody mary or a margarita.
The Peached Tortilla is selling pre-mixed drinks for pickup and delivery, including a rotating barrel-aged cocktail, as well as cocktail kits and margarita mix.
The South Austin coffeeshop/beer garden Cosmic Coffee is selling prepackaged bottles of to-go cocktails, including their frozen boozy coffee.
The downtown Basque restaurant Kalimotxo is doing curbside pickup and has changed up its menu a bit - fewer pintxos and now a new burger. They also have cocktails served in pouches, including an old fashioned and their namesake, a frozen Kalimotxo (half Spanish red wine, half Coca-Cola).
Hoover’s Cooking, the Texan/Southern comfort food spot in East Austin, has margarita kits for six, individual frozen margaritas, and their beet-a-rita available for takeout.
Hank’s has frozen drinks like frose, palomas, and margaritas, as well as a spicy margarita (drinks are available either individually or by the pitcher). While this place is open for dine-in, you can also order takeout or delivery online. They also have groceries, wine, beer, and food available, including coffee and pastries.
The Tigress Pub
Vic and Al's
Vic and Al’s is the newish Cajun restaurant from the folks behind ever-popular Patrizi’s with food like po’ boys and gumbo, both for takeout and delivery. They’re doing Louisiana-style cocktails - like Sazeracs and Roffignacs - that come vacuum-packed with all the necessary garnishes. There’s also the simply named cocktail, Orange Drink - it’s tequila, ginger cayenne simple syrup, carrot and orange juice.