Garage in Austin, Texas is one of those cocktail bars that will improve your stature among friends you introduce to it. It's so cool... you can't help but also be by transitive property.
[If you can't make the trip, just check out their website at https://garagetx.com/ - it's literally one hero image with Southern Soul and Blues music playing on loop. They're that cool.]
A big part of the allure is the location. Tucked away in an unassuming parking garage on Colorado between Fifth and Sixth, your friends will wonder where you've taken them as they pass under an "Enter" and "Exit" sign for parking cars. But just a little further is the promise of "Cocktails" within the former garage valet ticketing office for National America Bank. The atmosphere is both industrial and intimate, blending exposed concrete, brick and tile, and stylish lighting and embraces the building's 1964 mid-century vibe.
The talented bartenders at Garage craft an exceptional array of cocktails, highlighting local ingredients and bold flavors. Some standout options include the Indian Paintbrush, a refreshing mix of vodka, grapefruit, lime, rosemary, and Peychaud's bitters, and the delightfully smoky Penicillin, featuring blended scotch, lemon, ginger, honey, and a float of peated scotch.
You should also order the "Wild at Heart", which uses Texans' favorite water, Topo Chico, with gin, rose apertif, lemon, and Peychaud's bitters for a refreshing option for Austin's humid summers.