When I venture out for a stiff drink in a short glass, I seek a setting that rouses a sense of romance and sparks my imagination, where skillfully crafted cocktails are served. As someone who finds herself mired in the aesthetics of a room, the ambiance of a bar is important.
Sometimes you just want a beer and burger at the neighborhood joint, but other times you want to embark on an upscale, booze-fueled adventure that transports you to another time and place. In the case of the latter, here are my top five picks for the most stylish bars in Austin.
1/ Ah Sing Den
After closing what some dubbed the “steampunk wonderland” known as East Side Showroom, mother-daughter duo Mickie and Trudy Spencer opened Ah Sing Den in August 2016, reinventing the space into an Asian-inspired cocktail lounge. Ah Sing was the name of an owner of a famous Victorian-era opium den in East London, which was frequented by the likes of Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.