While SXSW has its fair share of happy hours and cocktail-laden industry events, there are also several Austin spots both in and around the festival area to sit back and enjoy a glass of wine. Check out our top five picks for grabbing a glass:
Tucked away at the far west end of downtown’s 3rd Street, Mulberry Wine Bar is a cozy respite from the busy city. Its modern, yet inviting, look and feel is supplemented by a wide selection of wines by the glass, not to mention the more than 150 bottle options to choose from as well.
Second Bar + Kitchen
This popular spot from Austin FOOD & WINE Chef David Bull sits on the edge of the bustling 2nd Street District and is always buzzing with a lively, local crowd. In addition to their 25 wines by the glass, Second also offers house wines on tap — two reds and two whites — from Sonoma vineyards.
Max’s Wine Dive
With a slogan of “Fried chicken and Champagne?…Why the hell not?!, it’s no surprise that Max’s serves up delicious wine and an array of upscale comfort food in a casual, rock-n-roll atmosphere. Added bonus? Max’s features 9 wines under $9 every day, and all wines served in the restaurant are available for retail sale in case you want to take a bottle to go!
Home Away From Home
This unique gem is a like a little piece of Europe in the middle of East Austin — a charming French brasserie with just the right amount of local flair. It’s far enough off the beaten path to feel removed from the crowd, yet entrenched enough in the local cultural scene to be steeped in Austin’s signature hospitality. Wash down one of their classic French dishes with an appropriately regional wine.
Although the only non-full service restaurant of our recommended bunch, House Wine is the perfect spot to meet up with old friends (or make new ones) while enjoying a few light bites on one of their two patios. Known for its unpretentious “front-porch-feel,” House Wine features helpful bartenders ready to offer up a wealth of information on — and tastings of — their wide selection of wines from around the world.