I cannot wait to return to Drink.Well. If you appreciate the ART of crafting cocktails, this is the place for you. They take their drink mixing very seriously here and have one of the best selections of liquor I've seen at any bar in Austin. I challenge anyone to order a drink from this bar that they can't make. Be forewarned: this is a small establishment. Their website says that they can only accommodate 37 people at a time. (I almost hesitated to write this review because I don't want this place to get any more crowded.)
We arrived just before 5:00 for Friday's happy hour (Tues.-Fri., 4-6) and were very fortunate to find two seat together at the bar. The bar stools are vintage 1970, and one simply doesn't find comfortable, upholstered bar chairs like these anywhere anymore. I could have stayed there till closing time but probably not upright. Aaron and Becca were expertly plying their trade behind the bar and were later joined by Dennis. It is not only entertaining to watch these three make drinks but also an education. They were friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable, and I simply couldn't ask any more from them as a customer than what they were providing. Between us, we ordered four different cocktails: South Side, Brown Derby, Jasmine Cocktail, and a Manhattan. All were perfection, but I honestly wish I could've ordered one of everything I saw them mix. Surely, no establishment could possibly make a better Old Fashioned. No detail is overlooked, even down to the ice cube chosen for the glass. The coupe style glasses they use for drinks served straight-up make you feel as though you're in an episode of "Mad Men."
Even if you don't order food, you'll leave happy. But, you MUST order food. We shared an order of the House Cut Potato Chips (with two very satisfying dips--I want that white bean and garlic dip on everything I eat from here on out) and a small Antonelli's cheese plate. I highly recommend both for starters. Then, we ordered the Pork Belly Sliders (with a delectable apple curry jam) and the Spicy Kimchi Reuben. I will never put sauerkraut on my reuben sandwich again--it's strictly kimchi from here on out. Why have I never thought of this? It was tragic when this meal was over; I never wanted that sandwich to end. The garden salad that accompanied my reuben was so fresh it tasted as though they'd cut the greens from the garden out back five minutes prior to my eating it.
If an extensive wine collection is your thing, then this bar might not be for you. On this occasion, their menu offered two sparkling, three whites, and three reds. But there are hundreds of places in Austin where you can have a glass of good wine. There aren't many who embrace the cocktail to the extent that Drink.Well does. Cheers!
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