It’s almost time to raise your glass to Whisler’s new milestone: two years in business in the same old building that used to house the iconic Austin dive bar Rabbit’s.
The craft cocktail bar (one of my favorites in Austin and the best place, in my opinion, to get an Old-Fashioned) is throwing an anniversary celebration on June 28, a Sunday, complete with live music, barrel-aged cocktails and lots of food.
Starting at 1 p.m., you’ll be able to enjoy grub from nearby Salt & Time and on-site food trailer East Side King Thai-Kun, as well as Austin Beerworks brews and a special barrel-aged beer cocktail from Oasis, Texas Brewing Co. The Lake Travis-area brewery has aged its award-winning London Homesick Ale in a bourbon barrel and will serve it Old Fashioned-style with an orange peel at Whisler’s.
Music will be provided by Odas Williams Soul Revue, with special guests to be revealed throughout the day.
Whisler’s anniversary party is also a good opportunity to try the bar’s seasonal cocktails if you haven’t yet this summer. The menu is always thoughtfully crafted — with a mix of classics and original creations by bar staff — and the current one is no exception.
I recommend the Greenbelt, a cocktail I mentioned in my Austin summer cocktails round-up last month: “Whisler’s Greenbelt, a tequila concoction with genepy, velvet falernum and lime, is beautifully three-dimensional because of a final, little-known ingredient called verdita, made from pineapple, cilantro and jalapeño juices.”
For more information, visit whislersatx.com.