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People enjoy drinks at the Firehouse Lounge, which was Austin’s first fire station.

Drink in history at some of Austin’s bars

Austin’s bar scene has a tendency to make what’s old new again — here are four local spots that cater to a modern crowd while retaining fascinating histories.Historic Scoot InnThe Scoot Inn is thought to be the longest continually running saloon in Austin. It opened in 1871 in East Austin ...

Brandon Turner modeled the Walking Dead, a whiskey cocktail, after one from an old menu at Drink.Well, where he previously worked.

The League’s Brandon Turner brings craft cocktails to the ’burbs

At a recent visit to Avery Ranch’s the League Kitchen and Tavern, a regular of the restaurant requested Aviation Gin be added to her Cucumber Lavender Sour, rather than the Hendrick’s Gin that usually comes with it.A customer’s tweaking of a cocktail recipe for one craft spirit over another isn’t ...

Wright Bros. Brew & Brew can have up to 39 craft beers on tap at any time.

Liquid Austin: Three local coffee shops brew up more than just cups of joe

Confession time: I don’t like coffee. I don’t need it for the caffeine, which has never seemed to work on me, and I survived college just fine without it. But I do love the cozy ambience of coffee shops, especially the ones with boozy options on the menu or at ...

Tesla Model S will be on display at the Tesla Project celebration honoring Nikola Tesla, an important visionary scientist.

The Planner: 7 Days, 7 Things, June 29-July 5

1. The Tesla Project at Canopy2 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Free. 916 Springdale Road. theteslaproject.wordpress.com.It doesn’t matter whether Tesla Motors decides to set up a factory in Texas or is able to sell its electric cars here. At least not on Saturday, when an all-day event at Canopy, a collective ...

The Big Ginger cocktail features 2 Gingers Irish whiskey and ginger ale.

2 Gingers Irish Whiskey created in U.S., distilled in Ireland

Kieran Folliard, creator of 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey, lives in the U.S. now, but he’s from a small town in Ireland and has the accent to prove it. That also means he knows good Irish whiskey when he tastes it.His 2 Gingers is made in Ireland at Kilbeggan, but “the ...

Dolce Neve, a gelato shop on South First Street, will be one of the local food vendors providing frosty treats for the Big Chill.

The Planner: 7 Days, 7 Things, June 22-28

1. Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s the Big Chill6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. $50-$65. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. austinfoodbloggers.org.The Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s the Big Chill will feature cool food, cold desserts and chilled drinks to welcome summer. Participating restaurants and food vendors include the Carillon, Dolce ...

During last year’s Texas Tiki Week, the Tigress had rum-based tiki drinks like this one, Dancing on the Lanai, on the menu.

Texas Tiki Week turns Austin into a tropical paradise

For the third year running, the rum will flow freely in Austin, complete with bartenders in bright Hawaiian shirts and cocktails with flaming garnishes and names like zombie punch and Singapore slings.The local chapter of the U.S. Bartenders Guild has brought back Texas Tiki Week, seven days at the end ...

Banner Distilling launched its first product, Banner Natural Vodka, several weeks ago to good feedback. The organic spirit will eventually be followed by a wheat whiskey.

Liquid: Banner Distilling releases organic vodka, plans wheat whiskey

The small distillery is so far off the main road of U.S. 290 East that you’ll begin to wonder whether your GPS is playing a practical joke on you. Or got itself lost. But beyond the endless rows of rich green crops and farmland as far as the eye can ...

“Three Amigos” is the Long Center’s first Sound and Cinema film this summer.

The Planner: 7 Days, 7 Things, June 15-21

1. Austin Sound and Cinema at the Long Center6 p.m. Wednesday. Free. 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org/event/sounds-cinema/.One of last year’s big summer activities, Sound and Cinema returns this year with more live music and film screenings on alternating Wednesdays through August. Bands will perform a tribute to a movie that ...

“Bourbon” by Dane Huckelbridge is a history book that reads more like a rollicking adventure novel through big American events.

Liquid: Boozy books pour lots of color into histories on bourbon, beer

Summertime — when you’re sprawled out on a towel at the beach or simply relaxing on your backyard patio — is always an opportunity to catch up on some reading. It’s also a season that practically demands drinks to keep you cool. So why not combine these activities and learn ...

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