What a time to be a drinking enthusiast in Austin. Every aspect of spirited culture is booming. From the rapid growth of the local brewing scene and development of new homegrown spirits to an emerging crop of talented, envelope-pushing bartenders, we have no lack of exceptional places to drink.
1. JMueller BBQ. 1502 S. First St. 229-7366, JMuellerBBQ.com A rugged salt-and-pepper bark caps a moist fatty brisket that boasts a crimson smoke ring at this trailer run by a man who has been in the barbecue business since childhood.