Austin bars, breweries and other boozy spots to arrive in 2017

No matter what type of year we’re about to have, we’ll always make time for happy hour at our favorite neighborhood bar or brewery. And, as evidenced by our preview of restaurants coming to Austin in 2017, we’ll have no shortage of new places to try for any kind of dining or drinking experience we want.

Here are some of the boozy spots, from bars and breweries to distilleries and wineries, opening this year, with their anticipated arrival date or season.

Idle Vine Brewery

16920 Joe Barbee Drive, Bldg. 1, Pflugerville

The Pflugerville production brewery from head brewer and co-founder Scott Ciampa released its beers to area bars in late December, but the taproom was awaiting one final permit before opening as of press time. As soon as it’s in, locals are going to be able to enjoy brews like the Idle Mind Pale Ale right from the source.

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Estimated opening: Any day now

Night Owl

8315 Burnet Road

Staying up late has never been so desirable. Co-owners Danny Parrott and Jonathan Insley — the duo behind Old School Bar & Grill on East Sixth Street — are opening a comfortable hangout in the Wooten neighborhood that will have classic and original cocktails, primarily local brews in cans and bottles, and possibly rotating food trucks.

Estimated opening: January

Vigilante Gaming Bar

7010 Easy Wind Drive

Stocked with more than 150 games like chess and Cards Against Humanity, the bar from CEO Preston Swincher and President Philip “Flip” Kromer aims to offer a full entertainment experience that also includes good food and drink, including craft beer from local breweries like Hops & Grain and Thirsty Planet.

Opening date: Jan. 27

The Austin Winery

440A E. St. Elmo Road

Since 2014, CEO Ross McLauchlan, VP and winemaker Cooper Anderson, and chief of operations Matthew Smith have been making wine from Texas and Pacific Northwest grapes in an urban space that has proven too small for their bustling business. They are moving the Austin Winery to the Yard, where St. Elmo Brewing is also located, and will have a tasting area and barrel room within the 4,800-square-foot bottom level.

Estimated opening: Late January

Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches

3220 Manor Road

A new kolache bakery, beer garden and retail beer shop will feature pastries from former Lenoir chef Jasmine Jones (with the meaty ones containing carnivorous goodness from Micklethwait Craft Meats). Batch is also planning to offer a range of local and out-of-state brews from Hops & Grain, Austin Beerworks, Prairie Artisan Ales and more.

Estimated opening: February

Friends & Allies Brewing

979 Springdale Road

Co-owners Ben Sabin and Devon Ponds have been brewing the Noisy Cricket Session IPA and Urban Chicken Saison at North Austin’s 4th Tap Brewing Co-op, but they are gearing up to regularly make those and two other beers at the upcoming East Austin space. A taproom will open there, and cans of each of the four beers are also on the way this year.

Estimated opening: Winter

The Local Post

7113 Burnet Road

In the space where the former Dallas Nightclub was located, the Union Venture Group — Jeff and Darren Van Delden’s company that also opened Rock Rose bars like the Rose Room — is creating more of a friendly neighborhood hangout. At the Local Post, people will be able to stop in for lunch, happy hour and more with indoor and patio seating.

Estimated opening: Early 2017

Stone House Coffee Bar

1105 S. Lamar Blvd.

A small stone house that was designated as a city and state landmark is becoming a coffee bar under the direction of FBR Management, the company behind local hotspots like Gibson Street Bar. Stone House, which is getting a renovation from the Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, will have coffee from Cuvee, as well as draft beer, wine and an on-site food truck.

Estimated opening: Early 2017

Still Austin Whiskey Co.

440 E. St. Elmo Road

Austin’s first urban whiskey distillery plans to make all types of whiskey — from bourbon to rye to single-malt to a moonshine-like spirit called new make. Named for the 50-foot column still stretching upward in the center of the distillery, Still Austin Whiskey plans to both bottle and serve the spirit onsite at a whiskey garden. It’s located in the same complex as the Austin Winery.

Estimated opening: Spring

Oddwood Ales

3701 Airport Blvd.

Although Oddwood originally started out as a side project of Adelbert’s former head brewer Taylor Ziebarth, he decided to take it full-time thanks to his fascination with barrel-fermented beers. Once it opens at the corner of Airport Boulevard and Manor Road, visitors will taste wild and funky brews alongside cleaner styles like pale ales.

Estimated opening: Spring

Flemish Fox Brewery & Craftworks

10001 Metric Blvd.

The Celis Brewery that first introduced Austin to good local beer in the 1990s is living on in Flemish Fox, a tribute to Pierre Celis from his daughter, Christine. The North Austin Brewery will have a mix of his old recipes, including the beloved witbier, and new ones from Christine, her daughter Daytona Camps, and original Celis Brewery employee Kim Clarke, as well display his vintage brewing equipment from Belgium.

Estimated opening: Spring

Nickel City

1133 E. 11th St.

The Via 313 Pizza owners, brothers Zane and Brandon Hunt, are venturing into a new project with the opening of their very first bar. In the former Longbranch Inn space, Nickel City aims to be a neighborhood spot with a good whiskey selection and an accompanying food truck from the Hunts called Delray Cafe. It won’t have more of Via 313’s square pies; instead, it’s focusing on other Detroit-style items like Coney dogs and cheese fries.

Estimated opening: April or May

The Brewtorium

6015 Dillard Circle

Homebrewers often aspire to open their own professional brewery, but for Chris Rauschuber and Whitney Roberts, that dream has become a reality with the coming brewpub off East Koenig Lane and Airport Boulevard. The Brewtorium will make beers like Das Daydrinker, a Munich helles, and serve up pub-style food, such as beer brats on pretzel buns.

Estimated opening: Summer 2017

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