Let me just say, I have been wanting to try this place out for about a year. Why it took so long…? Not really sure! But, yesterday I finally made it happen.
I am a huge whiskey lover, and I read on multiple occasions that this place had THE BEST old fashioned in Austin.
Skkkrrr…before I get into my actual visit, here is a little history on Whisler’s. Whisler’s is located in Austin, Texas on East Sixth Street. The bar itself is fairly small, but patio is pretty spacious. The interior is gorgeous and features a rustic chic decor. The furniture is very vintage, but the interesting thing about this place is the dead animals that they use as decor. It sounds disturbing, but it was quite stunning. The exterior was covered in art and graffiti and really gave off the “Austin” vibe. I loved everything about it.
There was a live band on the patio, Old Man Sam, performing live. They played blues and old R&B – loved it!
The bar wasn’t packed, but there was a good amount of people there. Once we (my fiance and I) were at the bar, we stood there for a few minutes waiting to be waited on. Usually, bartenders will say “be with you in a sec” or say “hello”, but nope. 😦 Once we were waited on, the guy took our order and was very polite. However, another party was to the right of me. They ordered drinks, and the lady bartender (the same one that didn’t acknowledge us) was extremely rude for no reason. What do I mean by rude? Well, the lady ordered a Bloody Mary, but was told there was no more tomato juice, which by the way was a complete lie. My bartender had just opened a bottle of tomato juice. Then, she threw the lady’s change on the counter and walked away….and I do mean literally threw it on the counter. *gasp* And guess what?? The lady STILL tipped her a $1. *sigh* I aspire to be that kind one day!!!!
Moving on to the MOST POPULAR Old Fashioned in ATX!!
First off, the presentation of the drink was absolutely gorgeous! I could not have asked for a better look. However, this was not the best Old Fashioned that I have ever had before. Maybe, just maybe it is the best in Austin, but I can’t vouch for that considering I have not had any other in Austin yet.
Okay, okay let’s look at the pros and cons of my visit to Whisler’s:
Pros:Decor + Presentation was a 10
Cons: Drink itself was overly thick – perhaps too much bitters? Bartenders could use a customer service lesson, or two.
Conclusion: Although I was not the biggest fan of the Old Fashioned, I did love the atmosphere at Whisler’s and plan to visit again soon. This time, I will stick to something less Old Fashioned. *wink*