breaking news

Pressure rises to pull parkland as options for MLS stadium in Austin

Austin alcohol sales up 4 percent in May


Highlights

Bartenders citywide poured $63.3 million worth of beer, wine and mixed drinks last month.

Across Texas, sales were up 3 percent, hitting $554 million.

Alcohol sales at Austin bars, restaurants and hotels jumped 4 percent in May, according to an American-Statesman analysis of data from the state comptroller’s office.

Bartenders citywide poured $63.3 million worth of beer, wine and mixed drinks last month, up from $60.9 million in May 2016.

With patrons downing $23.4 million in booze, the 78701 ZIP code, which includes most of downtown Austin, including the Sixth Street Entertainment District, was responsible for more than a third of Austin’s total.

Across Texas, sales were up 3 percent, hitting $554 million.

The top-selling business, statewide, was the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, where bar tabs topped $1.7 million.

In Austin, the JW Marriott hotel, 110 E. Second St., once again led the pack, with registers there taking in $984,610.

Chupacabra Cantina, 400 E. Sixth St., was next, coming in at $486,150, followed by Rose Room, 11500 Rock Rose Ave., with $484,422.99.

The rest of Austin’s top 10 list includes:

  • Top Golf, 2700 Esperanza Crossing, $446,420
  • Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd., $434,441.94
  • Oasis Cantina del Lago, 6550 Comanche Trail, $422,640
  • The Dogwood Domain, 11420 Rock Rose Ave., $406,438.96
  • Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., $403,265.97
  • W Hotel Austin, 200 Lavaca St., $403,262.99
  • Container Bar, 90 Rainey St., $395,326.87

Top sellers* in other Central Texas communities were:

  • Bastrop: Old Town Restaurant and Bar, 931 Main St., $58,993.88
  • Bee Cave: Woody’s Tavern and Grill, 12801 Shops Pkwy., $99,380.90
  • Buda: Buck’s Backyard, 1750 S. FM 1626, $103,105.97
  • Cedar Park: Chuy’s, 4911 183A toll road, $137,090.90
  • Dripping Springs: Deep Eddy Distilling Co., 2250 E. U.S. 290, $65,390
  • Georgetown: El Monumento, 205 W. Second St., $103,331.94
  • Kyle: Casa Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, 5401 FM 1626, $82,498.96
  • Lago Vista: Copperhead Grill, 6115 Lohmans Ford Road, $17,042.99
  • Lakeway: Lakeway Resort and Spa, 101 Lakeway Drive, $135,956.87
  • Leander: Brooklyn Heights Pizzeria, 3550 Lakeline Blvd., $56,833.88
  • Liberty Hill: Jardin Corona, 15395 W. Texas 29, $46,158.96
  • Pflugerville: Mavericks, 1700 Grand Avenue Pkwy., $117,790
  • Round Rock: Third Base, 3107 S. Interstate 35, $142,798.96
  • San Marcos: Zelicks Icehouse, 336 W. Hopkins St., $145,363.88
  • Spicewood: Angel’s Icehouse, 21815 W. Texas 71, $62,568.96
  • Sunset Valley: Doc’s Backyard, 5207 Brodie Lane, $80,476.87
  • West Lake Hills: Lupe Tortilla, 701 S. Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360), $101,285.97

*Addresses are listed as reported in records from the state comptroller’s office, but might not reflect the jurisdictions that receive tax revenue from each business’ sales of alcoholic beverages.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Ex-Whole Foods exec: Amazon deal was best for company’s future
Ex-Whole Foods exec: Amazon deal was best for company’s future

Walter Robb says it’s clear Amazon was the best option for Whole Foods Market’s future. The former Whole Foods co-CEO, now an investor in other food companies, said leaders at the grocer made the best possible decision in selling the company to the online retailer at a time when investors were calling for change. Amazon completed its $13...
Kroger looking to partner with Overstock.com: report
Kroger looking to partner with Overstock.com: report

Kroger is considering teaming up with Overstock.com Inc. in an effort to compete with online retailers. The New York Post reported the Cincinnati-based grocer may be eyeing a deal with Overstock.com, according to sources. Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne said last year that he plans to sell or reorganize the e-commerce business to focus on blockchain...
Texas regulators want gas utility customers to see tax-cut savings
Texas regulators want gas utility customers to see tax-cut savings

Texas gas utility regulators, taking a cue from some business leaders in sectors ranging from retail to air travel, say they’ll attempt to ensure that benefits of the federal government’s recent corporate tax cuts are passed on to regular people. “We will look at the effect on gas rates to guarantee companies share their savings with...
Hudson’s on the Bend reopening under new ownership
Hudson’s on the Bend reopening under new ownership

Hudson’s on the Bend, a landmark restaurant in the Lakeway area for decades, is coming back after its abrupt closure last year. An ownership group that includes real estate developer and philanthropist Dilum Chandrasoma, musician Kris Kimura, former J. Black’s general manager Eric Leonard and entrepreneur Lysa Nguyen purchased the restaurant...
Austin billionaire DeJoria selling off Patron Spirits
Austin billionaire DeJoria selling off Patron Spirits

Bacardi Limited said Monday that plans to swallow the rest of Patron Spirits in a deal that values the tequila maker at $5.1 billion. Bacardi has held a minority stake in Patron since 2008. The two private companies on Monday didn’t disclose terms of the deal for the remainder of Patron. The acquisition is expected to close in the first half...
More Stories