Austin has new top alcohol seller: Just-opened JW Marriott hotel

The JW Marriott wasted little time rocketing into the lead spot on the list of Austin businesses with the highest monthly alcohol sales.

An American-Statesman analysis of data from the state comptroller’s office shows the 1,012-room convention hotel sold $547,943.88 worth of beer, wine and mixed drinks during February – and it wasn’t even open for the full month. The hotel, at 110 E. Second St., welcomed its first guests Feb. 13.

Top Golf, 11301 Burnet Road, ranked second, with bar receipts totaling $393,310, followed by Chupacabra Cantina, 400 E. Sixth St., which came in at $388,530.

Citywide, Austin bars, restaurants and hotels poured $48.9 million worth of booze in February, up 11 percent from $44.2 million in sales during the same month in 2014.

The rest of Austin’s top 10 list includes:

  • W Austin Hotel, 200 Lavaca St., $379,570.90
  • Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd., $357,905.97
  • The Coliseum, 9111 FM 812, $341,391.94
  • Perfect 10 Men’s Club, 16511 Bratton Lane, $336,721.94
  • Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd., $332,590
  • Punch Bowl Social, 11310 Domain Drive, $326,784.93
  • Hilton Austin Hotel, 500 E. Fourth St., $313,417.91

Top sellers in other Central Texas communities were:

  • Bastrop: Old Town Restaurant and Bar, 931 Main St., $60,394.93
  • Bee Cave: Maudie’s Hill Country, 12506 Shops Pkwy., $56,122.99
  • Buda: Pinballz Kingdom, 15201 S. Interstate 35, $38,102.99
  • Cedar Park: Shooters Billiards and Sports Bar, 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., $96,191.94
  • Dripping Springs: Trudy’s Four Star, 13059 Four Star Blvd., $57,360
  • Georgetown: Hardtails, 1515 N. I-35, $67,145.97
  • Kyle: Evo Entertainment, 3200 Kyle Crossing, $57,776.87
  • Lago Vista: Mojo’s Ice House, 7500 Lohmans Ford Road, $15,923.88
  • Lakeway: The Grove Wine Bar and Kitchen, 3001 S. RM 620, $96,352.99
  • Leander: Jardin del Rey, 703 S. U.S. 183, $34,140.90
  • Liberty Hill: Jardin Corona, 15395 W. Texas 29, $26,844.93
  • Pflugerville: Mavericks, 1700 Grand Avenue Pkwy., $116,612.99
  • Round Rock: Third Base, 3107 S. I-35, $143,884.93
  • San Marcos: Pluckers Wing Bar, 105 N. I-35, $104,090.90
  • Spicewood: Poodie’s Icehouse, 22308 W. Texas 71, $41,217.91
  • Sunset Valley: BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, 5207 Brodie Lane, $72,505.97
  • Taylor: Applebee’s, 103 N.W. Carlos Parker Blvd., $20,263.88
  • West Lake Hills: Lupe Tortilla, 701 S. Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360), $71,587.91

Across Texas, bar receipts hit $468.9 million in February. That’s an increase of 9 percent compared to last year’s $431.8 million.

San Antonio’s AT&T Center was the state’s top alcohol seller, with bar tabs there hitting $3.1 million.

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