Bars, restaurants and hotels in the Austin area sold an estimated $42.8 million worth of alcohol during February, an American-Statesman analysis of data from the Texas comptroller’s office found.
That’s almost $2 million more than the same month a year ago, an increase of about 5 percent. The amount of taxes the state took in – $6 million – was also up about 5 percent.
The city’s top seller of beer, wine and mixed drinks was the Hilton Austin Hotel, 500 E. Fourth St., where bartenders poured $371,921 worth of drinks.
Two other downtown hotels ranked second and third in February. The W Hotel Austin, 200 Lavaca St., had bar tabs totaling $368,777, while receipts at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd., were $355,278.
The rest of the top 10 list includes:
- Barton Creek Resort and Spa, 8212 Barton Club Drive, $336,896
- The Palazio, 501 E. Ben White Blvd., $312,888
- Perfect 10 Men’s Club, 16511 Bratton Lane, $310,898
- Chupacabra Cantina, 400 E. Sixth St., $293,266
- Blind Pig Pub, 317 E. Sixth St., $290,678
- Eddie V’s, 301 E. Fifth St., $272,169
- Kung Fu Saloon, 510 Rio Grande St., $269,432
Top sellers in other Central Texas communities were:
- Bastrop: Bastrop Brewhouse, 601 Chestnut St., $50,610
- Bee Cave: Maudie’s, 12506 Shops Pkwy., $53,867
- Buda: Chili’s, 420 Old San Antonio Road, $33,820
- Cedar Park: Wild West, 401 E. Whitestone Blvd., $140,764
- Dripping Springs: Trudy’s Four Star, 13059 Four Star Blvd., $65,437
- Georgetown: Hardtails, 1515 N. Interstate 35, $75,300
- Kyle: Casa Garcia’s, 5401 FM 1626, $43,277
- Lago Vista: Deli Werks, 7500 Lohmans Ford Road, $29,591
- Lakeway: The League, 1310 RM 620 S., $123,257
- Leander: Jardin del Rey, 703 S. U.S. 183, $31,439
- Pflugerville: Graham Central Station, 1719 Grand Avenue Pkwy., $181,434
- Round Rock: Fast Eddie’s, 100 Parker Drive, $176,556
- San Marcos: Harper’s Public House, 139 E. Hopkins St., $116,801
- Spicewood: Poodie’s Hilltop Roadhouse, 22308 Texas 71 W., $24,935
- Sunset Valley: Doc’s Backyard, 5207 Brodie Lane, $83,096
Across Texas, figures from the comptroller’s office indicate February purchases of beer, wine and mixed drinks at bars, restaurants and hotels added up to $452.4 million, with the state collecting $63.3 million in taxes.
For the month, alcohol sales in Fort Worth totaled $19.2 million; San Antonio, $38.8 million; Dallas, $48.7 million; and Houston, $98.9 million.
AT&T Center, home of the San Antonio Spurs, was the state’s top seller of alcohol in February, coming in at $2.1 million. The Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine was No. 2, with employees serving $1.5 million worth of booze.