Austin alcohol sales jump 6 percent in December

Jan 26, 2017
Singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham was among the performers to play at ACL Live in December. The venue sold $441,070 worth of alcohol, putting it in Austin’s top 10 for the month.

Alcohol sales at Austin bars, restaurants and hotels jumped 6 percent during the final month of 2016.

An American-Statesman analysis of state data shows bar tabs citywide totaled $57.8 million in December, up from $54.8 million a year earlier.

Statewide, Texans purchased $554.9 million worth of beer, wine and mixed drinks – a 4 percent increase over $532.1 million during the same month in 2015.

AT&T Stadium in Arlington was the top-selling business in all of Texas, with receipts totaling $4.2 million.

In Austin, the JW Marriott hotel, 110 E. Second St., ranked No. 1, coming in at $678,465.97.

The W Hotel Austin, 200 Lavaca St., was next, with patrons downing $495,463.88 worth of booze, followed by the Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St., with $480,320 in alcohol sales.

The rest of Austin’s top 10 list includes:

Top sellers* in other Central Texas communities were:

*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.