Austin alcohol sales jump 11 percent in December

2:33 p.m Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 Business
Willie Nelson was among the December performers at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater. For the month, the venue sold $407,007 worth of alcohol.

December was an especially lucrative month for bars, hotels and restaurants in Austin and statewide, according to an American-Statesman analysis of state data.

Citywide, alcohol sales hit $64.1 million, up 11 percent from $57.8 million during December 2016.

Across Texas, bartenders poured $618.5 million worth of beer, wine and mixed drinks, an increase of 12 percent compared to the same month a year earlier.

The top-selling venue statewide was AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Bar tabs there were just shy of $4 million.

In Austin, the JW Marriott hotel, 110 E. Second St., ranked No. 1, coming in with $869,818 in alcohol sales.

Next up was the W Hotel Austin, 200 Lavaca St., where receipts added up to $581,798, followed by the Driskill hotel, 604 Brazos St., with sales of $563,253.

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.