Austin alcohol sales jump 11 percent in December

Feb 09, 2018
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.