Austin alcohol sales up 5 percent in October; COTA ranks 1st in state

Dec 05, 2017
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain sprays fans with champagne after he won the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas on Oct. 22. The track had the highest alcohol sales in all of Texas.

Fueled by Formula One’s annual racing stop in Austin, the Circuit of the Americas sold $2.9 million worth of alcohol in October – more than any other venue in Texas – according to an American-Statesman analysis of state data.

That’s up about $600,000 from last year.

AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, was a close second for the month, coming in at $2.8 million, the Statesman found.

Across Texas, bar tabs totaled $565.7 million in October, an increase of 7 percent from $527.5 million during 2016.

In Austin, patrons downed $67.6 million worth of beer, wine and mixed drinks – up about 5 percent compared to the same month last year.

Following Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., on Austin’s list of top-selling businesses was the JW Marriott hotel, 110 E. Second St., where October bar receipts added up to $1,178,366. Blind Pig Pub, 317 E. Sixth St., ranked third, reporting alcohol sales totaling $613,631.

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.