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Austin alcohol sales jump 8 percent in March

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 23, 2014 at 8:43 pm •  Published: April 23, 2014
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March, Austin’s most festive month thanks to the South by Southwest festival and several other high-profile events, was especially lucrative for Austin bars, restaurants and hotels this year, with bartenders pouring $62.4 million worth of alcohol.

That’s up 8 percent from the same month in 2013, according to an American-Statesman analysis of state data.

The Austin business where bar tabs were highest in March was Chupacabra Cantina, 400 E. Sixth St. Registers there rang up sales totaling an estimated $600,362.99.

Stubb’s BBQ, 801 Red River St., ranked second, serving $595,360 worth of beer, wine and mixed drinks.

The W Hotel Austin, 200 Lavaca St., was next, coming in at $579,862.99.

The rest of the city’s top 10 list includes:

The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St., $541,153.88

Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd., $532,831.94

Blind Pig Pub, 317 E. Sixth St., $518,443.88

Rio, 601 Rio Grande St., $509,997.91

Top Golf, 11301 Burnet Road, $475,052.99

Cedar Street Courtyard, 208 W. Fourth St., $393,970.90

The Dogwood, 715 W. Sixth St., $386,856.87

Top sellers in other Central Texas communities were:

Bastrop: Chili’s, 734 Texas 71 W., $42,410.90

Bee Cave: Maudie’s, 12506 Shops Pkwy., $77,788.96

Buda: Chili’s, 420 Old San Antonio Road, $36,624.93

Cedar Park: Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, $400,428.96

Dripping Springs: Trudy’s Four Star, 13059 Four Stars Blvd., $84,148.96

Georgetown: Hardtails, 1515 N. Interstate 35, $86,822.99

Kyle: Casa Garcia’s, 5401 FM 1626, $58,600

Lago Vista: Nature’s Point, 18206 Lakeshore Point Blvd., $16,858.96

Lakeway: Lakeway Resort and Spa, 101 Lakeway Drive, $79,523.88

Leander: Jardin del Rey, 703 S. U.S. 183, $39,750.90

Liberty Hill: Jardin Corona, 15395 W. Texas 29, $27,645.97

Pflugerville: Graham Central Station, 1719 Grand Avenue Pkwy., $170,190.90

Round Rock: Rick’s Cabaret, 3105 S. I-35, $181,092.99

San Marcos: The Tap Room, 129 E. Hopkins St., $146,890

Spicewood: Angel’s Icehouse, 21815 Texas 71 W., $47,040.90

Sunset Valley: Doc’s Backyard, 5207 Brodie Lane, $98,236.87

West Lake Hills: Lupe Tortilla, 701 S. Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360), $80,700.90

Across Texas, bars, restaurants and hotels sold $519.5 million worth of beer, wine and mixed drinks in March – an increase of 6 percent compared to the same month in 2013.

The top seller of alcohol statewide was Reliant Park, site of the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Bar receipts there totaled $5.3 million.

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