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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