Drinks and Eats: Whisler’s Austin + Dumpling Happiness

Opened by Lustre Pearl, Clive, et al vet Scranton Twohey, the East Sixth bar Whisler’s quickly became a favorite since opening last spring. Housed in the former home of the historic East Side dive bar Rabbit’s, the space was given a complete overhaul of the old stone building’s interior prior to opening.  Save for its faded logo on the building’s façade, there is little reminder of the space’s former tenant in the revamped space, thanks largely to a glamorous and stately new bar. At the same time, Twohey was certain to create a space that felt at home in the neighborhood as well as played homage to its predecessor. The result is a bar that lacks the pretention one expects from a typical East Side upscale cocktail joint.

Whisler's Austin

Whisler’s Austin

As for the cocktail program, Whisler’s offers a number of seasonal offerings as well as a nightly punch option. Don’t see something you like? Whisler’s bartenders are more than happy to spend some extra time discussing something that may strike your fancy. Thanks to this friendly staff and outstanding craft cocktails – combined with its casual atmosphere – Whisler’s is the type of place you can convince even the most strangely east side adverse friend to meet for a drink.

While Whisler’s offers plenty of reasons to inspire a visit on its own, I would be remiss not to mention the bar’s resident food trailer, Dumpling Happiness. Specializing in an array of Asian dumplings and other globally inspired snacks, Dumpling Happiness is one of my favorite mobile eateries in town. You can’t go wrong with inventive options such as scallion pancakes topped with a pork ‘cotton candy’, my surprising favorite is the vegetarian sweet potato and kale.

Dumpling Happiness

Dumpling Happiness

Located at the edge of the main action of East Sixth, the availability of parking around the bar makes it ideal for post-work happy hours or stopping by for a quick bite. Its expansive patio area also makes Whisler’s a perfect place to enjoy this springtime weather while it lasts!

Visit Whisler’s at 1816 East Sixth Street, Austin, TX 78702.

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