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A Toast to Time

Step inside the Blackheart, and you seem to shed a century or two--for good reason. This outstanding tavern calls a 19th-century Victorian-style building in the venerable Rainey Street District home, and the historic ambience seems to ooze from the walls and floorboards into the expertly made cocktails and high-end cigars on offer here. The Blackheart claims one of Austin's finest whiskey/whisky selections, from smooth Southern bourbons to bracing Highland drams, not to mention a fine array of other spirits.

And in its vintage front porch and patios, this time-tested establishment gives you the perfect dignified nook for outdoor imbibing on a sultry Austin afternoon. Raise a glass at the Blackheart to the ghosts of the city: They might just toast you right back.

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