Sipping a Cocktail at the Driskill Hotel's Bar in Austin, Texas
At the corner of 6th and Brazos Streets, where downtown Austin's nightlife materializes each evening, the Driskill Hotel sits majestically—a luxurious home-away-from-home for its guests, and a posh place where others wish to stay. Built in 1886, the hotel was the showplace of Jesse Driskill, a cattle baron, and today is a symbol of Texas hospitality. Its grand columned lobby is quite the space, and the stained-glass dome in the Driskill Bar is a gorgeous touch. Sip a cocktail under the colorful glass during happy hour—and you'll feel like Southern royalty—before you head out to tackle the live music venues of 6th Street. While its suites are pricey, it's possible to stay in a smaller (but still luxurious) Curio guestroom with enough left over to splurge on a farm-to-table steak downstairs at the five-star Driskill Grill.