Why choose between indulging in a decadent dessert or an irresistible drink when you can have both at the same time?
In the last few years, Austin has seen the opening of several dessert bars featuring alcoholic options and a surge of people excited to sample them. Late nights out in Austin are notorious for including exceptional food, company and drinks, so any of these locations’ boozy desserts would be the cherry on top of a great night.
Instead of opting for the generic bourbon on the rocks after a long day at work, destress at the bar with an intoxicating dessert from Prohibition Creamery. Leading the trend towards boozy ice cream, Prohibition Creamery is Austin’s first alcoholic ice cream parlor. Situated on E 7th St., the cozy spot is known for adding a little kick to their ice cream, sorbets and milkshakes. The unique desserts served here can be altered to include as much or as little booze as you want, offering an extra hot liqueur shot poured over ice cream and bourbon whipped cream as toppings. Prohibition Creamery boasts a wide variety of boozy treats, making it the prime spot for a delicious night out.
Specializing in French cuisine and the lost art of mixology, Péché takes pride in their dedication to curating delicious and artisanal cocktails. Because of their commitment to the integrity of each dish and drink, Péché creates a unique dessert experience, complete with booze, of course. This W. 4th St. spot begins with the concept of a cocktail, and turns it into a dessert, ensuring the proper cohesion of flavor and kick. But what makes Péché stand apart most from other locations in Austin is that many of its menu items include absinthe, an alcoholic beverage banned in the U.S. until 2007 for its hallucinogenic effects. Eating a boozy dessert at Péché is an experience in its own, rather than a stop-in ice cream parlor.
Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop
It may look like a cute family bakery from the curb, but Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop offers far more than just cupcakes and cookies. Great for families and groups with varying age ranges, the storefront on South First Street boasts desserts such as the pot de crème, made with Old Crow bourbon, pretzel crème and finished with a toasty whiskey. Another customer favorite is the Guinness cupcake, made with the beer of the same name. Topped off with Irish cream cheese frosting, this cupcake incorporates all of the best parts of a pint.
Dinner, drinks and a movie is not a new concept, but Alamo Drafthouse distinguishes itself with “adult shakes,” or alcoholic milkshakes. The six adult shake flavors range from Irish coffee to grasshopper, a mint shake with vanilla ice cream and menthe liqueur. The best part? You don’t have to be in Austin to add this sinful dessert to your movie date. Alamo Drafthouses exist in cities across Texas, and a few in Virginia if you’re willing to make the drive.
If you have a big anniversary or birthday coming up, Nightcap is just the place for such celebrations. Situated on the quieter side of Dirty Sixth, Nightcap reinvents classic desserts to create boozy ice cream, milkshakes and other treats. Their most well-known beverage is a lavender milk punch made with almond milk and bourbon, a delicious addition to a night out with friends. Along with its classic menu, Nightcap’s cozy, homey scenery will make it seem as if you never stepped out the comfort of your own home. A step up from traditional dessert parlors, Nightcap is the perfect spot to celebrate with friends, booze and delicious desserts.