Parlor and Yard. 601 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Visited 1/30/17 @ 10pm.
Old Fashioned. $10.
As you may have gathered from the preceding posts, I like whiskey. Well whiskey is usually not anyone's idea of ambrosial, but even the worst whiskey still has something to recommend it. As possibly the first cocktail, an Old Fashioned is as close to a sure thing as you're going to find. Any place that will make you an Old Fashioned is a place you can trust.
We showed up during some kind of company party, which made this perhaps the first true subpar experience of the journey. There's something about crashing someone else's corporate work party that doesn't feel right. It's like showing up to a house party when you don't know anyone there - it could either be really great or really uncomfortable, nothing in between. The fact that it's a work function adds another layer of awkward, because the only thing sadder than coworkers who aren't really friends dancing up on each other to music neither of them likes is the person standing and watching them do it. So we didn't stick around very long.
I feel like I should stick up for the venue though. I've been here before and had lots of fun on the ping pong table outside. Playing ping pong in front of a bunch of complete strangers while you're both really drunk is a magical experience if you can get the crowd into it. The rings of seats around the edge of the patio means you have a built-in audience for your skills, and win or lose it will be a lot of fun. I think spectator sports are a great addition for a certain type of bar.