You have to be in the know to get into true speakeasies and locating Here Nor There took some searching. Here Nor There is a semi-private craft cocktail lounge in Downtown Austin, Texas. There are two ways to get in: 1) become a member for annual fee or 2) book a reservation on the Here Nor There’s dedicated mobile app. Intrigued by the exclusivity, my boyfriend and I booked seats weeks before our trip to Austin.
Our Uber dropped us off at 612 Brazos Street, which according to the confirmation email, was the exact address of the bar. There was a glass door entrance to an office building with a keypad on the wall. Following the emailed instructions, we punched in that night’s password (it changes daily), but nothing happened. We tried again and again, but still no success. Confused, we looked for another potential door and saw a black gate down a small alley around the corner. There were other people looking lost, so we knew we were in the right vicinity, and low and behold, there was a keypad on the gate!
Once we punched in the code and entered the gate, a person someone checked our names for the reservations and we headed in and down some stairs.
Once inside Here Nor There, we were greeted by a taxidermied bear and a living human host with two flutes of complimentary champagne. This was a great first impression. But to my disappointment, we were told that photography wasn’t allowed inside in the bar. I guess they wanted to maintain that secrecy.
The space itself wasn’t that big, potentially only seating 50 to 55 people. It was dark, intimate, and well decorated, making it an ideal place for all the couples there that night. There was a dim room where antique plates from all over the world decorated the walls. The main room featured hand blown glass light fixtures from the Czech Republic on its ceiling.
Here Nor There’s cocktail menu aimed to explore global flavors, making it interesting to read over all the unique ingredients used in its drinks. The cocktails ranged between $15-$17 for a drink, a little more on the pricier end, but isn’t a surprise for a premium drink establishment. I ordered Here Nor There’ most popular drink, the Milk & Honey, which was served in a tea cup and with a dried piece of pineapple. Supposedly it took five years to create the Milk & Honey, as the bar’s founders wanted every ingredient to be perfect. It was so good that I had to break the rules and snap a photo! This was the only photo I snuck in while at the bar.
If you’re in Austin and looking for a great place for cocktails, definitely make sure Here Nor There us on your list. Not only are the drinks delicious and potent (I got a little buzz after two), but the bartenders were super friendly and shared great stories about the menu. They also gave great recommendations on what to check out in Austin, just like la Barbecue.
HERE NOR THERE
Address: 612 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
Hours of Operation: Sun-Wed 5PM-12AM, Thu-Sat 5PM-2AM
Parking: Street parking
- You MUST make reservations before hand. Visit Here Nor There’s website to download its app to book a seat
- Once you reserve, you’ll get a confirmation email with a special code. The code is changed daily so don’t try to use it multiple days!
- Here Nor There’s entrance is tricky to find. It’s down an alleyway around the corner from listed address (612 Brazos). The keypad to enter the confirmation code is on a gate.
- No photography is allowed inside the bar, but you can take some shots leading up to it
- Sit at the bar if you’re in a chatty mood or request a seat in the side rooms for a more intimate time