THINGS TO DO IN WIMBERLEY – ADULTS & COUPLES
Top Shelf Wimberley – Top Spots to Get a Drink, Beer or Glass of Wine!
Margarita Flight – Hays City Store
The entire hill country is known for its beautiful wineries, laid-back breweries, distilleries and some super cool bars and dance halls! For adults looking for things to do in Wimberley, check out this list of the best spots in and around Wimberley to have a drink!
Twisted X is a fun brewery located in Driftwood about 15 minutes north of Wimberley. They have a great tasting menu that includes some of their most popular items such as their Chupahopra (their IPA), Twisted X (their premium lager), Cow Creek (their Vienna Style Lager), and their Fuego, a Jalapeno Pilsner with a beautiful finish. Twisted X often has food events, and it’s a fun and different place to visit to try Tex-Mex beers. Enjoy a beer with friends on their outdoor patio with chips and salsa.
23455 W Ranch Road 150 in Dripping Springs
Find Cans of Twisted X at “The Mad Rooster” Liquor Store on 3237 outside of Wimberley
Middleton Brewery – perfect for a relaxing afternoon
Located on RR 12 toward San Marcos, Middleton Brewery is a favorite hangout for locals and tourists who love hill country craft beer. Their building has an indoor bar with all their beers on tap, an upstairs patio with an amazing view, and an outdoor patio downstairs. They have a food truck, often have live music, and are kid and dog friendly!
Their Black Lab Porter recently won a Gold Medal at the US Beer Open. Other beers include a Belgian Amber, a Belgian Blonde, an India Pale Ale, and about 10 other brews on tap.
Middleton often hosts some cool events including a crawfish festival, art shows, and outdoor music.
101 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos (10 miles from downtown Wimberley on RR 12)
Brewsters’ Beer on Tap – Ice Cold
Brewsters located at the Junction, is one of my family’s favorite spots. This Pizza Place/Brew Pub was named Texas’s Best Family Owned Pizza Place in 2015! Owned by the Collie Family with former San Franscisco 49’er and Philadelphia Eagle Player Bruce Collie and his family of 14!
Bruce brews his beers behind the pizza place in small batches. My favorite (mentioned above) is Drop The Rabbit, but he also has an IPA, Blonde and my 2nd favorite, the Cream Ale.
They serve the beer in the restaurant outside on the deck or in the bar full of some pretty cool football memorabilia. This sports type bar is a favorite spot to watch football – but don’t expect Bruce to be playing the Cowboys game! If you are a Cowboys Fan like we are, your best bet is to take a Growler home!
9595 RR 12. Wimberley (at the junction of RR 12 and Hwy 32)
Cypress Creek Reserve Rum
If you’re looking for a low-key place to hang out, enjoy a cocktail, and pick up a gift bottle of rum, Cypress Creek Reserve Rum Distillery is your place! My parents and in-laws love visiting this little gem when they come to Wimberley. Our Dads love sampling the different rums and getting a rum-infused drink, while the Moms splurge on vanilla rum-infused dark chocolates.
Owners David and Laura Watson have three different varieties of rum – their Regular Crystal Rum, their Aged Crystal Rum, and their Vanilla Rum. Their vanilla rum makes a stunning gift for the holidays to pair with eggnog, and their vanilla extract is a great gift for any baker in your life. In fact, our Moms never leave without purchasing some. This is usually our go-to for a Christmas or Mother’s Day gift!
David gives enthusiastic tours and explains the rum-making process and gives tastings of their rums and extracts.
There’s not a lot of bars in Wimberley, so having this fun relaxing deck to hang with a group of friends is a plus for locals and tourists.
1400 Jacobs Well Rd. in Wimberley
*** TOP DRINKS ***
My favorite drink to enjoy on their relaxing porch is the Texan.
In the summer, Laura makes a fantastic Mojito with her fresh picked mint. YUM! ~ Colleen
Enjoy a drink with friends at the outdoor tasting bar.
Take a tour of the distillery and learn about the rum making process.
Located north of Wimberley in nearby Dripping Springs, Treaty Oak Distillery is a fun place to take the family and spend a day outdoors. They have play equipment for the kids to tumble on, outdoor games, a gourmet food trailer, and often have live music.
They also do distillery tours, check their website for scheduled times. Treaty Oak is known for its amazing varieties of vodka, bourbon, rum and gin, so be sure to do a tasting! After, head on over to the mixing area and order up a cocktail to enjoy while you look out over the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Treaty Oak is named after the famous 500-year-old oak tree in Austin where Stephen F. Austin signed a treaty with Native Americans in the 1830’s.
I would tell you our favorite cocktails, but it’s easier to mention that there isn’t anything we don’t like there! You’ll have plenty to choose from between Texas Tea, Mojitos, an Old Fashioned, Bloody Mary, well…you get the idea!
16604 Fitzhugh Rd in Dripping Springs, Texas 78620
A selection of Treaty Oak Products
Best spot for:
Dogs – Ino’z has a great outdoor deck that is a perfect spot for a well-behaved dog. Middleton Brewery and Hays City Store are both pet friendly as well.
Kids – Hays City Store has tons of games and PLENTY of space for kids to run around and make friends while parents relax with a round of drinks & an appetizer.
Date Night – Kate’s Place is the perfect mix of cozy, romantic, great food and a nice selection of beer and wine. With plenty of seating, you won’t ever feel rushed.
Happy Hour with the Girls – The front lawn of Linda’s Fine Foods – she has a wonderful wine selection, a beautiful shady yard with picnic tables and a band on Friday or Saturdays.
Live Music – CCC (Cypress Creek Cafe’s Buzzard Bard) is where you will find Thursday, Friday and Saturday night live music – usually country cover bands with a few originals thrown in.
Jodi’s Favorite Local Drinks
After living in Wimberley nearly 20 years, I’ve enjoyed dinner and/or drinks at almost every spot in town. (Is that bad or good?) Here’s the list of my top five local drinks!
- The “Ancho Rita” Margarita at Hays City Store. My husband and I spend lots of Saturday evenings enjoying the shady picnic area, a bowl full of guacamole, and margaritas at Hays City Store. This one has an Ancho Chili Liquor mixed with fresh lime and orange juice and Herradura Tequila!
- The Mextini at Ino’z. Are you a Mextini fan? This orangey Tex-Mex Martini is one of my favorite drinks. Ino’z serves them in the shaker with a martini glass, olives and a great view of Cypress Creek from their shady back deck. Ino’z has live local music most weekends throughout the summer and is located on the Wimberley Square.
- The Bloody Mary Bar at Hays City Store! Every Sunday morning from 9:30 to noon you can enjoy brunch (shrimp and grits, waffles, and more) plus an amazing “make your own” Bloody Mary. They give you a generous pour of vodka and you can add your choice of mixer, hot sauces, seasonings, olives, and all the little extras (like bacon jam) that you can imagine. I am a Bloody Mary connoisseur and they have one of the best I’ve ever had.
- Brewsters’ “Drop the Rabbit!” Brewsters is a local Pizza Place and Brewery with several varieties of hand brewed beers to try. The DTR is a Scottish Ale with a less hoppy flavor (get it, “drop the rabbit”) This is a full flavor Ale but light enough to enjoy several. Combine it with one of their giant pizzas on the porch or inside the bar full of memorabilia from owner Bruce Collie’s former Pro Football Career. (or take it home in a growler).
- A Mojito from Cypress Creek Reserve. One of my favorite summer drinks, Laura makes hers with fresh mint from her garden and their amazing rum.
Restaurants, Clubs & Bars in Wimberley
Rileys on the Backbone
I’m often a dive bar kinda girl, and Rileys on the Backbone is just that! This historic bar has been around so long I don’t think anyone knows when it first opened.
Ice-cold (ICE COLD) beer on tap or in bottles, is pretty darn cheap (nothing too fancy but all your Texas beer staples) and wine (even less fancy) served every day beginning at 11am.Sit out on the patio and and enjoy the most amazing view of the “backbone”, catch a sunset, play a game of darts, or chat with the regulars or the other tourists who know of its storied past.
Kid friendly till dark-thirty. Happy Hour and specials all week. If you are looking for a bar in Wimberley, this is my top choice!
The Buzzard Bar, which is the actual bar area behind Cypress Creek Cafe, is another local hot spot with live music on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. They usually book local country and blues bands, and its always a fun night of dancing and drinking! The back patio is great for enjoying the music, the stars, and relaxation. Locals love to watch football on the big screen tv out back! Of all the bars in Wimberley, this one has been around the longest.
This casual restaurant/bar in downtown Wimberley overlooks the beautiful Cypress Creek. A large outdoor deck is perfect for a gathering of friends, and you may just make a few while you are there.
Live outdoor music, ice cold pitchers of beer, the above mentioned Mexican Martini, and more make I’noz a local hot spot!
Kate definitely wins the prize for the coolest bar with their rustic outdoor barn! The cozy area is a perfect spot for a glass of wine or beer – especialy in the spring or fall with the barn doors open. They have a good size selection of tap beers including several Hill Country craft beers, some great wine choices plus live music often. Kate’s also has an excellent menu – try the Reuben or one of the chef specialties!
Hays City Store
I recommend Hays City Store to everyone who asks “where should we eat.” Sit outside at a picnic table with a margarita flight or one of their many beers, play a game of horseshoes or bean bag toss, let the kids play in the huge yard… and just relax! They have very cool drinks of the day, specials and seasonal drinks as well as a pretty generous happy hour. As mentioned above, the Bloody Mary Bar for weekend brunch is fantastic!
I forgot to mention how great their food is! A great menu with everything from burgers or Frito pie to steaks, shrimp or enchiladas. Great atmosphere, great food, great drinks = perfect!
Nearby Bars You Won’t Want To Miss
Gruene Hall – is Texas’ oldest dancehall, and a visit here is a must. Come on in, invite your sweetie to two-step, and enjoy a cocktail as you look around at their wall of past performers. This is a nostalgic place that has been an important piece of Texas Hill Country since 1878 where legends such as Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, George Strait, BB King, Merle Haggard, and Loretta Lynn have graced the stage.
Luckenbach – Again, a famous Texas bar you can’t miss. Take the scenic drive through Blanco to find it out on a country road near Fredericksburg. Someone is always there playing guitar on the porch out back or in winter, sitting beside the stove inside the tiny little bar. Grab a cold one and walk around “downtown”, chase the chickens, or get your picture taken sitting on a Longhorn.
- Winery – Wimberley Valley Winery I love just sitting out in their yard under the trees reading or writing, and sipping on a nice Sangria. It’s also my favorite winery in hill country to meet up with friends or to have a date picnic. Kids will love seeing the animals that come up to the fence while enjoying a round of bean bag toss or tabletop Jenga. I also love their Sangiovese.
- Brewery – Twisted X I love the flavors of the Chupahopra, Twisted X lager, and of course, their jalapeno pilsner, Fuego.
- Distillery – Deep Eddy Vodka – I love every single one of their products. Honorable Mention – Treaty Oak It’s a great place to spend an afternoon with friends and is very kid friendly.
Driftwood Estate Winery
Great wine, beautiful scenic views, and award-winning wine make for a great afternoon in Hill Country. Driftwood Estate Winery is located just north of Wimberley and is an excellent choice for a romantic evening watching the sun set over the hills. They have an excellent tasting room with several varieties. Tell Mario we sent you!
Wimberley Valley Winery
Wimberley Valley Winery is a great spot for a girl’s afternoon or a family outing – the large yard has outdoor jenga and a bean bag toss for kids plus an extensive wine list, wine slushes and sangria! Enjoy an afternoon at a picnic table under the oaks.
For more info on local wineries and tasting shops check out our recent post: 8 Wineries Near Wimberley You Must Try
Liquor Stores & Wine Shops
The Mad Rooster
If you are wanting to take your beer, wine or alcohol back to your vacation home or hotel room, there’s a couple of local liquor stores on the outskirts of town in every direction.
My favorite, The Mad Rooster, is about 5 miles out of town on 3237 toward Kyle/Driftwood. A local couple bought the store and have created a great spot to buy Hill Country and Texas varieties of craft beers and regional wines (a great selection), and even liquor from many Texas-based distilleries including Wimberley’s own Cypress Creek Reserve Rum.
They have tastings often – in fact, I’ve only been in a couple of times that they weren’t sharing something. The folks here are fun, friendly and inviting with hilarious jokes changed out weekly on the billboard out front. In a hurry? The Mad Rooster has a drive through!
Located at the junction of 3237 & 150, 7 miles east of Wimberley. (Kyle Road)
A few of The Mad Rooster’s “Texas Selections”
|Becker Vineyard||Twisted X Brewery||Rebecca Creek Whiskey|
|Duchman Vineyard||Rahr & Sons||Rio Brazos Whiskey|
|Fall Creek Vineyard||Jester||Texas Ranger Wiskey and Gin|
|Salt Lick Cellars||Live Oak||Cypress Creek Reserve Rum|
|Dry Comal Creek Vineyard||Guadalupe||Deep Eddy Vodka|
|Bingham Family Vineyard||New Braunfels Brewery||Dripping Springs Vodka|
|Gruene Winery||Shiner||Treaty Oak Whiskey, Rum and Gin|
Hill Country Wine Shoppe
Try some Hill Country Wine while shopping on the square in Wimberley! The Hill Country Wine Shoppe offers tastings of several varieties of Texas Reds & Whites – both dry and sweet. Tastings include a wine glass you get to take with you!
The beautiful antique bar at the Hill Country Wine Shoppe is a historical piece made in 1894 for a Texas Saloon and was used in the set of The Red Headed Stranger. It’s the perfect spot to sit at, relax, and enjoy a nice wine after a day of shopping on the square.
Located on the right side of the square as you pull in, across from Marcos Italian Restaurant. 512-847-2828