Imbibe Magazine and Campari present Negroni Week, your chance to drink for a cause. From June 2-8, bars all around the world are serving up their version of the classic negroni — made up of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth — with a portion of the proceeds going to a charity of their choice.
Here are our picks for Austin bars participating in Negroni Week:
Half Step, one of Rainey Street’s newest bars, was recently selected as one of the top 10 finalists for Best New American Cocktail Bar by the Spirited Awards. Half Step offer a unique dual format, with a dim lit interior bar that serves up craft cocktails on one side, and an exterior bar built for speed with draft Palomas and Margaritas on the other. Order a negroni at Half Step this week to support HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians). HAAM works to provide affordable health care to uninsured and low-income Austin musicians.
Bridget Dunlap, featured on the cover of this month’s Balance Issue, started the East Austin Bistro helmed by Chef Andrew Francisco (previously of Vespaio and Olivia). During Negroni Week, Mettle will be supporting Austin Pets Alive! – who are fighting to keep Austin a no-kill city – with each negroni ordered.
Protect the environment at this reservation-based Sixth Street speakeasy. Aimed at creating a relaxing getaway separate from the classic Sixth Street rowdiness, Midnight Cowboy is serving up its negroni for the Sierra Club, the organization that helped pass the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and Endangered Species Act.
At our Citygram Bar School experience, we learned that the negroni is the preferred drink of Péché owner (and resident Absinthe expert) Rob Pate. The Fourth Street restaurant and bar is joining Negroni Week to support Lifeworks, a local nonprofit dedicated to improving self-sufficiency in youths and young adults who have faced significant hardships like abuse and neglect.
The East Austin neighborhood bar boasts a casual outdoor patio that is perfect for enjoying one of Austin’s beautiful summer nights. Order up a negroni this week and support the Austin Music Foundation, an organization that empowers local musicians and fuels the artistic scene through education, outreach and unification.
The Bonneville delivers “elevated comfort food” and craft cocktails with a bar manager that has been serving up drinks for over 18 years. For Negroni Week they will be offering a feminine version of the Negroni called “The Coqueta” – which subs Campari for it’s less bitter cousin, Aperol. The drink will benefit SXSW Cares, and should be a perfect match with one of their delectable Classic Margherita pizzas.