Three playful new eateries combine dessert menus with decadent cocktails for an adults-only sugar rush.
Whiskey chocolate ice cream—a decadent mix of top shelf bourbon and rich Valrhona chocolate—at Prohibition.
One of Austin’s premier pastry chefs, Jodi Elliott recently opened the Mueller location of her popular Bribery Bakery, which moonlights as a nighttime destination where the bakery case stays open with the addition of plated desserts and a full bar. “I am into things that are fun and whimsical and full of things that I love, like pink bubbles with sorbet,” says Elliott. To stand up to treats like the pineapple brown butter blondie, boozy options such as the Frida (tequila, lime, and orange soda) are straightforward and unfussy. 1900 Simond Ave., No. 300, 512-297-2720
Dessert-focused evening spot Nightcap touts itself as “predominately pastry with a side of savory.” Classic cocktails pair with delectable sweets from white chocolate semifreddo to an irresistibly innovative play on coffee and donuts; savory options like Wednesday-only fried chicken hold up well to their pastry counterparts. 1401 W. Sixth St., 512-628-0144
The just-opened Prohibition Creamery serves up classic and alcohol-infused all-natural ice creams, sorbets, and floats. “Adults like ice cream too,” says Laura Aidan of her bar-meets-ice-cream parlor. “There aren’t enough ice cream shops where you spend time hanging out.” Half of the seasonal menu’s 12 rotating flavors are alcoholic (think Triple Bourbon Milkshake and Sake Lime Sorbet). Check the website for a secret “prohibition” flavor every month. 1407 E. Seventh St.