Austin’s al­co­hol sales rose 3% in Feb.

Drink spend­ing neared $56M, with JW Mar­riott ho­tel again lead­ing list.

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - By Gary Dinges gdinges@states­man.com Al­co­hol

Al­co­hol sales in Austin were up 3 per­cent in Fe­bru­ary, ac­cord­ing to an Amer­i­can-States­man anal­y­sis of data from the state comptroller’s of­fice.

Bar tabs city­wide rose to $55.8 mil­lion last month, up from $54.3 mil­lion dur­ing the same month in 2016.

Across Texas, sales of beer, wine and mixed drinks to­taled $520.9 mil­lion, a 4 per­cent in­crease over last year’s $498.8 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to state data.

The top-sell­ing venue statewide was San An­to­nio’s AT&T Cen­ter, home of the NBA’s San An­to­nio Spurs. Bar­tenders there poured $2.9 mil­lion worth of booze dur­ing Fe­bru­ary.

In Austin, the JW Mar­riott ho­tel, 110 E. Sec­ond St., once again ranked No. 1, com­ing in with $1,191,110.90 in al­co­hol sales.

Next was Rose Room, 11500 Rock Rose Ave., with sales of $445,878.96, fol­lowed by Chu­pacabra Cantina, 400 E. Sixth St., where cash reg­is­ters took in $423,807.91.

The rest of Austin’s top 10 list in­cludes:

■The Dog­wood Do­main, 11420 Rock Rose Ave., $408,546.87

Kung Fu Sa­loon, 11501 Rock Rose Ave., $350,270.90

Bar­ton Creek Coun­try Club, 8212 Bar­ton Club Drive,

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