Austin >East Side Show Room
This is the hip joint for classy cocktails and trend-spotting. Often times you'll find silent films projecting on the wall while a gypsy-rock band jams below.
I was a big fan of East Side Show Room's cocktail menu when Adam Bryan manned the bar, but since Adam crossed I-35 for Second Bar + Kitchen (and now back to the east side for his own project, Motel), he left a solid drink list in his wake. Kelly O'Hare is ESSR's current barkeep, and the menu is a mix of classics (Moscow Mule, Pimm's Cup, Bee's Knees) and refreshing surprises, like the Pear Blossom: A mixture of Pear Eau De Vie, St. Germain, lime, and prosseco. Effervescent and feminine.
Cool Cocktails and Bites. Appetizers and bar snacks are the best items on the menu here-- perfect for pairing with the impressive selection of craft cocktails.
This place is fabulous! Hand crafted cocktails in a chill setting that will take you back on time to the speakeasies of yesteryear.
Skip this place. Not at all recommended!! Horrible service and slow, snotty wait staff. Terrible pour of wine for the $$$$$. Worse than JBlacks. With all the great places in this town DEFINITELY SKIP THIS ONE!
amazing. I'm not from Austin but I've eaten at this place three times and each time it gets better. I love everything about the restaurant. Amazing food, atmosphere, and music. They also have tons of great specialty drinks. I would highly recommend that anyone in Austin give the East Side Show Room a shot, you won't be disappointed!
Great spot. The speakeasy disparity between door and decor has a brooklyn hipster feel and upon second inspection, far more interesting in design and efforts. Sitting outside in the tent calls up middle eastern travels with a French Moroccan vibe. The lamb-goat burger was very tasty and tender, perfectly balanced by the sides. The cheese plate was very fresh and yummy, pretty people, all around we had a wonderful date and will be back, especially to bring out of town guests (nyc snobs in particular).
Good Concept But Has Some Problems.
I soooo want to l-o-v-e this place, but both of my dining experiences have fallen short. I love the 20s vintage feel and it's clear that a lot of creative thought went into developing the concept and "portfolio."
The first time I visited was during SXSW. We were not planning to spend 2.5 hours on dinner, so the slow service was quite a problem. Food and drinks were good. I ordered the pork chop; the sauce was delicious, but the chop itself was overdone and very tough.
Last week, I decided to give it another go and went with friends for a relaxed, leisurely dinner. Service was again very slow, although it wasn't an issue at all this time. The problem we encountered was timing. My entree came 25 minutes after the first entrees and my friends had finished eating before I even had my plate (awkward). I ordered the snapper, and it was the most bland, tasteless dish I have ever had. Our waitress didn't return to our table for almost 30 minutes after bringing my plate, so I just went ahead and finished half of it. In retrospect, I wish I had gotten up and taken it back to the kitchen myself.
I don't think I will be back again. For that price, you can get amazing food in Austin. Unfortunately, the Show Room doesn't deliver.
Steampunk-modern decor and drinks meet farm-to-table fare.. These former badlands have become fertile grounds for quirky bars with vintage details that pay meticulous attention to ingredients and preparation of their dishes and drinks. Owner Mickie Danae Spencer strives for an artisanal vibe delivered through her sculptural light fixtures; chef Sonya Cote mixes her own sauces, pickles and syrups to use in the food and cocktails. Rich entrees (like a lamb burger topped with a duck egg) and grilled quail should appeal to adventurous eaters. An open-faced pulled pork sandwich--rare to see in Austin's mostly brisket barbecue landscape--is a welcome sight.
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