Second Bar + Kitchen in Downtown Austin

Second Bar + Kitchen in Downtown Austin

Second Bar + Kitchen is aptly named for it’s Congress Ave @ Second Street location.  But don’t think for a second that the food isn’t first-rate (wakka wakka!).

On a whim, I ventured over to Second a couple of Sundays ago (after a morning coffee at the Austonian’s Caffe Medici) and was pleasantly surprised by the food and the atmosphere of the restaurant. I was seated on the second story, which was a small, covered balcony with simple tables and faux grass carpeting:

A close up of the floor/carpeting:

Second’s chef added some extra flavor to what could have been a run-of-the-mill grilled cheese sandwich by adding green tomatoes and “blistered shishito pepper marmalade” (which, much to my surprise, I thought to be pretty tasty).   And although $12 seems a bit outrageous for a run-of-the-mill grilled cheese (I had to take a second look at the price before I ordered), it didn’t seem quite so bad once I tasted what was on the plate.

The view COULD BE cool, too.  Unfortunately, when I went there was NO ONE on the streets – but I can imagine it would be great people watching on a more crowded day.  Here’s what I saw:

Now, I was told that the menu changes fairly often, but I still grabbed one so that readers could get a general idea of the offerings and prices. This is just the lunch / drinks menu, too – they do a different menu for dinner, You can click on the thumbnails below for a larger view without a download (you’ll have to click once to get to the picture page, and then again to get to the enlarged image) – or visit their website to download their menus.

Second Bar + Kitchen
200 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701
(512) 827-2750 ‎

Sun-Thurs: 11am-12:00am
Fri-Sat: 11am-2am

About amber gugino

Amber Gugino loves living downtown and has been an active board member of the The Shore Condo Owners Association, Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association and member of the Junior League of Austin. She adores her dog, Blog, and she learns something new about downtown Austin every day.


  1. Love the patio upstairs at Second Bar – and also the truffle fries!

  2. “$12 seems a bit outrageous for a run-of-the-mill grilled cheese”

    Enough said. Did you see how much they charge for a Lone Star? It is laughable, and in my estimate, set up to prey on people with business expense accounts.

  3. I Love bar congress, the bar there has become my favorite place for drinks, they have a Tiki Tuesday night where they have historically significant cocktails so its like a history lesson with your booze. Brian is a great bartender.

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