Brass House to Open in Downtown Austin Convention Center District This Friday

Brass House to Open in Downtown Austin Convention Center District This Friday

The little 100 block of San Jacinto has seen a little turn-over recently.  Hank’s Garage, which had been vacant for some time, was recently taken over by a concept called El Ceviche Grill, and the bar that was Skinny’s Ballroom – which closed not too long ago (and we here at DAB were pretty sad, we had been rooting for them) – has a new concept coming in called Brass House (website looks to be in progress).

I’ve been surprised at the lack of success at some of the places in the general area, considering the hotel & convention traffic coupled with nearby high-rises such as The Four Season’s Residences, The Austonian, and the Rainey Trio of The Shore Condos, The Milago, and Towers of Town Lake.  Perhaps sky-high rent and massive competition have been too much for many of these small operators.

Either way, I’m intrigued by Brass House.  Describing itself on its Facebook page as a Jazz House, Wine Bar, and Gastropub concept, the finish-out looks in keeping with catering to a higher-end clientele and they are touting that food such as “Dolmas, hummus, pickles, paninis, salads, charcuterie boards” will be “All made from scratch in house or bought from a local family owned source….”.

Here’s a picture of some of the decor that captures the general vibe of the place.

Brass House is supposed to open this Friday, February 8, at 4pm.  I’ll likely walk by to check it out and I’ll be sure to update this post with my thoughts!

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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. Brass House is more than fantastic! Gorgeous interior. Great live music. Delicious food. Large selection of libations. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. The kindest owners you will ever meet.

  2. Has anyone been to El Ceviche Grill? Is it good?

    • I was a big fan of Hank’s Garage and rooting for whatever was going to be in their space – more options downtown are good!

      My friends and I were disappointed with El Ceviche. The staff weren’t that familiar with the menu and couldn’t answer our questions without conferring with the kitchen (several times), the prices seemed high, and it felt like we had walked into a private party or a private living room the way tables were engaging with each other and the way management was responding to them.

      The food tasted fine, but with the overall vibe scoring low and with so many other options in the area I haven’t been back (and don’t really plan to go back).

    • Brass House here responding, we think better late than never… We are sorry to hear about your experience but we are serving some light appetizers at Brass House. Give us a try 🙂

  3. I must go check this out,The construction in that area is alot, with both of the two building about to be complete, that should be a booming area soon.

    • Larry, our area is still under construction 🙁 however, our bar is open daily from 4pm-2am. Check out our events page here and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for updates

      Hope you have been able to come out and check out our bar. Don’t forget to say hi to Jason, one of the owners. He enjoys meeting his clients and hanging out.

  4. Yea…………….more food in our neighborhood!!!!!!! :):):):):):)

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