There’s something you should know. And that is, Bar Louie in downtown Austin is a bar / restaurant chain.
There’s something else you should know. And that is, it’s okay that it’s a bar / restaurant chain.
Now, before you stop reading – hear me out. I think it’s a good sign that select franchises and corporate companies are moving into downtown Austin. I think that means that their conservative real estate departments think that downtown Austin is a safe investment – and if they think it’s a safe investment, chances are, it is.
Now, I do NOT want our city to be overrun with TGI Fridays (Google “IFH Mondays” if you want something a little less safe for work….) and Wendy’s and the like – but a “Bar Louie” every now and again doesn’t seem so bad – especially when the vibe at the place is so good.
The Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association had their 8th Annual Downtown Living Tour VIP After Party at the bar / restaurant concept, located at 123 W 6th, and I must say – it was a great event. The staff treated us exceptionally well, and the food – while no Ruth’s Chris – was fun, easy, and satisfying. And they kept the beer flowing – which is the most important part!
The place is set up for live music (we had the Paper Moon Shiners play at our event – they were soooo great!), and it’s great for large groups or after-work happy hours. There are lots of TVs, and lots of bar stool seating.
However, my very favorite part of the place is this:
They have this really, really great front area where they can remove the windows, and it’s the perfect shaded patio seating. I love it! Great place to chill and drink a cold one.
Overall – I think the place is just what central downtown Austin needs. It’s a conventional, every-day sort of place that’s going to be fine for a wide-variety of people. Great for business lunches, after-work happy hours, and the occasional wild-night. 🙂
Some things you should know:
- No free or validated parking for the establishment. Street or paid garage only. If you are already downtown, I would recommend walking to it.
- They do aggressive specials. The one I hear most about is the Dollar Burger Night on Tuesdays. I haven’t been yet – but I hear people talking about it all the time it seems like. Came across this great (and older – from 2009 AND about the Evanston location, not the Austin location – FYI, so not sure what may be different about Bar Louie Austin’s Dollar Burger Night) article when I Googled it – “How to Order at Bar Louie’s Dollar Burger Night” – for those that truly want to make the most of the deal.
- Ask for David Pacunas and tell him DANA and Downtown Austin Blog says hello. He’s a nice guy and the GM of the place.