Last spring, when nine of downtown Austin’s most seedy, sleazy, sticky bars shuttered their doors as a result of the massive Yassine Brother’s alleged drug/money laundering/unfair wages/racism/all-around-terrible-business-practices/even-terrorism-links scandal of a federal indictment, we had a dream. A dream that maybe, just maybe, with this many awful establishments closing, there may be a little room for some more respectable bars to open their doors in downtown Austin.
Hell, maybe some of these new bars might actually have decent beer selections.
Enter Chicago House, a testament to that dream. The new craft beer bar, which is located at 607 Trinity, is taking over the former space of that Yassine brothers‘ car-themed hell hole Fuel. So, we think we speak for everyone when we say, MAJOR UPGRADE!
Chicago House will hold its Grand Opening this Thursday, Jan. 24.
The new two-story bar will feature 20 taps of American craft beer, two of which are on nitro, two beer engines and full bar service.
The upstairs bar will boast more of a “party” atmosphere than its more relaxed downstairs counterpart.
So far, it has been announced that one of the two casks being tapped for Thursday’s opening will be (512) Brewing Co.’s Cafe Au Lait. (That’s Pecan Porter plus coffee, lactose and vanilla and it’s definitely Bitch Beer Approved.)
Chicago House is the latest venture from Austin-based Breastauranteur Doug Guller, who has been expanding his restaurant repertoire beyond Bikinis in the last year or so, buying up Downtown Mexican joint Pelon’s, music venue The Parish, and the legendary east side dive Scoot Inn…(Also, he bought an entire historic town in the Texas hill country off Craigslist and named it Bikinis, TX…but we’re not touching that one.)
Chicago House’s Grand Opening will be held this Thursday, Jan. 24 at 4p.m. You can follow opening night updates on the Chicago House Facebook page.