After finding success on Rainey Street with The Blackheart and Bungalow, respective owners Jeremy Murray and Jason Steward are teaming up and heading to the east side.
This weekend marks the public debut of Bar 2211, located at 2211 Webberville Road, less than two blocks from the now-shuttered Frontier Bar (The Lost Well opened in its place). With moody, wood-paneled interiors, and a sleek 24-foot bar, this latest east side joint is promising an impressive whiskey selection, plus what the owners are touting as "one of the largest canned beer selections in the state."
"We're looking to this place to be unique to the neighborhood. We want it to be easy and comfortable," says co-owner Jeremy Murray
After bonding over the exhaustion of owning a bar on Rainey Street during SXSW, Bar 2211 co-owners Murray and Steward formed a fast friendship. That friendship eventually turned into a business endeavor and when the duo decided to open a bar together, they wanted it to be a neighborhood joint away from the chaos of Rainey. "The Blackheart is a beast, it's a very busy bar," explains Murray. When the Webberville location became available, things quickly fell into place. "It just made sense," says Murray. "That location became available and the timing was right."
Coupled with the owners' years of experience, the neighborhood has played a critical role in shaping the bar. "We're looking to this place to be unique to the neighborhood," Murray explains. "We want it to be easy and comfortable." Aside from a small, but carefully curated, whiskey selection and impressive beer offerings, Murray says patrons should expect a different vibe from the pair's Rainey Street establishments, starting with the drinks. "We're not serving craft cocktails. We [already] live in that world."
In addition to the building being completely renovated, including raised ceilings and open interiors, Bar 2211 will also have a large outdoor space. With construction underway on a patio (it should be completed in time for this weekend's grand opening), the newest addition to East Austin should also have a food trailer stationed outside by summer. Murray says they are still working out logistics, but notes that it will be a local vendor.
While a food trailer is still a few months away, that shouldn't stop you from heading to Bar 2211 for a celebratory drink this weekend. The bar is teaming up with another local vendor on Saturday, April 12 for the grand opening party. Salt & Time will be kicking off the celebration with a pig roast starting at 4 pm. To join in the festivities, head to the Bar 2211 Facebook page to RSVP.