A new sports bar is popping up at 700 E. Sixth St., the former home of event venue Waller Ballroom and the Boiling Pot. Near nightlife destinations Waller Creek Pub House and Easy Tiger, Edwin’s Sports Bar will join a strip just west of Interstate 35 that has surprisingly turned into a destination spot for local craft beer lovers.
Named after Edwin Waller, the first mayor of Austin and one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, the bar will be mindful of the building’s history. Rather than completely renovating, the owners worked to restore the historic 1893 interiors, keeping details such as the original brick walls and the 1930s ceiling. According to a release, the bar is scheduled to open any day now.
The idea was to create a more sophisticated space than the average sports bar. The owners — who also run Waller Creek Pub House next-door — are keeping the environment spare with a custom bar, tables, and simple booths. Even the 10 television sets were arranged tastefully to not spoil the beauty of the building.
“It’s not fancy, but we believe the extra touches and attention to detail go a long way,” said co-owner Anggay Tenney. Those extra touches include a balcony overlooking Waller Creek and a large courtyard that will be welcome to pets.
The food menu is still being finalized, but will focus on approachable pub fare like loaded burgers and fries. As with Waller Creek Pub House, the food will be made from scratch and there will be craft beer and cocktails.
Although an exact date has not been established for the official debut, a Facebook post from sister restaurant Waller Creek Pub House teases that the soft opening phase “is just around the corner.”