Austin’s summer of shutters continues with another concept deciding to throw in the towel. According to general manager Cassidy Mora, West Campus sports bar Tap 24 served its last pint June 11.
The popular hangout opened in June 2014 with a focus on craft beer and a simple bar food menu. Although the flat screens were tuned in to everything from Major League Baseball to University of Texas football, soccer was a particular obsession. In fact, the owners rushed through the buildout in order to welcome World Cup crowds in 2014.
The bar was a reinvention of sorts of Cuatro's, another sports bar that also closed suddenly in December 2013 after a five-year run. Although much of the same spirit was kept in the new space, the owners gave the old interior a facelift and added pool tables and arcade games.
Despite another World Cup kicking off on June 14, Mora tells CultureMap that the owners decided to close now because their TABC permit was expiring. Rather than renew, they decided it was a natural time to close up shop.
Although not finalized yet, the owners are working to sell the corner space. It’s unclear what plans the perspective new owners have for the lot.
Whatever the plans, it will not affect smokehouse and whiskey bar Freedmen’s, which sits in a historic building around the corner. A rep for the eatery tells CultureMap that it’s “business as usual” regardless of the new owner’s plans.