Bully for Us

New bull-riding nightlife concept charges into downtown Austin

New bull-riding nightlife concept charges into downtown Austin

Bull & Bowl Austin mechanical bull
A mechanical bull is the focal point of Bull & Bowl's interior. Rendering courtesy of Bull & Bowl
Bull & Bowl duckpin lanes
Duckpin bowling lanes are sure to be a knockout. Rendering courtesy of Bull & Bowl
Bull & Bowl Austin lanes
The bar will focus on specialty cocktails. Rendering courtesy of Bull & Bowl
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Bull & Bowl will be full of fun and games. Rendering courtesy of Bull & Bowl
Bull & Bowl Austin mechanical bull
Bull & Bowl duckpin lanes
Bull & Bowl Austin lanes
Bull & Bowl Austin lanes 2

It appears to be goodnight for good for upscale bowling and game bar The Goodnight. Local company B&B Hospitality has taken over the leases of both the planned 501 W. Sixth St. and 10035 Manchaca Rd. locations and will be introducing a new concept with a similar focus on fun and games.

A B&B rep tells CultureMap that Bull & Bowl is projected to open downtown in September 30 under managing partner Daniel Borelli. That location is in the final round of raising funds, so the usual caveats apply about possible delays. The South Austin location is estimated to debut sometime in the third quarter of 2019.

Two of the bar’s main features are spelled out in the name. The focal point of the interior will be a mechanical bull custom designed by the Professional Bull Riders Association. The rep says those looking to live out their Urban Cowboy fantasies will eventually be able to take professional riding classes from real cowboys in the organization.

The “Bowl” part comes courtesy of duckpin bowling, a variation on the traditional 10-pin format. Though the rules are similar, the size of the equipment is smaller with shorter and squatter pins and finger hole-less balls (roughly the size of a bocce ball) that make rolling a strike more challenging.

In addition to the two main attractions, the bar will boast three custom billiards tables and two private karaoke rooms. The rep says the concept will be announcing more entertainment options as it gets closer to opening.

Bull & Bowl will also have a full kitchen offering approachable appetizers and mains. The rep says the final menu won’t be released until a week before opening, but a sample menu posted on the website features snacks like jalapeño cheddar beignets, bacon wrapped dates, an array of entree salads, burgers and sliders, tacos, and entrees like chicken fried beef tenderloin.

Likewise, the rep was coy about the beverage program, though they did offer that Bull & Bowl will have a full bar with a focus on signature cocktails.

The addition of Bull & Bowl downtown will make the Sixth Street address — informally called the Blueprint building — an entertainment destination. Japanese restaurant TenTen and Victorian-themed nightclub Mayfair are also set to debut in the building by the end of the year.