First Look at Backbeat

Sneak peek at South Austin's new two-story cocktail lounge and rootop bar

Sneak peek at South Austin's newest cocktail lounge and rootop bar

Backbeat bar South Lamar rooftop patio bar rendering December 2015
The rooftop patio at Backbeat will have a great view of downtown Austin. Rendering courtesy of Backbeat
Backbeat bar South Lamar front rendering December 2015
The bar is slated to open in March of 2016. Rendering courtesy of Backbeat
Backbeat bar South Lamar interior rendering December 2015
The interior will have a cocktail lounge feel. Rendering courtesy of Backbeat
Backbeat bar South Lamar rooftop patio bar close up rendering December 2015
The rooftop bar will accommodate large groups and people who want to socialize in a relaxed environment. Rendering courtesy of Backbeat
Backbeat bar South Lamar rooftop patio bar rendering December 2015
Backbeat bar South Lamar front rendering December 2015
Backbeat bar South Lamar interior rendering December 2015
Backbeat bar South Lamar rooftop patio bar close up rendering December 2015

South Austin's cocktail scene is in for a treat with the arrival of Backbeat, the latest concept from drink.well. co-owners Jessica and Michael Sanders, which is expected to open in March 2016.

CultureMap has an exclusive look at the highly anticipated bar, which will balance a neighborhood feel with upscale style.

The space will feature exposed metal, warm wood, and natural light. Larger than its North Loop counterpart, the two stories and 1,900 square feet of Backbeat will create distinct yet complementary vibes throughout an indoor cocktail lounge and outdoor rooftop bar. The project is being designed by Chioco Design, known for Austin projects like Winflo Osteria, Perla's, and the Mueller location of Torchy's.

"We worked with Jamie Chioco and team to develop a concept that maintains the feeling of a neighborhood bar while creating a seamless flow for the staff that will ultimately translate for speedy, efficient service for the guest," said the owners in a release. "A guest can have at least three different experiences across multiple visits or within the same night."

The bar will serve a mix of classic mixed drinks, but continue the drink.well. practice of seasonal cocktails. Expect 10 taps with local brews like Austin Beerworks and Hops & Grain, as well as rotating national beers. Jessica Sanders will head up Backbeat's wine list. And with Ramen Tatsu-Ya and Odd Duck nearby, Backbeat hopes to be the go-to neighborhood spot for a pre- or post-meal drink.

In addition to an expanded drink selection, other perks of Backbeat include the ability to accommodate private events and — wait for it — plenty of parking.