LoLo and Behold
East Austin uncorks natural wine bar and shop with hundreds of bottles and massive patio
Lo(Lo) and behold — Austin has a new wine bar. On Friday, February 7, LoLo Natural Wine Bar & Bottle Shop will pop into the ever-changing East Sixth strip, bringing a large, rotating selection of natural wine for customers to enjoy onsite or off.
Located at 1504 E. Sixth St., the hybrid bar-wine shop allows patrons to enjoy vino onsite or purchase one of hundreds of bottles to enjoy at home. Wine origins range "from Texas to Burgenland" and only include offerings from independent farmers, importers, and distributors. Most varietals are also created with an emphasis on organic and sustainable production.
“LoLo is our chance to bring something needed and novel to Austin,” says co-founder Christian Moses in a release. “There’s no doubt that we’ve got amazingly cheap frozen margs, a thriving cocktail scene, and craft beers aplenty. When it comes to wine, well, we feel there’s room in Austin for a place that serves the kind of wine we like to drink in a setting where all will feel comfortable to enjoy it."
The space is owned by Moses and Adam Wills, who partnered with Charles Ferraro and Matt Bowman on the project. Moses and Ferraro co-own and operate Hotel Vegas and The Volstead, which are situated next to LoLo. Bowman is another fixture of the Austin hospitality scene, having worked with both Uchi and Bufalina. At LoLo, he'll serve as both bar manager and partner.
According to a release, Moses and Wills have been planning to open a natural wine bar for years. LoLo's eventual home, a 1939 one-story building, offered the perfect space to make the dream a reality. The owners worked to find a "balance of lighting, texture, and materials to create a welcoming yet private ambiance."
"We want to create a place where we don’t feel pressured to leave for the next party waiting to sit," says Moses. "We want a place where the vibe feels as rough as it is refined. We want a place with a copious but curated collection of wines to buy and take home. So we decided to create this place and share it with the people in our city.”
In true Austin form, that friendly, low-key atmosphere also includes a 3,000-square-foot patio that patrons can enjoy, along with a small selection of snacks and Texas craft beer and spritzes, when a second bar opens later this spring.
Once it begins welcoming customers later this week, LoLo will be open "noon to late, seven days a week."