East Austin's newest bar quietly opens in familiar space
Ah Sing Den, the enigmatic bar replacing East Side Show Room, will host a soft opening on Thursday, August 11.
Owners Trudy and Mickie Spencer, who also owned East Side Show Room, first teased the idea in early July, a week after announcing the cocktail lounge's surprising shutter. Information was scarce at first, adding intrigue to the concept, whose name references an infamous London opium den.
Now the veil has been lifted. Ah Sing Den's menu features a mix of unique and classic cocktails alongside beer, wine, and sake. Standout concoctions include the Guyanese Sour (aged rum with grilled pineapple, cayenne syrup, Angostura bitters, and honey) and the Taurino Garcia (mezcal, Combier, Fernet-Vallet, grapefruit, and lime with a chili-citrus rim).
Gone are the days of ESSR's blend of Creole and Italian fare. Ah Sing Den's food lineup incorporates Asian influences, with dishes like salmon nori cigars, Filipino barbecue pork ribs, and Kha Pei mussels.
Hours are 5 pm to 2 am daily. Brunch service and a grand opening celebration are slated for September.