Get a sneak peek of two of this fall's most eagerly anticipated bars: Jack & Ginger's, an updated take on an Irish pub, and 77 Degrees, a rooftop bar with an expansive view of the downtown skyline. The two new establishments from Austin's Union Venture Group replace Stoked Tequila & Tacos and Red Door at 2416 Brazos St.
In our exclusive video, co-owner Darren Van Delden and director of operations Eric Dunahoe guide us through both spaces as construction draws to a close. Jack & Ginger's will open October 25, with 77 Degrees following a couple of weeks after.
As Van Delden told CultureMap in August, Jack and Ginger’s will offer a slightly elevated take on a classic Irish pub with 82 beers on tap, a menu of classic pub grub, and a commitment to soccer. Fans of the game will be able to watch matches at all hours of the day from TVs hung strategically throughout the bar.
On Sundays, the bar will feature an Irish brunch buffet complete with an Irish coffee bar and a Bloody Mary bar. Weekday happy hours (3 pm to 7 pm) will feature $7 beer flights and $5 select appetizers. Dinner entrees will include pub classics like fish and chips, shepherd's pie, and and a cheeseburger topping with Irish cheddar.
If Jack & Ginger's is an everyday destination, 77 Degrees will likely serve as a slightly fancier alternative for a proper night out. Patrons who climb the 50 or so stairs to the main floor will find a good view of the skyline as well as a variety of seating options, including a few cabanas available for groups.
At night, a DJ on an elevated platform will help set the mood. Three additional levels offer more room for revelers or can serve as the venue for a private party. In addition to wine, beer, and cocktails, a limited menu of tapas-style shareable plates will be available for the happy hour crowd.
As the crowds packing places like Holman Draft Hall, Truckyard, and Present Company demonstrate, the patio bar trend shows no signs of slowing down. Expect 77 Degrees to find a similar audience — it really is all about the view.