Affair: 11.22.13 Casual stroll for a hand-crafted cocktail
Setting: CU29 = Copper, so, Copper themed bar/lounge, dim lighting, cozy cushioned chic booth seats & high tops, custom made infused liquor beverages
It was one of the colder winter nights in Austin, cold weather that has come early this year for us. My beau and I were driving down Brazos St. to park and walk around the city, when this tiny lit sign on Brazos called my name – CU29. I had remembered the name, from research I had done for the best bars in Austin, of course this would be an appropriate place to test out! Brazos Street is not the Heart of Downtown Austin, more so filled with boutique stores and office space, perfect spot to put a more sophisticated bar/lounge.
As I walked in, I really enjoyed the fact that it was a step above what you would find, on even West 6th (nicer bars in Austin). I know tourists and foreigners really dig the casual-laid back atmosphere of 6th street and its surroundings, but I’ve been here for too long! I need something more intimate, where I won’t find girls wasted, tripping on their own heels at the end of the night. The decor is minimal, with most of the accents being behind the impressively stacked bar. By stacked, I mean yummy looking infused liquors, ‘house’ liquors, all the way to the finer bottles that you would never see in a 6th street bar – It was like a library of liquors, you take your time perusing, until you find that one. If you’re not quite sure what the hell to order, like myself, try having a glance at their chalkboard menu chalked (get it?) with drink names that makes you want to try them all. If this doesn’t work, ask the bartender for a custom-made beverage (that’s right), they’ll hook you up. OH, they also have wine.
My beau and I rather enjoyed ourselves with seats at the bar, even sat next to a few out-of-town cougars who ordered what we had. It wasn’t for them, and they opted for a gin & tonic instead – Lame. Us new generation kids just don’t have the taste buds for expensive flavorless liquor – spice it up, show me what ya workin’ with! Be prepared to bring a few extra bills with you, especially if you’re going in a group. My martini was $12, and how could you not tip nearly 40% for the time spent on a hand-made cocktail? I used to be a server/bartender, so I just feel bad if I don’t leave more than 20%….I feel like they’re judging me as a cheap-ass if I don’t leave more. Any-who…I would love to rent this place out for a Roaring 20′s themed party, New Year’s Eve spot, or anything that would involve a good number of guests – the concept is very open, clean, and classy. The only thing I would change is – the music. I don’t want to hear Nickelback in such a beautiful venue, while sipping my $12 cocktail! – Perhaps some smooth/Classic Blues & Jazz….then it would be perfect.
View from the other end of the bar, towards the back. Doesn’t that wall of liqua’ make you feel like Christmas is already here?
Top half of the menu: Refreshing & Light drinks. Bottom half: Dessert & nightcap drinks….a must.
Infused by one of the bartenders – ‘Candy Cane Jameson’ on the rocks. Perfect amount of Sweet n’ spice.
Can’t wait to come in and try this tasty looking infused Vodka! I LOVE bloody mary’s!
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