Midnight Cowboy Lounge
Revamped downtown bar opens as a cocktail connoisseurs' paradise
By Claudia Alarcón,
11:55AM, Wed. Mar. 14, 2012
Midnight Cowboy, Austin’s newest speakeasy experience, opened its doors to a few select customers on March 9th, and I am here to tell you it is every bit as cool as advertised.
The Alamo Drafthouse-owned cocktail lounge is housed where the infamous massage –ahem- parlor of the same name operated until recently. After a thorough cleaning and refurbishing, the low-lit space now features a prohibition-era atmosphere, vintage bar, black leather booths and three private rooms for groups of six to eight guests. Total capacity stands at 48 people and admission is by reservation only, with instructions for entry through the unmarked door given upon reservation confirmation. Once inside, guests enjoy an ample menu of classic and signature cocktails ($12) from star bartenders Bill Norris and Brian Dressel, with something for every taste. For something refreshing and unique I suggest the celery-centered Kalamazoo Julep, and for something warming and boozy the Scotch and sherry-based Smoke and Mirrors will hit the spot. Cocktails are prepared from a tableside cart when possible using high end and artisanal ingredients. Best of all, cell phone calls are strictly prohibited. This is truly an oasis for cocktail connoisseurs seeking a quiet, classy environment to enjoy extraordinary libations.