Austin’s First Natural Wine Bar Opens Today

LoLo moves in on East Sixth as the wellness movement comes to wine

Natural wine is one of the quickest growing sectors of the beverage industry. Adding a wellness halo everybody’s favorite beverage, it’s no wonder that more and more consumers are interested in sipping a nitrate-free, wild yeast fermented glass or two.

And now, Austin will have its very own natural wine bar and bottle shop, where the naturally curious can swing by for a bottle to go or savor a glass on site.

Photo by Julia Keim

A joint effort from couple Christian Moses and Adam Wills and partners Charles Ferraro and Matt Bowman, LoLo is scheduled to open in East Austin Friday, Feb. 7. The bottle shop will be located at 1504 E. Sixth, next to Hotel Vegas and Volstead Lounge, which Moses and Ferraro also own and operate. The building the bar occupies was constructed in 1939, and the team at Mule Studio worked to maintain the architecture and structural design in the renovation process, while creating a strikingly modern atmosphere. Lolo will be open seven days a week from noon to late, and plans to offer a large, rotating selection of hundreds of wines, all of them natural, available for on-site enjoyment or for to-go purchase. There will be a menu of snacks designed to compliment the wine list, as well as a supplementary menu of Texas beers and spritzes available on the patio.

Lolo’s menu and inventory will constantly change with the seasons to showcase hand selected wines from boutique producers across the globe. The team will work with independent farmers, importers, and distributors, to source wines where growers work as sustainably as possible and farm organically with the cycles of the earth, and nothing is added during production. Visitors who prefer to sip in house can sit at the full bar, or communal table, or head outside in good weather to the 3000 square foot patio once the second bar opening comes later this spring.

“LoLo is our chance to bring something needed and novel to Austin, Texas,” says LoLo co-founder Christian Moses. “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. We want to create a place where we don’t feel pressured to leave for the next party waiting to sit. 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.”

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