Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 11, 2014
An East Austin bar officially opening Saturday, Bar 2211, might one day have one of the largest selections of canned beers in the state.
That’s the goal, anyway, for founders Jason Steward and Jeremy Murray, also current owners of Rainey Street bars Bungalow and Blackheart, respectively. Although so far the list of canned beers behind the bar isn’t so big right now – but does include all the Austin Beerworks mainstays, Shiner Bock and a few other barroom staples like Lonestar – they quickly plan to change that.
“(The canned beer list) will grow in the next few weeks to 50, and we’ll add another 10 every week or two until we get somewhere over the 100 mark hopefully,” Steward said.
He’s always been a fan of drinking beer out of a can (Sierra Nevada’s pale ale is his favorite) and thinks people are finally starting to appreciate canned brews as much as he does. They are so much a focal point at Bar 2211, in fact, that Steward and Murray don’t plan on installing a draft system or selling bottled beer.
Another boozy focal point of their new project is the whiskey selection, already well-stocked. The entire top shelf of the bar is whiskey of all kinds, from Scotch to bourbon, that total to about 70, Steward said.
But what you’ll want to come for on Saturday’s grand opening, besides checking out the new furnishings – Steward said they’re going to install a bar top underneath three windows that will open, so that a group of friends can sit inside and outside and still talk to each other – is a pig roast with meat supplied by Salt and Time, the butcher and salumeria down the street from Bar 2211 (which took over the old H&H Tavern space on Webberville Road).
“We’re going to be a neighborhood bar,” Steward said, noting that on a typical Saturday, you might stop by for a beer and catch some live music outside on the stage or watch a game on one of the two TVs. With muted interior colors, it’s a cozy little spot that blends in with the laidback vibe of the east side, very different from the frenetic Rainey Street.
Steward and Murray also added thoughtful touches like USB outlets underneath the bar for you to charge your phone and Bar 2211 koozies that you can personalize and keep there for each time you return.
Eventually, they’ll install a food truck outside, “something new that hasn’t been done out of a food trailer before.”
The grand opening celebration starts at 4 p.m. Saturday at 2211 Webberville Rd.