The powder blue bungalow that houses neighborhood bar Craftsman is a pleasing sight on East Cesar Chavez Street — but in mid-October it’s transforming into something far more frightening in honor of Halloween.
Craftsman is dressing up for the spooky holiday, too, and will become a "haunted" pop-up bar starting on Oct. 17 through Halloween. Thanks to the decor, you’ll feel as though you’ve wandered into a haunted house in the heart of East Austin— and just might need a drink to get you through it.
And not just any cocktail, of course.
The usual drinks menu is being tossed aside in favor of themed cocktails featuring housemade ingredients and surprising garnishes, according to a news release. Each one gets its name from a range of scary subjects. The foam-topped Billy Butcherson is an ode to beloved Halloween film “Hocus Pocus,” for example, while the beer-filled Bride in Room #525 nods to a local legend: the brides who killed themselves at the Driskill Hotel, in the room — you guessed it — 525.
Here’s a sampling of the creepy cocktails being offered:
Billy Butcherson: Jagermeister, housemade pumpkin butter syrup, lemon, orange, housemade Grand Marnier foam.
Death on the Beach: Charcoal-infused Malibu Rum, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Gosling Gold Strap Rum, pineapple, orange, lime, grenadine.
The Bride in Room #525: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, George Dickel Classic No. 8 Whisky, lemon, Demerara syrup.
Nobody Likes Candy Corn: Espolon Tequila, El Silencio Mezcal, orange, pineapple, fresh corn reduction.
Graveyard Smash: Grand Marnier, mint, lemon, smoked orange.
The haunted “boozery,” as Craftsman is calling it, runs nightly from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Oct. 17-31. Craftsman also hosts a Pumpkin Spiced Cocktail Party this weekend, in case you’re looking for more quintessential fall fun. The bar is located at 2000 E. Cesar Chavez St.