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A downtown Austin cocktail bar, from the Roosevelt Room team, now open on weekends only

Arianna Auber
The Eleanor, once exclusively an events venue, is now open on weekends as a cocktail bar next door to sibling spot the Roosevelt Room.

Remember the incredible Christmas pop-up bar Miracle on 5th Street at the end of last year? It was housed at a downtown events space called the Eleanor, next door to sibling spot and top Austin cocktail bar the Roosevelt Room. Now, the regal Eleanor is going to be a bar, too — albeit one open only on weekends.

As an events space, it has hosted private parties and special events like Miracle since opening a little over a year ago, but it had rarely been open for regular hours. Starting June 22, however, Austinites will get treated to another round of well-made drinks from some of the best mixologists in town.

The Roosevelt Room team headed by Justin Lavenue and Dennis Gobis had originally intended for both concepts to be temporary. The two bar men envisioned a sprawling three-level concept, featuring a downstairs restaurant, mezzanine cocktail bar and rooftop patio, that they would call De Rigueur, but they’ve since worked on perfecting them as separate projects, according to CultureMap Austin.

Though the Eleanor is becoming a bar like its next-door sibling, both will have very different cocktail menus. The Roosevelt Room has become such a popular spot in part because of its comprehensive drink menu — a total of 53 cocktails spanning the various eras of American cocktail consumption (Prohibition actually wasn’t the worst, creatively speaking). 

The Eleanor will have a much smaller number of classic cocktails, as well as a hardy list of original tipples, nonalcoholic and low ABV options, and beer and wine. Like the Roosevelt Room, the bar’s small food menu consists mainly of snacks.

Original cocktails, devised by Lavenue, Gobis and the Eleanor’s bar manager Caer Ferguson, formerly of Peche, include the Madison (reposado tequila, lemon, pineapple gomme, Ancho Reyes, mole bitters and habañero tincture), which serves as a nod to the Eleanor’s former, similarly presidential name, the Madison.

Note that the Eleanor is still available to be rented for private events, so keep an eye on its weekly hours of operation via social media. If not rented out, the Eleanor is open from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 

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