On the corner of Rainey and Driskill Streets near Austin’s Colorado River sits Bar 96, a neighborhood-friendly pub.
Bartender and Manager Eddy Gerusa says, “It is basically a sports bar that’s not a sports bar. We like to view ourselves as a bar that shows sports.”
There is something for everyone at the rustic and relaxed Bar 96. Sports fans can enjoy a cold brew at the bar and wax philosophical about the game, or customers can venture outside to enjoy tacos and nachos from the Taco Baby food trailer and a game of cornhole. The homey bench seating and the warm glow from the candles on the table invite calm conversation, but it can get pretty rowdy at times.
“This bar does get crazy and hectic especially during football season. And always the interesting part of the bar is the sections that you have, like a Steelers’ section and a Ravens’ section. We have to put them on separate sides of the house so a brawl doesn’t break out. But they bleed into each other sometimes, so it’s fun to watch the interaction. Also, being a sports fan, I can’t help but almost get involved in a fight with them,” says Eddy.
Eddy has been bartending for a total of thirteen years, four of those at Bar 96. His favorite cocktail to make is the Old Fashioned, mostly because he loves to drink them. Bar 96’s Old Fashioned is on the list of house cocktails and is made the more traditional way with whiskey, simple syrup, and bitters. Other tasty creations on the list include summery drinks like the Spicy Lemonade and Grapefruit Shandy as well as drinks that remind you of fall like the Cranberry Mule and Rum Thyme.
If you want to try one of the refreshing house cocktails and catch a game, then visit Bar 96, and be sure to download the Vett Local app available in the app store or Google Play to follow Eddy and see what he and other bartenders are serving up!
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