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Freedmen's features an authentic antique bar from Brownsville, TX.
Freedmen's features an authentic antique bar from Brownsville, TX.

Freedmen's. [Photos: Spencer Selvidge/EATX]

Freedmen's, the new West Campus project from Cuatro's owner Cuatro Kowalski, is in a kind of gentle, if not completely soft, opening right now: the drinks (classic-inspired cocktails, with house-made ingredients from bar manager Myria Free) are free while the bar waits on its liquor license. Among the beverages on rotation right now: a Lavender Collins and a Smokin' Cactus, (these are Free's current favorites, made with gin and mescal, respectively) as well as the Bloody Swine, a whisky-based cocktail with muddled tomatoes and basil.

Meanwhile pitmaster Evan LeRoy, formerly of Hill Country in New York City, is smoking meats, mixing up sides such as offal beans and smoked beets and serving charcuterie items like the "butter trio," which includes beef marrow, bacon and foie gras.

Eater Austin sent photographer Spencer Selvidge to photograph the historic building, which dates back to 1869 and features an antique bar imported from Brownsville, Texas. Freedmen's is currently open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., every day but Tuesday.

· All Freedmen's Coverage on Eater Austin [-EATX-]
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