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East Austin Cocktail Bar Craftsman Soft Opens Today

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Fun house party vibe meets Cesar Chavez.

Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Craftsman, the new East Austin neighborhood bar, is soft opening tonight on 2000 E. Cesar Chavez. The bar received its certificate of occupancy today. According to Austin360, the grand opening will happen on Sunday, May 2.

Brandon Testa, who previously worked at Speakeasy, converted the 1920’s home into a bar featuring a wraparound porch, back patio, and handpainted murals. The "fun, house party" vibe that he’s striving for includes serving draft cocktails, well drinks, wine, and beer. Craftsman will be open on Mondays through Fridays from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. and the weekend from 12 p.m.-2 a.m.