The Golden Goose, the bar that moved into The Horseshoe Lounge’s spot on South Lamar, has soft opened. Helmed by Bar 2211’s Jason Steward and Sean Fric from J. Black’s, the new bar aims to be a neighborhood hangout. Updates include serving liquor; handcrafted cocktails; accepting credit cards, which Horseshoe didn’t have; and a stage. There’s even a shuffleboard table in honor of the former tenant.
After 50 years of being one of Austin’s iconic dives, The Horseshoe Lounge shuttered in early 2015. The old beer bar will be reopening on 153 E. Riverside sometime in the fall. The bar will have a liquor license, though owner Tennia Brown previously reassured Eater there won’t be cocktails: "It's a Texas dive bar: whiskey, bourbon, and tequila." They will also have more parking, musical stage, and potentially a balcony to take advantage of the view of downtown Austin.
The Golden Goose is now hiring staff. Though there is no date for the official opening, it will happen sometime in August.