Cozy and comfortable bar Night Owl will soon call home when co-owner Danny Parrott and Jonathan Insley — the team behind Old School Bar & Grill on East Sixth Street — open its doors in late 2016 or early 2017. The duo aims to create the intimate space into a welcoming meeting place for locals to drink and socialize.
The beverage program will have a short but respectable list of time-honored cocktails, as well as a rotating list of signature house cocktails. As for beer, there will be cans and bottles with an emphasis on local and regional offerings. The team is also working to develop a wine program. And while space limitations don’t allow for a kitchen right now, expect bar snacks.
Designed by San Antonio-based Frausto Designs, the bar will embrace a classic look with modern touches — concrete floors, walls of exposed brick, reclaimed wood, and textured wallpaper, and vintage-looking Edison bulbs will be playfully suspended throughout the space. A midnight blue tufted banquette will run along one wall and a horseshoe bar will anchor the space. There will be just a few television screens as not to overwhelm the space.
Parrott worked with the Wooten neighborhood for a better part of this year on zoning issues, which means for now, Night Owl’s permit prohibits outdoor amplified sound and indoor amplified live music. Parrott is quick to point out the partnership with the neighborhood didn’t end there. The bar will be "driven by the local community" in terms of what will be on the beverage menu, future offerings, and more — the owners are receptive to requests.
When open, Night Owl’s hours are tentatively set for 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
While there are no definitive plans, Parrott and Insley hope to eventually open another neighborhood hang out in South Austin.
- Night Owl [Facebook]