For those who like to drink and make things, forthcoming Upstairs Circus will provide hours of fun in downtown Austin. The name refers to the brain, and the purpose of the shop is to inspire creativity while offering cocktails. The craft shop and bar is slated to open early 2018, though signs are already up at its location at 234 West 2nd Street.
Upstairs Circus hosts what it calls “project socials,” where people make a reservation, arrive, choose a project from the project menu, and sip on drinks as they create. Tickets are usually $36 to $39 per person, though prices varies by date and time. The project options range from making bracelets to art to leather clutches, and project assistants are available to help. While there is no age restriction on entrance, the projects are not recommended for children.
The bar menu includes seasonal beers, wine, and circus-themed mocktails and cocktails (like the groan-inducing Bubbles the Champagnzee with champagne, St. Germain, lemon, and soda). If space is available, guests are welcome to visit the bar (which has games and adult coloring books) without project reservations.
Upstairs Circus currently has three other locations — two in Denver and one in Minneapolis — which also serve small bites and allow patrons to order delivery or bring their own food, so expect a similar arrangement for Austin.