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Pop-Up Music Bar Jumps Into Downtown Austin

EP and Stereotype take over the former Kung Fu Saloon space.

EP’s plywood

West Sixth Street District is gaining a new kid on the block, with pop-up bar EP, which will eventually transform into permanent bar Stereotype. It takes over the former Kung Fu Saloon space on Rio Grande Street. The arcade bar relocated to West 6th Street, taking over Benji Cantina’s former digs.

Temporary bar EP will open over Memorial Day weekend, with the music-focus, complete with rotating DJs, including one dedicated to vinyl. Slated as “the bar before the bar,” the bar’s name is a spin on extended play vinyl records having more than one single, but not quite a full album. Both bars will be run by operations partner Jason Gonzales.

When it opens in early fall, the fully-grown Stereotype will serve as a nod to throwback era music, but not much else has been revealed at this point. Renovations include adding more vibrant colors to the space, as well as adding graffiti walls, comfortable seating, and a pool table.

EP and Stereotype comes courtesy of the Lion’s Share Hospitality — the group behind Parlor & Yard and Coast Bar & Kitchen— began discussions to acquire the lease from Kung Fu Saloon.

— Irvianne Torremoro


510 Rio Grande Street, Austin, Texas 78701