Darcy’s Donkey, the Irish pub that took over Austin Java on Barton Springs Road, is now open. Located at 1608 Barton Springs Road, the restaurant and bar is a new pit stop for those en route to Austin City Limits Festival this weekend.
Darcy’s Donkey brings over the culinary favorites of founder Neville Joyce, who is from West Ireland. That means a menu of bangers, scotch eggs, meat pies (and smaller hand pies), and corned beef. Of course, there are also many kinds of potatoes (tots, fries, baked, pan-fried, mashed, and as potato cakes called boxty).
In terms of drinks, the pub offers the “Holy Trinity of beer” (an ale, a stout, and a lager) as well as a variety of American, Irish, and Scottish whiskies and a “pre-prohibition-inspired cocktail menu.”
The pub has several TVs to watch sports games, and there are indoor and outdoor performance spaces for live music (particularly Irish music).
Joyce, who grew up on the farm, chose the donkey theme for his restaurant because they are his favorite animal. Darcy’s Donkey is open from 11 a.m. to midnight daily.