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A New Bar Takes Over Fado’s Irish Pub’s Basement

DuMont’s Down Low Bar took over part of the former downtown bar

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DuMont’s Down Low Bar
DuMont’s Down Low Bar
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

There’s a new downtown Austin bar with the opening of DuMont’s Down Low Bar, which is found at the basement level of 214 West 4th Street, aka the former bar Fado’s Irish Pub. Still on deck for the street level of the address is chef Jason Dady’s casual taco and margarita restaurant Chispas, though that has no opening date as of yet.

DuMont’s boasts of serving over 70 whiskeys, along with beers and a mix of classic and house cocktails. Of the latter, there’s the whiskey-based Brown Derby and the rum- and mezcal-based Charlotte. Overseeing the menu is Gibson Street Bar’s Nick Gonzalez. It is open from 4 to 2 a.m. daily. Scope out the full cocktail menu below.

DuMont’s is from the FBR Management Group, which also oversees bars like the Wheel, Lavaca Street Bar, and the revamps of classic dives like Mean Eyed Cat and Lala’s Little Nugget. Members of the management group (though decidedly not FBR Management) are also opening a Rainey Street bar called Stagger Lee, which is taking over restaurant space No Va.

Fado’s Irish Pub, which was home to iconic St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, closed earlier this spring after nearly 21 years of operations. It was announced that FBR Management was taking over the space before it closed, but no further details were revealed at that time. Then Dady announced that he was opening his first Austin restaurant, focusing on casual tacos and margaritas, in the restaurant space during Austin Food & Wine Festival this year.

DuMont’s Down Low Bar

214 West 4th Street, Austin, Texas 78701