Brand-new Austin vodka distillery Goodnight Loving Vodka is opening a public tasting room on 12440 Trail Driver in far west Austin, set to debut sometime in early 2019. The clear spirit company, where the booze is made with Texas spring water, is courtesy of the beloved Deep Eddy Vodka founder and Nine Banded Whiskey co-founder Gary Crowell and business person Tim Osburn.
Goodnight’s tasting room’s cocktail menu will be overseen by bartender Nicky Benitez. He is currently the beverage manager for tiki bar Pool Burger. He also helped develop cocktails for Nine Banded Whiskey
The entrance to the tasting room will take the form of a sliding bookcase. The interior 3,000 square foot space will include tiles, Eames Shell bar stools, a turntable and speakers, and other sorts of midcentury-style furniture, including custom stuff from Garza Marfa. Outside, there will be an outdoor vodka garden. The distillery and tasting room will be designed by firm McCray & Co.
Public tours will be available on the weekends. Goodnight will also offer cocktail classes ranging from styles to experience levels. The gift shop will sell vodka, as well as vintage glass- and barware, and apparel (scarves, aprons, T-shirts).
The vodka is available for retail purchase throughout Austin, and it’s available at restaurants and bars like Indian spot the Clay Pit and East Austin bar (and recent Eater Award winner) Last Straw. Ten percent of its donations from selected sales will go towards ShelterBox USA.