One of Austin’s best cocktail bars, Roosevelt Room, opened up its next-door event space, The Eleanor, as a public bar debuting on Friday, June 22. It will open every Friday and Saturday pending any private events, since Eleanor is a venue space.
While The Eleanor’s bar isn’t as expansive as its next-door older sibling, there are solid drinking options, from $10 classics like Hemingway daiquiris, Old Fashioneds, and Bees Knees with vodka. Then there are unique cocktails to the Eleanor, like the the Mai Day mixed with dark rum, Italicus Bergamot Liqueur, matcha powder, pistachio, and honey, or the Kissing Cousins with rye whiskey, brandy, and ginger snap syrup.
There is also an intriguing non-alcoholic option: the Red Love Letter with hibiscus tea and mango milk, spiced up with long pepper tincture and cinnamon powder. There’s a low-ABV option, as well as wines, beers, ciders, and pours of spirits, plus small snacks and grilled cheese sandwiches (it does share the same kitchen as Roosevelt Room).
The menu was concocted by Roosevelt Room co-owners Justin Lavenue and Dennis Gobis with Eleanor bar manager Caer Ferguson. Scope out the full menu believe.
Pending any private event bookings (double-check on its Facebook page), The Eleanor will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Lavenue and Gobis opened Roosevelt Room in August 2015, and took over what was then event space The Madison. The latter became The Eleanor in the spring of 2017. It hosted the popular and festive pop-up holiday bar Miracle on 5th Street last winter.