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New Irish Pub Is All About Meat Pies on Barton Springs

Darcy’s Donkey’s brings potatoes, whiskeys, and beers to the old Austin Java space

A meat pie and fries from Darcy’s Donkey
A meat pie and fries from Darcy’s Donkey
Chris Olfers
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 are more details about that Irish pub and restaurant that is taking over Austin Java’s old Zilker space on 1608 Barton Springs Road. It will be called Darcy’s Donkey, opening sometime in early October, perhaps just in time for Austin City Limits Festival, which would take place around the same time right down the street.

Darcy’s main food focuses will be potatoes (six different types of dishes) and meat pies, with fillings like pastrami and truffled mushrooms. Sizes will vary from small to family-style. As for booze, there will be Irish, Scottish, and American whiskeys, as well as beers.

Darcy’s founder is Neville Joyce, who grew up in West Ireland and worked in restaurants and hospitality management in Ireland and elsewhere in the world. Darcy’s chef Ryan Durham spent the last 25 years cooking in Honolulu Hawaii, including New American neighborhood restaurant 12th Ave Grill.

The space will feature an Irish snug, which is a screened-off room for more private groups. There will also be live Irish music and sports screenings, especially football and soccer. Once it opens, its hours will be from 11 a.m. to midnight daily.

Everything will be designed by Lilianne Steckel Interior Designs, The firm has worked on poppy spaces like Better Half and Bird Bird BIscuit.

Local coffee mini-chain Austin Java shuttered its Barton Springs location in June because of increased property taxes. Anyway, it’s opening another cafe down on 5404 Manchaca Road in far south Austin.