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Tone-Deaf Downtown Bar Adds Misogynist Cocktail Names

One of the Aquarium’s managing partners is involved with controversial Rainey Street bar Unbarlievable

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The fish bowls at The Aquarium
The fish bowls at The Aquarium
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Erin Russell is associate editor of Eater Austin, a native Austinite, and a big fan of carbs.

Longtime Sixth Street bar the Aquarium debuted an updated new space and drinks menu this week, which included some cocktails with highly misogynistic names. Unsurprisingly, Robert Espinosa, managing partner of controversial bar Unbarlievable, is behind the revamp.

Amid Aquarium’s tame-albeit-suggestive names for its new sharable fishbowl drinks like the “Sea Cucumber” are two drinks called “Shut Up Beach” and “Whore of Atlantis.” (See the full new cocktail menu at the bottom of this post.) The press release also inexplicably says that the bar’s updates are “taking the dirty out of ‘Dirty Six’ [sic],” which seems to indicate that it is somehow trying to present a more grown-up image. All this from a bar that previously hosted beer pong tournaments with shots and was named as one of the “douchiest bars in Austin” by entertainment website Complex back in 2013.

Espinosa’s other bar, Unbarlievable, came under fire when owner Brandon Cash posted several racist and misogynistic comments on social media in June 2017, which led to a state investigation that closed without sanctions. It seems Espinosa hasn’t learned his lessons.

Together, Cash and Espinosa manage Unbarlievable and The Rooftop on Sixth, and there might be a connection between Cash and the Aquarium.

The Aquarium’s remodel brought back the water tanks with live fish that used to adorn the space. It also added an actual slide, just like Unbarlievable’s. It’s the perfect setting for those times when getting the perfect Instagram shot is more important than supporting ethical establishments. Eater reached out to the Aquarium for comment on the drinks and the revamp and will update this post as necessary.

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