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Red River Music Venue and Bar Beerland Will Reopen Soon

Late-night cauliflower tots topped with pork carnitas come to West Fifth, plus more news

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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.

Beerland Returns
Red River music venue and bar Beerland is going to reopen under new ownership. The venue shuttered in late May when then-owner Richard Lynn announced Beerland’s sale just before the employees were going to go on strike because of unpaid salaries and bounced checks. That sale fell through. Beerland’s new owners includes Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater (aka Stubb’s concert venue portion just down the street) general manager Ryan Garrett. Garrett told Austin360 that the new Beerland will still include music and events. The aim is to open before Thanksgiving in November.

Clarksville Late Night Eats
West Fifth Street restaurant Better Half is adding a dedicated late-night menu to its repertoire as of starting tomorrow, Thursday, October 16. Dubbed Good Call Cafe, the small menu features fries topped with smoked pastrami, avocado crema, and beet-chili powder; cauliflower tots topped with pork cheek carnitas and queso, chicken wings, and burgers. Scope out the full menu below. Its late-night hours are from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

More Downtown Juice
JuiceLand’s next downtown juice shop in west downtown at 607 West 3rd Street is opening on Friday, October 18. On opening day, the store will offer $2 discounts on drinks, as well as donate $2 for every drink purchased to the Seedling Mentor Program, plus games and giveaways.

Horror Movie Cocktails
Downtown speakeasy bar Midnight Cowboy’s next menu is a tribute to horror anthology film The Field Guide to Evil. The storybook menu features cover art from Mondo’s Gary Pullin, special illustrations of the cocktails inspired by characters from the film, and stories.


711 Red River Street, Austin, Texas 78701 (512) 479-7625 Visit Website

Better Half

25 North Fremont Street, , OR 97227 (971) 347-3152 Visit Website


120 East 4th Street, , TX 78701 (737) 300-2120 Visit Website

Midnight Cowboy

313 East 6th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 843-2715 Visit Website