South by Southwest is usually full of brands vying for everyone’s attentions, and Netflix is opening up a “speakeasy” for its next film, The Highwaymen, at Banger’s basement bar at 81 1/2 Rainey Street in downtown Austin for three nights on Saturday, March 9; Monday, March 11; and Tuesday, March 12, open to the public with RSVPs.
The immersive setup is meant to feel like a 1930s speakeasy, since the film, which is premiering at SXSW, is about the Texas Rangers who caught criminal duo Bonnie and Clyde. The bar menu will feature two cocktails from Banger’s Tory Nelson. There’s the Ambush made with anejo tequila, chocolate and orange bitters, and grenadine; and the Clyde’s Demise with dark rum, lime juice, and the restaurant’s own hot honey, topped with sparkling water and a second rum.
Relatedly, Torchy’s Tacos will offer off-menu themed-tacos for the film at its downtown and South Congress restaurants in conjunction with the show. This includes the Maney Ranger with beef fajitas and the Old Lucky with chopped brisket, grilled jalapenos, and other ingredients within a crispy corn tortilla within a flour tortilla. It’s available from Friday, March 8 through Tuesday, March 12.
The film stars actors Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, and Kathy Bates, and is directed by Texas director Director John Lee Hancock.