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New Bar With Disco Day-Glo Vibes Is Coming to Downtown Austin

Saturn, with Nashville bar roots and Pornstar martini takes with guava, will open on Congress Avenue.

A pink cocktail with a slice of dragonfruit and orange umbrella and blue straw.
Saturn’s No Tell Hotel cocktail with tequila, dragonfruit coconut cream, lime, and a habanero pepper shrub.

A new bar touting fun drinks and vibes is coming to downtown Austin this year. Saturn will open at 906 Congress Avenue in the summer.

The forthcoming bar will be all about what owner/bar person Steven Smith, who has been working at bars as a bartender or manager for most of his career, describes to Eater as “disco cocktails,” which he describes as “playful, extremely neon-colored club drinks” from the 1970s into the 1990s. That means “day-glo fun flavors [in] thoughtful cocktails that don’t drink like a ‘mixologist’ made them — they drink like you’re having a fun party.” He points to Saturn’s Mommy & Daddy Time cocktail, his version of a Pornstar martini made with guava accompanied by a side pour of sparkling wine.

Smith started the bar as a pop-up in September 2021, with events at Whisler’s, Nickel City, and Little Brother. Saturn is Smith’s way of combating what he sees as too many “big-box nightclub-style places” in the cities, as he tells Eater. He specifically wanted to open in downtown because he felt like the area “is ripe for new nightlife, entertainment, and drinking spots.”

Smith moved to Austin from Nashville three years ago during the pandemic. In Nashville, he worked at bars like L.A. Jackson at the Thompson Hotel as the manager and at Flamingo Cocktail Club as a bartender. In Austin, he worked at Whisler’s.

Helping Smith out are his business partners, including Shaun Folad, who is the owner of several Nashville bars including Lucky’s 3-Star and Goodtime.

Saturn is taking over the space that had been South Austin restaurant Cuba 512’s downtown location, which opened in 2019 and closed sometime in early 2021. The original location remains open.

A white coaster with a red outline of the planet Saturn with a smiley face and the word Saturn on it next to a cocktail with a green-yellow liquid and mint leaves.
Saturn’s coaster and its Missionary Sex cocktail with bourbon, mint, peach, lemon, pineapple, and macadamia nuts.


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