by Adalberto Hemstreet on
So I took my boyfriend to this place knowing that it was brand new. I'm always weird about new places, but I read the reviews and decided to go. We first decided to go to Uchi. I have lived in Austin for about two years now and every time I want to go to Uchi it's packed..:/ Always a bummer. Anyways, so we go to BarChi, and this place turns out to be awesome! Took us a while to get there because it was a Friday night and parking is such a pain, and no one had change for a twenty so I can put it in that slot! So we get there around ten and to my surprise it's happy hour! What?! Happy hour from 10pm until 1:30am...uh two words..F@#! Yeah! So not only did they have happy hour but the sushi was so reasonably priced and sake bombs were 1.50...crazy! The waitress was probably the coolest waitress ever and so attentive. I forgot what her name was...oh well, next time I go I'll just point to her! Anyways, if anyone wants to go to have some good sushi where they have good happy hour at a really badass time, this is the place.
by M B. on
This reviewer is not a big drinker. In fact, this reviewer lacks the alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme, which means that any alcohol that makes it into this reviewer's blood stream stays there forever, circulating and circulating and circulating and.... So "going out for drinks," for this reviewer usually means getting flushed and dizzy drinking a 1/4 glass of wine over a 2 hour period while friends knock back drinks at an exponentially higher rate with minimal impact other than laughing a bit louder than before. It sucks, but what can you do. So when a fellow rateclubser told me I MUST go to East Side Show Room for drinks, I hesitated. How fun could that be for someone as enzyme deficient as me? Well, as it turned out, it was still WAY fun. Loved the funky decor, the friendly chatty staff, the relaxed ambiance, the best behind-the-bar bottle shelves EVER, and the awesomely cool handmade steel furniture. The beetle-inspired sofa and chairs made it worth the price of admission alone. As for the drinking bit, me and spouse ordered two really unusual cocktails, both of which were complex and lovely, and I still got plenty of enjoyment out of them both even though I had about 1/6 of each. We also ordered the charcuterie appetizer - basically a trio of meat spreads with pickled veg and crackers. Delicious, and a perfect way to cut the sweetness of the drinks. Kudos to the staff for also bringing a bottle of tap water and two Mason jars to the table without being asked. If I were completely pressed to mention some areas of less-than-perfectness... first, it takes their website WAY too long to download, even with high speed - maybe a little culling of the code is due. Second, food portions are small relative to prices. I actually like small portions, but prices should match. Finally, choose your seat carefully - a lot of the seating is kind of uncomfortable. Cool to look at, but uncomfortable. All in all, a unique, beautiful, labor-of-love kind of space just waiting for you to stop by. And so you should.
by Lyman Schippers on
Went to their upper deck for the 4th and got close enough to the fireworks to catch a glowing cinder in my eye. What more can one ask for? Well, perhaps some ointment. It was an open bar/buffet fundraiser but on my previous visit guised as civilian our party waited well over an hour for our vittles, which finally arrived in meager, overpriced portions but by then we were buzzed on buckets of Corona and speaking of coronas it was the best sunset ever as the yellow-green haze of human emissions haloing Jersey was slathered and slow danced by the blood-orange fire of the middle-aged star that sustains our planet.