Austin

First Look: SoHo House Lands in Austin With a Stunning Rooftop Pool

Fancy a staycation?

Photo courtesy of Soho House
Photo courtesy of Soho House
Photo courtesy of Soho House

Though many questioned Texas’ quick reopening strategy, Austin has emerged as clear winner in the race to recovery, getting back to business so successfully that a host of new additions are angling for a spot to swing their doors open and follow suit. And among the ambitious mix is swanky members-only social club Soho House, expanding their effortlessly chic roster of international hotpots to include our very own capital city.

“Austin has such an interesting and flourishing creative scene,” says Soho House founder and CEO, Nick Jones. “We launched Cities Without Houses here a few years ago, and as we’ve seen that membership grow with locals from all different industries and backgrounds, we knew Austin could add a lot to our global membership.

Photo courtesy of Soho House Austin
Photo courtesy of Soho House Austin
Photo courtesy of Soho House Austin

Perched on South Congress Avenue within a new building on Music Lane, the property is positioned in a prime location for its core clientele. Smack-bang in the heart of yuppie-land (think: casually dressed 30-somethings arranging coffee dates on apps like Planr), it’s both close enough to downtown to cover professional dealings and close enough to Lady Bird Lake to facilitate picturesque post-work hangout sessions.

Photo courtesy of Soho House Austin
Photo courtesy of Soho House Austin
Photo courtesy of Soho House Austin

The building’s first three floors will launch at the end of May, with Soho House Design interiors combining Texas modernism with polished Spanish aesthetics. There will be 46 bedrooms, each sporting luxe, location-specific features like Texan terracotta flooring, copper bathtubs, and outdoor terraces. All guests will have access to standard Soho House amenities-namely the sundrenched rooftop pool, decked out screening room, and streamlined club areas.

Photo courtesy of Soho House Austin
Photo courtesy of Soho House Austin
Photo courtesy of Soho House Austin

“We designed the house to feel authentic, with a clean, contemporary home-away-from-home feel for members both in Austin and those visiting,” adds Lead Designer, Harriet Liley. We added lots of local touches, working with local ceramicist Keith Kreeger, and used vintage textiles, lamps, and sculptural pieces sourced in Texas. Artworks commissioned include murals by Dallas-based artist Desireé Vaniecia and Austin-based artist Hayley Mitchell.”

The club bar and breezy wraparound terrace will serve a mix of Soho House favorites from around the world including mac and cheese, ahi tuna poké, and wood-fired pizzas. True to form, you’ll also find dishes created especially for the Austin market by chef Dustin Musgrave, with options like queso flameado, chilled corn soup, buffalo fried chicken sandwiches, and Gulf shrimp and grits topping the list. Meanwhile, sun worshippers draped around the glimmering pool can order frozen drinks and house tonics delivered straight to their tribal-patterned loungers.

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James Wong is a contributor for Thrillist. 

Austin

Get Lucky at These Irish Bars in Austin

Drink a green pint on St Patrick's Day at these Irish bars in Austin.

Photo by Melissa Vinsik, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by Melissa Vinsik, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by Melissa Vinsik, courtesy of Cork + Barrel

In the midst of all the SXSW chaos, it helps to remember that there’s a rainbow at the festival’s end-that is, the hangover-blessing we’ve been granted of having St. Patrick’s Day 2023 fall on a Friday. Whether you attribute this small win to the Gregorian calendar or the luck of the Irish, it’s sure to amp up the already liver-damaging activities associated with this cultural celebration. However, √Čire is more than just leprechauns and Colin Farrell-it’s a breathtaking land full of warm, welcoming, and good-hearted people. Fortunately, there’s a way you can get a taste of the Republic’s spirit, and a dark stout, at the same time by hitting up one of Austin’s various Irish pubs. From cozy, intimate spaces decked out like small taverns in Cobh, to modern dives with all the party energy of Temple Bar, our list has the best spots in the city to “erin go bragh” all out on March 17.

Photo by Jane Yun, courtesy of BD Rileys
Photo by Jane Yun, courtesy of BD Rileys
Photo by Jane Yun, courtesy of BD Rileys

B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub at Mueller

Mueller
With a giant model of a beer tap literally decorating their front door, you can’t miss B.D Riley’s, nor doubt that this East Austin hang is a spot to down some serious brewskis. And its name, and perfect pours of Guinness, aren’t the only aspects they draw from the Emerald Isle-the entire pub itself was actually designed and built in Dundalk, Ireland, and shipped over for assembly in Bat City. Such authentic decor calls for equally authentic sounds, therefore, on St. Patrick’s Day, B.D. Riley’s will feature an all-day, four-artist bill of live, trad-inspired music. So, while you may not start the day knowing all the words to “The Galway Girl,” you are bound to sing along by last call.

Kelly’s Irish Pub

Bouldin Creek
Having only opened this past December, Kelly’s is the new kid with a brogue on the block. Occupying the space which formerly housed tapas restaurant Winebelly, this pub had big shoes to fill for South Austin barflies, but quickly won them over with an impressive whiskey selection and friendly atmosphere. A big reason behind the real deal √Čire vibes can, most likely, be chalked up to the fact that one of Kelly’s owners was actually born and bred in Ireland-and the dedication to delivering a true-to-life experience is evident in everything from the shepherd’s pie to the witty bartenders. For St. Patrick’s Day, they are getting the party started early with live music and an opening time of 8 am.

Photo courtesy of Jack & Ginger's
Photo courtesy of Jack & Ginger’s
Photo courtesy of Jack & Ginger’s

Jack & Ginger’s

The Domain
While The Domain may boast more bars than you can shake a shamrock at, there’s only one spot in the North Austin entertainment behemoth that can be properly called an Irish pub: Jack & Ginger’s. Start off the night with selecting a tasting flight from their over 82 beers on tap, then, move onto shots poured straight from their Irish Whiskey Tours-after loosening up with a round or two, you might just find yourself with the gift of gab. And, before snapping a selfie over Jack & Ginger’s see-through glass floor, balance out that buzz with food offerings like a giant soft pretzel or a round of fried pickles.

Photo courtesy of Foxy's Proper Pub
Photo courtesy of Foxy’s Proper Pub
Photo courtesy of Foxy’s Proper Pub

Foxy’s Proper Pub

Downtown
Here’s a spot that visibly radiates with Irish pride-at Foxy’s, the glow of green beams out from the bar’s lighted panels, and across their chandelier made of Jameson bottles. When it comes to cups and chow, their commitment to the theme continues-the use of the word,”proper,” in the pub’s name alone indicates you’re in for a heavy pour of the standards. Consequently, the taps are abundant with essential Irish sips, including Guinness, Magners, and Smithwick’s. With Lone Star on draft, there’s also a nod to Texas tradition as well. But don’t fear if you’re bored of beer-Foxy’s variety of whiskey-based cocktails will let you switch it up (and still keep it Celtic). March 17 will find them celebrating with live music, whiskey tastings, and swag giveaways.

Photo by LEVY Architects, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by LEVY Architects, courtesy of Cork + Barrel
Photo by LEVY Architects, courtesy of Cork + Barrel

Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen + Microbrewery

Round Rock
Compared to a flight to Dublin, the 30-minute drive to Round Rock’s Cork & Barrel is much more convenient-not to mention, won’t require waiting in a TSA line. A mix between a modern Austin beer garden and a historical Irish pub, this spot’s spacious interior and expansive outdoor patio guarantees there will be enough room for the whole crew to cheer “sl√°inte.” And, their microbrewery’s signature beers are the ideal drinks to do such a toast with. The menu of specially crafted drafts includes a blueberry wheat, an Irish red ale, and a vanilla stout. This St. Patrick’s Day also marks Cork & Barrel’s two-year anniversary, and they are throwing down for the double-celebration with live music, yard games, Irish food specials, and plentiful amounts of green beer and Irish Car Bombs.

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Molly Moltzen is a Thrillist contributor.

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