With the opening of Saint Genevieve, the Rock Rose entertainment district in the Domain is continuing to round out the bar offerings there.
The regal Saint Genevieve, a wine lounge, is now in business following the openings of the more casual Rock Rose spots of the Dogwood, Jack and Ginger’s Irish Pub and, most recently, the northern outposts of Lavaca Street Bar and Kung Fu Saloon. One of the latest bars on the block, it’s the only one to offer shared plates, an extensive wine list, and beer and cocktails to boot.
Saint Genevieve is the second of four original concepts from the Union Venture Group, the hospitality company behind many of the Domain’s bars, including the Park at the Domain and Somersault, which are both outside of the Rock Rose district on the east side of the outdoor mall.
In addition to Jack and Ginger’s and Saint Genevieve, the group plans to open the Rose Room, a 3-story dance club, and 77 Degrees, a rooftop bar, later this year. They’re all side-by-side on Rock Rose.
And of each of these new spaces, the visually striking Saint Genevieve is the place you’ll want to go for a sophisticated drinking experience.
“I think one of the things Austin’s having a hard time grasping is that we come off as a restaurant. We’re not; we’re an upscale lounge,” Adam Karam, a managing partner of the bar, said. “Our food is gourmet bar food. We haven’t opened anything as nice as this, so I think it’s taking people some time to adjust and get used to what we are, which is a lounge focusing on mixology and wine.”
Cocktails include the Audrey, a sweet potion of pisco, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, sweet vermouth, muddled fig and thyme syrup — a drink you might say is as lovely as Hepburn herself. Another floral (but not too feminine) option is I Dream of Genevieve, with Bombay Sapphire Gin, rose water and St. Germain, all topped with rose petals.
The wine list features a range of varietals, divided into whites, rosés, reds and bubbles; Texas is even represented with a couple of wines from Duchman Family Winery: the zesty Vermentino and berry-forward Montepulciano. And the beer list is, strikingly, international, with the likes of Italy’s Birra Moretti and France’s Kronenbourg 1664 available. Fans of U.S. craft beer, however, won’t find them here. (For a pint, go next door to Jack & Ginger’s.)
Karam said Saint Genevieve has other delights, however, such as DJs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Plus, Sunday brunch has champagne deals and a build-your-own-Bloody-Mary bar with the local Bloody Revolution mix. The food menu, he said, “is tapas-like. Worldly items with a twist. Nothing too over-the-top.”
Saint Genevieve, 11500 Rock Rose Ave., is opened from 3 to 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays. For more information, visit stgen.co.