“The Greatest Show on Earth” might be shutting down for good this year, but one Rainey Street bar is bringing the circus to Austin every night.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will hold its last show in May. Before that, in mid or late February, Unbarlievable plans to open as a “decidedly offbeat” spot, “shrouded in eclecticism and whimsy,” according to the bar’s Facebook page.
One of Rainey Street’s century-old bungalows is housing the bar and is currently being renovated to incorporate the circus theme, with walls of sky blue, fire-engine red and sunshine yellow getting painted into chunky stripes. A wrap-around bar will serve up a full menu of beer, wine and “creative cocktails,” which people will be able to enjoy either inside or in Unbarlievable’s backyard.
There will also be food, although details about that and the beverage list are still being finalized.
Despite the shuttering of America’s biggest circus, the theme is flourishing in Austin. We’ve long been home to the Carousel Lounge, which is decorated with elephant and lion tamer murals on the walls, among other related items, and we’re about to get the Barrel O’ Fun bar in the newest Alamo Drafthouse location at Mueller.
The carnival-inspired concept at the upcoming Drafthouse, expected to open early this year, will be a family-friendly gathering spot by day and a bar with barrel-aged brews and craft cocktails at night.
Keep an eye on Unbarlievable’s Facebook page, at facebook.com/unbarlievable, for opening details. The circus will live on at 76 Rainey Street.