Riding a wave of craft beers, cocktails, and organic eats all the way from Venice Beach, the Austin Ale House is a West 6th recreation of a popular beachfront haunt that's dressed with a copper bartop, chalkboard walls, and -- to the dismay of Nikola Tesla fans everywhere -- a ton of Edison bulbs.
The surprisingly long space Frankensteins together the old District 301 and Betsy's Bar footprints, then raises the Stakes (wait for it...) by jamming in the kitchen from the Belmont (!).
One of the partners is also a founder of Kona Brewery, so naturally they'll be serving beers like Koko Brown, Longboard Lager, and what you give when you want to say hi to jumping-on-a-giant-floor-piano Tom Hanks (Big Wave).
They're also showing some local love by being only the second bar to stock upstart Infamous Brewery's Hijack Cream Ale.
The cocktail list spans from Mexican martinis to more experimental combinations like the Vodka, cran, ginger & kombucha-mixing Nirvana, whose last component actually smells sorta like teen spirit.
And then there's the food, which counts brunch to late-night, with a seasonal menu of new American staples like seared scallops, familiar comforts like French Dips, and bar bites like panko-fried brie, which -- despite all the Edisons -- will have you feeling anything but light.