Since it's weird that South Austin gets to keep all the fun, the North Side's making a play for your attention with The Goodnight. No relation to either the now-gone Good Knight or the similarly themed Highball on South Lamar, the new North Austin haunt's run by a veteran 6th St bar owner who enlisted his interior designer mother to decorate the place, fitting as she's got plenty of experience wishing him... good night. The design feels clean and classic with abstract paintings, a wrap-around Brazilian granite bar, high banquette seating partitioned off for intimacy, a game room equipped with ping pong, pool & shuffleboard, and eight vintage-style bowling lanes outfitted with custom balls made to look like their billiard brothers (so roughly half your rolls will be solid). The eats are seriously gluttonous and range from glazed duck lollipop bites, to crab cake sliders, to wood-fired braised pork belly pizzas, to entrees like chicken-fried antelope, one of those rare successful shotgun marriages. Following Ben Franklin's motto "There can't be good living where there's not good drinking", booze counts creativos like the Spicy Mango Margarita as well as classics including a Manhattan, a drink that's been gently putting people to sleep for a century.
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