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CU29 Cocktail Bar

Written by Alicia Silvestri

CU29

What’s in a name?

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We can’t get enough of CU29 Cocktail Bar. This local gem, named for the 29th periodic element, sits only a block from downtown Austin’s infamous Sixth Street. There’s nothing like sneaking away from the crowds to hear a cocktail clink down on CU29’s countertop.

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The interior of the space is coated with a signature copper and exposed brick throughout. There is an open area in the center of the venue where folks mingle, dance, and put on live music performances.

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Bronze booths designed for parties of up to 30 sit opposite the massive wooden bar-top, where folks line up to marvel at the drinks and avant-garde décor.

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At CU29, the owner’s passion is written all over the walls – literally. She is a talented chalkboard artist who enjoys turning the menu into calligraphy masterpieces. Her educational illustrations break down the make-up of the drinks and the processes behind them – not to mention they’re incredibly well-done!

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People love coming to CU29 for casual meetings, corporate events, private happy hours, and birthday celebrations -
with room for up to 100 guests (plus 20 more counting outdoor space), it’s the perfect location!

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Let’s not forget the irresistible drink menu! Every bartender has contributed to the ingenious, rotating house cocktail list (our favorite is the Fruit Cup!).

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Don’t worry if you’re not in the mood for a cocktail. No one – and we mean NO one – is judging you here. Would you rather have a shot of top-shelf bourbon? Or maybe a lower-shelf will do? Go for it – your neighbor at the bar might even join you!

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Perhaps you and your guests are looking for a show. The exceptional bartenders will blow you away with their stunts – tossing cups in the air and setting your cocktail (and their own hands!) on fire! The end of the show is our favorite part – we get to drink the results!

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Oh, and if dessert is your thing, prepare yourself for these shots.

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Yes, those are jello shots! Could this presentation be any more amazing?

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You’ll see the bartenders skinning and juicing fruits in their downtime or cutting and mixing ingredients on-the-spot – that’s the beauty of CU29’s entirely in-house menu! The staff makes every syrup, juice, and bitter by hand, resulting in truly unique concoctions. If you see a new infusion sitting on the counter, don’t hesitate – take a glass on the rocks!

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During festival season, locals KNOW that CU29 is the place to be while still staying near the action - so if you’re planning an event of your own, now’s the time to book!  

Request an event at CU29 through Austin Venue Collective for a magical experience!

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