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Opal Divine's [Jan. 4th, 2006|10:47 am]
Roy Janik

So for some reason or another the Austin Improv Community is trying to pick out a bar to hang out at after shows. Seems a little silly to me, but as long as there's a discussion going on, I might as well be a part of it.

I recommended Opal Divine's because of the food, the fact that under 21 folk can be out on the patio, and plus, I just really like it.

Does anyone know the following:

1) What's the official under-21 policy? Only outside?
2) How late is food served?
3) How crowded does it get on Friday and Saturday nights?

And if not Opal Divine's, does anyone have a recommendation for a bar type place that allows minors, is open late, doesn't get super crowded, and is within walking distance of the Hideout (7th and Congress)?

[User Picture]From: valetoile
2006-01-04 06:08 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of an improv bar- you always know where to go hang out, even if you weren't at the shows. We get to know the people who work there really well. It adds to the idea of community.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-01-04 06:30 pm (UTC)
Well, I'll admit it, I just don't get it.

I've had 'community bars' before, but there were two major differences. One, they came about very organically. No one had a list of criteria, ulterior motives (hopes for cheaper drinks or public recognition), or voted on which bar it would be. Two, that was in a town with a lack of choice. Austin has too much choice for me to really settle on one bar every weekend. Sometimes I want Casino, sometimes Gingerman, sometimes Dog and Duck, Riley's, Opal's, Katz's, Carousel, Draught Horse, Shilouette, Club DeVille, etc. Are you in the mood for live music, a juke box, or relative silence? Do you want food, just beer, or a full bar? Do you want a place to dance or to sit? Do you want to hang out with everyone or maybe flirt with a stranger? Every weekend here I'm in a different mood.

I'm not saying it is a bad idea, it just doesn't seem very improvy to settle on a bar and try to rigidly get people to go there. ;-)
Especially in a town that lists number and wide-ranging diversity of bars among its strengths.

But if I had to vote, Opal's is a good choice. After all, it has a stage.
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[User Picture]From: chris2342
2006-01-04 06:33 pm (UTC)
I don't know why you didn't just ask me. ;) Official policy is up to the manager after 10:30 pm as far as minors are concerned. But seeing as how I'm the manager on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights... Food is served until 1:00 am every night. The crowded precentile is so unpredictable. Obviously, Friday and Saturdays are gonna be the busiest, but if you are coming in later, you almost certainly are gonna have no problem finding a seat where you want it. You should definitely pick Opals if for no other reason that a lot of other performers work there and we are frequented by groups from Austin Lyric Opera and Zachary Scott. I think it's cool that we've become kind of an actor-y place to hang.
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2006-01-04 07:22 pm (UTC)
Awesome. Thanks for the answers. I didn't know about the other performers hanging out there. That's even better.
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[User Picture]From: vyvyanbasterd
2006-01-04 07:15 pm (UTC)
Is improv still centered around the Hideout? If so, that's a bit of a trek, but of course chris above me has everything else covered. That'd be my bar of choice for such things.
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