Though it’s not even a month old, Radio Coffee & Beer has already managed to fit in seamlessly with the Austin community. Located on Manchaca near Ben White in the heart of South Austin, Radio Coffee & Beer brings together two things Austinites are absolutely obsessed with…and then some.
Owner and singer/songwriter Jack Wilson got the idea for the place from the countless bars and coffee shops he experienced while touring. He wanted to bring all the good he experienced in those places together in one spot for the local community to enjoy.
Wilson earned his coffee chips through time spent living and working in the Seattle coffee scene. Through friends and former co-workers, he’s managed to pull Portland’s Stumptown Coffee for everything from espresso beans to their Cold Nitro Brew on tap.
Tastes from Around Town
The coffee may be from the Northwest, but with Wilson being an Austin native, pretty much everything else offered is produced locally. The much loved Veracruz All-Natural Tacos from the Eastside has parked their second trailer on the side lot, surrounded by a bounty of available picnic tables.
Inside, you’ll fine slices from local favorite East Side Pies, as well as baked goods from Texas French Bread and People’s Pharmacy. Their custom 24-tap draft system was designed by Travis Read of Custom Draft and boasts numerous local craft and specialty beers.
The coffee/craft beer bar has a modern and comfortable vibe, all the while staying true to the origins of the 1940’s house it sits in. Walls of windows spilling with natural light and repurposed wood make the inside cozy, yet chic.
Atmosphere Welcomes All
Wilson opened Radio Coffee & Beer with his father after countless hours of scrutinizing design plans and seeking out ways to stay true to the original structure. The finished product seems to shout Old South Austin without feeling old itself in the slightest.
Their patio is dog friendly and kids can be seen around the place daily. The atmosphere paired with the variety of offerings helps to make it a place for everyone.
Wilson has worked at Austin staples such as Flipnotics and Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse and brought over several employees from the former after its closing. Live music is featured occasionally at Radio Coffee & Beer, with the focus being on quality over quantity.
I think Wilson is trying to honor the Austin he experienced growing up through Radio Coffee & Beer, while also presenting something new and all his own to the local community. Well done, Jack.
Have you paid a visit to Radio Coffee & Beer yet? If so, what do you think?
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