We recently checked out The Goodnight and were blown away by the drinks, and the food, and the service, and the games, and their awesome weekend brunch. We couldn’t eliminate any of these and not share them with you, so we made a list:
1. The Food – Chef Danny Bressler, formerly of Frank Hot Dogs fame has created an impressive menu that features sandwiches, sliders, pizzas, and creative main-plate offerings such as bison meatloaf, with nods to local ingredients when possible.
We started with the Chili Cheese Fries, which could have easily been a meal in itself! The fries featured a five-pepper Texas Wagyu chili that was to die for. We also had to try the Chicken-Fried Antelope. I mean, wouldn’t you? They use antelope from Broken Arrow Ranch, it’s leaner than chicken, and has a lot more flavor in my opinion. They compliment every entree with delicious goat cheese mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies that included crispy Brussels sprouts that I could have eaten a whole bowl of by themselves.
They now offer a full lunch menu as well, so next week when Fred from the office opts for Subway, break up the monotony and take him to The Goodnight… he’ll thank you later.
2. The Activities – They offer eight well-maintained vintage bowling lanes, complete with pool-ball style bowling balls (i.e. the nine pound ball looks like the striped nine-ball you would find on a billiards table). Bowling is free before 4pm and all-day Sunday.
They also have pool, Ping-Pong, shuffleboard, and board games. All the equipment is in great shape (rare for a place that serves alcohol), and the tables are spaced out enough to give you plenty of room in the cold AC.
Every Tuesday night at 8:00pm Geeks Who Drink hosts a trivia night on The Goodnight’s patio (future post dedicated to this coming soon). They also have a private Karaoke room that you can fill with your closest friends or random patrons recruited from the bar. Something about the private room makes it easier to scream lyrics and generally make a fool of yourself.
3. The Drinks- The Goodnight offers an extensive cocktail menu and a bevy of local and craft beer selections. Their happy hour runs everyday from 4-7pm and has a ‘777 Jackpot’ theme. It offers HUGE megamugs of draft beer, specialty pizzas, and select craft cocktails for; you guessed it, seven bucks each.
We tried several of the cocktails and they were all good. I especially liked the ‘Deep Down’, which features both Rye Whiskey and smoky Mezcal; somehow the two liquors compliment each other perfectly in this concoction.
4. Ambiance – There are many bars/restaurants in Austin with bartenders that treat you like you should feel honored to be drinking in their presence. That couldn’t be further from the truth at The Goodnight. The bartenders were knowledgeable not only on the cocktails and local breweries, but they were very familiar with the dinner menu as well.
The interior should also be noted; we had a lot of fun taking pictures of the mural that includes cult-classic bowlers like ‘The Dude’ and ‘Roy Munson’. The bar area is filled with flat-screens, comfy chairs and a wall lined with booths. We also had to take a picture of the Zoltar machine as it took us back to one of our favorite childhood movies. The fortune-telling machine doubles as a lost-and-found we’re told.
5. Brunch – FREE Bowling, Ping-Pong, Pool, Shuffleboard and ONE-DOLLAR mimosas from 11am-4pm. And if you’re really thirsty, try the megamosa, served in a 32oz mug with almost a full bottle of champagne.
Pro tip: In addition to the standard Sunday brunch, they also offer the same menu and specials on Saturday until 4pm, and it’s much less crowded (easier to get on a lane). You can bet that this will be our spot for college football this season.
2700 West Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas 78757