Thank you, Revelry Bar + Kitchen, for hosting our last Austin Food Bloggers Alliance happy hour! While I did receive some complimentary treats, all opinions are my own.
It was another wonderful night out with the food bloggers! Revelry Bar + Kitchen hooked us up with an incredible four-course meal EACH with its own drink. I was at Revelry for several hours and had many great encounters with various staff members. Everyone I talked to was friendly, inviting, and working their butts off to serve a packed house.
Revelry paired each course with a drink to show off the fact that their cocktail list changes seasonally. I always think it’s fun when bars do this because, when you trust a place, it’s fun to try new things.
I tried four drinks that will be on the new Revelry on the Boulevard menu:
- Come Hither – Mezcal, ginger honey syrup, lime juice
- Watermelon Margarita (frozen) – Tequila, fresh lemon, and watermelon juice
- Summer Breeze – 8 yr. Rum, Velvet Falernum, lime juice, orange juice, bitters
- Life’s a Peach Frose – Rose, lemon, white peach
The frozen watermelon margarita was definitely my favorite! It was super smooth, easy to drink, and had a great watermelon flavor without being overly sweet. The consistency of the ice was also really nice – very fine, but also didn’t melt right away. The Life’s a Peach frose, on the other hand, was VERY sweet! If sweet drinks are your thing, then definitely try this one. It also came garnished with a cute flower which I loved. Packing a punch was the Come Hither. Most bang for your buck for sure! The Summer Breeze was nice too, refreshing with the orange juice.
There’s some intense artwork at Revelry as well, along with a large patio space (maybe even larger than their space inside!). I started taking some of my food outside to photograph because I loved the vibe the lights created.
We sampled a variety of food that will be making appearances on the “Revelry on the Boulevard” menu, alongside the seasonal drinks. We started with corn & hatch chile queso. It was kind of spicy (not too spicy!) and had lots of corn in it, which I loved. It’s made with grilled corn, roasted hatch chiles, piquillo peppers, colby-jack cheese, crema, and parmesan. It’s served with delicious Tajin tortilla chips.
We then tried the watermelon & cucumber salad. It’s got an interesting mix of dehydrated olives, cucumber, sumac onions, feta cheese, arugula, mint, lemon vinaigrette, and of course, chunks of watermelon. There are also crisp pieces of lavash (a kind of bread) to scoop the goodness up with. It was very flavorful, refreshing, and much more filling than a traditional salad.
Then, there’s the Beyond Meat slider. It’s topped with mixed greens, tomatoes, red onions, angry mayo, on a challah bun. I’m always interested in trying these “looks like meat but isn’t” burgers. I’ve had the Impossible Burger from Hopdoddy, so I was interested in comparing it to the Beyond Meat burger. Basically, it looks and cooks like a burger, but is made with 100% plants and pea protein! My overall impression was that yes, while it looked like a burger, it did not taste like a burger (I had the same feelings about the Impossible Burger). It didn’t taste bad at all! I actually really liked it! But it just didn’t taste like a burger. If I was craving a burger, this probably wouldn’t satisfy that craving. If you want to learn more about Beyond Meat, check out their website. What was absolutely DELICIOUS were their sweet potato wedges. Definitely, don’t forget those.
What was apparent to me very quickly was the uniqueness of Revelry’s menu. There’s a lot of art and craftsmanship behind each dish and drink. They serve the regular stuff – drinks, queso, fruit salads, burgers – but dress them up in such an artistic way. If you’re looking for a nice happy hour place that goes beyond french fries and beer, I highly recommend stepping it up a notch and gathering at Revelry Kitchen + Bar.
Before I go – did you catch it? There’s a new Revelry location opening any week now! They’re calling it “Revelry on the Boulevard.” Located at 6217 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin. The new space will be three times the size of Revelry Kitchen+Bar. Look for an update from me when it finally opens up!
Thanks again, Revelry Kitchen + Bar, for such a wonderful evening! I still cannot believe the spread of food and drinks we were given. Y’all were too kind to us.