Sully’s Side Bar (Austin, TX)

September 01, 2011

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Sullivan’s Steakhouse is introducing a new way for downtown goers to experience the quality and hospitality it has come to expect with Austin’s first steakhouse. Sully’s Side Bar – Tacos Tequilas and Taps, located in the former Ringside space at 300 Colorado Street, serves a Mexican-inspired menu created by Executive Chef Carlos Garcia along with a selection of artisanal tequilas, local beers on tap and its own selection of inspired hand-crafted cocktails. The restaurant, attached to Sullivan’s, is open for the lunch, dinner and late night crowds.

Garcia’s authentic Mexican culinary roots inform the menu at Sully’s Side Bar, infusing his rustic, innovative approach into a fun and inviting setting. The menu features a variety of craveable snacks, such as the Smokey Guacamole with smoked gouda, freshly prepared tacos including a moist brisket taco –a nod to Sully’s steakhouse roots— hearty salads and a couple of desserts for those with a sweet tooth.

“Creating this menu has been a great experience, reminding me of the days I spent learning to cook with my grandmother in Juarez. She is the reason I started cooking in the first place, Garcia recalls. “I remember gathering fresh ingredients and helping her roll tortillas and prepare large meals for the family. Its been great to share that side of my culinary background.”

The vibe at Sully’s is carefree and casual and the décor is bright and lively with a visual nod to the Mexican influence on the menu. The substantial bar serves as the centerpiece of the restaurant, which also houses large leather-clad booths, and ample indoor seating complete with two 8-seat community tables. Large rolling doors slide sideways allowing for an airy open feel.

The delicious high quality ingredients that are the hallmark of the Sullivan’s menu will be evident with Sully’s offerings as well. “Sullivan’s prides itself on the quality of our ingredients and our hospitality,” comments General Manager, Shane Lambert. “We are excited to put the same passion into the casual and fun atmosphere at Sully’s Side Bar.”

Sully’s Side Bar.

Smokey Guacamole.
Chef Carlos’ signature recipe with smoked gouda, served with sweet potato chips. This was a winner at the press release. Sully ups the traditional guacamole with a smoked guoda, which gives the guacamole a smoky taste. 
Shrimp Ceviche.
Fresh tomato, lime, cilantro, jalapeno, and shrimp served chilled. 

Polo Tinga.
Pot-roasted chicken, tomato pico, shaved lettuce, chipotle crema, and lime.

Puerco Con Chile Verde.
Slow cooked pork, minced onion, cilantro, tomatillo-jalapeno salsa.

One of my favorites. The flavor is of the pork is very.. well, porky. And I love the tomatillo jalapeno salsa.

El Pescado Del Dia.
Poblano cilantro marinated fresh seafood, shaved cabbage, and habernero-avocado salsa.

For the media release, we enjoyed a red grouper el pescado del dia, which was extremely fresh with no fishy taste at all.

Adobo-marinated brisket, pickled red onion, minced onion, and cilantro.

The brisket taco was another one of my favorites.

While Sully’s offers a variety of delicious food, the focus is on it’s drinks. It is after all called Sully’s Side Bar.

The bar will offer artisanal tequilas, independent brews and Mexican imports. Additionally, guests will find tequilas and Tito’s vodka flowing freely from the Side Bar taps.

Crafted cocktails such as the True Austin Daiquiri with Treaty Oak Texas Rum and jalapeno and the Muddled Strawberita, the Side Bar’s version of Strawberry Margarita serve as signature cocktails along with Sully’s featured “Side Shot” El Corazon with Pomegranate, Passion Fruit, Blood Orange, and Agavales Silver Tequila, a Side Bar of the popular “Knockout” next door.

I’m here with one of Sully’s Side Bar mixologists.

Sully’s famous “Side Shots”.
El Corazon with Pomegranate, Passion Fruit, Blood Orange, and Agavales Silver Tequila. My favorite drink at Sully’s, I could definitely knock back a couple of these. The combination of pomegranate, passion fruit, and blood orange is delicious. Perfect for sipping! 

True Austin Daiquiri. 
Features Treaty Oaks Texas Rum, simple syrup, and fresh squeeze lime juice. The garnished jalapeno slice gives the drink a spicy kick.

Side Bar Margarita.
Features Agavales silver tequila, paula’s texas orange, fresh squeezed lime juice, agave nectar. Rimmed with hawaiian red sea salt rim.

Sangria Roja. 
Red wine, white peach puree, fresh limes, lemons and oranges. 
Coconut Flan.
Creamy traditional flan with roasted coconut flakes and caramel sauce.

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Disclaimer: I was invited to the media release for Sully’s Side Bar however all opinions stated are completely honest. I did not receive any compensation for this write up. All photographs are copyrighted by A Taste of Koko. 


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.