Union Park (Austin, Texas)

March 17, 2011

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Union Park says,

“True Austinites know that variety is the spice of life.  That’s why at Union Park, we’ve created an upscale, bi-level bar & restaurant with lavish appeal.  Located on trendy West 6th Street with an enviable downtown view from our Zen-like rooftop bar, our patrons can dine & enjoy one of our signature cocktails or just relax and shoot some pool while they catch the game.  Brunch on Sundays and fun weekly events make this the place to be seen in the beautiful Capital of Texas!” 

Located on the west side of downtown, Union Park offers food and drinks at a popping bar. They’re known for their rooftop bar but, unfortunately, it’s only open on select nights. The website can be a bit misleading where people may think Union Park is a sit down restaurant but instead it is more of a bar. I can’t speak on the rooftop bar since it’s been closed on both occasions that I visited. From the pictures it seems to be a quieter setting. Be sure to dress casual, I felt overdressed in a LBD. Union Park may be more of a bar, don’t be expecting bar quality food. The food is restaurant quality.

Fried Calamari
Big plate of fried calamari with two dipping sauces. Marinara and ranch.
Comes with a side spinach and carrot salad.

Tex-Mex Eggrolls
Crunchy eggrolls filled with grilled corn.

Fried Green Beans
Fresh green beans, battered with corn meal and fried. Comes with a ranch and spicy dipping sauce.

Beef Satay
Your choice of skewers of teriyaki marinated beef or chicken.

Brazilian steak.
The server highly recommended this dish and it was delicious. The meat was well seasoned and tender. The mashed potatoes were very creamy and the grilled asparagus would make anyone a vegetarian.

Who says you can’t have steak at a bar?

Baja Grilled Fish Tacos.
Grilled tilapia topped with red and green cabbage and jalapeno aioli sauce, with your choice of corn or wheat tortillas, served with black beans and rice.

Union Park has not updated their website to follow what they’re serving at the bar and what they’re not offering. They have happy hour every Monday through Thursday from 4-8pm where only drinks are discounted, not food. I did clarify with the server and she said they would not honor what is stated on the website.

Nevertheless, Union Park is a popular place to grab a bite to eat and toss back drinks. If you do plan on coming for just food, I suggest coming early because the party gets started around 7:30pm. Check out their Mutha Effin Bingo on Tuesday nights. It’s bingo you’ve never played before! 21 & up.

Union Park
612 West 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701


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.