New bar the Wheel opens in East Austin

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The Wheel, a bicycle-themed bar at East MLK and Chicon, is a new neighborhood bar now open daily starting at 4 p.m.

The owners of the Mean Eyed Cat, Gibson Street Bar and Lavaca Street Bar, as well as of Jack and Adam’s Bicycles on South Lamar, have now ventured into the eastside with the opening of the Wheel — a cozy bar on East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd that offers craft beers and cocktails daily starting at 4 p.m.

The Wheel, a bicycle-themed bar at East MLK and Chicon, is a new neighborhood bar now open daily starting at 4 p.m.

The Wheel, a bicycle-themed bar at East MLK and Chicon, is a new neighborhood bar now open daily starting at 4 p.m.

Veteran bar owners Matt Luckie, Max Moreland and Anggay Tenney, along with bike shop owner Jack Murray (who brought a bicycle theme to the Wheel), have opened up their new bar next to sandwich shop Austin Daily Press and the most recently opened Juiceland location. The Wheel is located in the space where craft cocktail guru Adam Bryan had planned to open his long-awaited bar Motel, ultimately crippled by permitting delays; Juiceland is in the former Wet Whistle spot.

The Wheel’s owners want it to become a neighborhood spot where people can come to enjoy “a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere… with a warm interior and a charming patio with picnic tables and festoon lighting,” according to a press release.

“Our hope is that the Wheel becomes a place where people will drop in for a cocktail on their way home from work or grab a sandwich from Austin Daily Press and pair it with a beer on our patio,” Moreland said in the press release. “We love how friendly and accessible the neighborhood is.”

The Wheel is launching with a solid tap list of beers, including staples like Austin Beerworks Pearl Snap and Hops & Grain’s Greenhouse IPA and more seasonal offerings like Great Divide’s Yeti Imperial Stout. (And according to the bar’s Facebook, Ballast Point’s Habanero Sculpin and Grapefruit Sculpin will be in later this week — these beers are always hot commodities.)

Plus, the Wheel offers house-made seasonal infusions, lots of whiskey and four signature cocktails to start. These drinks are all named in honor of the bar partners’ daughters:

  • The Avery: Knob Creek bourbon, Luxardo, Green Chartreuse and chocolate bitters
  • The Layla: Cazadores Reposado tequila, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, fresh lime juice and Topo Chico
  • The Lyllian: Hendrick’s Gin, Lillet Blanc, Aperol and grapefruit zest
  • The Madison: High West Double Rye, vanilla bean syrup and orange bitters

The bar will also have a $4 whiskey that rotates each day: Monday, Jack Daniels; Tuesday, Tullamore Dew; Wednesday, Maker’s Mark; Thursday, Tin Cup; Friday, Collingwood; Saturday, Two Gingers; and Sunday, Jim Beam Rye.

The Wheel, 1902 B E. MLK Blvd. Open daily from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. thewheelaustin.com.


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