The concept of a sports bar generally doesn’t include food beyond chicken wings and beer beyond Budweiser, but that’s not the case with BaseCamp, an upcoming bar on West Fifth Street.
Opening later this fall, BaseCamp will have craft beer, cocktails and “elevated bar food” centered around numerous TV screens so that sports fans can have it as good as the foodies in this town. The bar’s owner, Chad Barrett, decided to open this Warehouse District space after noticing Austin’s lack of good sports bar options, according to a press release. His foray into the bar scene here first began in 2013, when he opened the Summit Rooftop Lounge in the same building where BaseCamp will be.
With BaseCamp, “I wanted to create an establishment that is comfortable to watch a game while enjoying fresh and distinctive food,” he said in the press release.
He teamed up with Dan Wyman, formerly of Uchi and Parkside Projects (which owns the restaurants Parkside, Olive & June, Backspace and Bullfight), to bring his vision to life. With his hospitality background, Wyman is able to give “BaseCamp that something extra: a menu that is thoughtful, prepared with fresh ingredients, and a staff and atmosphere that assures that the experience will be both lively and fun,” Barrett said in the press release.
BaseCamp’s executive chef, Eric Kuypers, hails from Uchi, the Peached Tortilla and Barton Creek Country Club, where he’s worked since graduating from the Texas Culinary Academy. He’ll have a mix of American fare on the menu, from salads to Texas barbecue.
Located on the first floor of 120 W. 5th Street, BaseCamp will be open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. through 2 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/BaseCampATX.