In Avery Ranch, the Rotten Bunch offers unpretentious wine experience

The owners of a restaurant and wine bar in the Avery Ranch area are on a mission to make wine more accessible.

The Rotten Bunch is a new wine bar in the Avery Ranch area that seeks to make wine a laid-back beverage.

The Rotten Bunch is a new wine bar in the Avery Ranch area that seeks to make wine a laid-back beverage.

That’s why they’ve named their eatery, which is officially opened for happy hour and dinner six days a week, the Rotten Bunch — to convey the idea that, at the end of the day, “wine shouldn’t be intimidating. It is, after all, just a bunch of rotten grapes,” co-owner Arik Skot Williams said in a press release.

Along with Alan Thomas, he’s opened the Rotten Bunch Wine Bar & Kitchen to serve residents in Avery Ranch and Cedar Park who don’t have as many restaurant options to choose from in their neighborhood, least of all ones offering “downtown dining experiences without the drive.” (The team behind the eatery is also in charge of Bartlett’s on West Anderson Lane.)

At the Rotten Bunch, the menu of small, shareable plates — crafted by Williams, who’s also the executive chef — was just as carefully put together as the wine and beer lists. Try them out at happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

“Wine can be intimidating,” Williams said in the press release. “Wine labels have lots of secrets that disguise whether or not you are going to like the wine. We arranged our list not by region or variety, but by style. In other words, we make it easy for you to find a wine you will like and communicate that in plain English.”

Plus, the Rotten Bunch pours about a dozen Texas brews on draft and offers a retail area in the front, called the Bodega, that sells bottles of wine for diners to take home with them.

The Rotten Bunch is open 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and Sundays and 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 14900 Avery Ranch Blvd., Ste. B100. For more information, visit therottenbunch.com.


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