Second Bar & Kitchen

August 9, 2012

D – If you have not taken in a movie at the Violet Crown Cinema, it is a must!  Not only do they create one of the most comfortable and easy forms of movie watching in Austin, but also are located near several good options for a bite to eat and/or a drink before or after the film.  In fact, they have a kitchen and bar at the cinema that serves delights that you can take into the theatre as well.

I’ll mention quickly the three movies we have seen this summer that are currently showing at the Violet Crown – all were very good, but very different cinematic experiences:

* Bernie

* Moonrise Kingdom

* Beasts of the Southern Wild

After the movie, we had almost 2 hours of free parking left, so we decided to walk down to Bar Congress, recommended by a new friend of ours that knows her wine.  Bar Congress is one of three establishments on the corner of Congress and 2nd street.  The indoor seating at the bar was full, so we took a seat outside.  After waiting too long for someone to take our order, we went back inside and walked over to the Second Bar and Kitchen.  They had seating inside available, so we opted to try this option instead.  I was in the mood for some bubbles, so I ordered a 2009 Cava, Penedes, Spain.  Marc selected a 2011 Grenache Blanc Blend, Cotes du Roussillon, France.  Both were refreshing and made us realize that sitting outside on an August evening in Austin was not a good idea.  We shared a pomodoro pizza with Italian sausage (substantial size for two, the addition of the sausage provided some hearty flavor – good, but not something to put on the “rave” list).

Our waitress quickly slipped a dessert menu down as she was picking up our empty dishes.  There were several intriguing offerings, so we treated ourselves to the blueberry vanilla fried pie with candied pecans and cinnamon toast ice cream  (very underwhelming – the pie crust was flavorless and greasy, and not enough filling to truly enjoy the blueberries).  If you want to treat yourself an amazing fruit pie, go to the Monument Café in Georgetown, Texas – now that is a fruit lovers delight!

Next time we go to the movies, my vote is for Mulberry.  Can’t wait to share this cool little wine bar with you in the future!
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