Austin Nightclub Entrepreneur Bridget Dunlap’s Innovative Container Bar Featured in The New York Times

Dunlap’s Newest Rainey Street Hot Spot Made From Shipping Containers Set to Open Soon

The illustrious bar and nightclub queen of Rainey Street is working her magic again, and this time she’s getting attention from the most noted newspaper in the world. Bridget Dunlap – Austin’s vivacious nightclub entrepreneur known for developing a mini-empire of hot spots on Rainey Street, the city’s coziest new entertainment district – was featured in a recent Sunday edition of The New York Times. Crediting Dunlap with transforming the once-sleepy neighborhood into a nightlife destination, The Times also lauded Dunlap’s fourth Rainey Street libation lounge, Container Bar, opening December 31, 2011.

Noted by The Times as a departure from Dunlap’s other refurbished bungalow-style establishments, Container Bar embodies a novel concept: a lounge built from recycled metal shipping containers artfully arranged around an inviting courtyard. The containers will undergo a massive transformation, receiving new flooring and windows, and artistic accents reflecting Dunlap’s appealing aesthetic. Only the exteriors of the containers will retain their original distressed appearance. Additionally, the bar will be LEED-compliant and fitted with classy bathrooms, A/C and eco-friendly LED lighting.

Architect Jay Knowles is designing the containers into an oasis of cocktails and coolness. A dramatic 30-foot entry will greet customers in high style, and an expansive courtyard will provide interior seating and full-service bars. A retractable canopy will add shade to the tree-lined patio. As much as 70 percent of the 7,000-square-foot property will be outdoor space, allowing for large-scale outdoor gatherings, movie premieres and other swank events.

Dunlap’s bars are within walking distance of each other on Rainey Street, a stretch of residential homes once fighting urban decay that is rapidly becoming a vibrant nightlife destination, thanks largely to Dunlap’s creativity. Lustre Pearl, which opened to resounding success in 2009, was noted by The Times as a "carefully stripped-down bungalow" with great outdoor gathering space. Dunlap’s Clive Bar and Bar 96 expanded the Rainey Street scene in 2010. Container Bar is located at 90 Rainey St., in Austin, Texas. The bar is projected to open in December 2011.
Source = PR Newswire
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