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BUTTERFLY BAR: cultural harbor and distinct destination  Since 2011

The Butterfly Bar @ The VORTEX offers some of Austin’s best handcrafted cocktails as well as hosting community events including arts markets, librarian happy hour, TGQ meet-ups, trivia, dance and fitness classes, fundraisers, local music showcases, and gallery art openings.

Open seven nights a week in East Austin, The Butterfly Bar @ The VORTEX is a cultural hub, a butterfly sanctuary, and comfortable environment for deepening our conversations.

Open daily from 5pm-midnight, 1am on Saturdays.


Parked in The Vortex Yard is a family owned and operated Italian food truck, called Patrizi’s.  With over 50 years of experience, Nic Patrizi brings delicious Italian food to Austin. After a full night of fun, a late night snack of pasta, or dessert sounds like the perfect way to end a romantic evening…East Side style.

Open daily from 5pm-11pm.



The Butterfly Bar: Spread your Drinking Wings
~ CultureMap

The Bullet Hole in the Butterfly Bar
~ The Austin Chronicle

All in the Patrizi Family
~ The Austin Chronicle







Butterfly Bar Staff

Shannon Mott
Bar Manager

Lindsey Rock
Head Mixologist and Bartender

Jesse Foster, Andy Bianculli, Katy Smith,
Katherine Nolan, Avery Moore

Mars Wright, Alex Castenada, Blu, Christopher Payne

Michele May