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Austin Irish pub with rooftop bar lucks out on Dallas' Henderson Avenue

Austin Irish pub with rooftop bar lucks out on Dallas' Henderson Ave

Jack & Ginger's
Good news for Irish pub fans. Photo courtesy of Jack & Ginger's

An Irish pub from Austin is trying its luck in Dallas. Called Jack & Ginger's Irish Pub, it will open at 2107 N. Henderson Ave., in the former Eberhard space, which closed in 2018.

It will feature more than 80 beers on tap, Irish whiskeys, a classic pub ambience, and a full menu of hearty food and snacks.

Jack & Ginger's is from Austin-based Union Venture Group, a veteran hospitality group that has opened multiple bars and restaurants in Austin and Houston, such as The Rose Room, St. Genevieve, and Park on Lamar.

The pub first debuted in Austin's Domain entertainment district in 2015, where its lively scene includes hosting an epic street festival every year to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. A second location opened in Houston in late 2018.

In addition to the pub, Dallas will also get a branch of its sibling concept called 77 Degrees, a cool tropical-style bar that sits on top of Jack & Ginger's roof.

Jack & Ginger's will feature an outside patio created in the open-air style of a traditional biergarten.

The interior features communal tables, TVs with a focus on soccer matches, cocktails with an Irish theme, and a wall of beers on tap.

The food menu combines prototypical pub fare with comfort food cuisine. That means Guinness-battered fish and chips and shepherd's pie, side by side with shrimp corn dogs and a pulled pork sandwich with apple slaw.

Burgers include an "Irish-style burger" and a veggie burger made from black bean and barley. Reuben potato skins are topped with sauerkraut and diced brisket. Flat-iron steak comes with mac 'n' cheese. "Grilled cheese" hushpuppies are topped with powdered sugar and strawberry jelly.

They also do brunch wish Irish coffee, Irish oatmeal, bangers & mash, a cheddar-waffle "BLT," and chicken biscuit sandwiches.

77 Degrees has a completely different persona: It's a Caribbean-inspired rooftop bar — think cabana-style seating and hanging beds.

The 77 Degrees in Austin is a three-story structure, while the Houston location has four stories with four levels of cabana-style seating, an extensive selection of tropical cocktails in cool colors and packed with fruit; a Caribbean-inspired menu of tapas-style small plates; and impressive views.

Construction has begun on the Dallas location, and a spokesperson says that the bar will open sometime in 2019.