Nov 6, 2023 - News

Speakeasy Trona opens in East Austin

Trona's bar, which features select tequila, mezcal and Japanese whisky. Photo: Courtesy of Trona

We recently stopped by Trona, a new East Austin speakeasy from local restaurateur Tatanka Guerrero.

The big picture: Newly formed hospitality management collective Dreamers & Doers opened the concept at 1812 E. 12th St. last week.

What's happening: To get inside the sort-of-secret spot, you'll have to follow the bar on Instagram to find their reservation hotline, which will be posted periodically.

Details: The entrance to the tiny bar — just 1,200 square feet — is on the backside of East 12th St., behind Skinny's Off Track Bar and Full Circle.

  • Visitors arrive at a set of massive metal doors, which are only opened by a doorperson responsible for reservation coordination.
  • Reservation options include a minimalist outdoor space in a remodeled alley with red brick floors, high wooden walls and a tree preserved in the back corner.
  • There's also indoor seating and bar seating as you continue further into the space.
The Rattle Snake Sour (left) and Coco Frida from Trona. Photo: Nicole Cobler/Axios

🍹 To order: The seasonal drink menu highlights tequilas, mezcals, natural wines and Japanese whisky.

  • We loved the Coco Frida ($16) with bourbon, mint, cinnamon reduction and bitters with a coconut flake rim, and the Rattle Snake Sour ($17) with bourbon, blackberry and blanched sage reduction, lemon juice and egg-white garnish.

📍 If you go: Trona is open from 5pm-2am Monday through Saturday, with advance reservations highly suggested.

  • Visitors can check for last-minute walk-in availability by texting the reservation hotline.
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