The Wheel

Sun thru Fri: 4p - 2a
Sat: 2p - 2a
1902-B East Martin Luther King
Austin, TX 78702

 On the corner of MLK and Chicon sits a bar that is easy to get to, and hard to see from the street. At night, a light from a nearby moontower overlooks the place. It was built in the 1880's to protect Austinites from the world's first serial killer, yes before Jack the Ripper. He was called The Servant Girl Annihilator.

 

 Considerably less intense is a small neighborhood bar, which is a collaboration by the owners of Star Bar, Mean Eyed Cat, and a bicycle shop. In front, there's a full service bike repair station, including a tire pump that is completely free. Go inside, and see pictures of cyclists ranging from Einstein to Marilyn Monroe, thrown in with a few nudists.

 

 Craft beer, craft cocktails, and domestic beers are available here with the domestics available for happy hour prices. It should be mentioned that the cocktails are tasty, and the place provides a $4.00 Whisky Of The Day.

 

 Walk outside and find picnic tables in front of a collection of old taps, which act as a water fountain. They aren't the originators of the "taps as water fountain" idea, but it is a cool one, and the sound of the water is soothing.

 

 As of March 2015, the place is relatively new and filled with: Twenty somethings, neighborhood folks, and off-duty bartenders. The staff are pro's, and the place can get packed during the week, partly due to nearby Manor street bars closing at midnight. Do I recommend this place? Absolutely, and if you like the East side, it's not to be missed.