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The Good Knight: East Austin gets a facelift

Billy making a Southern Fashioned.
Billy making a Southern Fashioned.

The Southern Fashioned. Photo by A. Gallatin ©2009

Something is happening to sixth street. It's gaining a new and exciting dimension--and lucky for east side dwellers, it's happening close to home.

East sixth street is where home grown business and dive bar meet style and poise, and this mixture is epitomized in the classy corner joint called The Good Knight.

The--drinks--are--spectacular. They are fresh, well thought out, and mixed with care by a man who would rather die than serve you something you don't like. 

Hungry? What's on the menu: Fried green and red tomatoes, daily soups, to-die-for Meatloaf, pot de créme, and daily specials that range from pork ragout to curried lamb shepherd's pie. 

When visiting The Good Knight you should do the following:

  • Try a little of everything. Every cocktail and plate is unique and special, so you should try to branch out--even though it's hard to get away from the Bees Knees.
  • Have patience. Billy and his staff use fresh, crisp ingredients in both their cocktails and their food, but that means you may wait a minute or two longer for whatever you order. I assure you--the wait is infinitely worth it. 
  • Talk to Billy. The owner-slash-bartender serves every smashing cocktail along with a genuine yet smirky smile and an incomparable laugh that both enhance and drive the atmosphere at The Good Knight. If kindness and curiosity were pennies he'd be a millionaire. You would be remiss if you didn't chat him up.

Favorite cocktails at The Good Knight:

The Bees Knees ($6): This is a simple and classic cocktail whose only failing is that it tastes so damn good it doesn't last very long. Yum, yum, yum.

Sazerac ($7): This is one of those drinks everyone should try once. If you don't like it--fine--but for those who do like a good Sazerac, this one will not disappoint. 

June Rose ($10): This Good Knight original is named for Billy's grandmother. Gin, St. Germaine, white grapes, basil, bitters, sugar, and cucumber. 

Southern Fashioned (pictured above): This is a direct quote from one of Billy's newest Southern Fashioned converts. "You smell it first, then you take a good long first sip--and suddenly, you'll feel like you just bit into a fresh peach and ran through a sprinkler on a hot day. It's amazing." I can't describe it any better than that. 

For more information:

The Good Knight, 1300 E 6th St, Austin, TX, (512) 628-1250
The Good Knight on Myspace
The Good Knight on Twitter: @thegoodknight
Check out Rare Magazine for a recent article on Billy and The Good Knight


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  • Dallas Bartender Examiner 5 years ago

    Can't wait to check this place out...!

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