The VORTEX has been cultivating a bar as a part of a home for the arts for many years with the initial beer and wine license in 2005. The Butterfly Bar emerged from its cocoon on February 19, 2011. Since March 18, 2013, The Butterfly Bar has offered a full bar. With its vintage appeal, soft lighting warm interior, and spacious deck, you can enjoy an excellent selection of beer, wine, cocktails, appetizers, and desserts. The expansive deck and yard include communal picnic tables as well as a more intimate setting in our rustic “pony shed”. With theatre inside most Thursday-Sunday evenings, weeknights provide a wide variety of entertainment including Swing Bands, Movies under the Stars, Tuesday Trivia, Improv, and Drum Jams.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have free wifi?
Absolutely! Look for VORTEXguest on your device's wireless connection. No password required!
May I rent the Bar for a Private Event?
If you would like to rent The Butterfly Bar for a private event and our calendar permits it, we can close the bar for an exclusive group for a fee and a bar minimum. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have a full bar?
Yes! We finally have a full bar and serve quality spirits and fancy cocktails.
What are your hours?
We are open every night from 5pm – Midnight, and until 1am on Saturdays.
Is there food?
The Butterfly Bar has delicious appetizers and desserts. Patrizi’s Italian Restaurant is now open in The Yard at The VORTEX, serving a menu inspired by 50 years of tradition and featuring homemade pasta with a variety of sauces; plus vegetarian and gluten free options. Manor Road also has many dining establishments with a wide range of cuisine and atmosphere.
How do I get there?
The Butterfly Bar @ The VORTEX is located at 2307 Manor Rd. centrally located, ½ mile East of I-35.
We are on the South side of Manor next to Home Steam Cleaners--the silver metal warehouse set back from the road. If you’re taking the bus, we’re right on the #20 line. We’ve also got plenty of bike parking inside our yard.
Where do I park?
There is free paved parking in front of the theatre and in the unpaved lot in front of The VORTEX. After 7pm, there is additional paved parking at our neighbors--Home Steam Cleaners and Clean Sweep. If all of that is full, there is additional free street parking is available on Maple Ave. and 22nd St, behind The VORTEX.
Who’s that friendly grey kitty?
Meet our beloved cat, Radius! He adopted us back when he was feral in 2009. He is now so friendly, he may even take your chair.
Can I bring my dog to the bar?
Absolutely! Please keep them on a leash and pick up after your dog.
What’s going on in the theater?
The Butterfly Bar is part of The VORTEX, a theatrical venue that has been in this location since 1994. VORTEX Repertory Company is the resident company, creating and presenting cutting-edge theatre throughout the year, as well as supporting rental productions by outside companies and artists. For show information and history www.vortexrep.org.
Anything else I need to know?
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