Open 5pm to Midnight every day, and until 1 am on Saturdays, you can enjoy an excellent selection of beer, wine, cocktails, appetizers and desserts. We also have weekly Happy Hour specials from 5-7pm Each day and all day Tuesdays.

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Patrizi's is the 'Thing to do' on Wednesday nights!

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Things to do on Wednesday, Feb 5

By Cassie Smith, Austin American Statesman staff


Patrizi’s Dinner Nights at the Vortex

6 p.m. Wednesday. Patrizi’s at the Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. Cost varies. www.facebook.com/events/710774982267943.

The Italian food trailer that has been serving dinner for Vortex theater-goers and others in East Austin is now offering a weekly Wednesday meal that won’t feature anything from the regular menu. The dinners change from week to week — meaning that one day you might be in for a formal six-course meal; on another Wednesday, you might sit down for a pig roast or an oyster bake. — Ari Auber

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Keep Austin Eatin' Recognizes The VORTEX complex for February Romance

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Romance...East Austin Style

February 2014



Right down the street is The Vortex, an Edgy and Quirky  theatre on the East Side.  The talented writers, actors, and actresses consistently bring productions to this intimate theatre which make audiences smile and laugh.  Their indoor theater is quaint and intimate, and they also have an outdoor stage for productions.

TIP:  Parking lot available.  Additional parking at Home Steam Cleaners and Clean Sweep after 7pm.



Inside the Vortex Theater is the Butterfly Bar, a casual East Austin hang out with an intimate bar and outside patio.  Almost nightly, the bar has an event or live music to enjoy while drinking local beer such as Independence Stash IPA, wine or specialty cocktails. 

TIPS:  Open daily from 5pm-midnight, 1am on Saturdays.



Parked behind The Vortex Theater is a family owned and operated Italian food truck, called Patrizi’s.  With over 50 years of experience, Nic Patrizi brings delicious Italian food to Austin. After a full night of fun, a late night snack of pasta, or dessert sounds like the perfect way to end a romantic evening…East Side style.

TIP: Open 7 days a week, with same hours as the bar.  Patrizi’s host a 2 or 4 course Prix Fixe dinner, community style including Feb 5, 12, 19 and 26.


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Join us for the biggest party of 2014!

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VORTEX’s 25th Birthday Gala

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2 nights only celebrating 25 revolutions around the Sun!

When: Friday and Saturday, January 10-11, 2014 5pm-Midnight

Two nights full nights of celebration!

Where: The VORTEX, 2307 Manor Rd. Austin, TX 78722

Free Parking. Bus Route.

The Butterfly Bar @The VORTEX--open nightly at 5pm

Admission: Donation to VORTEX: Illuminate. Suggested-- at least $25 to give The VORTEX the birthday gift of a new lighting system.

Available at www.vortexrep.org or 512-478-5282

Advanced Purchase Recommended.

Attire: Festive. Crazy hats recommended for The Madhatter’s Faery Tea Party on Saturday at 5pm.


25 years ago, in January of 1989, VORTEX produced its first show, The Angels are Waiting, at Mexic-Arte Museum in downtown Austin. Two venues, tens of thousands of artists and audiences, hundreds of opening nights and strikes, more than 100 B. Iden Payne Awards, 23 City of Austin Contracts and Texas Commission on the Arts Grants, 4 National Endowment for the Arts grants, dozens of weddings, births, deaths, and 25 revolutions around the Sun later, we are celebrating with a 2-night Birthday Gala. Join us for one hour or all 14 hours! There may never be another party like this one, so be sure to stop by.

We are especially excited about the photo and video montages showing the wide range of our 25-year history. Many of these photos have never been seen before—spectacular production photos from Bonnie Cullum’s slides from 1989-2008 when we went digital. Most of the videos have been recently transferred from VHS and while we will be slowly building an online archive, this is your first opportunity to see the arch of our work.

For the kids--Saturday, January 11 from 5-7 as The Madhatter’s Faery Tea Party takes over The Butterfly Bar—for children of all ages. Wear your maddest hat or faery wings. We really love of all of the children of The VORTEX, and hope to see a lot of proud parents in hats too.

Featured performances of theatre, music, and dance over two nights by VORTEX veterans include Toni Bravo, Heather Barfield, Matthew Patterson, Chad Salvata, Zell Miller III, Gabriel Maldonado, Content Love Knowles, Ann Marie Gordon, Melissa Vogt-Patterson, Betsy McCann, Anderson Dear, Chris Humphrey, Mindy Rast-Keenan, Betsy McCann, Mick D’arcy, Rudy Ramirez, Chelsea Mannasseri, Jonathan Itchon, Laura Ray, Talena Martinez, Justin LaVergne, Aisha Melhem, Jennifer Coy, Jenny Lavery, Kylie Baker, Alejandro Rodriguez, Joanna Wright, Andy Agne, and the VORTEX Stage Managers.

Aerial performances by Sky Candy and Brass Ovaries.

Tarot Readings by Suzanne McAnna.

Live Music by Os Alquimistas, The Late Joys, The Mighty Renegades, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Tyler Mabry, and Jo Beth Henderson.

Stay tuned for more details on the performers and schedule and some command performances that you won’t want to miss.

Admission is by donation to support VORTEX: Illuminate, our big fundraiser for a new lighting system for The VORTEX. We recommend at least $25 ($1 per year). Those donating $250 or more will be entered in a drawing for a night’s stay at the Austin Marriot downtown. There will also be a Silent Auction for fabulous goods and services from local businesses and artisans.

Our Business Partners for the Silent Auction include Chez Zee, Threadgills, Vulcan Video, Salty Sow, Hoovers Cooking, Eastside Café, Vivo, Things Celtic, El Chile, Quan Yin Center for Compassionate Healing, Ancient Mysteries, Natural Magic, Lainie Lamb, Z-Helene, Suzanne McAnna, Kimberley Mead, artists and artisans, and much more.

The VORTEX is funded and supported in part by VORTEX Repertory Company, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.



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At the Butterfly Bar, our weekly events consist of anything from trivia night to live orchestras. Make sure to check out our calendar for upcoming events.





2307 Manor Rd.  Austin, TX 78722



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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 vortex@vortexrep.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?
Be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates!

Contact us

Name: Butterfly Bar Austin
Phone: 512-478-5282
Address: 2307 Manor Rd Austin, TX 78722