With all the hype I had heard about the new bar/eatery on Henderson, I was stoked to try J. Black’s. With each brick that went up, my anticipation grew. As it turns out, my stomach and I could have put off the visit. We showed on their grand opening and walked into a bar that may as well be Blackfinn moved from Beltline to Henderson; there just isn’t really anything novel about the place. The patios are nice so sit outside if you can find a spot and stand the infestation of flies.
The crowd is basically the Dallasites who had been cast out from Liar’s Den/Madison/Geisha House; look for expensive cars, fake tans, and tight shirts … nothing like their Austin version. If that’s your scene, eat it up because there is plenty of fun to be had and people to meet. You can people watch while waiting for your waiter (who may take a while).
The drinks aren’t awful; some are creative but most are weak. The orange mojito isn’t worth the excitement because the first sip proves that it is all orange and no mojito – expectation hangover. The Texas Martini isn’t as good as Blue Goose’s but will do. The drinks don’t really pack enough punch to carry their price tag.
Their food is another story. I don’t consider myself a foodie; I know when something tastes good but that’s really it. That being said, I wasn’t a huge fan of their food other than their homemade croutons. I may have tried a couple more of the apps if they hadn’t made my stomach hurt. :/
Basically, try it if you feel compelled … but it’s not necessarily a must-do unless you’re ready to wait a good while for your drinks.
Drink strength: 2.8
J. Black’s Feel Good Lounge
2409 North Henderson Avenue | (214) 613-2525
Monday-Friday | 4-8 p.m. | $1 off all drinks, 25% off bottles of wine, 1/2 price select appetizers
Sunday | all day | $1 off all drinks, 25% off bottles of wine, 1/2 price select appetizers