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Alamo Drafthouse South Mopac: The 400 Rabbits

In the last construction update, we pointed out a space to the right of the entrace that would be revealed later. Well later is now, and that space is going to be The 400 Rabbits, South Austin's newest tequila-themed bar.

Alamo Drafthouse South Mopac: The 400 Rabbits

A couple weeks ago, when I posted this construction update, there was one photo where I said "We're not gonna tell you what this space is yet. You'll be stoked about it though! Promise!" This was the photo:

We also recently announced a new member of our team: Bill Norris, Beverage Director.

The time has come to reveal our secrets and let you know how these two things relate.

We'd like to introduce to you: THE 400 RABBITS! The space that will be part of the theater (yet separate) is going to be an amazing new bar. When Tim brought on Bill Norris, he knew that he wanted this space to be a bar with an outdoor patio, but he didn't know what to do with it yet. Fortunately, Bill had recently returned from a week-long intensive trip to Guadalajara, Mexico where he learned all about the regulation, history and production of tequila. Therefore, it was decided that Bill would create a bar menu centered around agave spirits (tequila, mescal, sotol) by themselves as well as mixed into delicious cocktails. We do not discriminate against other alcohols, of course, so we will have plenty of other spirits on the menu as well.

"Agave spirits are probably my favorite, and I can't wait to craft a menu that centers around the varied flavors and styles," says Bill. The bar will be stocked with an exceptional curated range of tequilas of Bill's choosing. I, personally, cannot wait for these drink tastings!

But why The 400 Rabbits? Well I had that exact same question for Tim League, and he schooled me on an awesome bit of mythology. The name stems from the Aztec goddess Mayahuel. Mayahuel is the goddess of fertility and creativity, and she gave birth to the Centzon Totochtin (in English: The 400 Rabbits). These crazy dudes were fueled by Mayahuel's four-hundred breasts (what?!) that excreted fermented agave (WHAT?!). This of course explains why the 400 rabbits were said to be the gods of intoxication. 

Does this sound like a place you want to hang out at yet?

We will be hosting regular tastings and food pairings at this space once it gets going. Also, you won't have to be going to see a movie to drink with us. The bar will be open to the public separate from the theater, but you can of course stop in for a drink (or three) before or after your movie. There's nothing like this in that area of town, and we're really excited about it. We'll keep you updated on the bar's progress, as well as the theater's. We still don't have an opening date set in stone, but keep following our blog and you'll be the first to know when you can stop by and get "ten rabbits in." 

WARNING: We'll probably kick you out before you reach the intoxication level of four hundred rabbits. You'd probably be dead by then anyway!


The goddess Mayahuel

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