From food to art, everything comes together at Bridget Dunlap’s newest space on the East Side.
Another recent item on the rotating menu, the Bao Platter features pork belly, sticky bun, and ginger pickled vegetables.
Colonizing Rainey Street wasn’t enough for Bridget Dunlap, “Boss Lady” and master concept creator of Dunlap ATX, the parent company behind eight of Austin’s hottest bars. Her latest endeavor brings art, food, music, and literature together at CollideATX. Here, Dunlap shares her inspiration for the 3,526-square-foot venue, which offers travel-inspired bites and cocktails, a “drinking den,” performance space, and rotating exhibits.
The basics: “It’s a space where you can relax, have food and watch performances or look at art. It’s supposed to be comfortable and creative.”
Game-changing: “The space changes every 60–90 days; the artwork, the food, the entertainment are all temporary. The Austin market is so saturated. Everybody gets bored so quickly—perhaps this will keep the interest of people on the East Side.”
Like home: “It’s supposed to be cozy like a living room. There’s a stage in the back for performances, and we have a spot set up for our resident DJs.”
Local love: “Austinites are loyal, whether they got here last week or have lived here their whole lives, and they really support the local aspect of everything. That’s what makes Collide special.” 1802 E. Sixth St., 512-609- 8174; collideatx.com