Social Hour: The Statesman Supper Club & Cocktail Lounge Debuts with a Dazzling Preview
Downtown Austin's newest dining destination hosted a private event in advance of their opening with stars Jamie Lynn Sigler, Odette Annable, Stacy Keibler, and more in attendance
The Statesman set the stage for its upcoming January 19th grand opening with an exciting preview party on Wednesday, January 17. The star-studded gathering, featuring celebrities like Jamie Lynn Sigler, Cutter Dykstra, Jared Padalecki, and Gen Padalecki, unveiled The Statesman as Austin’s highly anticipated social hotspot. The venue, located at at 710 West 6th Street, also hosted notable guests such as Dave Annable, Odette Annable, Stacy Keibler, Jared Pobre, October (Tobie) Gonzalez, Tony Gonzalez, Chuck Liddell, Becca Tobin, Olympian Lydia Jacoby and more.
Old-school charm, classic American, and Texas-inspired flavors
The menu, a harmonious blend of classic American and Texas-inspired flavors, boasts a wide range of offerings such as tuna tartare, succulent rib-eyes, filets, and decadent cheesecake.
Enveloped in old-school charm, The Statesman emerges as a distinctive supper club and cocktail lounge envisioned by owner Craig Ley. Ley rose through the ranks of the hospitality industry, from dishwashing to management, eventually achieving success with Rock & Reilly’s on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. After expanding the brand and selling it, Ley now directs his expertise and passion to The Statesman, where he is deeply involved in every aspect and building lasting connections with guests.
The Statesman’s signature cocktail menu comes from Bill Norris, founder of 3rd Generation Hospitality and formerly of FINO, Midnight Cowboy and more. Expect an innovative twist to traditional libations with drinks like the Tequila Old Fashioned, featuring a cinnamon splash, the elevated Business Class, a refined Paper Plane, and the S.S. Margarita, offering a blend of sweetness and spice with a hint of ghost pepper.
The kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef Dan Kennedy, who’s worked alongside culinary titans, celebrity chefs, and in Michelin-starred kitchens such as Ludo Lefebvre at Trois Mec, Justin Bogle at Avance, Bryan Voltaggio at Volt, Aaron Silverman at Little Pearl, with Top Chef winners Michael Voltaggio at Ink and Kevin Sbraga at Sbraga.
The interior has plush brown leather booths, timeless fixtures, and a central brass bar. World-renowned artist Michael Kalish contributes a bespoke 20-foot art piece to the ambiance of the interior that illustrates how to toast with different drinks. A unique and playful “Press for Champagne” button will signal the staff to bring over Champagne.