We wondered what would become of the space at 617 E. 7th St., after the infamous Beauty Bar jettisoned downtown in favor of the cheaper rent and up-and-coming nature of Riverside Drive. Well, wonder no longer.
Holy Mountain is the Red River district’s newest bar and music venue, and this one comes with proven leadership. Co-owner James Taylor, whose venue management resume boasts Red 7 and Beauty Bar, has been part of the local music scene for years. Whether booking shows under his Giant Steps banner or manning the drum kit for rock bands like Consider the Source and Bankrupt and the Borrowers, Taylor has been here a while.
Holy Mountain, unlike its glitz-and-glamour predecessor, is bringing a stripped down, wood-and-whiskey motif to the space. It’s a vibe that appeals to the handlebar mustachioed hipster of 2012, much like Beauty Bar at its debut appealed to the mod revival hipster of 2006.
Celebrate the venue’s grand opening this Thursday at 9 p.m. There will be DJ sets by Kid Slyce and recent Lords of Wax winner Chorizo Funk, as well as a performance by country-rockers Guns of Navarone. Watch a video of the band’s recent KUT set below.