WORLDS COL­LIDE

FROM FOOD TO ART, EV­ERY­THING COMES TO­GETHER AT BRID­GET DUN­LAP’S NEW­EST SPACE ON THE EAST SIDE.

Austin Way - - SCENE | STYLE | SPACE - BY MADDY HILL

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., 512-6098174; col­lideatx.com

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