Soho Lounge becomes fourth Sixth Street bar to face permit suspension from TABC

Four Sixth Street bars, including three on West Sixth Street, face 30-day alcohol permit suspensions for allegedly not adhering to capacity and social distancing requirements. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Four Sixth Street bars, including three on West Sixth Street, face 30-day alcohol permit suspensions for allegedly not adhering to capacity and social distancing requirements. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Four Sixth Street bars, including three on West Sixth Street, face 30-day alcohol permit suspensions for allegedly not adhering to capacity and social distancing requirements. (Courtesy Fotolia)

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has suspended the permits of 17 bars across Texas, including four on Austin’s Sixth Street, for allegedly not adhering to Gov. Greg Abbott’s mandates intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The TABC said in a media release that after conducting undercover operations over the weekend, agents found most Texas bars were following requirements to limit indoor capacity—50% for bars and 75% for restaurants—and keep a 6-foot distance between customers.

However, the violators include four bars in Austin’s Sixth Street bar district, according to the TABC.

On June 22, the TABC announced it had suspended the alcohol permit for Soho Lounge, located at 217 E. Sixth St., just west of I-35. Over the weekend, the TABC announced the suspension of three bars in the West Sixth Street district—UnBARlievable, Buford’s Backyard Beer Garden and Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot Icehouse.

“These violations represent a very small number of the 3,500 licensed businesses inspected by TABC since the beginning of May," TABC chairman Kevin J. Lilly said in a media release.


Austin has the most bars facing a license suspension of any Texas city. Dallas, Forth Worth and El Paso each have had two bars cited by the TABC. Houston, Laredo, Longview, Lubbock, McAllen, Seabrook and San Antonio each have had one bar cited.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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