"Hemingway was also partial to mojitos, and evidence of this is on display at Bodeguita del Medio, a small, often raucous bar on a narrow side street. Called the Pleasant Storage Room when it opened, in 1942, it morphed from a shop selling dried beans into a hipster hangout. If Cubans had ever been inclined to sport foam trucker hats and soul patches, this is where you would have found them."
~ "The Old Man and the Daiquiri" The Atlantic, October 2005
Pleasant Storage Room is our homage to the cultural exuberance of Golden Age Cuba and the Caribbean during the early to mid-20th century. What made this region so alluring during this time was its decidedly American influence of modernity against the backdrop of a sundrenched paradise.
This mélange of sophistication and exoticism attracted a massive audience seeking refuge from the stark concrete jungles of the U.S. without feeling lost in a strange land. In a way, it was paradise without having to leave the comforts of home. This is what Pleasant Storage Room is trying to revive.
We are creating a space where Austin can experience this vibrant fantasy while simultaneously serving as a flagship to promote and advance the progressive cocktail culture of this city.
What’s in a Name:
Pleasant Storage Room was once the name of a popular Havana haunt for locals in the 1940s. It was the stomping grounds for those artistic souls and natives who wanted to escape the humdrum commercialization of Havana nightlife. It was later renamed La Bodeguita del Medio where Hemingway would famously say he preferred to drink his mojitos. This name was chosen because we want to reclaim the escapist ethos and build a sublime space where you can commune with friends and good people over tasty food and drinks. Simply put, a refuge within the downtown community.
What we offer:
Pleasant Storage Room is located at 208 West 4th St., Unit D, in the heart of Downtown Austin's Warehouse District. Our hours are:
Tuesday through Friday
11 a.m.-2 a.m.
5 p.m.-2 a.m.
5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Happy Hour Tuesday-Friday from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., featuring $5 punch, jerk chicken & ceviche, as well as $6 daiquiris, mojitos & Cuba libres