Following up on this item from February, patio bar Dogwood opened yesterday in Midtown. The construction, which has taken over a year to complete since the lease was signed, transformed a 2500 sq ft building and adjacent parking lot into a 8100 sq ft, two-story structure with room for over 300 people. In keeping with what co-owner Jason Carrier calls Dogwood's "open air concept," each of the interior spaces features large sliding doors to merge inside and outside. Carrier says that he and partners Brad and Chad Womack named Dogwood after the Womack brothers' grandmother's favorite tree.
In addition to the bar's signature drink of Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka mixed with water and served in a Mason jar, there's a range of food options that should make Dogwood a solid happy hour spot. Carrier says he wants people to be "pleasantly surprised" by the food and hopes there's enough interest to offer lunch someday.
As for how the Austin-import fits in its neighbor, Carrier concludes by noting that Dogwood will set itself apart from some of the other bars in Midtown with a firm "no douchebaggery" policy. That means a relaxed atmosphere and no bottle service.
Dogwood is open from 2:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. during the week and 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. on the weekends.
Update: The comment that Dogwood "will set itself apart from some of the other bars in Midtown" is the author's opinion about Dogwood based on his conversation with Jason Carrier. Carrier says it does not reflect his opinion about the other establishments in Midtown. Carrier's view is posted below in the comments.