The Brixton / Rocket Room 6 – Bar Rescue Update – Open or Closed?

Is The Brixton still open in 2022?

Status: >> CLOSED <<
(keep reading to learn what happened)

Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: March 3, 2013
The Bar's Original Name Was: The Brixton
The Brixton Address: 1412 E 6th St Austin, TX 78702

The Brixton Bar Rescue

Episode Recap

The Brixton, briefly renamed to Rocket Room 6, was an Austin, Texas bar that was featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue.

Though the Brixton Bar Rescue episode aired in March 2013, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.

It was Season 3 Episode 4 and the episode name was “Tears for Beers”.

The Brixton is an Austin, Texas bar that was featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue.

It was a punk themed bar on Austin’s famed Sixth Street that newlyweds Tim and Sara Lupa purchased to save the bar from being closed.

The new owners didn’t feel the need to change much about the bar and they mainly kept things as they were. However, Sixth Street is competitive in Austin and the 50+ other bars in the nearby area were pulling away patrons from The Brixton.

That left Tim and Sara with few options other than calling in the big guns, AKA Jon Taffer from Bar Rescue.

The Brixton Bar Rescue episode starts off with Jon Taffer and Peter O’Connor observing the bar from the outside and noticing the rather drab and uninviting exterior.

To see if things got any better inside, Jon sent in a trio to observe. Tim was bartending and was, let’s say…not very pleasant. Tim drove away some customers for talking loudly before Sara stepped in and made some cocktails.

For further testing, Jon did one of his patented stress tests. It didn’t go well – the bartenders were overwhelmed and Tim couldn’t handle the work, which led to a clash with Sara.

The fight created such an awkward situation that many customers started to leave.

After the stress test, Peter O’Connor spent the next day teaching the bartenders a set of new signature cocktails.

Jon also decided to rename the bar to Rocket Room 6 to get rid of the bar’s negative reputation.

Sara and the employees were ok with the name change, but Tim didn’t want to change the name from

The Brixton because he was attached to it. However, Sara eventually convinced Tim to go along with the name change to Rocket Room 6.

Once Jon Taffer completed the rebranding and renovation into Rocket Room 6, Tim went to the local radio station to boost the bar’s reputation.

On the reopening night, there were hundreds of attendees looking to go to Rocket Room 6 and things seemed to be going well with a happy Tim and Sara. However, let’s see what happened next after The Brixton Bar Rescue episode aired.

The Brixton Update - What Happened Next?

During the episode, it was clear that Tim did not like the idea of rebranding the bar to Rocket Room 6.

Once Jon Taffer left the scene, Tim quickly changed the bar’s name back to The Brixton, though he kept Jon’s other changes to the bar.

However, despite shrugging off some of Jon’s changes, The Brixton seemed to be doing fairly well.

It managed to stay open for years and the reviews were generally more positive than before.

However, The Brixton’s good news couldn’t last forever as the bar eventually ended up closing in march 2020.

Tim and Sara sold their shares to some of the bar’s other part owners and those new owners used the location to open a new bar called The Low Down Lounge.

We’re not sure why The Brixton ended up closing, but we’re guessing that the Coronavirus pandemic didn’t help.

Overall, though, The Brixton did manage to survive for seven years after the Bar Rescue episode aired, so this one definitely wasn’t a total failure.

Nonetheless, The Brixton has officially earned its place on our list of Bar Rescue closures.

Since selling their stakes in the bar, Tim and Sara have opened a new Austin bar named Little Drinks Lounge.

Reviews for their new bar seem good as it has a 4.6 star rating on its Yelp page.

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Last updated: 2022-05-30 06:16

2 thoughts on “The Brixton / Rocket Room 6 – Bar Rescue Update – Open or Closed?”

  1. Honestly she should have left him. The guy was so against change every step of the way. He didn’t deserve the help.

  2. I applaud Jon Taffer for his gumption to keep up with people of the owners’ ilk. I’d have walked out on the 3nd meeting & not turned back. Some humans leave a bad taste in one’s mouth! Ptui!🤢🤮


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