Arro is French after all, so it has plenty of sex appeal and style. It just means that amid all the bustle of West Sixth, there’s now a place to sit down and have a real meal, as opposed to the area’s predominant choices of pizza, burgers, tacos, and bar food.
Located on the former site of Haddington’s pub and run by the folks behind 24 Diner and Easy Tiger, Arro has been re-imagined as a casual-chic French bistro. Good-bye tartan plaid wallpaper and dark, choppy rooms. Bonjour cool neutrals and open, inviting spaces. Flickering votives illuminate the appealing scene. And since this is West Sixth Street, it is a scene. So although there’s no live band or DJ spinning tunes, the music is eclectic and loud and reflects the diverse clientele that fills Arro each night: a mash-up of singles in packs, couples on dates, and groups of business diners.
Arro serves multiple purposes. It’s a great spot for just a drink, some appetizers, or a full-blown meal. Let’s start with the drinks. The wine list is curated by some of Austin’s hottest young sommeliers and the all-French selections run the gamut from excitingly obscure to old-world classic. Cocktails are given equal billing and are crafted with loving attention. For nibbling, the bread offerings are a carb addict’s dream. Easy Tiger breads served with your choice of accompaniments: flavored whipped butters, cheeses, charcuterie or pickled vegetables. Or if you can’t decide, the Chef’s Board offers a little of each.