Dive Into A Trendy New Downtown Bar - The Bend Magazine

Dive Into A Trendy New Downtown Bar

The Gold Fish is Corpus Christi's brand new, neighborhood watering hole.

By: Jinky Romero, Photos by: Rachel Benavides

In more ways than one, 2017 has been the year of resurgence for Downtown CorpusChristi. With exciting new businesses opening up, more events taking place,and just a general overall change in look,downtown has managed to revamp its style and image successfully. As the year creeps up to a close, a hip new spot is joining in on the fun, with a concept that is sure to solidify their place in the revival of downtown.

Insert The Gold Fish. Transforming the old Peer-less Cleaners location on the corner of Taylor and Mesquite Street into an outdoor biergarten style bar, The Gold Fish converged old-time, home-town culture and the new age of locality into one beautiful location. The bar sets out to serve the best drinks and help bring life back to the area. 

The owners are Robert Cooper, Jessica Gignac, and Justin Gainan, and they sure do make the perfect trio. With several years of experience among them (Cooper owns a bar in the Republic of Georgia and Gignac is the owner of local favorite, Eleanor’s Coffee Bar + Market), the masterminds of The Gold Fish are no stranger to running successful businesses. From the beginning, they had a vision for the location and specifically wanted it to be downtown. They chose this particular building for its character and history—two things they knew they wanted The Gold Fish to have.

The building, which has been around since the1930s, served as a gas station back then. Besides some infrastructure work and some accent marks around the place, they kept the building the same.Adding a ton of lush greenery, all-glass French doors, and a whole lot of natural light to it, they’ve created a rustic and old-school feel that can’t be found in most places in town. They will also have an area in their outdoor patio for local music acts to perform.

“The building is a time capsule. Who doesn’t want to go back in time for a night?” Cooper mused.

The Gold Fish, a full service bar, serves all types of beer, wine, classic cocktails, and some tasty drink sthat are completely new to the Coastal Bend—drink spinoffs with influences from all over the world, like Mexico and Eastern Germany. Jacob McClain, one of Corpus Christi’s bests behind the bar and also The Gold Fish’s general manager, created their unique and delicious menu. As if that weren’t enticing enough, all their ingredients are also fresh, high quality, and locally sourced whenever possible—something the owners all envisioned to do early on in the process.

With a concept grounded on history and character and drinks designed to spotlight the best our city has to offer, The Gold Fish is both a welcomed and relaxing breath of fresh air.

By: Jinky Romero,  Photos by: Rachel Benavides