Austin foodies and cocktail enthusiasts have a new reason for excitement. Chef Mathew Peters, the very same culinary genius who clinched the prestigious Bocuse d’Or back in 2017, is set to dazzle Austin with his newest venture, Prélude. His new spot is not just your run-of-the-mill bar and lounge experience—it’s an elevated journey into the world of exquisite cocktails and tantalizing canapés, all nestled in a historic gem in West Central Austin.

Picture this: a charming historic home at 707 W. 10th St., transformed into a haven for epicurean delights. Prélude isn’t just a bar; it’s an experience. Think innovative cocktails that push the boundaries of flavor, paired flawlessly with bites that are as visually stunning as they are delicious. With Chef Peters at the helm, you know you’re in for a treat.

But it’s not just about what’s on the menu—it’s about the ambiance too. Prélude is spread over three floors, each with its own unique vibe and story to tell. From intimate private rooms on the second floor to a chic and cozy Mahjong room on the third, there’s something for every mood and occasion.

I hope you like canapés. Sweet Pea Croquettes with Iberico Ham, Chicken “Nuggets” with Hot Sauce, Masa Gougeres with Guajillo Pepper—the list goes on, and each bite is more delectable than the last. And as for the cocktails, well, let’s just say you won’t find anything like them elsewhere in Austin. Hops + Lemongrass, Strawberry + Coconut, Carrot + Oat—each one a work of art in its own right.

But the experience doesn’t stop there. Prélude isn’t just about food and drinks; it’s about immersing yourself in a multi-dimensional sensory journey. From the sleek and sophisticated interior design to the carefully curated selection of world-class artworks adorning the walls, every detail has been thoughtfully chosen to elevate your experience.

And the best part? This is just the beginning. Prélude is, well, a prelude to what’s to come. Chef Peters has big plans for the space, including the launch of Maven, his flagship fine dining restaurant, on the second floor. But in the meantime, Prélude is your ticket to experiencing Chef Peters’ culinary magic firsthand.

So mark your calendars, folks! Prélude opens its doors to the public on Thursday, May 2, 2024, and trust me, you won’t want to miss it. Whether you’re looking for a casual night out with friends or a special spot for a private event, Prélude has got you covered.

Reservations are now open, so head on over to the Prélude website or OpenTable to secure your spot. And be sure to follow Prélude on social media (@preludeaustin) for all the latest updates and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks.

Cheers to Chef Mathew Peters and the team at Prélude for bringing a new level of culinary excellence to Austin. Here’s to many more unforgettable nights of cocktails, canapés, and camaraderie!