Behind The Design: Bar Under the Sun

  • Meet the owners of the bar

The owners – Lesley & Ben Lomax – were born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX. Both eventually returned to their hometown and married in 2015. They wanted to try to bring something new to Corpus Christi and participate in a growing downtown revival movement.

  • Tell me a little about the bar

BUS opened in December 2017 in what was previously the Greyhound Bus Station in Downtown Corpus Christi. The bar is pet friendly and family friendly with outdoor TVs, yard games, and food trucks. The bar focuses on cocktails and craft beer served in a relaxed and bright atmosphere.

Jungle Leaves Wallpaper
  • Your drinks are so cute! What is the bar’s signature drink?

We have a few signature cocktails, one of the most popular is the “Ghost of the Greyhound”.

Recipe:

Ghost of the Greyhound
1.5 oz Basil-infused vodka (done in-house using Dripping Springs)
.75 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
.75 Simple Syrup
3 dash Fee Bros. grapefruit bitters

Shake all ingredients vigorously and pour into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with basil leaf.

  • What is your biggest design challenge while creating the bar? 

The bus station was in very bad shape when we purchased the property; as it had become dilapidated after years of neglect. Trying to sell people on our vision was a significant challenge simply because of the condition of the building. We also really wanted to make sure to restore what was already there, rather than tearing down and building.

  • What was your design inspiration for the bar?

We wanted to make sure embrace the urban-coastal atmosphere of Downtown Corpus Christi, while using industrial accents to pay homage to the building’s history as a transportation hub. Also, Lesley’s love for restoration and antiques (inherited from her grandmother and mother) played a large part of the design inspiration.

  • Why did you choose Katie Kime Wallpaper?

The design of the bar largely reflects Lesley’s personal tastes; and Lesley is a fan of Katie Kime designs. We like to focus on Texas products, as well. For example, our craft beer selection is exclusively in-state. So, when we wanted to incorporate a palm wall in the bar, Katie Kime wallpaper was our first choice. We think it turned out to be a terrific centerpiece for the concept.

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