Coming soon: Proof & Cooper bar and picnic-style restaurant opens in Dripping Springs July 4

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Partners in Rainey Street whiskey bar Blackheart are opening a bar in Dripping Springs that will specialize in Texas-inspired picnic-style meals. Proof & Cooper (18710 Hamilton Pool Rd.) celebrates its grand opening with a party starting at 3 p.m. on the Fourth of July featuring music from the Swingset Junkie, the Christy Hays Trio, and more.

Partner Jeremy Murray says Proof & Cooper, named after steps in the liquor distilling process, will sell classic picnic food like fried chicken, Texas caviar, and deviled eggs that guests can order to comprise a picnic basket or eat at the restaurant-bar. The bar will serve 22 beers on draft and use local ingredients to put its spin on classic cocktails. After its initial launch, management says Proof & Cooper will be open daily from 3 p.m. to midnight, with plans to introduce brunch and lunch in the future. Murray says Proof & Cooper eventually plan to open a Whiskey Library, a membership-based program that allows guests to keep their whiskey in lockers at the restaurant.

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