Icehouses are buildings used to store ice throughout the year, commonly used prior to the invention of the refrigerator. In Texas, former icehouses are a cultural tradition. Ice merchants diversified to sell groceries and cold beer, serving as early convenience stores and local gathering places. Today many Texas icehouses have converted into open-air bars. In the region of Central Texas and the Texas Hill Country in particular, the word “icehouse” has become a colloquialism for an establishment that derives the majority of its income from the sale of cold beer, especially such locally produced labels as Shiner Bock, Pearl, and Lone Star.”
That’s the generic history of Texas Icehouses. It’s somewhat fitting that The Pearl is in a building that was formerly a gas station, turned bar, turned us!
We are a community centered, fresh-focused restaurant and Texas-style pub, for our purpose, called an “icehouse”. In keeping with that old icehouse tradition, we carry a wide selection of draft beer. And because we are equally passionate about interesting, approachable wines, we’ve brought them into the fold as well! Our vibe and atmosphere are casual and comfortable. We embrace family, community, great libations, and creative, non-pretentious food. We like things laid back!