Kick Butt Coffee Music & Booze

Good Coffee Live Music Cold Beer Open Mics Kick Butt Cocktails



Serving Lunch Monday thru Saturday 11am - 3pm

Cafe by Day... Full Liquor Bar with Live Events at Night

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5775 Airport Blvd. Austin, Texas USA

Open M-F 6:06am-10:10pm or Later
Sat/Sun 8:08am-10:10pm or Later

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Kick Butt's First Tuesday JAZZ JAM profile by the Austin Jazz Alliance - 11min32sec

Kick Butt Coffee Music & Booze Commercial with the Bruce Lee Nunchucku wielding Barista - 30sec

Music Open Mic Profile of Andrew Stone - 1min36sec
Join us Every Thursday Night from 7pm -11pm

Spoken and Heard Poetry Open Mic Video Invitation - 46sec
Join us Every Sunday Night from 7pm-10pm

Comedy Open Mic Profile of Bob Khosravi- 2min07sec
Join us Every Wednesday Night 8pm-10pm

First Saturday Blues Fusion Dance - 5min46sec
Join us First Saturday Night of the Month 9pm-1am

Last Saturday Belly Dancing - 3min49sec
Join us the Last Saturday Night Every Month 8pm-10pm

Register to Win $250.00

Register to Win $250.00 worth of gift cards in our monthly drawing. Come into Kick Butt Coffee Music & Booze. Fill out a short survey at the counter and you will be registered to win $250.00. Drawing held monthly from Active VIP Club member email list. Over $20,000 awarded. See pictures of past winners, just: Click Here (photo by Amanda Elmore)

Gift Cards

Yes, we have gift cards.
A great gift idea for your Kick Butt Fan.

Austin Monthly Magazine

Kick Butt Coffee Music & Booze,
Java, Martial Arts and Music:
the Perfect Blend

by Lindsey Mullikin

WHILE CHATTING WITH A BANK TELLER about the lack of coffee shops along Airport Boulevard, Thomas Gohring came up with what he thought was a kick-butt idea. Merging his love of martial arts (he also owns Master Gohring's Tai Chi & Kung Fu ) with the community's need for a little pick-me-up, he opened Kick Butt Coffee Music & Booze [February 11, 2008].

Red walls, nunchuckus, bamboo and oriental fans illustrate the business ties to martial arts. The shop, which serves coffee, smoothies, pizza, breakfast frittatas, sandwiches, wine, beer and liquor, has round, cozy booths, a giant plasma screen TV and a Wii gaming system. Amenities at the new 2nd location include a giant projection screen, a swimming pool and a Wii.

But Gohring wanted to build more of a nighttime business with a full bar as well. He asked his sister Joy, a stand-up comedian, to help start a weekly open mic night, and Kick Butt Comedy was born. The small coffee shop even opened its stage to over a 100 out-of-town musicians, including John Biz, Aim Low Kid and Christopher Denny, during South by Southwest.

Gohring built off that music foundation with regular blues fusion dance nights, weekly open mic music, monthly Jazz Jam, and monthly belly dancing and drumming as well as regular hip-hop shows and rock concerts. While martial arts, coffee, comedy and music events may seem like random patchwork, it's all tied together with a single thread, Gohring explains. "It kind of boils down to one question that we ask ourselves every step of the way: Is it kick-butt?"

Cold Brew Concentrate

Kick Butt Coffee Music & Booze now features our very own toddy cold brew concentrate... Kick Butt black ice. Cold brewed and bottled daily into this sexy 32oz bottle (makes 64oz or 8 servings). Get one the next time you are goin' to Kick Butt!

With a name like Kick Butt, you'd think the atmosphere in this coffeehouse would lean toward assertive -- or at least jittery. 'Kick back' is far more descriptive. Unpretentious and un-corporate, Kick Butt Coffee Music & Booze is the creation of Austin's renowned Tai Chi and Kung Fu master, Thomas Gohring. Here you're just as likely to bump into artists, musicians and poets as you are entrepreneurs, office workers and bean counters.

The art of latte-making has been mastered. Deliciously original “sammiches” named for legends like Jackie Chan are featured on the menu. And don't resist treating yourself to the “Ying Yang” white and black chocolate cake.

Kick Butt Coffee Music & Booze has earned its well-deserved black belt in mouth-watering fare and entertaining yet relaxed ambience. The only thing you'll have to fight here is the impulse to sip, eat and linger all day and night." - Magic 95 FM

About the Proprietor

Rare Austin Magazine

Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting

by Laura Hensley

Thomas Gohring teaches his Kung Fu and Tai Chi students that energy, like fire, seeks something to burn. Gohring's students harness their energy by kicking, sparring and meditating. Gohring, a sixth-degree black sash master of Kung Fu, burns off his energy in other ways.

The 37-year-old fireball [now 41] is always seeking his next challenge--whether it is opening his own Kung Fu and Tai Chi school or building his own coffee shop from scratch.

The native Austinite first began Kung Fu when he was 14, and eventually took over mentoring new students in his teachers' classes. He began teaching Kung Fu professionally in his backyard, and opened his own school on Airport Boulevard in 1996.

"Watching Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan movies (as a kid) I thought, 'I want to do that,' " Gohring says. "But after a year or so training, there was some talent noticed in me. Not necessarily for my capabilities in martial arts, but for my capabilities in communicating. I've now learned to call it tuning in to what's going on with someone."

It's that intuitiveness and passion that has set Gohring and his school apart. "He's identified that people learn in different ways," says Mary Grabhorn, an Assistant Instructor at Master Gohring's school. "He has a talent for very politely and concisely making a student feel comfortable."

Gohring says that people seek out Kung Fu and Tai Chi for various reasons. Some enjoy the physical fitness and meditative outlet it provides. Others are admittedly in it for the thrill of learning how to wield nunchuckus.

But no matter their motives, Master Gohring's school (which includes four instructors) helps them all, with a special focus on beginners and people with learning difficulties or physical handicaps. Some 200 students, ranging in age from four to 79 years old, choose from 30-plus classes each week. Master Gohring's also has become popular for entire families who learn Kung Fu and Tai Chi together.

"It's not what you get to do. It's what you get to become." Grabhorn says about the process of learning Tai Chi and Kung Fu. "It really adds to people's lives."

Full Liquor Bar

Kick Butt Coffee Music & Booze features daily, nightly and event-specific drink specials. Our highly trained bartenders can make pretty much any drink you desire. Kick Butt!