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Dives, Jukes and Nightclubs of Note

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Illustration by Chris Bilheimer 

A biography of Austin dive bars, past and present. 
Taken from the second edition of the Austin field guide.

ARMADILLO WORLD HEADQUARTERS 

Birthplace of the cosmic cowboy, this ugly, abandoned armory
(hence the name) sheltered the Austin Sound for a decade
Closed 1980  

ROME INN 

Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Fabulous T-Birds held court at
this blues club, open for only two years, with $1 Monday residency
Closed 1980   

LIBERTY LUNCH

Roofless icon on West 2nd hosted a myriad of styles, from
Joe Ely to Nirvana, whose $7 shows live on in old Austin lore
Closed 1999 

HORSESHOE LOUNGE

The U-shaped bar was a South Austin institution and claimed
the finest shuffleboard game and neon sign design in town
Closed 2015 

LONGBRANCH INN

Antique oak bartop and stuffed beaver on the wall, it had an 80-plus
year run before new owners and a new name (Nickel City)
Closed 2016   

SCOOT INN

Original railroad mercantile opened in 1871, dirt yard
shows and beer saloon started in 1955
Open  

HOLE IN THE WALL

Dimly lit Drag centerpiece on campus where Nancy Griffith
and Blaze Foley were regulars, onstage and off
Open 

DEEPY EDDY CABARET

Cheap beer, longtime barkeeps, fancy burgers in Airstream
out back, all a Frisbee throw from beloved community pool
Open 

THREADGILL'S

Before Woodstock, Janis Joplin would play this Southern
food joint for two free rounds of beer
Open 

THE WHITE HORSE

Emblematic eastsider honky tonk feels older than its
2011 roots, expect a dark room, long bar and live tunes
Open   

 

Photo by Bret Brookshire via The Austin Chronicle
Photo by Bret Brookshire via The Austin Chronicle

For more dives, stories, maps and local intel check out the
Austin second edition, available for pre-order now.