Kenneth Threadgill stood in line all night to be the first person in Travis County to get a beer license. It was 1933, and the bootlegger and country-music connoisseur had plans to evolve his filling station into something bigger?though even Threadgill probably couldn't have anticipated how big it would become.
It started with touring musicians stopping in for drinks after their shows. By the ?60s, Janis Joplin was on stage, polishing her unpolished sound for crowds from all walks of life. The evolution continued, with Threadgill's hosting artists from Jerry Lee Lewis to Captain Beefheart and expanding into a Southern-style restaurant where the love of music ironed out disagreements and engendered an atmosphere of tolerance.
Today, the original location on North Lamar harks back to Threadgill's beginnings, with current owner Eddie Wilson decking the place out with decor that evokes the Austin of the 1930s to the 1960s, including vintage signs that say, ?I can?t wait for the internet to be invented.? The second location on West Riverside celebrates the 1970s music scene that thrived at the Armadillo?Wilson's former establishment at that location. At both venues, chefs churn out classic Southern food, such as chicken-fried steak and fried green tomatoes, while frequent live music entertains guests.
In what was once a generic roadside warehouse, Patsy's Cowgirl Cafe now brims with inviting, kitschy personality. Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton, the entrepreneurs behind comedy hotspot Esther's Follies, decorated the ceiling with tumbleweeds and tree branches and built a bar inlaid with mosaic tilework. There's a stage for live music or tomato-throwing duels, behind which a mural depicts a cowgirl on horseback rearing up against the sunset. In the words of Austin Chronicle writer Virginia B. Wood, "Patsy's has great style and personality, the drinks are good, and the eclectic selection of local music is free."
The food is another popular reason to visit. Chefs prepare Texas staples such as hand-breaded chicken-fried steak with cracked-pepper gravy, and they also put their own spin on the classics with dishes such as chicken-fried portobello mushrooms in vegetarian cilantro-cream sauce. There's also a roster of burgers and veggie burgers named after local celebrities, and libations such as the mexican martini with tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and olive juice.
A team of passionate instructors fosters a community of health- and wellness-conscious patrons brought together by Bodhi Yoga's classes, spa treatments, and a boutique stocked with items to help integrate healthy-living practices into daily routines. Yoga sessions range in difficulty and style, including vigorous Vinyasa- and hot-yoga classes, to accommodate downward-facing dogs of all skill levels and breeds.
ColdTowne Theater is Austin's main stage for alternative comedy. We currently run shows Thursday through Monday, featuring the funniest comedians in Central Texas. We also run a conservatory offering the most fun improv and sketch comedy classes Austin has to offer.
For a foot-stomping good time, find your way on over to the Nutty Brown Café. Sit down and dine at this rustic café that is serving up great food in a lively atmosphere. Select from their delicious lunch and dinner menu that offers big juicy burgers, savory Mexican dishes and tasty Tex-Mex creations. Don’t miss out on any one of their sweet desserts like their World Famous Nutty Brown Mills Praline. Come in from 10 AM to 2 PM every Sunday for their Brunch Buffet. There will be fun live music played by Java Jazz Band from 11 am to 2 pm. You can select from a 20-foot brunch table topped with sumptuous classic brunch dishes such as biscuits and gravy, along with made-to-order omelets and fresh-cut fruit. You can also come back and visit on Wednesday when they have $5 burgers and $3 tall boys. Make your burger your way by choosing from a selection of toppings and sauces. Finish the meal with a $1 sides like french fries and onion rings. The Nutty Brown cafe has just what you need for a fun, tasty dining experience!
If you live in Austin, no doubt you’ve seen the red “Mohawk” painted on the brick wall along River St. The Mohawk is an eclectic bar and concert venue that features live music – and wrestling. Hipsters abound to enjoy an eclectic mix of local and out-of-town artists. Multiple bars make getting your beverage of choice a lot easier. The Mohawk features a three-level rooftop patio which makes for great viewing of the outdoor stage. A frequent feature at the Mohawk is Anarchy Championship Wrestling, based in Austin. The indoor space is small, which makes for an intimate setting. A word of warning: if you choose to partake of music in the indoor space, bring ear protection as it gets very loud. Come early (doors open at 5 p.m.) to avoid the crush, er rush. The Mohawk is open seven days a week and closes at 2 a.m.