The Continental Club isn’t shy about embracing its past, claiming to be Austin’s first true burlesque club. Since opening in 1957, the elevated stage has showcased some of the finest blues, rockabilly, country and swing music in the city. Vintage signs and posters of past performers line the perimeter, meaning burlesque dancers like Candy Barr share wall space with musical legends like Mojo Nixon. By the bar, a chalkboard lists the week’s musical lineup, while the back is filled with packed-together tables, encouraging visitors to trade their seats for the dance floor. Couples twirl and two-step while the bands play, lit ever-so-slightly by the red curtain sporting the club’s name behind them. In a separate room behind the stage, guests play pool while admiring the motorcycle that hangs from the ceiling.
Although it shares its name with a certain morose cartoon character, Charlie Brown’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill invokes anything but grief. Along with cultivating a casual, welcoming environment, the friendly eatery dishes up familiar American comfort food, including more than 10 different flavors of wings and half-pound Angus burgers with everything from bacon and barbecue sauce to caramelized onions and grilled jalapeños. Although it keeps patrons entertained with 11 televisions beaming sports broadcasts and overly long slideshows of the bartender’s Grand Canyon vacation, the grill also works to enthrall guests with karaoke nights, free trivia competitions, and live musical performances throughout the week.