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.
It’s not every day you can wash your laundry and your car while grabbing a burger for lunch. The Cove—a combination of a burger joint, a laundromat, and a car wash—is certainly unorthodox, but it’s also downright inspired. There’s nothing like local lamb, bison, and beef burgers to add some incentive to your chores.
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.
What is Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon exactly? One thing’s for sure -- it’s an experience like no other. It’s something you have to see to believe. First, Ginny’s Little Longhorn is an Austin institution. The place is small and the dance floor is tiny. But that doesn’t stop some amazing live country, honky tonk and rockabilly music, seven days a week. Get there early as the place fills up quickly. And bring your lawn chair since if the saloon is full, the party extends to the parking lot, where patrons sit and enjoy the music. All different ages frequent the saloon where beer and wine are sold but no hard liquor. Come on Sunday for free chili dogs and play a unique game of bingo found only at Ginny’s. This is definitely something you’ll only find in Austin.
An authentically renovated 1930’s gas station turned fine-dining establishment, the Dry Creek Café and Boat Dock in Austin is a wonderful place to have a meal and socialize with friends or family. The placement of the café is just phenomenal, overlooking Lake Austin, with an unobstructed view all the way to the horizon. The sunsets at Lake Austin are the stuff of legends, adding to the ambience at this amazing little restaurant and coffee place. Inside, you’ll find a charming 40s-era jukebox which still faithfully reproduces the smooth sounds of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Good food served in an even better venue makes the Dry Creek Café the place to be.