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T H E A U S T I N C H R O N I C L E
JULY 25, 2014
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Little Longhorn Saloon
5435 Burnet Rd., 512/524-1291
www.thelittlelonghornsaloon.com
Square Feet: 1,200
Capacity: 100
Now owned by venue mainstay Dale
Watson, his sister Terry Gaona, and her
husband David, the north side’s best little
honky-tonk treads on mainstay locals
since Ginny Kalmbach took over in 1982:
Alvin Crow, Texas
Mavericks, Rosie
Flores, Fingerpistol,
etc. On Sunday
afternoons,
when Watson
soundtracks
Chicken Shit Bingo,
the tiny chapel fills
up and the party
spills out on the
street.
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THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD
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Radio Coffee & Beer
4208 Manchaca Rd., 512/394-7844
www.radiocoffeeandbeer.com
Square feet: 87
Capacity: 1,700
“A high tide raises all ships,” RCB owner Jack Wilson
says of the new activity on Manchaca. “El Chilito is
moving down, the Live Oak Market is here. A lot of
people who made 78704 what it was from the mid-Sev-
enties until recently have all moved out to Ben White.
Go figure, now there’s all this sweet culture happening
around here. People like to play close to their house,
and they like to play the neighborhood bar.”
Sweetwater
730 W. Stassney, 512/270-9993
www.thesweetwaterbar.com
Square feet: 4,000
Capacity: 200 (inside), 50 (outside)
“We focus on not having a cover,
because we’re a hybrid of a neighbor-
hood bar and a venue,” says Daniel
Smith, who opened Sweetwater on
Stassney Lane where a battered sports
bar stood in May. “That’s our bread and
butter: People from South Austin who
don’t want to drive Downtown can come
over and hang out and play pool and
relax, and then a band comes on.”
Carousel Lounge
1110 E. 52nd, 512/452-6790
www.carousellounge.com
Square feet: 2,100
Capacity: 119
“I feel like we’re a start-up venue for bands to
get going,” says Nicki Mebane, whose parents
opened the Northeast Austin room in 1963.
“We’ve had it long enough and own the build-
ing. We can be a little more flexible with who
we have. If it’s not great, hopefully it’ll get much
better the next night.”
The Lost Well
2421 Webberville Rd.,
512/243-7153
Website: Facebook
Square feet: 3,000
Capacity: 307
“East Sixth Street is even
becoming kind of uncomfortable
to get to,” offers Cello Murphy,
who opened the Lost Well where
Frontier Bar used to be after
the beloved Lovejoys closed on
Sixth. “We want to serve as a
neighborhood bar during the
week, but have the music on
weekends for people who don’t
want the hassle of dealing
with Downtown.”
P H O T O S B Y J O H N A N D E R S O N
The Invincible Czars
Chip Keichline
Dale Watson
The Bluegrass Outfit