This legendary South Congress club is built on the foundations of rock n'roll, country, jazz, blues, and coolers filled to the brim with ice cold beer. If you're in ATX to catch live tunes, push through the velvety red curtains and don't look back.
OUR ARTICLEBY: Andre Revilla Contributing writer
No venture to the capital of Texas is complete without a trip to South Congress Avenue. “Have you been to SoCo yet?” is just about the first response you’ll get from any bona fide Austin native when asked what is a must-see while trekking through Austin. The stretch of Congress Ave south of Lady Bird Lake has played home to some of Austin’s most iconic venues and dwellings (and much to the chagrin of the more bemoaning natives) tourist highlights. Take a stroll up its forgiving hill and let the sounds and smells of one of Austin’s most vibrant neighborhoods draw you from decadent bite to ethereal song. While the eclectic street is teeming with gems, a true stand out can be found by capping out your night with some live music at The Continental Club.
playing host to greats like Joe Ely and Stevie Ray Vaughan, whose brother Jimmy Vaughan you can still find shredding on intimate stage today.
Whether you’re looking for soul, swing dancing, blues, or timeless rock-n-roll, you’re bound to find something on their absolutely jam-packed calendar of live music.
Austin proudly bears the banner of “Live Music Capital of the World,” and past the street performers, busking musicians, and famous SoCo storefronts, you’ll find The Continental Club—a quintessential bar and music venue numbered among the city’s most epochal stages. From its opening in 1957, the club has woven a diverse evolution from supper club to burlesque venue, to preeminent rock-n-roll haunt playing host to greats like Joe Ely and Stevie Ray Vaughan, whose brother Jimmy Vaughan you can still find shredding on intimate stage today. These days you’ll find anybody from Gary Clark Jr, to ZZ top, and Johnny Depp, adding to the deep blues and rock-n-roll sounds writing new chapters in which the walls have heard.
The red curtain and old sign may look dated, but the room leaves you without any doubt, this is where legends can still be found and made. With room for only 300 music and dancing souls, The Continental Club makes for a stellar night out seven nights a week. Whether you’re looking for soul, swing dancing, blues, or timeless rock-n-roll, you’re bound to find something on their absolutely jam-packed calendar of live music. Step in after grub at Hopdoddy or a quick bite at Home Slice Pizza, and step off the common bustling path into a time machine of sound and soul. Grab a cold Shiner Boch, a dancing partner, and soak in the moment, because who knows what future legends are building their chops at The Continental Club tonight.
This is your portal to live music in ATX, push open the red curtain and prepare for your ears to ring
A no frills bar set-up, which is the way it should be in a joint like this. Order a frosty Shiner and get comfortable
Grab some threads at STAG next door, tell the gang CYTIES sent you
Need a Austin souvenir? Nothing more bad ass than a CC Club hat, rock on.