In 1933, Kenneth Threadgill was the first person in the country to own a beer license. His vision was to create a comfortable hotspot where musicians can relax and enjoy a drink after gigs. The Wednesday night singing sessions drew crowds from all walks of life. From longhairs to rednecks, the hodgepodge of patrons created a distinct culture that stuck with Austin.
Food for thought, Janis Joplin was discovered here to become the first female rock and roll superstar. On New Year’s Eve in 1981, Threadgill’s celebrated its grand opening as a restaurant. With an established captive audience, the food meets music concept was an overnight success. Complete with neon lights, every inch of the walls is decorated with legendary art to depict its deep musical history.
Threadgill’s specializes in southern cuisine, and the menu is massive! The multiple page booklet showcases an appetizer section offering classics such as popcorn shrimp and hush puppies, to grandpa’s favorite fried green tomatoes
and Texas caviar and chips. Entrees include burgers, sandwiches, po’boys, Salisbury steak
, liver and onions, and southern fried oysters. But the superstar of the menu is its collection of vegetables.
Threadgill’s offers nearly 40 veggie side dishes to complement each entrée, several available vegan style. Choose from tomato and cucumber salad, collard greens
, sweet potato fries
, stewed okra
, macaroni and cheese
, old south butter beans
, or spinach casserole, to name a few. All of its salad dressings are homemade and don’t forget grandma’s banana pudding
The backyard is a semi-shaded outdoor patio lined with chairs facing a stage, perfect for a live concert played by local and aspiring talented artists, or legendary billboard musicians. Check out the events calendar online for the complete schedule.
The traditional Wednesday night live music sessions are still in full swing, in addition to weekend concerts on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. So here’s your chance to join in the fun at an iconic hotspot that proudly keeps Austin weird.For more Austin dining and travel news, click here.