What was Austin's best new music venue in 2012?
Revamps, revolutions, rebirths. Be it opening new, bigger locations, or being the focus on a Spike TV reality series about bars in dire need of rescue, for many downtown music venues, 2012 was about reinvention. Vote on the best new venue of the year. You can vote daily through December 20.
After you vote, register to win a pair of VIP tickets to Beauty Ballroom's New Year's Eve party, featuring Grupo Fantasma with Foot Patrol.
Bigger stage, bigger bar, bigger everything for Beauty Ballroom on East Riverside, just a shout and a holler away from the new Emo’s East. Maybe bigger is better in this case: with the capacity to fit hundreds of patrons, this new iteration of Beauty Bar serves as a full-service bar and a music venue, not one that happens to be the other.
If they build it, they will come. After hiring local architect “wizard” Michael Hsu to design the new East Riverside venue in the mold of Washington’s 9:30 Club, New York’s Knitting Factory and Vegas’ Music Showroom, Emo’s 2.0 is the grungy downtown favorite going pro. A super-capacity music venue that has a 48-foot ceiling that transitions to a 12-foot version, it solved old Emo’s biggest problem: actually seeing the show.
From the ashes of Beauty Bar rises Holy Mountain, a new kind of bar/lounge-music venue hybrid that took all the last vestiges of the old Red River staple and made it over for a decidedly more adult crowd. Or as co-owner and general manager first put it, “Holy Mountain is like hanging out in your grandfather's basement somewhere in the midwest. Wood and whiskey.”
After being fumigated three times over, getting the sound system replaced, and being adorned with new steampunk decor (the old Tiki bar look is on a permanent vacation) by Spike TV reality series Bar Rescue, the venue formerly known as Headhunters has been reborn as Metal and Lace.
As part of an elaborate promotional campaign behind Playstation’s new portable gaming device, the PS Vita, the inside of rock club Red 7 got a facelift. New bathrooms, a fresh coat of paint and touches like a glitzy chandelier became the new backdrop, where playable Playstation consoles were available any time.