Austin Says Goodbye
As the year draws to a close, we take time to reflect on the Austin establishments we lost. Pour one out for the neighborhoods that lost beloved venues and clubs in 2015.
Red River Cultural District
This live music hotbed took a blow in 2015. The first domino to fall was Holy Mountain, a mainstay on Seventh Street for the three years it operated in the former Beauty Bar space. After much negotiation, Holy Mountain was forced out by a hike in rent.
The area also lost Red 7 and Red Eyed Fly to rising rent prices, although their tales have a happier ending. Red 7 managing members teamed up with the owners of Red Eyed Fly and Transmission Events to transform the former Red Eyed Fly space into a new venue called The Sidewinder.
Red River wasn't the only neighborhood to say goodbye to a longtime favorite. Lanai, a popular spot to catch DJ sets and sweet views of Congress Avenue, closed in March.
Downtown is also about to bid adieu to a major music venue. Concerts will continue through the end of the year, but Austin Music Hall will be demolished in early 2016 to make way for a 28-story office building. It's not all bad news, though. The owners said in a statement that they are "actively searching for a smaller, higher quality music venue to open under the [Austin Music Hall] name."
The tune remained the same in North Austin. Dallas Nightclub provided strong drinks and dancing music to varied company on Burnet Road for more than three decades. The watering hole hung up its hat in September.
Trailer Space Records also bit the dust. The grungy record store served as a music venue for about eight years, but moving forward, the space will become part of neighboring East Side Pies' expansion.
Looking to the future
We should also remember that there was one success story this year. This fall, Austinites were concerned about the fate of Hole in the Wall. Owner Will Tanner and the property's landlords came to terms and inked a five-year lease for the 41-year-old dive bar on The Drag, proving that Austin's nightlife scene will live on.