Texas Daily Photo: East Avenue Lounge In Downtown Austin

Calle Ancha as East Avenue was once referred to by Austin’s Hispanic community, has not existed since the 1950s and suffered a killing blow in 1962 when its replacement, Interstate 35 was officially opened.

East Avenue had originally been established as a physical barrier between East and West Austin so that a palpable line could be drawn between Black Austin and White Austin.

This shameful period of Austin’s history began in the late 1920s when Austin’s city leaders conspired to have our town’s Black populace relocated to Austin’s East Side.

They accomplished this mission and East Avenue, a glorious promenade of a street, bisected the Texas capitol from its completion in 1933 til Interstate 35 subsequently replaced it.

If you want to have a good cry do an image search for East Avenue and then daydream about how fine our city would be had they ran I-35 through downtown Webberville instead of downtown Austin.

As I was making my rounds shooting pictures of restaurants and bars the other day I noticed East Avenue Lounge, in, I believe the old Mermaid Hot Tub Rentals location. Back in the glory days of our town you could run by there and have a private hot tub session with your very own mermaid for a crisp c note.

Let’s hope they got relocated and are not actually shuttered. I was on a mission when I took this photo so I wasn’t able to run inside and do some drinking.

Will rectify that and report back soon.

Who’s been to East Avenue Lounge?

How was it?


90 N IH 35
Austin, TX 78701


Sun 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM,

Mon 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM,

Tues 4:00 AM to 2:00 AM,

Weds 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM,

Thurs 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM,

Fri 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM,

Sat 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM

About RL Reeves Jr

I'm a writer living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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