Rusty’s (RIP)

405 East 7th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Established: 2011

Written by: Michael Roberts

The message of Rusty’s speaks with sincerity from its location in the heart of Austin’s 6th Street entertainment district, when it says that it welcomes culture and diversity, including nontraditional lifestyles and relationships. The staff and management are welcoming to all, bringing their humanity and friendliness to the job, as well as some fun and humor, which is evident in their website’s final tag, “Oh, and let’s not forget the country flair.”

Rusty’s opened in March 2011 right before that year’s South by Southwest music festival. “The owners wanted a bar that gave back to the community and was open to everyone, that would be a place to hang out and listen to some good music,” Brian Alford says, who is Rusty’s General Manager. The bar has three stages—one for the main room, one for the lounge and one on the patio—to accommodate the different crowd sizes that the different artists draw. Rusty’s has seen a wide cross-section of acts on its stages, including Dale Watson, Neon Trees, AWOLNATION, Echo & the Bunnymen, Dizzy Reed from Guns N’ Roses, Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, and Adam Duritz from Counting Crows.

If you’re not into country music, there are plenty of other happenings at Rusty’s, like poker nights, karaoke parties and live music of other genres. No matter what the event, Rusty’s strives to give their customers a relaxing experience in a laid-back environment. Check out the website’s detailed calendar to get the scoop on what’s going down each night.