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Jugging and Jawing: Historic Austin Happy Hour

Preservation Austin
Event organized by Preservation Austin

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Join Preservation Austin and the Student Historic Preservation Association at UT Austin for our next Jugging and Jawing happy hour, this time at the Carousel Lounge! This iconic club and music venue, which the Austin Chronicle once described as blend of “New Orleans, P.T. Barnum, and Southern hospitality, all delicately molded together,” opened in 1963 and has been owned by the same family ever since. The flamboyant interior features original circus-themed murals, a prancing elephant, and miniature carousel behind the bar. The exterior showcases 1995 murals by Rory Skagen and Billy Brakhage, the artists behind Bouldin’s famed “Greetings from Austin” mural. We’re so excited to feature this Windsor Park landmark (it’s been on our list since we started this series), so come on down!

Owner Nicki Mebane will speak at 6:30pm.

Carousel Lounge offers beer, wine, and set-ups (guests are welcome to bring their own liquor). Happy hour includes $2 domestic beers (Bud, Bud Lite, Miller Lite, etc) and $4 wine by the glass.

Presented in partnership with the Student Historic Preservation Association at UT Austin, this series celebrates iconic watering holes citywide. Each event features a different venue that’s either been in operation for 30+ years, or that occupies a space that’s housed a long line of venerable drinking establishments. Some prominent, and some out-of-the-way, these places have helped shape Austin’s character for decades. Each one tells a unique story about our history and the diverse cultures that make our city so great.