... at Lamar.
Now hurry along.
To your good health.
Rumor has it that somewhere along the line grandfather owned a piece of the storied old Tavern at 12th and Lamar. Who knows how he acquired it, how he lost it, or whether that story was even true. As a kid I came to know The Tavern as the place that allowed me to carve my initials in the downstairs bar while the men drank beer and watched the Longhorns.
As a young man I loved it for its flagrant disregard for underage drinking laws, a blissful ignorance that resulted in a packed house and a legion of lifelong devotees; those marketing folks at Philip Morris really were onto something.
After college it was a beacon on Christmas night. A homecoming oasis in an otherwise dead sea of a town, having been temporarily abandoned by 48,000 of its hardest chargers. Fires, ownership changes, bankruptcy, and still kicking after 77 years, air conditioning and all.
For the generations to come, who will do it all over again... what's not to love.
922 W 12th Street
Austin, Texas 78703
Photos Courtesy: Newman Photography.