World famous Sixth Street (6th Street) in downtown Austin Texas began life as Pecan Street. Although it’s a cliché to say so no visit to Austin is complete without at least a brief tour of this famous street.
Sixth Street was known for its bars and music back in the 1800s when it was Pecan Street. After the American Civil War Armstrong Custer and his solders were stationed in the Texas capitol. They found entertainment at the bars clustered along the street. By the 1880s German immigrants had founded beer gardens and music halls on Pecan Street.
Over the years the area has had its ups and downs. Originally it saw a great deal of commercial development including the famous Driskill Hotel. Much of the architecture is Victorian commercial style. In the 1970s the area around East Sixth Street developed into a nightlife hotspot with a host of live music clubs and bars. Antone’s Nightclub opened in 1975 and was the first club to open on the revitalized street. Antone’s has helped to launch the careers of many notable performers including Stevie Ray Vaughn.
In 1975 the nine blocks of East Sixth Street between Lavaca Street and Interstate 35 were officially named the Sixth Street Historic District and listed in the National Register of historic Places.
Today Sixth Street is still home to numerous live music venues including Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar B.D. Riley’s Pub Friends the Stage on Sixth and the Parrish.
If you visit Austin Texas drive on by Sixth Street and check it out.