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Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe

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413 20th Street
Galveston, TX 77550 United States
409-762-9199oldquarteracousticcafe.com

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Old Quarter interior
Photo courtesy of Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe

Toward the east side of Galveston’s historic Downtown District, a quaint acoustic bar sits around the corner from the Grand 1894 Opera House.

Since 1969, Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe has played host to a number of Texas singer-songwriter and folk legends like Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Steve Earle. Now, the Old Quarter continues the down-home tradition of live blues, jazz, and acoustic performances from renowned names and locals alike. 

The walls are plastered with concert posters and images of beloved lost singer-songwriters, including Townes Van Zandt, who recorded his landmark album, Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas, in 1977. An annual wake for Van Zandt every January pays tribute with locals taking the stage to perform their favorite songs of his and other Texas legends.

Plenty of seating can be had at the cash-only Old Quarter. Though on popular nights, things can get shoulder-to-shoulder with other patrons. Never far from the bar, guests can grab a quick cold one for very affordable prices and get back to their seats without missing a song.

Food isn’t available at the bar, though you’re never a far walk from restaurants and other bars along Post Office Street. Parking can be found in the lot behind the venue at 2011 Market Street.

Justin Jerkins

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