Sunday, May 1, 2016

Encore Records

 If you are a fan of metal, punk, and/or horror, you need to check out Encore Records on 6th Street just east of the underpass of I-35.  This little record store is packed to the roof with amazing merchandise.  Encore Records offers a mix of vinyl and CDs, and provides both classic and the latest albums.  Browsing their shelves is like a trip through history with classics like Exodus to the latest album by Rob Zombie. Mixed in with the metal and punk, you will also find some country, hip-hop, rock-and-roll, and even rap, but the place has the look, feel, and merchandise to cater to a crowd that enjoys a much heavier sound.

 It doesn't end with music at Encore.  They also offer an excellent collection of classic horror films, b-movies, and cult-films.  Above the shelves hang t-shirts, almost entirely black, printed with album art, horror-film art, and other assorted weirdness.  

 Encore Records is also where to go to find trade publications about the metal scene, local events and concert information, and to stay on-top of what is about to drop.  There staff is incredibly knowledgeable about rock and metal, and some of the friendlies around.  Encore Records also participates in the annual Record Store Day events, offering opportunities to get rare and collectible albums and merchandise.

 Encore Records offers something that cannot be gotten from downloading music on-line.  It is more than just a retail outlet, it is a community hub for everyone who loves heavy music and the metal scene.  If you haven't been yet, you should check them out.

 Encore Records
 809 E 6th St

 Austin, TX 78702

 (512) 451-8111

Old School Bar and Grill

 I am just going to put this out there.  Almost every Sunday, my daughter and I hit the town to check out something new.  To be perfectly honest, I have been remiss in the many opportunities to blog about our adventures the amazing city of Austin Texas.  Consider this blog the first in the re-emergence of the Austin Lowbrow blog.  And, if you want to hangout with us while we do our thing around town, hit me up and I will tell you when and where we will be.

 This Sunday, we had the need to be on 6th Street.  We were on our way to Tears of Joy (the photos for which did not turn out, but rest assured I will be back to review it) and we were trying to decide on what to have for lunch.  My daughter is a minor, but unbeknownst to many minors can eat at the bars that serve food in Austin as long as it is before a certain time, like maybe 8pm.  So, as we happened to be walking by the Old School Bar and Grill, their greeter stopped us at the door and asked if we wanted to see a menu.  We decided to roll with it, and ended up on the third-floor balcony overlooking 6th Street, waiting for our lunch.

The Old School Bar and Grill is in a really beautiful building, one with a great deal of antique charm.  We were escorted through the ground-floor eatery up two flights of wooden stairs to what appeared to be the dance-floor and stage on the third-floor, and from there to the balcony.  This was the perfect day to be eating outside, maybe in the high 60s and just a little cloudy.  They had probably only opened within the last hour, but the wait-staff proved to be very attentive to the handful of patrons already out on Sunday.

 A couple of items caught my eye on their menu.  They serve a Blue Cheese Buffalo Burger, a hamburger patty seasoned with buffalo sauce, blue cheese, and bacon.  I considered this as an option until I saw they have fish-and-chips, my base-line pub-food of choice.  I elected to have the fish-and-chips, while my daughter went with a burger.

 In addition, there drink menu included a concoction called "The Granpa", a collection of fruit liquors that sounded tasty.  I am one who likes my drinks to taste good, and not require developing a taste for them.

 The order was filled in roughly ten minutes.  The Granpa proved to be an excellent choice; sweet while not syrupy and strong enough to offer a mild buzz.  The fish-and-chips were better than average, but not near the top of my list of good dishes, making me wish I had went with the burger.  My daughter enjoyed her burger, but was neither impressed nor disappointed.  The home-style fries were as good as any other part of the meal. 

 All-in-all, the meal was well worth the $30 spent on two plates and a drink.  I will be going back to try that burger. 

 401 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701