Review from Monk.com
Hole in the Wall
There are soooooo many good places to hear music
in Austin that aren't reviewed in this guide (Black Cat, the Cactus
Cafe, Liberty Lunch, and during South by Southwest everything from
mini-marts to record stores to gas stations). Hole in the Wall made
our list because it is a sure-bet to see a musician drunk on his
ass and falling off the stage. The night we entered, Slobberbone,
a rowdy four piece outfit, was playing the nastiest cowpoke rock
we'd ever heard. The crowd was pure hippy, pure college. There's
not more than a dozen tables to sit at in this storefront dive.
The bar is so old you'd get splinters if you ran your hand across
it. The reasons you come to Hole in the Wall, and the reasons locals
have kept this dump alive for 25 years are the beer's cheap, the
smoke's heavy, and it offers the best small bar rock and roll in
all of Austin. You enter through a door, which has a baseball bat
affixed to the doornob. In the back is a game room with half a dozen
pool tables and a video arcade. When we entered the back room we
found owner Jeff Smith sprawled on a table with his legs up in the
air getting porked by a pool stick. The doorman was doing acrobatics
on a neighboring table, and two chicks were making out in the corner.
Jeff couldn't make it to his feet, but an old coot named Tex said
if we'd come back on a Sunday things really get cookin'.
[original article at http://www.monk.com/placestogo/austin/ausbarsclub3.html