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Best Song Jackpot

Hard Luck Lounge

When the White Horse opened in 2011, the Eastside dance hall swiftly evolved into a central clubhouse for Austin’s singer-songwriter, country, folk, and honky-tonk communities. Word gets around fast, and once the White Horse vaulted onto every when-in-Austin bucket list for tourists, the best songwriters in town moved their hang to sister business the Hard Luck Lounge, opened in 2015 by White Horse co-founders Denis O’Donnell and Marshall Mchone. The tiny bar with a big backyard is now a crucial spot to see Austin’s up-and-coming songsters nightly – either performing or drinking ’til 2am.

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