715 Red River, Austin, 78701, 512/474-1084
David Brendan Hall
The Sidewinder came together as a Frankenstein operation: putting the brains of doomed venue Red 7 into the body of underachieving club Red Eyed Fly. The result, launched in late 2015, has found early success with solid concert attendance and major demand from bands wanting to play there. The bar features two stages: a no-frills interior platform suited for crowds up to 100 patrons and a larger outside concert area with higher production value with a capacity of roughly 300. Like Red 7, Sidewinder’s bread and butter is punk, metal, and rock, but also factors in hip-hop.