Our Story

Our Story

Old School Bar & Grill at 401 East Sixth Street in Austin, TX was originally the Cotton Exchange Building.

Originally built by merchant Charles Wolf in 1874 it is designated as a Historical Landmark by the City of Austin. Wolf hired architect R.A. Hancock to design the building with facades on the front and back. As the Austin Cotton Exchange, the cotton bales were on the main floor and the offices for brokers and buyers were on the second floor. It was later used as a market for produce, dry goods, groceries and clothing. Today, it’s home to us, Old School Bar & Grill!

Historic 6th Street, Austin, TX. That’s us, Old School, on the right!

A little bit about us (Our Story).

In an effort to preserve a piece of Austin’s musical heritage, we salvaged the dance floor of the famous Armadillo World Headquarters. The floor has seen the likes of Willie Nelson, Frank Zappa, Janis Joplin, & ZZ Top. The original owners had it fabricated into the east wall of the 6th & Trinity Location.

This is part of the actual dance floor today! It’s now home to Tom Runkle, the amazing local mirror artist. Please visit his work at tomrunkle.com

Armadillo World Headquarters (Exterior)

Today, Old School is home to the best food on 6th St (Sixth St) in Austin, TX. So stop in for food on 6th Street in Austin, TX. and have a beer, a burger and a piece of Austin’s music history. Old School. Get Some.


Thanks Wikipedia! – Austin is the capital of Texas and the seat of Travis County. Located in Central Texas and the American Southwest, it is the 11th-largest city in the United States of America and the fourth-largest city in state of Texas. It was the third-fastest-growing large city in the nation from 2000 to 2006. Austin is also the second largest state capital in the United States.[6] Austin has a population of 842,592 (2012 estimate). The city is the cultural and economic center of the five-county Austin–Round Rock metropolitan area, which had an estimated population 1,834,303 (2012 U.S. Census).

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