Liberty Lunch was a live-music venue in Austin, Texas. It began in the 1940s as an eatery and, over the years, evolved into a live-music venue. It closed in 1999.
In 1981, during the demolition of the Armadillo World Headquarters, usable wood was brought over to the Liberty Lunch site, to be recycled into a new, "see-through" front entrance, a badly needed stage rebuild, and a new backstage area. The outdoor shed area eventually grew a roof, to protect against rain-outs, which were very costly. This came at the price of sacrificing a prime feature, at what was probably the original location to engender the phrase "Live music, under the stars, in Austin, Texas".
The venue was forced to close to make way for downtown redevelopment in the late 1990s. Its last show included sets by the Toadies and Suicidal Tendencies. Liberty Lunch has become notable in the history of Austin music, along with the Armadillo World Headquarters.
- Joe Ely – Live at Liberty Lunch (1990)
- Austin Chronicle: Save Liberty Lunch: You Do Not Tear Down Landmarks
- Austin Chronicle: Live Music Venue Guide: Liberty Lunch
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