Austin Music Map: Lala’s Jukebox
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Lala’s Little Nugget—a smoky dive bar in Allandale—is known for three things.
First, the old school jukebox, which is packed with Ray Charles, Glenn Miller, Ritchie Valens, The Coasters. If your grandmother loved the song and it was recorded before 1965, chances are good you’ll find it in the mix.
Second, Lala’s is known for its christmas decorations, which are up year-round, no matter the season. Even in July, the bar is stuffed with tinsel, candy canes, and animatronic elves.
Finally, Lala’s is known for the dark rumors behind those christmas decorations—stories that range from the gloomy to the downright tragic, and give the twinkling lights a David Lynchian glow.
This week, we paid a visit to Lala’s to spin a few records and investigate a few of those myths.
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(Photo of Lala’s jukebox by Flickr contributor Yi.)