A small bar with historic charm and rockin' music
Noteworthy for: With musical acts seven nights a week, ranging from rockabilly to country blues, the Continental Club attracts a laid-back crowd that's as eclectic as the tunes.
This building was built as a swanky supper club in the 1950s, but was run-down and surrounded by seedy motels when Steve Wertheimer bought it in the 1980s. He turned it into a bar but retained much of the historic charm, restoring murals of European street scenes to their original glory.
The Continental Club's space is deep but narrow, with the stage at the rear of the front room. The performance area fills up fast, so get there early if you want a seat at one of the red, poufy couches adjacent to the stage.
The bands are mostly local, with an occasional mid-level touring act. James McMurtry (son of novelist Larry McMurtry) performs here regularly - his music is generally categorized as Americana, featuring clever lyrics and just a hint of country twang. And on Tuesdays, country blues singer Toni Price hosts a wildly popular 'Hippie Hour'.