Neighborhood: South Area
Address: 316 Congress Ave.
Closed doors in: Summer of 1970
Famous for: Performances from early Steve Miller Band, Muddy Waters, and Velvet Underground
Serving as the premier psychedelic music venue in Austin, Texas, the Vulcan provided a home for a slew of unconventional bands like Shiva's Headband and the iconic 13th Floor Elevators. While the venue was known for its rundown appearance, the kaleidoscopic light show offset its rustic decor. Random factoid: owner Houston White was unable to acquire a liquor license due to his conviction for selling acid to an undercover cop. Due to that, the club reached its demise. Not even a weekend-long benefit performance from legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter could offset the venue's rising financial difficulties.