(Mugshots/Facebook)

Longtime Austin bar MugShots—known for its iconic photo booth and photos lining the walls—has closed its doors after 18 years of operation. Like other Austin businesses, it fell victim to the pandemic.


MugShots, which is on East 7th Street, released a statement on their Facebook page this weekend thanking the community for its support over the years, but that it is forced to shut its doors permanently.

When bars were first forced to shutdown in March, MugShots started a GoFundMe, raising more than $8,000.

Marcos Canchola, Brian Hyde and the late Keith Young opened MugShots in 2002. It was one of a string of bars to pop up in the area, including The Hideout Pub, Bender Bar & Grill, Pour House Pub, Violet Crown Social Club, Pour House Pints & Pies and Hitmaker Brewing Company.

MugShots says goodbye after other longtime Austin favorites have done the same, including Cap City Comedy, I Luv Video and Shady Grove.


More on bars in the pandemic:

Long-time patrons of downtown Austin dive bar and dance hall Donn's Depot won't let the music stop.

(Chris Rutherford)
(Fox Sports)

Urban Meyer's wife, Shelley, recently visited Austin to assess the real estate situation, Austonia has learned. Does that mean it's time for coaching legend Urban to ride into Austin and take the reins from his former assistant coach Tom Herman?

Keep Reading Show less
(Joe Jungmann/CC)

CompTIA's annual Tech Town Index is out and the results do not disappoint. For the second year in a row, Austin was named the top tech town in the U.S.

Keep Reading Show less
(Daniel Paquet/CC)

With the announcement of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines nearing the home stretch of approval in the U.S., a new danger has poised itself: scam treatments and fraudulent vaccines.

Keep Reading Show less
(GoFundMe)

After a fatal accident on Nov. 24, locals mourn the death of Austin couple Jose and Sara Miñán.

Keep Reading Show less
(Vic Hinterlang/Shutterstock)

Protesters blocked I-35 in weeks of summer protests.

A majority of the charges related to the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer will be dropped.

Keep Reading Show less
(Dion Hinchcliffe/Flickr)

Sunday was the busiest day Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has seen since the pandemic began in March, with 12,127 outbound passengers.

Keep Reading Show less
COVID-19 dashboard

After weeks of warnings, advisories and even an emergency text alert from local health officials, Austin's COVID-19 caseload appears to be on a post-Thanksgiving decline.

Keep Reading Show less