Austin Nightlife

Austin’s official title of "Live Music Capitol of the World" is not self-appointed—it's earned. Long known as a playground for late night revelers, the city brought Texas country music to the forefront years before the emergence of mega-venues and craft cocktail lounges. Dance Halls and Honky Tonks once ruled the roost, and down and out drifters played for their wages. The music scene now pulls

a sophisticated and cosmopolitan crowd while sticking true to its roots. Music lovers will find a variety of options every night of the week that span genres, all with a unique and soulful edge. It’s not surprising that the city plays host to several of the most significant music festivals in the country, like SXSW and the ACL Fest. New bars open almost daily in Texas’s ever-evolving and always-hospitable capitol city.

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Central Austin, Downtown, and Capitol Area 27

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South Austin 5

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University of Texas 4

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The Liberty

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This East 6th Street dive bar has a huge back patio space filled with picnic tables. The on-site food truck, Eastside King, is one of...

The Parish and The Parish Underground

  • Music Clubs

This split-level bar and music venue offers an impressive lineup of musicians, DJ's, and bands year-round on both it's upstair stage...

The Ranch

  • Bars/Pubs

On 6th Street’s grown-up west side, this multi-level bar has a tendency to get a little rowdy on weekends, but manages to keep a steady...

The Rattle Inn

  • Music Clubs

Stop by West 6th's upscale honky tonk, founded by country music legend Ray Benson in cahoots with Austin favorite, Ranch 616. This expansive...

The White Horse

  • Music Clubs

Cowboys, hipsters, and dancing queens mix and mingle with surprising ease in this honky tonk for the modern age. Tucked off of East 6th...

Vino Vino

  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

In the hip Hyde Park neighborhood, Vino Vino serves a carefully curated variety of wines, from Alsatian crémant (sparkling wine) to...

W Hotel—The Living Room

  • Bars/Pubs

Though a swanky downtown bar during most of the year, This hotel bar brings Austin nightlife to the next level, during big city events...

Weather Up

  • Bars/Pubs

With an original location in Brooklyn, NY, the Weather Up has brought its craft cocktails down south. Grace this patio for a fanciful...


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A top spot for craft cocktails in an intimate atmosphere along East 6th Street, Whisler's consistently draws a see-and-be-seen crowd...


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The happy marriage of an upscale cocktail lounge in a former East Side dive bar makes Wonderland one of Austin’s top laid-back locales...


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