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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Mother Egan's Irish Pub

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For a bit of Irish revelry with a local feel, Mother Egan's Irish Pub fits the bill with Irish and British beers on tap, old-style pub...

Opal Divine's

  • Bars/Pubs

Opal Divine's is a local favorite with multiple locations around Austin. The West 6th Street locale enjoys a laid back atmosphere, spacious...

The Brown Bar

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When the legislature is in session, this is where the lawmakers, Capitol staff, and lobbyists stop in for a quick break. Housed in the...


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Antone's is a local musical institution that books legendary blues and funk acts. Guiding spirit Clifford Antone, a blues fan's blues...


  • Music Clubs

The thick sea of people swarming the indoor and outdoor stages may seem overwhelming at first, but you'll soon find it's the best way...


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Although heralded as a prime live music venue, what makes Momo's stand apart from other music facilities is the long and distinguished...

The Beauty Ballroom

  • Music Clubs

This East Riverside venue is the latest rendition of everyone's favorite downtown darling, Beauty Bar. The larger space brings an international...


  • Music Clubs

This place hosts the best late night dance party in downtown Austin. Come here to get down to some funk and classic mixes—think Madonna...

Papi Tino's

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This East 6th Street bungalow includes an incredible back patio space and hosts an eclectic mix of local musicians while serving the...

Lustre Pearl

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This Rainey Street favorite features fun, fresh style within a charming Austin bungalow. Lustre Pearl is one hot ticket during SXSW,...


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