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 39

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University of Texas 4

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219 West

  • Bars/Pubs

The dark and sophisticated lounge here remains cool and mellow in the early evening, when downtown professionals stop in for a post-work...

508 Tequila Bar

  • Bars/Pubs

It's three places all wrapped up in one—including Pelóns restaurant and Zorro bar—but this is where you’ll find much of the action...

Austin Beer Garden & Brewing Company

  • Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

A community beer garden of sorts—locals call it the ABGB—this collaboration of five friends operates as both a full-scale brewery...

Aviary Lounge

  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

By day it's a delightful home style shop, but when the shopping's done it becomes a chic neighborhood wine bar, with a list of wines...


  • Dance Clubs

Austin's downtown destination for serious electronic beats welcomes dubsteppers. Stop by during SXSW—this venue will be serving up...


  • Music Clubs

One of Red River's hotbeds of music, Beerland serves the punk music scene and brings an eclectic mix of artist to the forefront. Expect...

Broken Spoke

  • Dance Clubs

This legendary honky tonk is touted as the last of the true Texas dance halls. If live country music and dancing are your thing, two-step...

Buffalo Billiards

  • Bars/Pubs

If you're looking for the perfect place to sink an eight ball in the corner pocket, visit this lively 6th Street favorite among the UT...

Cactus Café

  • Music Clubs

For an intimate live-music experience unmatched by any other venue in Austin, head to this café on the UT campus and get in line for...

Caffé Medici

  • Cafes–Nightlife



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