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  • 1. Cactus Café

    University of Texas Area | Live Music

    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 tickets...Read More

  • 2. Hotel San José Lounge

    South Congress District | Bars/Pubs

    It may be the hippest hotel in town, and the San José is also home to one of the best wine bars in the city. On nice days, grab a poolside patio...Read More

  • 3. Stubb's Bar-B-Q

    Live Music

    This is the most highly touted venue in Austin, Stubb's is owned by C3 Presents, which books many of the top venues in Austin and manages an...Read More

  • 4. 219 West


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

  • 5. 508 Tequila Bar


    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 later in...Read More

  • 6. Austin Beer Garden & Brewing Company

    South Austin | 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 and a beer...Read More

  • 7. Aviary Lounge

    South Austin | Wine Bars

    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 that's...Read More

  • 8. Barcelona

    Sixth Street District | Dance Clubs

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

  • 9. Beerland

    Live Music

    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 a thrashing...Read More

  • 10. Broken Spoke

    South Austin | 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 down...Read More

  • 11. Buffalo Billiards

    Sixth Street District | 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 college...Read More

  • 12. Caffé Medici

    Clarksville | Cafés

    For quite possibly the best coffee in Austin, visit this little Clarksville coffee house that draws quite a crowd for quick business meetings...Read More

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    University of Texas Area | Cafés

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  • 15. Cain & Abel's

    University of Texas Area | Bars/Pubs

    This highly popular bar for college students on the University of Texas campus is not for the faint of heart. ...Read More

  • 16. Capital City Comedy Club

    North Austin | Comedy Clubs

    If you find yourself in North Austin, Cap City packs quite a punch with its stand-up comedian lineup. Sunday is open mic night. ...Read More

  • 17. Cedar Street Courtyard

    Live Music

    This place serves up a good time every night of the week, with live music from national and local bands. People love to catch the Spazmatics...Read More

  • 18. Cheer Up Charlie's

    East Austin | Bars/Pubs

    This Red River dive bar offers a friendly pour and serves as a great meet-up point before hitting the East Side bars and venues. With its location...Read More

  • 19. Clive Bar


    This Rainey Street area institution offers a fantastic courtyard, warm ambiance, and a friendly waitstaff in a historic Austin bungalow. Rainey...Read More

  • 20. Craft Pride


    It's no secret that Texas' craft beer scene has exploded in the past few years, and there's no better place to explore the wide world of Texas...Read More

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