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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  • 1. Stubb's Bar-B-Q

    Music Clubs

    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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Beerland

    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 a thrashing...Read More

  • 5. Caffé Medici


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  • 6. Caffé Medici

    University of Texas Area | Cafes–Nightlife

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  • 7. Caffé Medici

    Clarksville | Cafes–Nightlife

    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

  • 8. Cedar Street Courtyard

    Music Clubs

    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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Deep Eddy Cabaret

    Clarksville | Bars/Pubs

    Touted as Austin's neighborhood beer joint, this place has an old Austin dive bar atmosphere, complete with ice cold brews, pool tables, and...Read More

  • 12. Elephant Room

    Music Clubs

    Jazz fanatics hold court at this basement locale, named one of the top ten jazz venues in the United States by the famed Wynton Marsalis. A...Read More

  • 13. Half Step


    A prime spot for craft cocktail aficionados Half Step is a swanky locale boasting first-rate bartenders who are serious about cocktails, but...Read More

  • 14. Handlebar


    Easily found by the oversized mustachioed silhouette painted on the side of the building, this dapper downtown bar gives only a nod to the old...Read More

  • 15. Hangar Lounge


    Originally opened by local celebrity Lance Armstrong, this lively Warehouse District bar quickly became a place to see and be seen. The warm...Read More

  • 16. Holy Mountain

    Comedy Clubs

    This small live music venue attracts a diverse range of bands and DJs, in every genre from rock to hip-hop, Tuesday–Sunday throughout the year...Read More

  • 17. J. Black's


    One of West Sixth's mainstay bars, J Black's Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge combines a college heavy crowd with a swanky backdrop. The weekend...Read More

  • 18. Lamberts

    Music Clubs

    Lambert's offers a luxurious take on barbeque in its swanky 2nd Street historic district locale while offering live music almost every night...Read More

  • 19. Mean-Eyed Cat


    Now overshadowed by a towering condo project, this little shack of a bar owes its name to the Man In Black. It may look more like a lean-to...Read More

  • 20. Mohawk

    Music Clubs

    By sheer force, this Red River District establishment is one of the best live music venues in Austin. With a cool indoor indie rock space...Read More

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