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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Driskill Bar

    Sixth Street District | Bars/Pubs

    The old-fashioned bar at the historic Driskill Hotel is where history is made, from heavy-hitter political and business deals made over a handshake...Read More

  • 4. Esther's Follies

    Sixth Street District | Comedy Clubs

    There's really only one place in downtown Austin known for its rip-roaring comedy shows. Esther's has kept Austin rolling with laughter for...Read More

  • 5. Maggie Mae's

    Sixth Street District | Bars/Pubs

    This is one of 6th Street's longest-running establishments and features an Irish style bar, New Orleans style courtyard, three stages, and one...Read More

  • 6. Midnight Cowboy

    Sixth Street District | Bars/Pubs

    An evening reservation at this diminutive cocktail club is an absolute must for craft cocktail lovers. The premises formerly housed an Asian...Read More

  • 7. Parkside


    Known as the downtown hub of fine food and drink during SXSW for years, this bar will offer extended hours during the event. Drop in to refuel. ...Read More

  • 8. Shakespeare's Pub

    Sixth Street District | Bars/Pubs

    One of historic 6th Street's lively pubs, with friendly waitstaff and an outdoor patio, Shakespeare's is a laid back yet hard drinking watering...Read More

  • 9. The Gibson Lounge at Maggie Mae's

    Sixth Street District | Music Clubs

    One of the top spots for live music on the perpetually vibrant East 6th Street since 1978, Maggie Mae’s adjacent concept, The Gibson Lounge...Read More

  • 10. The Parish and The Parish Underground

    Sixth Street District | 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 and its...Read More

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