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. 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

  • 2. Aviary Lounge

    South Austin | 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 that's...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Emo's

    South Austin | Music Clubs

    Once a classic Red River haunt, this indie rock and punk venue is now on East Riverside, where a much larger main stage hosts internationally...Read More

  • 5. Saxon Pub

    South Austin | Music Clubs

    If you can get past this pub's low ceilings, sticky, beer-stained floors, and dark, crowded room, then you'll find a phenomenal music experience...Read More

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