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. Broken Spoke

    South Austin

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

  • 2. The White Horse

    East Austin

    Cowboys, hipsters, and dancing queens mix and mingle with surprising ease at this honky-tonk for the modern age. The on-site food truck, Bomb Tacos, is...Read More

  • 3. Cheer Up Charlies


    This beloved LGBTQ-friendly dive bar and dance club on Red River offers a friendly pour (whether it's a Lone Star beer, biodynamic wine, or kombucha...Read More

  • 4. Hotel Vegas & The Volstead

    East Austin

    If the sun has set, midnight is approaching, and you're ready to not only hear but feel some beats, then hit up these side-by-side sister...Read More

  • 5. Barcelona

    Sixth Street District

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

  • 6. Dallas Night Club

    North Austin

    For mainstream country-and-western music and dance, this is the place. It's a jaunt north from the downtown scene, but on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday you...Read More

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