Austin

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. Cactus Café

    University of Texas Area | Music Clubs

    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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Moontower Saloon

    Music Clubs

    Tucked away in South Austin, this mainly outdoor venue is the quintessential escape for a classic Texan live music and special events experience...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. The Belmont

    Music Clubs

    The grand dame of the trendy West 6th Street District, this fashionable bar and club has a swanky appeal with a lovely courtyard and Hollywood...Read More

  • 13. The Continental Club

    South Congress District | Music Clubs

    This is a Texas original—one of Austin's signature live music hubs, drawing a hard-drinking, music-loving crowd every night of the week. The...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. The Rattle Inn

    Music Clubs

    Stop by West 6th's upscale honky tonk, founded by country music legend Ray Benson in cahoots with Austin favorite, Ranch 616. This expansive...Read More

  • 17. The White Horse

    East Austin | Music Clubs

    Cowboys, hipsters, and dancing queens mix and mingle with surprising ease in this honky tonk for the modern age. Tucked off of East 6th Street...Read More

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