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Best Music Venues in Austin

Known as the "Live Music Capital of Texas" Austin is home to over 250 different music venues. On just about any given night, you can hear country, rock, bluegrass, jazz, singer songwriters, punk, and lots more at these Best of Austin Music Venues or any of the other live music venues in Austin. You'll find bars and clubs with live music spread throughout Austin - on Sixth Street, the University of Texas, South Lamar, East Austin, Market District, Downtown, the Warehouse District, and more. And musicians ranging from Duke Ellington to Janis Joplin to Ray Charles and BB King or Willie Nelson and Bob Wills have played music around Austin. Set a goal to visit the Best Music Venues in Austin.

The Big Dog Music Venues

Some of the Legends

  • Hole in the WallContinental Club - open since 1957 it's now the go to spot for retro roots, rockabilly, swing, and country in an atmosphere that's just as grungy glamorous as it was 50 years ago
  • Scoot Inn - a fixture in Austin since 1871 when it started selling beer and rations to passing pioneers
  • Hole in the Wall - a well known watering hole and music venue for UT students and music legends since 1974
  • Threadgill's - opened in 1933 as a gas station, got the first beer license in Travis County after prohibition, and was host to Janis Joplin in the '60s - now it is a well known music venue and restaurant

Intimate Listening Venues

  • The BlackheartThe Saxon Pub - Kris Kristofferson compared it to "playing in my own living room"
  • Winflo Osteria - music and Italian dinner on Thursdays in a 1922 Craftsman style bungalow
  • Cactus Cafe - host to singer songwriters and a monthly artist-in-residence program
  • Lamberts - a cozy setting with cushy booths, a full bar, the smoky scent of BBQ cooking downstairs, and room for 170 music lovers
  • The Blackheart - a dual stage venue in a historic house built in 1889

Venues for Jazz

  • Brass HouseBrass House - a swanky venue with two stages for jazz sessions, cabaret shows, and more
  • Elephant Room - a cozy basement bar with jazz every night

Country Music Venues

  • Rattle InnRattle Inn - a 7500 square foot modern honky tonk
  • Gruene Hall - established in 1878, this is one of the oldest dance halls in Texas
  • Broken Spoke - can't beat the chicken fried steak and some of the best honky tonk music around
  • The White Horse - whiskey on tap, free popcorn, great patio, and live country music nightly in a hip East side honky tonk

For Punk Music

  • BeerlandRed 7 - no frills indoor and outdoor venue on 7ths and Red River
  • Beerland - the go-to spot for punk, metal, and garage bands
  • Hotel Vegas - rowdy shows in a cool neighborhood

Venues For Everybody

  • Cedar Street CourtyardOne World Theater - showcasing music from diverse cultures in a lush hill country Tuscan style villa
  • The Belmont - a wide variety of acts performing in an open air courtyard plus an intimate bar and lounge area
  • Cedar Street Courtyard - ivy covered walls in an outdoor courtyard with patio furniture and varied performances
  • The North Door - home to a variety of music genres plus art, poetry, and film

For Rock & Indie Lovers

We must confess, we got the idea for this page and most of the content from Austin Monthly - one of the best and informative magazines in Texas.