Live Music

The power of live music to make folks feel good is on full display at a host of Austin night clubs. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that Austin does things right. Multiple options let you tap into the venues that 10Best readers favor, like Elephant Room, or you can get a taste of the city's offerings by visiting places like Emo's, which is known for its Rock music. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Warehouse District area, know that terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout Austin.

South Austin
Saxon Pub


The Saxon has a history of supporting Austin's singer-songwriters, a large contingency of whom congregate every night to enjoy performances from the area's best and brightest or to play themselves. The club doesn't restrict itself to just one...  Read More

East End


Antone's is probably Austin's most famous music venue, featuring live blues acts seven nights a week. After several venue moves, the live music club has reopened on East 5th Street in late 2015. Jimmy Vaughan, Joe Ely, and Charlie Saxton are...  Read More

Warehouse District


If a laid-back brand of nightlife is your preference, this open-air place will be your haven. In a lovely tree-lined courtyard, quietly tucked between two buildings, Cedar Street Courtyard features great jazz by mostly local talents. When...  Read More

Congress Avenue


Voted Austin's "Best Jazz Bar" for seven years running, Elephant Room is located below street level and features cool jazz in an intimate setting seven nights a week. Local and national acts both take to the stage, and the joint is so hip that...  Read More

Red River District


This happening spot features two stages, an outdoor patio, and live music five or six nights a week. If you're into music that is underground, cutting-edge, and all-out high energy, this is your place. Past performers have included Smashing...  Read More

South Congress Avenue
Continental Club


Opened as a supper club in 1957, Continental Club initially hosted country performers, but by the 1960s it was featuring burlesque acts. The owners switched gears again in the 1970s, turning to rockers like Johnny Thunders and Stevie Ray...  Read More

Red River District


For a medium-sized music venue, Mohawk is hard to beat. The outdoor stage area hosts an eclectic mix of high-quality performers with enough space that it never feels claustrophobic but always lively. Drinks are reasonably priced, though waiting...  Read More

Warehouse District


The capacity of this live music venue is about 1200 (which is packed, to say the least), and there's precious little in the way of seating. But if you want to see the likes of Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Ministry, Los Lobos, King's X, Joe...  Read More

University Area
Cactus Cafe


One of the country's most respected music venues, UT's Cactus Café has hosted an amazing variety of performers: Lyle Lovett and his eclectic sounds, Alison Krauss and her contemporary bluegrass, talented songstresses Shawn Colvin and Ani...  Read More

South Austin
Broken Spoke


Critics have called this club the "best honky-tonk in Texas." Part of its appeal is that the country music dance hall's stage just barely rises off the dance floor, so patrons can get an intimate look at their favorite stars performing. The...  Read More