Based on a guide compiled by the
Department and the
Division of Rhetoric and Composition.
A smattering from over 100 clubs and bars in
Austin. Pick up a Chronicle or visit their
website for a
complete listing of venues and live music.
213 W. Fifth, 320-8424
Legendary blues club. Austin Chronicle : "See here for Red, Hot, Blue, and Get Down."
711 1/2 Red River, 479-ROCK
Citysearch: "No pretense-just a good cheap rock & roll club."
208 W. Fourth, 495-9669
Austin Chronicle Critics' Pick for Best Patio Pop Venue
2003: "Cool jazz and big fat martinis."
315 Congress, 473-2279
Austin Chronicle: "Dark and mysterious, this
unpretentious jazz bar has been an underground hit for
years." Located beneath the Kyoto Japanese Restaurant,
Haruki Murakami would feel right at home here.
705 Red River, 478-2979
Austin Chronicle Readers' Best Dance Music Club 2003:
"One of the world's friendliest Goth clubs."
208 E. Sixth, 320-8193
Variety of top 40's, rock, 80's, R&B.
1320 S. Lamar, 448-2552
Good range of music, some singer-songwriter,
some bluesy stuff, nice crowd. Smoky, but pleasant just the same.
Artz Rib House
2330 S Lamar Blvd, 442-8283
Excellent bluegrass and folk, no cover.
Rainbow Cattle Company
305 W 5th St, 472-5288
Voted Austin Chronicle 's Best Gay and Lesbian
Bar from 2000-2003. Features line and partner dancing on a huge floor.
The Broken Spoke
3201 S Lamar Blvd, 442-6189
Famous Austin honky-tonk with impressive two-steppers.
1315 S Congress Ave, 441-2444
Renowned dance and music hall with excellent happy-hour concerts.
510 South Congress, 474-7091
Another local favorite for the country and blues fan;
the dance floor is small, but well-populated with hipsters two-stepping.
Emos, Room 710, Red Eye Fly,
Club de Ville
Red River and 6th to 9th
An alternative to 6th Street, Red River's strip of bars
and clubs will rock your evening.
Iron Cactus Downtown
606 Trinity, 472-9240
Blues and local bands.
La Zona Rosa
612 W. Fourth, 472-2293
Citysearch: "...embodies Austin's laid-back, artsy vibe.
Local singer-songwriter types and major touring artists."
Austin Chronicle: "Cover band heaven or hell, depending
on your point of view." Includes a cozy side bar with an
ancient bartop carved with thousands of names.
412 Congress, 476-8017
"A swanky joint" with blues, jazz, ska.
801 Red River, 480-8341
Austin Chronicle Readers' Best Live Music Venue 2003