One of Austin's top venues with indoor and outdoor stages
This Red River Street spot hosts killer shows by emerging Austin musicians on its large outdoor stage as well as on its more intimate indoor stage. Even with the stiff competition around town, this multi-level spot with strong drinks and cheap beer is truly one of the best music venues in Austin.
The White Horse
Hippest honky tonk in town
With a diverse crowd and cheap drinks, this high energy, no-frills spot for live music and dancing is about as fun as it gets. If you get hungry, the Bomb Tacos food truck is stationed out back, and if you need a bit of a break from dancing, they also have an small patio. Check their website to find out when they offer their free dance lessons. They usually charge a small cover on weekends.
The Continental Club
Austin institution for live music
This cozy, casual spot may not seem like it when you walk in, but it has been the hub of the Austin music scene for years. All of the greats who got their start in this city have played here at one time or another, often returning multiple times. While the main stage is downstairs at this classic venue for rock, country, blues, and rockabilly, don't discount The Gallery upstairs for a more low key listening experience.
Casual, neighborhood spot for great craft cocktails
You might not expect it from this unpretentious, affordable spot, but they serve some of the best drinks in the city alongside an expansive whiskey list. The rest of the offerings at this laid back spot are more along the lines of beer and a shot deals as well as Detroit style coney dogs, wings, sliders, and fries from the Delray Cafe food truck out front.
Three blocks of bungalows turned into bars and restaurants
This street that is filled with bars and restaurants that are housed in converted bungalow homes has become a hub of Austin's nightlife and dining scenes. If you see a bar that catches your eye, be sure to stop by, but these are some of our favorites: Bar Ilegal is a hidden, candlelit mezcal bar, Icenhauer's is a casual spot with fun bands on Sundays, Lucille is a cozy spot with a great patio, Half Step has high quality cocktails, and Craft Pride has one of the best craft beer selections in the city. And while Rainey Street is known primarily as a drinking destination, it is also home to some incredible restaurants including: L’Estelle House for French-American bites and wine on tap, Banger's for sausage, beer and an incredible outdoor space, Via 313 for Detroit-style pizza, and Emmer & Rye for incredible, small plates at a casual, fine dining spot.
Tourist nightlife destination with a few gems
This iconic Austin street is broken into three parts. This section of Sixth from Congress to I-35 is know as Dirty Sixth due to the fact that it is filled with drunk college kids and tourists. That being said, there are still a few gems that are worth visiting. Starting at Congress Avenue and heading east, these are our favorites: The Driskill is a classic, swanky hotel bar, Midnight Cowboy is an intimate, reservations only speakeasy, Casino El Camino is an old school bar with great burgers, Esther's Follies is a vaudeville theater with great comedy, and Easy Tiger is German-style beer garden with brats, pretzels and a great patio.