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One of the first streets surveyed in Austin, Sixth was originally known as Pecan Street. During the day, shops, restaurants and historic buildings are the main attraction, but by night, the street becomes festive with live music, shows and special events. On Friday and Saturday nights, the blocks are closed to automobile traffic for an all-out street party. Stop by for a beer or a show, or just enjoy watching the eclectic nightlife of Austin.
This club on Sixth Street is all about music. The Cantina has been providing Austin with original, diverse music for years. Depending on when you stop by, you will hear everything from reggae to rock, ska to dub, and punk to metal. This is a great place to encounter local people and hear their great local music, although occasionally it can get a little hot. Plenty of beer is offered to cool you off.
Started by a donation received from a church, the Trinity Street Players Theatre, is truly one of the best kept secrets of Austin. This no-nonsense and no-frills theater group presents some of the most heart-touching plays, that hit the spot every time. Located at Trinity Street, it lies a stones throw away from downtown. Amazing casting, strong performances and power-packed shows are what they seem to be popular for. There are no ticket prices to see any of their plays, however a donation is always appreciated. A highly recommended theater for all those who love this art form, Trinity Street Players Theatre won't disappoint you.
Located in the heart of Austin, the Ironhall is a great venue for hosting a wide range of small-scale functions. The hall's elegant wooden furnishings and exposed brick walls lend the space a very industrial look and feel. The 600 square-foot (55.74 square meters) can easily accommodate up to 500 guests, provided that they are standing.
A famous slogan states that everything is bigger in Texas, and if one views its capitol building, the age-old phrase rings true. Standing a stately 309 feet (94 meters) and modeled after the United States Capitol in Washington D.C., the Texas State Capitol owns the distinction of being the nation's tallest capitol building. Designed by architect Elijah E. Myers and constructed using lustrous red granite, the capitol took more than seven years to complete. It was finished in the year 1888 at a total cost of more than three million dollars, an extravagant price even by today's standards. The perfectly landscaped grounds reflect the languid pace of life under the central Texan sun, inviting passers-by for a quiet stroll or a lazy day under a tree.
Right next door to Esther's Follies, its sibling act is a venue for local and visiting comics. Featuring all the elements of the stand-up comic's typical venue; dimly lit, crowded audience, bar, central stage; it has sustained the careers of many a local comedian for ages. In the past, it has showcased people such as the late, great comics Sam Kinison and Bill Hicks, both of whom began their careers in Texas. Beer and other drinks are cheap and the comedy is pretty constant. A stable of regular performers keeps the place friendly do not be surprised if the Esther's Follies gang turns up a lot.