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Best Entertainment in Austin

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Delighting audiences with stellar improv shows and plays, The Hideout Theatre is a premier comedy club in the city. A coffee shop onsite serves delectable snacks, which you can munch on while you watch performers put on their best act. The theater also offers improv classes and conducts workshops for adults and kids alike.

If Austin-area jazz lovers feel ignored, it is justified; the local music scene, multi-faceted as it may be, has always neglected their genre of choice. However, what the region lacks in quantity, the Elephant Room more than makes up for in quality. It has been deemed as one of the finest venues in the country by none other than Wynton Marsalis (and subsequently honored by a unanimous resolution of the Texas Senate for having earned the jazz legend's admiration). The appeal stems largely from the club's unceasing lineup of regional favorites, touring greats, and, once in a while, plain ol' jam sessions consisting of anyone who cares to take the stage.

This venue, south of the river, is a throwback to the 1950s. Roots rock and country reign supreme in this bar, where one can often find men in leather jackets and classic Cadillacs out front. With live music nightly, tributes to Elvis, and celebrations of Hank William's birthday, this place is great for dancing, drinking and kicking back on the high stools. Happy hours feature some of Austin's favorite songwriters. The venue has broadened its range of live music to include occasional indie rock.

"Football doesn't build character. It eliminates the weak ones," said Darrell Royal, the Head coach of the Texas Longhorns. In 23 years as a head coach, Royal never had a losing season. To honor his commitment and contribution, the University of Texas named this stadium after him in 1996. The ground is home to the Texas Longhorns, and is a no-smoking facility. Located on East 23rd Street, the Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium boasts of the seating capacity of over 100119 people.

Serving as the home for Austin's arts community, the multi-functional Long Center showcases a variety of performances throughout the year. With three performance stations, the Michael and Susan Dell Hall, the Debra and Kevin Rollins Studio Theater and City Terrace, audiences and performers are provided with ample space to share their passion for the Arts. Dell Hall is a massive 2,400 seat auditorium which features parterre, mezzanine and balcony seating. A variety of large-scale performances have performed here. The Rollins studio space, facilitates independent and community projects, as well as movie screenings and conferences. The City Terrace is there to provide space for any kind of performance imaginable, and the center invites all to take advantage of it. Check the website for information on tickets and performance schedules.

TopGolf is a fun entertainment and recreation spot for people of all ages, from kids to adults. This golf course guarantees a lot of fun, with visitors being able to book bays for themselves. They also have membership and VIP passes available, in addition to organizing golfing summer camps for kids. The center is also home to a bar and restaurant that plays host to some fun and happening parties from time to time.

This auditorium has a 300-seat capacity and fills a gap in the local arts scene for a smaller, elegant venue for music, dance and theater performances. State-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, a mezzanine and a raised stage mean that every seat in the house is a good one. It's part of the Barton Creek Arts Center, an entire complex dedicated to the arts, environment and education. Located on a hillside overlooking picturesque tree canopies and streams, it's about ten minutes from downtown. The theater is the brainchild of One World, a local non-profit arts organization.

A little bit of the Great White Way can be found deep in the heart of Texas. Like the movie studio which shares its name, this theater is grandiose and ambitious with 1250 seats available to host an estimated 160,000 people a year. The calendar features both visiting and local stage productions of musicals and dramatic plays, one-person acts, orchestral performances, children's shows, revivals of great old movies and (because this is Austin) the occasional visiting live-music act. A horn of plenty for theater, music and entertainment fans.

Constructed using sustainable technology, ACL Live at The Moody Theater is a state of the art facility hosts a variety of musical acts throughout the year. With a capacity to hold more than 2,700 guests among three levels of seating, this venue has drawn musicians such as Willie Nelson, Robyn, the Gipsy Kings and more. If you've ever watched Austin City Limits Live on television, you'll no doubt recognize this Austin staple.

Seating nearly 3,000 people, the largest auditorium on the University of Texas campus is host to a myriad of performances. Opera, symphony, ballet and even traveling Broadway shows use this venue. A computerized lighting board and orchestra pit that can be raised or lowered provides a wealth of options for performing organizations. Perfect for an aria or a symphony, Bass Concert Hall is likely to have a show to fit everyone's taste.

Blazer Tag is one of the largest laser tag arenas in Texas, where a maze-like collection of towers, ramps and bridges (up to three floors high), as well as lights, sounds, music and fog, create the ultimate laser tag experience. Strap on the lightweight vest and arm yourself with a futuristic laser gun. It's a great outing with family or friends, no matter what age you are. The venue makes for the perfect place for a themed laser tag birthday party or a bachelors night out. Host your party here, and people are bound to remember it for ages.

With over 20 locations throughout the country, K1 Speed presents a fun option for indoor go kart racing. Located in the North Burnet area, this place makes for an immensely enjoyable time, especially when reserved for large corporate and private groups. Equipments like helmets, provided by the management are state-of-the-art and well-maintained, whereas the serving staff is helpful and patient. Whether it's for a group of adults looking to have an exciting race or a fun, kiddie birthday party, K1 Speed makes for a wonderful time.

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