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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.
Daniel H. Caswell House was built in 1899 and is located in central Austin. Not far from the Capitol and the Governor's Mansion, this was once the home of a prominent Austin family. With Victorian and Colonial revivalist architecture, it is known as one of the most beautiful local attractions. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in the 1970s and has been recognized as a Texas Historic Landmark. The home belongs to the Austin Junior Forum now, and is available to rent for special events.
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.
Just a few minutes from downtown Austin, Mercury Hall serves as a versatile venue for a variety of occasions and events. This hall was built in 1904, and has since then hosted countless weddings, fundraisers and performances. The secluded hilltop setting is the perfect nature backdrop for what will surely be a memorable event.
The historic building that now houses the Sahara Lounge has a long nightlife history, having been host to various clubs and restaurants since its construction in 1962. Today, the Sahara Lounge is a live music venue and bar that presents an eclectic array of music genres, from indie and country to African and Brazilian music, and everything between. The comfortable lounge offers up a Saturday buffet to its patrons and free snacks the rest of the week, so you can really get some bang for your buck. The Sahara Lounge is one of Austin's favorite places for what the city does best: live music.