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Best Concerts in Austin

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Elephant Room

The Elephant Room has been deemed one of the finest jazz venues in the country. Its appeal largely stems from its unceasing lineup of regional favorites, touring greats and occasional jam sessions consisting of anyone who cares to take the stage. With its intimate ambiance and dedication to preserving the authenticity of jazz music, the Elephant Room stands as a cornerstone of Austin's cultural scene. Boasting a continuous lineup of local favorites, renowned touring artists, and spontaneous jam sessions, the Elephant Room's intimate setting and unwavering dedication make it an integral part of Austin's cultural tapestry.

315 Congress Avenue, The Historic Swift Building, Austin, TX, United States, 78701
ACL Live at The Moody Theater

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.

310 Willie Nelson Boulevard, Austin, TX, United States, 78701
The Parish

This is an intimate venue for those with sophisticated taste. From jazz to house, from acid rock to rap, from shoegaze to dub, the Parish Room runs the musical gamut. Touring acts such as Smog, Guided By Voices, Autechre and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have graced the stage here. Texas artists Sub Oslo, Lift To Experience, Explosions in the Sky, the Swells and more have also played here. This is the ultimate haven for music lovers and party animals.

501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX, United States, 78702
Scoot Inn

Scoot Inn, one of the oldest bars in Texas, is still going strong till date. And rightly so, as the amount of history that this bar has to offer with its interiors is inevitable. Apart from the classic decor, this beer garden serves beer and other drinks at great prices. Music is the core product of this dive bar, as people move to the sounds of Rock & Pop, Blues, Alternative Rock, Funk and lots more. A jukebox too to add to this musical atmosphere. One of the most visited and the best dive bars in Austin, is the place to go to at least once.

1308 East 4th Street, Austin, TX, United States, 78702
The White Horse

A vibrant gathering spot for locals, The White Horse is renowned for its diverse music and crafted beverages. Situated on Comal Street just east of downtown, the club radiates a rustic charm. With whiskey on tap, The White Horse showcases numerous live music performances and gigs. Visit over the weekend to see the crowd swaying to country tunes and enjoying affordably-priced drinks. The dimly lit, cozy interior creates an inviting atmosphere, making it an ideal destination for both music enthusiasts and those seeking a relaxed night out.

500 Comal Street, Austin, TX, United States, 79702
Mean Eyed Cat

Built to honor the late great Johnny Cash, the Mean Eyed Cat has a crowded back patio and plenty of man-in-black collectibles. The Mean Eyed stage, featuring live music almost every night of the week, is popular with patrons of all ages. Order a shot at the bar to go down, down, down into a burning ring of fire.

1621 West 5th Street, Austin, TX, United States, 78703
Continental Club

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.

1315 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, United States, 78704
Bass Concert Hall

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.

2350 Robert Dedman Dr, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, United States, 78712
Hole in the Wall

With its little stage having played host to some big names over the decades, Hole in the Wall has long been regarded as one of the city's most storied venues. Today, it mostly serves as a launching pad for local up-and-comers ranging in size and genre from 9-piece bluegrass bands to individual singer-songwriters. And although the nature of the crowd itself is subject to similarly sudden shifts (this often being a function of the performing schedule), the bar's proximity to UT brings in a steady flow of students and associated youngsters, most of whom come in for pitchers of Shiner and Lone Star.

2538 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX, United States, 78705

A hip concert venue, Emo's is home to regular shows and live music events. Located on East Riverside Drive in East Austin, it draws huge crowds during major events and shows. While showcasing a range of contemporary music concerts, it also rents out its facility for private events like parties and receptions. To see their upcoming schedule, please visit website or call ahead.

2015 East Riverside Drive, Austin, TX, United States, 78741
Carousel Lounge

Carousel Lounge is a mildly unorthodox bar in Austin, with a crazy circus theme. Check out the pink elephant and lion-tamer murals including a real miniature carousel behind the bar. Carousel Lounge is well-known for their unpredictable stage acts, from amazing musical acts or sensuous belly-dancers. Opened in the 1960s, this bar is still the favorite of many an Austin resident. The bar has a divey feel to it, with drinks available at dirt cheap rates.

1110 East 52nd Street, Austin, TX, United States, 78752
Sahara Lounge

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 in between. The Sahara Lounge is one of Austin's favorite places for what the city does best: live music.

1413 Webberville Road, Austin, TX, United States, 78721
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