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Austin Nightlife

The nightlife in Austin is one of the city's main attractions. Whether you're looking for dance clubs, two-steppin' or dive bars, the city has something for all tastes. Most of the nightlife is congregated in the Downtown area, but the action has since spilled over into East Austin, where many of the city's "hipsters" enjoy bars and eateries that are a little rough around the edges. Sixth Street is Austin's version of New Orleans' Bourbon Street and shuts down during weekend nights to accommodate revellers. Sixth Street can get a little rowdy, so if you're looking for an area that is more low-key and sophisticated, head for the bars and clubs on West Sixth Street.

Bars in Austin

Midnight Cowboy

Owned by the people behind the beloved Alamo Drafthouse chain and located in a former massage parlour, this exclusive bar is as tiny as it is popular. Appreciators of the fine cocktail will enjoy this reservation-only bar, but be forewarned: there is a two-drink minimum and the drinks are strong. Midnight Cowboy is a quiet spot amongst the madness of Sixth Street.

Address: , 313 E 6th Street, Austin,
Telephone: (512) 843 2715.
Website: http://www.midnightcowboymodeling.com


The bar-slash-music venue in the heart of the Red River Music District features a rotating door of local events and travelling shows. Owned by the same tribe that puts on the alternative music festival Fun Fun Fun Fest, Mohawk is a place to be seen and be heard.The venue typically has a cover and parking can get a little tricky; don't be opposed to showing up early for a good parking spot in front of the stage.

Address: , 912 Red River Street, Austin,
Telephone: (512) 587 2369.
Website: http://http:/www.mohawkaustin.com

The White Horse

Located in the edgy East Sixth district, this watering hole is where cowboys and hipsters meet to listen to bluegrass, drink whiskey on tap and two-step. Though the place may smell a little funky from the horses they let through the front door, it's one of the few remaining "truly Austin" hangouts and the clientele often forgives the grimy appearance for its country charm.

Address: , 500 Comal Street, Austin,
Telephone: (512) 553 6756.
Website: http://www.thewhitehorseaustin.com

Clubs in Austin

Broken Spoke

A cherished Austin staple, this old-school homestead for country-line dancing still remains strong and tall though condos are sprucing up like weeds around it. Cowboys and cowgirls have been coming here to listen to the serenades of local and travelling country stars and to drink libations since 1964. Thought the landscape of South Austin is changing dramatically, one thing is for certain: the Broken Spoke always remains the same.

Address: , 3201 S Lamar Boulevard, Austin,
Telephone: (512) 442 6189.
Website: http://www.brokenspokeaustintx.com

Continental Club

One of South Congress's greatest fixtures, the Continental Club is known for being the home of some of Austin's most revered musicians, as well as hosting the occasional secret show from new resident Robert Plant. With its neon sign, vintage decor and good ol' rock n' roll music, patrons feel as though they walked into a bygone era, and in a way they have. The Continental Club remains one of Austin's oldest music clubs.

Address: , 1315 South Congress Avenue, Austin,
Telephone: (512) 441 2444.
Website: http://www.continentalclub.com

Oilcan Harry’s

Austin features several gay bars and clubs, but Oilcan Harry's is arguably the most popular hangout for gays and straights alike. Featuring three bars and an outdoor deck, this hotspot also boasts drag events, guest speakers and fundraisers. Don't be surprised if a friend or two of RuPaul's drops by for a visit and make sure to get dressed up before you head over. Dressing over-the-top is the MO of Oilcan Harry's.

Address: , 211 W 4th Street, Austin,
Telephone: (512) 320 8823.
Website: http://http:/www.oilcanharrys.com

Live music in Austin

ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Home to the famous Austin City Limits tv show, this newly-built, 2,750-person capacity theatre replaced the original stage that was located at the UT campus. The Moody Theater allows music lovers to purchase tickets to see some of their favourite big-name acts, but be forewarned: if they're doing a tv show taping, you still can't buy tickets as the audience is exclusively selected.

Address: , 310 Willie Nelson Boulevard, Austin,
Telephone: (512) 471 4811.
Website: http://www.acl-live.com/venue


Antone's packed its bags from its Downtown address and moved to East Riverside. News on the street is that it's moving back to Downtown next year. Nonetheless, this music club has been a popular joint to catch live music since 1975. Music promoter and club owner Clifford Antone made Antone's a household name by featuring blues acts such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy and former local resident Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Address: , 2015 E Riverside Drive, Austin,
Telephone: (512) 800 4628.
Website: http://www.antonesnightclub.com


Once located in Downtown's Red River Music District, this famous music venue now rests on East Riverside where it can accommodate plenty of music fans. Featuring both local and touring acts, Emo's is popular venue during city-wide events such as SXSW and ACL.

Address: , 2015 E Riverside, Austin,
Telephone: (512) 693 3667.
Website: http://www.emosaustin.com

Classical music in Austin

Dance in Austin

Theatres in Austin

One World Theater

Located in far west Austin, One World Theater was constructed to highlight music from different cultures. It routinely showcases various local and travelling musicians and performers.

Address: , 7701 Bee Cave Road, Austin,
Telephone: (512) 330 9500.
Website: http://www.oneworldtheatre.org

Paramount Theater

Opened in 1915, The Paramount Theater remains Austin's most majestic theater. Featuring an array of music acts, movies, lives shows and more, everyone from Woody Allen to Willie Nelson have performed in the ornate halls of this classic beauty. The Paramount is also utilized during film festivals such as SXSW and the Austin Film Festival. Trying walking down Congress Avenue and not be blown away by the impressive presence of this theater.

Address: , 713 Congress Avenue, Austin,
Telephone: (512) 472 2901.
Website: http://www.austintheatre.org

Zach Theater

Named after Austin-born Hollywood actor Zachary Scott, this newly remodeled 420-seat theater features a stellar view of Lady Bird Lake, classrooms and multiple theaters that showcase travelling and local plays. If you're itching to catch a Broadway show, the Zach Theater is your best bet. The theater also offers camp and plays for children and families year-round.

Address: , 1510 Toomey Road, Austin,
Telephone: (512) 476 0541.
Website: http://www.zachtheatre.org

Music and Dance in Austin

The Long Center

Home to the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera and Ballet Austin, this cultural centre showcases several theatres, halls, outdoor parks, lounges and terraces. Due to its breathtaking views of Lady Bird Lake and the Downtown skyline. Austinites surround the Long Center to listen to the Austin Symphony Orchestra perform the 1812 Overture during the 4 July fireworks display.

Address: , 701 W Riverside Drive, Austin,
Telephone: (512) 457 5100.
Website: http://www.thelongcenter.org

Culture in Austin

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Featured Hotels


The Driskill

Built in 1886 and still standing as one of Austin's oldest buildings, this stately, and allegedly haunted, hotel sits in the epicenter of Downtown at Sixth Street near Congress Avenue. Enjoy staying in the ornate and classic rooms, grab a bite at the restaurant, 1886 Cafe and Bakery, and a drink at the Driskill Bar.

Intercontinental Hotel Stephen F. Austin

Located on Seventh Avenue at Congress Avenue, this impressive hotel is a common destination for travellers needing to be in the thick of the action. Featuring 189 large rooms with soft bedding, the hotel also offers a beautiful pool, a Jacuzzi and bar and restaurant offering hand-crafted beer, wine, cigars and fine food.

Four Seasons

The Four Seasons offers beautiful views of Lady Bird Lake with direct access to the Hike and Bike Trail. Located in Downtown Austin the Four Seasons offers a heated saltwater pool babysitting eucalyptus steam room and complimentary electric car charging station.

Hotel San Jose

Once a flophouse in the middle of what used to be a downtrodden neighbourhood, Hotel San Jose is now one of the premiere boutique hotels in all of Austin. Featuring hacienda-style rooms with access to a romantic courtyard with drink service and pool, Hotel San Jose is not only loved by guests, but by locals who enjoy sipping on cocktails in the warm atmosphere.

Hotel Saint Cecilia

Owned by the same proprietors as Hotel San Jose, this quaint boutique hotel located in a gorgeous Travis Heights estate was named after the patron saint of music and poetry. Hotel Saint Cecilia offers 14 impeccable guest suites and a photo-worthy pool with a neon sign illuminating it. Favoured by celebrities.

Heywood Hotel

Arguably East Austin's first modern boutique hotel, this seven-room converted home features coffee service, Wi-Fi, bicycles, parking and an internet jukebox. For travellers who enjoy simple and sleek designs or to be in walking distance to the hot spots of East Austin and Downtown, the Heywood Hotel is a perfecting resting place.