The Live Music Capital of the World: Best Venues in Austin, TX

Friday, October 22, 2021, 11:41 AM

Check out Austin’s numerous entertainment areas and beautiful outdoor sites. Active travelers can cycle and swim in the abundant open space before going bat-watching at the Congress Avenue Bridge in the evening. With so much to do – it may be time to look at houses for rent in Austin TX and make the move to Bat City. 

If you’re looking for a certain sound or want to expand your musical horizons, Austin offers places to go for solid music practically every night of the week. Legends and up-and-comers alike perform on these incredible platforms, which have just the right lighting, sound, and crowds. Every night of the week, you may watch great live performances at one of the city’s more than 250 music venues. Whether you prefer country-western music or punk rock, you’re bound to find a music venue worth checking out. 


The Mohawk

The main level in front of the stage is packed with rowdy fans, but those looking for a more relaxed atmosphere can pick from three balcony levels, including a rooftop patio and a bird’s-eye view of the show from the side. There’s also an indoor stage and a cozy fireside bar. The Mohawk is a go-to happy hour hangout even when there’s no live music.


The Parish is largely recognized as the city’s best sound venue. With its small, wood-floor interior and tiny, just-below-waist-high stage that includes various types of musicians, the 450-capacity upper level feels like an intimate safe-haven despite its placement amidst the rush and bustle of 6th Street. The only drawback is that because it’s all public admission, you’ll have to get there early to get the best seats.

ACL Live at The Moody Theater

Make sure to take a selfie in front of the statue of local music legend Willie Nelson. Every event at the Moody Theater sounds crisp, looks magnificent, and feels epic, thanks to state-of-the-art lighting and sound, as well as a formidable capacity (2,750 seats). The single major drawback is parking, which is a major issue given its location in the densely packed 2nd Street District. A few dollars for a meter or ridesharing, on the other hand, is a tiny thing to pay for a dependably high-quality live music experience.

The Continental Club

This iconic live music venue has now expanded to Houston, but nothing compares to the Austin original on South Congress Avenue. While you wait for the music to start, take a drink and get to know the folks around you because this place is a mix of Americana and Texan heritage. The gathering is one of the most diversified in the area, and out-of-town visitors are warmly welcomed.

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