Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, Texas has over 250 music venues you can visit. From intimate sets to extraordinary outdoor venues, Austin's live music will follow you everywhere you go in the city. Big fan of live music? Whether it's pop, rock, jazz, or the blue, we've listed the top iconic music venues in Austin that you definitely should checkout!
1. ACL Live at the Moody Theater
ACL Live at the Moody Theater is the perfect venue for those who love live gigs on a massive scale. ACL Live at The Moody Theater is home to live tapings of Austin City Limits, the longest-running music series in American TV history, and the statue of hometown music hero, Willie Nelson. ACL hosts approximately 100 concerts a year and within the state-of-the-art venue with a capacity of 2,750. Diverse performances can be witnessed within this premier music venue destination in Austin! Private and special events can are also offered by the ACL Private Events team.
2. Stubb's Bar-B-Q
Stubb's is one of the best music venues in town. More than just a BBQ joint, Stubb's combines the delectable BBQ with live music and a vibrant atmosphere. Stubb's Bar-B-Q is located downtown on the corner of 8th and Red River. This music venue in Austin was once home to Stevie Ray Vaugh and Joe Ely. Sit down for the Sunday Gospel Brunch or enjoy the live music with your favorite local bands!
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Since 1975, the iconic Antone's is Austin's home of the blues. Antone's is located in downtown Austin on Fifth Street and has brought a variety of blues and R&B musicians such as B.B King, Jimmy Reed, and Muddy Water to the Austin music scene. Antone's was restored in 2015 with a new team that brought the legendary venue back to downtown with a renewed focus on making Antone's the Home of the Blues.
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4. Saxon Pub
At The Saxon Pub, you can catch numerous acts in one night! The Saxon Pub opened in 1990 and has hosted over 30,000 musical performances and has been the location for films and live recordings. Enjoy free weekday happy hour shows or a late-night performance!
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5. Continental Club
The granddaddy of all local music venues! Located on South Congress, The Continental Club opened its doors in 1955 and has hosted Paul Ray, Cobras, and Double Trouble during the '70s and '80s. Its Continental Gallery located upstairs presents has a space that can hold 40 people making it an intimate venue for performances. You'll never know, a rock or movie star could be quietly sitting at the bar! Country, blues, jazz, and rock 'n roll fans will surely love this intimate music spot!
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