Discover Austin: Music, Food, and Drinks

 

As the “Live Music Capitol of the World of the World”, the music lover can find anything from blues to punk to jazz on any given night as most bars host live music nights. Lively 6th Street is at the center of nightlife with bars and restaurants concentrated in the area. With hundreds of establishments located downtown, there is truly something for anyone.

Many have said that East Austin has become the #1 neighborhood for the LGBTQ community in Austin. Close to downtown, hiking and biking trails along the river, and new trendy bar/restaurants many residents are moving into the area.  

 

Top LGBTQ Bars

Cheer up Charlies  | 900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

"Queer, LGBT/Everybody space, with live music & dance parties nightly, Kombucha on tap, fresh juice cocktails & more!"

 

Oilcan Harry’s | 211 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

"Boisterous, spacious gay dance club with theme nights & a weekly late-night drag show, plus a patio."

 

Highland Lounge |  404 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701

"Sprawling gay nightclub featuring a large, energetic dance floor, specialty cocktails & a patio."

 

Rain on 4th |  217 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

"Predominantly gay club draws a mixed crowd for dancing, weekly events & specials, even bingo."

 

The Iron Bear | 121 W 8th St, Austin, TX 78701

"Lively LGBT-friendly hangout offering DJ parties, pool, karaoke & daily happy hour."

 

 

Other Top Bars

Roof Top on 6th | 403 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

"Popular night spot with an energetic crowd, DJs, dancing & booth seating & a large open air terrace."

 

Elephant Room | Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

"Underground jazz bar with nightly live music, plus more than 20 draft beers & wines by the glass."

 

The White Horse | 500 Comal St, Austin, TX 78702

"Live country music is served up in this hip, upbeat, sprawling honky-tonk with a taco truck outside."

 

The Townsend | 718 Congress Ave #100, Austin, TX 78701

"Modern cocktails & elegant small plates served in a historic space with chic, throwback decor."

 

Top Live Music Venues

The Continental Club | 1315 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

"Rock, country, jazz & blues acts, national & local, are found at this legendary South Congress club."

 

Victory Grill | 1104 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

"Originally on the Chitlin' Circuit, it's hosted acts like James Brown, Billie Holiday & B.B. King."

 

The White Horse | 500 Comal St, Austin, TX 78702

"Live country music is served up in this hip, upbeat, sprawling honky-tonk with a taco truck outside."

 

Stubb’s BBQ | 801 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

"Beer, brisket and music Downtown with a renowned Sunday gospel brunch."

 


Stay Gold | 1910 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

"Hip venue for craft cocktails & beer, a stage for live music & comfort eats from Toaster food truck."

 

Lambart’s Downtown BBQ | 2nd Street District, 401 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

"Fancy BBQ & other meaty fare in a refurbished general store with an upstairs bar with live music."

 

Top Restaurants

Sophia’s | 500 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

"A modern take on an Italian-American supper club, serving updated Italian favorites & cocktails."

 

Franklin Barbecue | 900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

"Long lines form early for brisket, pulled pork & other smoked meats at this lunch-only spot."

 

Veracruz All Naturals | 900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

"Simple trailer with picnic tables for tacos with spit-grilled meats or veggie options, plus migas."

 

Buenos Aires Cafe | 1201 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

"It’s all about Argentina at the East Side restaurant, where meat is the centerpiece, from grilled steaks, short ribs, chicken, and more, to other South American specialities."

 

Old Thousand | 1000 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

"Chinese dishes with a modern twist served in a hipster-vintage space with craft drinks & cool music."

 

EastSide Tavern | 1510 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

"Rustic tavern with a patio & a rooftop deck focused on smoked meats, craft beer & draft cocktails."

 

Pieous | 12005 W Hwy 290, Austin, TX 78737

"Scratch-made Neapolitan pizza, sandwiches & sweet pies in a handcrafted space with chalkboard walls."