There’s good reason Austin is called the Live Music Capitalof the World.The city is famous for its fun and hip music districts.On any given night, the sound of blues, country, rock and roll, jazz, and folk blend into a unique genre that attracts even more patrons into more than 100 establishments now that all public places are smoke free.Listen to the music of Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Jerry Jeff Walker, Marcia Ball, and thousands of other musicians who play at indoor or outdoor settings around the city.
Music means good times in Austin.
The college-age crowd generally drifts to famous SixthStreet, a six-block stretch of bars and restaurants centered in the area between Congress Avenue and IH-35.Another large concentration of music venues is found in the trendy WarehouseDistrict along Fourth Street (frequented by supposedly more “mature” patrons.)
Have a rollicking good time:
525 E. Sixth St.
Brash and bold, the Follies hold nothing back from satire and parody, especially politics and foibles of Texans themselves.A mainstay on Sixth Street, the biting, but hilarious comedy, magic, and music of this theater troupe entertain all ages.Passersby walking on the street can be seen through a large window just behind the stage, and it’s not uncommon for them to peek inside, their puzzled expressions adding to the fun.
Listen to live music:
801 Red River St.
Indie spirits are alive and well at Stubb’s, one of the best known of the Red River district pubs and clubs. Known for bar-b-que, cold beer, and live music, Stubb’s is a great supporter of local musicians.
Threadgill’s World Headquarters
301 W. Riverside Dr.
A legend in the South Austin district, Threadgill’s proudly links old Austin to the new city ambience.It has been serving up comfort food and great music (think Janis Joplin, Jimmy Buffet, and Ray Charles) for more than 75 years.
Drink a beer:
1607 San Jacinto
Located just two blocks from “The University,” it’s only natural that histories of the two are inextricably intertwined.Celebrating victories is still an honored tradition at this iconic German restaurant, the oldest business in Texas.The atmosphere is always lively with an eclectic mixture of local celebrities, students, government officials, and business people imbibing food and drink, music and conversation.
Get a late night bite:
116 W. Fifth St.
Kill those midnight hunger pangs with pizza-by-the-slice at this small, no-frills pizzeria. The Onion serves zesty, traditional New York-style slices and other fast-food items popular with the flip-flop crowd.
2304 Lake Austin Blvd.
The homey cooking of this beloved Old Austin-style diner brings in all ages. Friendly staff, comfortable atmosphere, and generous portions (including vegetarian) appeal to almost everyone.Love breakfast?It’s served 24 hours, so go ahead and order the gingerbread pancakes at midnight.
Chez Zee American Bistro
5406 Balcones Dr.
Great place to drop in after a concert, theater performance, or night on the town.Linger over coffee and award-winning desserts like warm apple pie and lemon rosemary or chocolate decadence cake.
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