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Best Weekly Live Music Spots in Austin

  • May 1, 2023
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As the “Live Music Capital” Austin is bountiful with live music spots. With tons of diverse genres, our city is a hub for various musical acts all across the city. From jazz, blues, electronica, and tons of local indie bands, you can find something for every taste! Live Music Spots in Austin.

Central Machine Works

This popular eastside hangout is known for an assortment of beers in this unique microbrewery beer hall. Enjoy pub food and tons of local beers from their brewery when you visit Central Machine Works. With their huge indoor/outdoor space, Central Machine Works hosts tons of popup markets and live music regularly. See why Central Machine Works is one of the best live music spots in the city.

Hours & Location

MON | Closed
SUN | 11AM-10PM


📍4824 East Cesar Chavez Austin, TX 78702

Mozart’s Coffee

Looking for some live music on the waterfront? Check out Mozart’s Coffee for your next excursion. Famous for their holiday lights on the waterfront, Mozart’s Coffee offers all your favorite classic espresso beverages, baked goods, and seasonal smoothies. Check out who’s playing next at one of the best live music spots on the downtown Austin waterfront.

Hours & Location



📍3825 Lake Austin Blvd. Austin, TX 78703

Meanwhile Brewing

Not only does Meanwhile Brewing have a fine selection of beers to choose from, they also serve an array of coffee. Nothing beats a thick nitro cold brew on tap! With enough space to jam, musical acts have been entertaining patrons here for years. Enjoy a variety of live music acts daily by checking their events calendar.

Hours & Location

SAT | 9AM-11PM


📍4824 E. Cesar Chavez St. Austin, TX 78702

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📷 Idle Hands Facebook

Idle Hands

Enjoy tasty street food and cocktails all in the outdoor setting of Idle Hands. Nestled in the middle of Austin’s historic Rainey Street, Idle Hands is home to tons of live music acts on the daily. Enjoy specialty cocktails, frozen summertime drinks, and delicious bites all while listening to live music.

Hours & Location

SUN | 12PM-12AM


📍85 Rainey St. Austin, TX 78701

📷 Friends Bar

Friends Bar

Chill out in a laidback atmosphere when you come to Friends Bar on Austin’s famous 6th Street. A popular spot for locals and visitors alike, Friends Bar is home to live music every night. Check their events calendar for all the upcoming acts at one of the most respected live music spots in Austin.

Hours & Location

MON | 11AM-2PM; 7PM-2AM
TUES & WED | 11AM-2PM; 5PM-2AM


📍208 E. 6th Street Austin, TX 78701


Famous for live music and delicious tastes, Geraldine’s is a favorite among Austinites. Known for its fantastic array of innovative cocktails, Geraldine’s has tons of delicious options for bites and drinks while you enjoy an evening of live music. Check out their events calendar and head to one of the most iconic live music spots in Austin!

Hours & Location

MON-THURS | 7AM-10AM; 5:30PM-9:30PM
FRI | 7AM-10AM; 5:30PM-10PM
SAT | 10AM-3PM; 5:30PM-10PM
SUN | 10AM-3PM; 5:30PM-9:30PM


📍605 David St. Austin, TX 78701

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📷 Chuck Hood

Elephant Room

If you’re new to Austin or just visiting, a true live music experience is a must. Right in the heart of downtown Austin, the Elephant Room is an underground cocktail room featuring live jazz music nightly. Since 1991 the Elephant Room has featured local musicians and visiting artists from all over the perform in the iconic musical basement. Check their events calendar for the next musical act! 21 and over only.

Hours & Location

Every Day | 5PM-2AM


📍315 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78704


Whether you’re starting or ending at Banger’s on your Rainey Street romp, it’s always a good time for live music. One of the best live music spots, Banger’s features music every weekend on Saturday and Sunday and enjoy good eating like jalapeño mac’n cheese, smokehouse fries, and so many sausage sandwiches!

Hours & Location

FRI | 12PM-11PM
SAT | 11AM-12AM
SUN | 10AM-5PM


📍79 Rainey Street Austin, TX 78701

📷 Butterfly Bar @ The Vortex Facebook

The Butterfly Bar at The Vortex

This next setting offers a whimsical patio environment full of butterflies. The Butterfly Bar at The Vortex showcases a multitude of shows like live music, dance, trivia, art gallery showings, and popup markets. This East Austin hangout is a certified butterfly sanctuary and one of the best live music spots in the city.

Hours & Location



📍2307 Manor Rd. Austin, TX 78722

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