One of the activities we missed most during the pandemic was concerts, and we are so excited to be able to go again as venues open back up and artists announce tours! If you’re an Austinite or a visitor and looking for something fun to do, we highly recommend seeing a show. Austin has incredible live music as well, with big-name national artists that play at the many incredible venues in the city.
Keep reading this guide for some of the most iconic music venues in Austin and grab your tickets now!!
Our Visit to the Moody Center
The new Moody Center that just opened at the end of April is truly amazing and a sight for sore eyes. The venue sits over 15,000 people and is in the heart of downtown Austin on the UT campus. It’s also the new home for the women’s and men’s basketball teams. You won’t want to miss any concert going on at the center, and we’re sure the venue will become a favorite among many Austinites. It’s also important to not overlook the impeccable concessions, bars and sitting/dining areas.
Stubb’s doubles as a BBQ joint and one of the most iconic music venues in Austin! Located in the heart of Red River District, this spot features lots of big-name artists in its outdoor amphitheater. Be sure to buy tickets well in advance because they tend to sell out quickly!
This iconic spot hosts about 100 concerts per year and has a capacity of 2,500, making it an intimate, but still rocking environment to see a show! Plus, ACL Live Moody has the “longest-running music series in American television history.” It’s definitely a must-visit for music lovers, especially since it’s located on Willie Nelson Blvd!
Historic Scoot Inn
Since 1871, the Historic Scoot Inn has provided East Austinites an incredible outdoor music venue. this spot features a large outdoor patio space with games, a dive bar inside with a lounge space, and a dance floor. Come watch the lineup of eclectic indie bands and enjoy a one-of-a-kind show!
The Paramount Theatre
In downtown Austin, the Paramount Theatre sits as a City of Austin Landmark, a State Landmark, and one of our favorite music venues! It has been on Congress Avenue for over 100 years and has consistently brought entertainment to Austinites and visitors, having more than 200,000 patrons every year. Seeing a show here is a must!
The Continental Club
The Continental Club is your ticket to incredible rock, country, jazz, and blues acts from Austin and around the country! Snag a picture in front of the classic neon sign outside the entrance and enjoy the show at this retro Austin relic.
The Saxon Pub
If you’re looking for a casual, buzzy environment to enjoy happy hour while listening to live music, check out The Saxon Pub! With drinks, bites to eat, and some of the greatest music legends around, this award-winning listening room is the perfect spot to wind down during the week or celebrate on the weekend.
Austin’s favorite blues venue is intimate and extremely worth your time. While it moved locations, it has remained consistent in finding talented artists that produce beautiful sounds. Whether it’s date night or you want to go out with friends, check out Antone’s for some of the best blues musicians from around the country.
If you’re looking for a wide range of artists, Mohawk is your place. This venue, located in the Red River District, features artists from a variety of genres and a crowd just looking to hear incredible music. With four levels of views and both an outdoor and indoor stage, there are plenty of options for you to enjoy the show!
This eclectic venue is decorated with gold wallpaper and taxidermy, making it a fun environment with great vibes. Enjoy DJs, live music, and the large outdoor patio while you sip on a drink or bite from the bar! Hotel Vegas is located in the heart of the East 6th Street arts and entertainment district, so you can guarantee a great time here!
Formerly known as The Back Room, Emo’s has made a name for itself as an iconic music venue in Austin. While it came from Houston, it has found a home here and is a favorite for music lovers, with a great lineup of local and national artists!
There’s nothing quite like an underground jazz bar, and we love Elephant Room! This spot features nightly live music and more than 20 draft beers and wines by the glass. If you’re looking for a more laidback music scene, this is the spot for you!
More Stuff to Do in Austin
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