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12 Most Iconic Music Venues in Austin

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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! 

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!

📍801 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

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!

📍310 W Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

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!

📍1308 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78702

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!

📍713 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

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.

📍1315 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

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.

📍3600 Presidential Blvd, Austin, TX 78719

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.

📍305 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

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!

📍912 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

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!

📍1502 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

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!

📍2015 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741

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!

📍Swift Building, 315 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

This 6th Street gem gives Austinites live performances of hip-hop, rock, funk, reggae, Latin, and more genres. The Parish is one of our favorite indoor venues for its intimate vibes and incredible lineups, so be sure to see a show here!

📍214 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

More Stuff to Do in Austin

Before you see a show at one of the iconic music venues in Austin, grab a bite to eat or drink in the area! Follow us on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and TikTok for restaurants, coffee shops, dessert spots, bars, and some of our favorite spots around the city! Also, tag us in your photos @StuffToDoInAustin so we can see where you went!

For more stuff to do around Austin, check out the Stuff to Do in Austin City Guide page and let us know what you want to see next! Make sure to enter your info above to subscribe for more Austin content.

Abby Hopkins

Abby Hopkins

Abby is a blogger for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Austin City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Austin area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinAustin on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.

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