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Five Best Live Music Venues in Austin

Posted by Richard Soto on Friday, January 16th, 2015 at 11:45am.

There’s no night out quite like one with live music, and there’s no hotter place to catch a band than Austin. Check out these sound environments for the best audio pleasure Austin can bring you.

The Elephant Room

So maybe you don’t think “jazz” when you think about Austin, but you should. And when you do, think of it at the Elephant Room, a cozy basement of a club with brick walls, low ceilings, and perfect seating.  


The White Horse

Prefer tattoos and rockabilly to jazz? You know Austin has you covered.  The White Horse is unapologetically dark and unadorned, apart from the glowing ruby-colored stage. This is the hub of Austin’s country music scene, and any band that plays to what would consider itself a honky-tonk crowd. White Horse also draws an older Tejano crowd, keeping in touch with the neighborhood’s more traditional roots. 


Sahara Lounge

Sometimes you don’t know what you’re in the mood for. So why settle for a place with just one kind of music. Sahara Lounge features everything from blues and indie rock to African and world music. And somehow it all fits perfectly in this roadhouse-style place. It’s not the prettiest girl at the dance, but Sahara Lounge is certainly the one you’ll fall for.


Hole in the Wall

As college bars go, Hole in the Wall has been the best one in town since the 70s. In its time, this bar has seen some major music history from some great artists ‒‒ Stevie Ray Vaughan, Shawn Colvin, and Lucinda Williams, for example. It’s the place to catch the great small-venue acts that pass through Austin, and it probably still will be when the 70s become cool again.  


The Carousel Lounge

Keep Austin weird, right? There’s no better place staying “Austin” than the Carousel. The circus-themed interior looks like something from a Tim Burton nightmare, including the pink elephant that lords over the stage. On stage, the best  small, indie, and experimental bands play. It is the epitome of grassroots Austin music.

1 Response to "Five Best Live Music Venues in Austin"

Nicki Mebane wrote: My husband & I own the Carousel. Thanks so much for putting us in this category. Come by for a cold beer. and enjoy the Great music. thanks

Posted on Sunday, January 18th, 2015 at 4:05pm.

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