Top Live Music Venues in Austin

October 27, 2022/2 minutes reading

Austin, the Live Music Capital of Texas. Everyday of the week you can hear live music blasting out of virtually every corner of the city. You could be dining at a restaurant, enjoying cocktails at the bar, or simply taking a walk downtown, and still witness tons of talented performers taking the stage. Many visitors come in for the big festivals like ACL and SXSW. But the bread and butter of bat city are the appealing little venues that host excellent musical events nearly every day throughout the year. Whatever your preference; pop, rock, country, classical or EDM, here are the top 5 spots to catch live music in Austin, Texas.

A wild crowd at a music event.

1. The Continental Club

The Continental Club on South Congress should be at the top of any Austin list for both visitors and locals. It opened its doors in 1955, and the 200-capacity room has since hosted the likes of Double Trouble, Paul Ray and the Cobras and Joe Ely back in the 1970s and ’80s. As well as legends like Robert Plant and Wanda Jackson more recently. The tiny stage and small room make any show intimate and electric.

2. Stubbs

There’s a ton of reasons why Stubb’s is one of the best venues in town. The 1,800-capacity spot is in the heart of the Red River District. Ground zero for musicians like Joe Ely and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Although small in size, Stubbs has impeccable sound and light displays, plus clear sightlines from almost anywhere. It's always a great place to enjoy with friends over some live music, and BBQ. Their chopped beef sandwich or brisket platter is world class.

A person holding a guitar in front of a microphone.

3. Antone's

Though it’s not the same as the original 6th Street location. Antone’s (now on 5th Street) still maintains the name of the “World-Famous Home of the Blues” originally opened by Clifford Antone in 1975. Over the last 40 years, Antone’s has been a base for traveling and local blues acts like Albert King, Muddy Waters, and B.B King. Antone’s still hosts renowned blues and roots musicians in its 450-capacity room.

4. Mohawk

Sitting at the northern end of the Red River District is a top destination for musicians and one of the most-loved local venues among live music fans. If you’re looking to get rowdy, The Mohawk is the place for you. Fans can flood the ground level in front of the stage while others seeking a more laid-back experience can choose between three balcony levels. Including a rooftop patio and a side-stage viewing space. There’s also a fireside bar and indoor stage.

A rooftop marquee that spells 'Live Music'.

5. Historic Scoot Inn

Scoot Innis an iconic Austin Live Music Venue and was established in 1871. The introduction of the city's railway prompted Sam and Nancy Wilson to open a grocery store next to the tracks. The business operated until 1955 when Aubrey Ivy (nicknamed "Scoot") and his wife purchased the store and renamed it Scoot Inn. One of the best indoor and outdoor music venues in Austin. It's been in business off and on for the last 140 years. Making it one of the oldest Honkey Tonks in Texas.

A trombone player absolutely crushing it in front of a massive crowd.