The Best Music Venues in Austin
Austin is known for its outstanding live music scene, boasting more than 250 places to catch performances from local favorites and global talents. If you’re looking for ways to experience the best the city has to offer, browse this list of iconic music venues that feature state-of-the-art sound systems, historic stages and unparalleled views.
305 E. 5th St.
An Austin institution for over 40 years, Antone’s has become an invaluable hub for blues artists and fans alike. Legendary acts like B.B. King, Ray Charles and Stevie Ray Vaughan have all graced its stage over the years. The historic venue continues to treat fans to intimate shows, keeping blues alive and well in the state capital.
Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
801 Red River St.
Founded by pitmaster C.B. Stubblefield, Stubb’s Bar-B-Q is home to a top-notch outdoor stage. The amphitheater is a staple of the Red River Cultural District, offering a world-class lineup of touring musicians. Plus, stage visibility stays accessible whether you’re up close, taking it easy in the back or even running a little late.
ACL Live at the Moody Theater
310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.
ACL Live is a state-of-the-art building with an outdoor patio, a floor for private suites and a photo gallery featuring some of the best moments in music history. It’s also behind the award-winning music television series, Austin City Limits. Willie Nelson taped the first episode in 1974 and has left an indelible mark on the destination, which is now dubbed “the house that Willie built.” After your show, step out into the bustling 2ND Street District for instant access to shops and restaurants.
912 Red River St.
Opening in 2006, this tucked-away spot was made by music lovers for music lovers. Its multi-level outdoor patios create a one-of-a-kind viewing experience while the smaller indoor stage is ideal for a low-key night. Look out for hometown artists and popular special events.
The Continental Club
1313 S. Congress Ave.
It’s hard to talk favorite local haunts without mentioning The Continental Club on South Congress Avenue. The bar often draws crowds in from the street with an outpouring of infectious sounds and classic vibes. Keeping Austin’s original live music scene alive, it remains an exceptional place for a drink and show.
Long Center for the Performing Arts
701 W. Riverside Dr.
This entertainment fixture is not only a home base for Austin Symphony Orchestra and Austin Opera, but it also hosts thoughtful community events that highlight talented local artists. Catching a concert or fest on the beautiful terrace and lawn with the sparkling skyline as a backdrop is truly spectacular.
Empire Control Room
606 E. 7th St.
This funky location has three different stages and makes the perfect start to an adventurous night on the town. Empire knows how to put on a show alongside super fun themed music nights. Residents and visitors alike, make sure to check this one off your Austin bucket list.
2001 Robert Dedman Dr.
The new Moody Center was designed for big concerts, bringing in Harry Styles, John Mayer and Lizzo in its first few months. The 15,000-seat setting still feels intimate, as every seat has an excellent view of the stage, and vendors like Koko’s Bavarian and Stubb’s BBQ provide impressive concert grub. Thanks to a partnership between Oak View Group, Live Nation/C3 Presents, University of Texas and Matthew McConaughey, the $375 million Moody Center will host high-profile artists for years to come.
Historic Scoot Inn
1308 E. 4th St.
Since 1871, this eclectic space has brought a lot of character to East Austin. The landmark watering hole gets its name from its history as a stop for early pioneers looking for respite. These days, it offers an expansive outdoor beer garden and sweet slate of musical performances with an emphasis on indie bands.
Bass Concert Hall
2350 Robert Dedman Dr.
Bass Concert Hall is part of UT’s Performing Arts Center and responsible for some of the city’s finest productions. Get access to incredible Broadway shows, renowned musical names and esteemed classical ensembles. The 2,900-seat theater — the largest in Austin — offers a five-story lobby, large orchestra pit and advanced sound systems.
3201 S. Lamar Blvd.
If you want an essential Austin destination, visit this dance hall and honky-tonk. Country tunes, nostalgic decor, devoted regulars and lively two-step dance lessons make it an unforgettable experience. Local legend James White founded the joint in 1964. When you’re done cutting a rug, grab a beer and famous country fried steak.
713 Congress Ave.
Paramount Theatre’s unmatched ambiance immediately upgrades any show. While the signature marquee is a staple of Congress Avenue, its interiors are even more impressive with painted ceilings and velvety red seats. Daily in-demand acts make this a must-visit venue — especially during Austin’s music and film festival seasons.
Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park
1402 N. Trinity St.
For an outdoor experience, head to the Waterloo Park’s Moody Amphitheater, a new locale for musical nights in downtown Austin. The destination hosts community events, festivals and other celebrations, making it more than just a concert venue. Guests can take advantage of food trucks located at the western edge of Waterloo Park while enjoying music from star-studded acts as they perform in front of Austin’s signature skyline.