location (3201 south lamar boulevard; 512.442.6189)
Recently declared an historic landmark, the Continental Club has been an Austin icon for many a decade on SoCo before SoCo was SoCo. Specializing in rockabilly, swing, and roots rock, there will be east coasting on the dancefloor if there’s room…
location (1315 south congress avenue; 512.441.0202)
After closing the original emo’s (a sad, sad, day…), the owners have reopened in a much nicer spot across the river and I-35 (and have real bathrooms (although the trough was part of the charm).
location (2015 east riverside drive)
Yes, it’s a bbq joint (bbq = okay…), but it is also a destination live music venue with a small stage/bar inside for local bands and a large multi-thousand outside venue out back for roadshows. Stubb’s tends to pull in name bands to play out back.
location (801 red river street; 512.480.8341)
The great gran-pappy of live music venues, Antone’s is often credited with starting Austin’s music scene. Focused primarily on blues, at least historically, the club has extended its oeuvre a bit.
location (213 west 5th street; 512.320.8424)