Cover Photo by John Cabuena via

Austin, Texas is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” and with over 250 live music venues and dozens of music festivals throughout the year, it is easy to see why. From Sixth Street to South by Southwest, there is something for every music lover planning a trip to Austin. These are the top live music venues by genre, or opt for one of the popular festivals for those who like a bit of everything.

Jazz Lovers: The Elephant Room

elephant room austin

Image by Eelke de Blouw under Creative Commons License.

Ever since it opened its doors in 1991, the Elephant Room has been the go-to venue for jazz in Austin. With live music acts taking the stage six nights per week and its charming basement location tastefully adorned with neon signs and an intimate stage, jazz lovers can’t go wrong.

Visiting Info: 315 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701. Free Admission Monday-Thursday. Small cover Friday-Saturday.


Rock Lovers: Stubb’s Bar-B-Q

stubbs bbq

Image by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid under Creative Commons license.

While a Bar-B-Q joint might not be the most obvious choice for rock music, Stubb’s Bar-B-Q is one of the most popular music venues in the city. Headlining bands typically fit in the indie or alternative rock genre, although Stubb’s often showcases new acts from across the musical sphere. Be sure you leave room for the food. Stubb’s has some of the best barbecue around.

Visiting Info: 801 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701. Ticket prices vary. Check out what’s coming up.


Country Lovers: Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon

Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon

Image by by Numinosity (Gary J Wood) under Creative Commons License

Known as one of Austin’s best dive bars, if there is such an accolade, Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon is small, crowded, and on the grungier side. That being said, the venue remains popular for its local country acts and old style dance floor. Don’t expect standing room. Many visitors sit outside and drink to the sounds of the music inside.

Visiting Info: 5434 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756. Cover is usually free. $1 Lone Star beers during Happy Hour!


Classical Lovers: Bass Concert Hall

bass concert hall

Image by Gideon Tsang under Creative Commons License.

For something a little different on your visit to Austin, check out a symphony performance at the University of Texas at Austin campus. The large concert hall, famed for its acoustics, attracts top musicians from around the world and also showcases student performances. The concert hall underwent a $15 million renovation, making it one of the top venues in the country to catch your favorite classical music.

Visiting Info: 23rd St. & Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78712. Tickets vary in price by event. Purchase them in advance. Check out their upcoming events to see what’s on during your visit.


Festival Lovers: South by Southwest


Image via Jason Persse under Creative Commons License.

The South by Southwest Festival, SXSW, is known as one of the best music, film, and interactive festivals on the planet. Whether you want to catch your favorite band (past headliners have included Bruce Springsteen and The Flaming Lips) or attend a world première of the year’s hottest movies, SXSW is a must-see.

Visiting Info: Check the SXSW website for ticket prices and scheduling.