Friday, January 2, 2009

Austin Music Venues

Little known fact: Austin adopted the slogan "Live Music Capital of the World" via City Council Resolution in 1991. City staffers researching the issue found that Austin had more live music venues per capita than any other U.S. city. The original slogan was pitched with the word Universe instead of World, but some in the council thought it was too brash and bold to claim to be the live music capital of the universe. Just the world. Baby steps.

Below is a list of Austin music venues, separated by region/district. It's not as comprehensive as I'd like, but it's a start. Add comments or shoot me an e-mail if I'm missing a venue. Remember, this list is for live music only. There's a bunch of clubs and shot bars on Sixth that I'm not including here because they don't host live acts.

Red River / Sixth Street / Warehouse District / West Sixth
South Austin / East Side / University of Texas / Misc.

Also, click here for a pretty snazzy Google Map with each district highlighted, courtesy of