Looking for insider tips to help you experience Austin like the locals? We have you covered. Here’s a list of our favorite spots for catching a show in Spanish, guaranteed to look awesome on your newsfeed and make friends back home secretly wish they were you.
Cilantro Boombox at Empire Control Room. Credit Nicola Gell.
Bars, Venues & Clubs
Chulita Vinyl Club Parties
An all-girl, all-vinyl group of self-identified womxn DJs bringing together the community of vinyl loving mujeres. Be sure to check out Chulita Vinyl Club’s social media for upcoming events.
Want to get down to grade A reggaeton or silky smooth bachata? Check out Cielo, a nightclub with an international vibe that plays many diverse genres of Latin music.
Ready to dance all night? Look no further than Club Carnaval. With live music on the weekends and a totally banging dance floor, Club Carnaval is a must for fans of cumbia, banda and reggaeton.
If you’re looking for a night of eclectic music in a quintessentially Austin bar, then Continental Club might be right up your alley. Be sure to get there early, it can fill up pretty quickly on the weekends!
Empire Control Room & Garage
This expansive venue hosts live music, special events, artists’ markets and everything in between.
For 23 years, the Flamingo Cantina has been known as the people’s favorite Austin venue for “good vibes music” – live reggae, ska, Latin and worldbeat music, as well as rock, hip hop, alternative and more.
Gloria's Latin Cuisine
Prepare to salsa the night away when Gloria's turns into the hottest place for live music, every Saturday night. Dance to live Latin music from local artists and dance beats from the house DJ from 11 PM - 2 AM.
Run by local musicians Eileen Bristol and her son Topaz McGarrigle, Sahara Lounge features music in almost every genre seven nights a week: African, Brazilian, Middle Eastern, as well as DJ Dance Parties once or twice a month.
Superfónicos at Mohawk. Credit Brittany NO FOMO.
Local Musicians & Bands
Here are just a few of the many amazing local artists to know. Check their calendars to see if they're performing while you're in town. You can also learn more about the history of Tejano and Latin music in Austin here.
Bidi Bidi Banda
Dance along to some of your favorites with Austin's all-star Selena tribute band, Bidi Bidi Banda. Prepare yourself, you'll be singing at the top of your lungs all night long.
Funk-brass band Cilantro Boombox makes music with an electric energy that flows from the stage to the dancefloor. Each bandmember is extremely talented, respectfully, and they all come together to create an ensemble that you don't want to miss.
DJ Chorizo Funk
Texas born and raised, DJ Chorizo Funk, is one of the premiere sound selectors in the lone star state. He’s a four-time Best of Austin winner, the 2022 winner for the Austin Chronicle’s readers poll for Best DJ, and the 2020 Austin Music Award winner for best DJ. Inspired by his deep passion for music and technical skill behind the turntables, he guarantees a soulful experience for music lovers and dancers alike.
Gina Chavez is an internationally-acclaimed Latinx pop artists who is redefining Latin music in Texas and beyond. Chavez’s first all-Spanish language album marks a sonic and visual evolution for an artist whose musical journey began in Austin coffee shops.
Blues artist Oscar Ornelas knows how to lay down a tune. Catch him at venues around town ripping on his saxophone or piano, or singing a soulful set from his album.
Since moving from Mexico in 2014, p1nkstar has quickly become an electro-pop sensation in Austin nightlife. Through a mix of pop and house styles and bilingual lyrics, p1nkstar tells stories of her Latinx, queer, trans and immigrant identities through music.
Local band Superfónicos brings the vibey sounds Colombian Funk to Austin and beyond. With inspiration from Indigenous and African roots and influences from the band's Colombian heritage, their music can be described as "Caribe Soul". Your body won't be able to help but move to their grooving tunes.
Looking for more ways to enjoy Austin's Latin, Hispanic and Tejano cultures? Check out our guide to Latin-Owned Austin for more.