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.
Gina Chavez. Credit Spencer Selvidge.
Where to See Live Music
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.
Faces of Austin: Gina Chavez
An Austin native, Gina Chavez is a multi-ethnic songstress with her finger on the pulse of the city. Chavez is a favorite on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Tiny Desk” series. Her album “Up. Rooted,” a passionate and personal collection of bilingual songs, has topped both the Amazon and iTunes Latin charts. When she’s not performing, Gina can be found taking in the quirky, artsy vibes of Spider House, one of Austin’s most cherished local hangouts.
Where to Dance
Esquina Tango is a non-profit organization and cultural center providing the Austin community with a variety of events focused on Argentine and other Latin American cultures. They offer a unique variety of Latin dance classes such as Tango, Samba and Salsa Aerobics.
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. Every Thursday is Latin night.
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.
Tamale House East
Every Thursday, this beloved Austin restaurant is transformed into a salsa dance party. Tables are pushed aside and the dance floor is packed as a local salsa band gets the party started.
Faces of Austin: DJ Chorizo Funk
An Austinite for 19 years, Chorizo Funk has been working as a local DJ and event producer since 2007. As an Austin Chronicle Best of Austin winner, Chorizo Funk is also a proud member of Peligrosa, the longest running Latin dance party in Texas, and a founding member of Body Rock ATX, an award-winning monthly dance party. He recommends that visitors check out the Vaquero Taquero truck, which he says makes one excellent quesadilla.
Find more insider tips by downloading and exploring our Ultimate Field Guide to the Corazón of Austin.