In the Live Music Capital of the World®, you’ll find a dizzying array of outdoor venues offering everything from bluegrass and indie to Latin and soul. Visit Austin’s lush downtown parks, hidden hot spots and repurposed spaces like a car garage and airplane hangar to hear music in unusual and welcoming places.

Large crowd at Banger's outdoor beer gardenBanger's. Credit Michelle Williams.

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden

With live music in its sprawling beer garden, 100+ craft beers, and more sausage varieties than you can imagine cooked in its own smokehouse, Banger’s is a must-do on Rainey Street. Don’t miss Banger’s popular live music brunch on the weekends.

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q

Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater is a great spot to catch shows by popular local and touring musicians from all types of genres, including blues, country, hip-hop and folk. Stubb’s famous barbecue is a tasty complement to the music.

Cheer Up Charlies

Explore the outdoor patio hidden under a parachute at this LGBTQ+ home to live music, colorful drag shows and delicious vegan eats from Arlo’s food truck. Cheer Up Charlies will have you ready to dance the night away with upbeat tunes, kombucha on tap and organic juice blend cocktails.

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Armadillo Den

Hear live music most nights at this spacious neighborhood venue featuring several bars, food trucks and axe throwing. Dogs are always welcome to roam Armadillo Den's three acres with their owners.

Meanwhile Brewing Co.

On any given day, listen to Latin, soul, dance, bluegrass and more played live at Meanwhile Brewing Co. This South Austin destination also serves fresh-brewed beer, in addition to pizza, Mexican food and smoked bites from its on-site food trucks. 

Moody Amphitheater

Catch concerts year-round at the Moody Amphitheater on the grounds of Waterloo Park, a gorgeous, green oasis in downtown Austin. Bring a chair or blanket, stretch out on the Great Lawn and enjoy the show.

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Radio Coffee & Beer

Radio's large patio with picnic table seating provides the perfect setting for a variety of live music, including a regular Bluegrass Night. Pair food truck eats like Veracruz tacos, Dee Dee Thai food or Briscuits' brisket on a biscuit with a beer or cocktail.

Hotel Vegas

Catch an outstanding lineup of cutting-edge bands or watch a live DJ in the backyard of this venue in Austin’s East Sixth Street entertainment district. Hotel Vegas shares its outdoor patio space with neighboring club, The Volstead.

Güero’s Oak Garden

Güero’s Taco Bar hosts live music in its garden Wednesday through Sunday, and on other select evenings. Dance if the mood strikes, and order tasty Mexican dishes and frosty margaritas at the cantina.

Band performs on outdoor stage at Far Out Lounge in Austin TexasFar Out Lounge & Stage. Credit Roger Ho.

The Far Out Lounge & Stage

From tribute bands to classic rock, country and punk, live music of all stripes is played nightly on The Far Out stage. Order anything from birria tacos to plant-based options from the food trucks parked on-site.

Empire Control Room & Garage

Touring bands and local opening acts bring their best to this former auto shop’s stage. Take a break from the concert crowd at Empire's intimate creekside patio bar.


Nestled in the vibrant Red River Cultural District, Mohawk is a unique indoor/outdoor, multilevel space that embraces the "all are welcome" mentality Austin is known for. From indie and pop to electronic and metal, this venue encourages all sounds to the stage and people through its doors. 


Hear live music every night and attend concerts outside each weekend at Sagebrush on South Congress. There's an eclectic lineup, whether you want to take Cajun or two-step dance lessons, see a drag show or hear pickers, crooners and classic country music. 

Outdoor patio at Central Machine Works Brewery in Austin Texas
Central Machine Works. Credit Jenna Krackenberger.

Central Machine Works Brewery

Sip beer at its freshest while listening to live indie, blues, folk, country, rock and more on select nights in Central Machine Works Brewery's outdoor beer garden. The former airplane hangar houses a spacious beer hall and a kitchen that specializes in pizzas and handhelds like smash burgers and Chicago dogs. 

Historic Scoot Inn

This landmark venue has earned its reputation as an iconic fixture of East Austin. Open since 1871, Scoot Inn is the oldest bar in central Texas. Its sprawling outdoor stage has hosted many musicians throughout the years. While traditionally a Texas honky-tonk, you can find musicians of all genres playing at this staple venue.


Along  busy Rainey Street, you'll find Icenhauer's, a well known spot for live music and craft cocktails. Their intimate backyard patio boasts a stage with regular live band karaoke, DJs and other musical performances. Grab a tasty bite at the on-site food truck and stay a while.

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