As the Live Music Capital of the World®, Austin, Texas doesn't fall short on places to experience all different styles of music. The up-and-coming East Austin is home to many venues that are full of character, both new and old. Locals and visitors flock to the "eastside" every day of the week to get their live music fix and to experience authentic Austin vibes. Check out this list of some of the best music venues that East Austin has to offer:
Thee Oh Sees at Hotel Vegas. Credit Dustin Downing.
Located in the heart of East Sixth Street, Hotel Vegas offers its patrons live music almost every night of the week. The venue’s vintage, Louisiana-meets-Texas inspired furnishings make for a unique experience to accompany the rockin' performances. Hotel Vegas is especially bustling during SXSW week when it hosts many different shows and showcases as an official venue. And if Hotel Vegas isn’t enough, its sister bar Volstead Lounge serves up great drinks and even more live music right next door.
The North Door
The North Door, just off of I-35, is everything visitors could want in a venue. This venue is rich with history but is frequently evolving due to its commitment to innovative entertainment. Along with a main event room and balcony seating, the North Door also has three bars, a cocktail lounge, a newly renovated patio area and a 25-foot projection wall for the optimal performance experience. The North Door brings in both local and touring musical acts and hosts other events ranging from comedy acts to Game of Thrones screenings.
This building has been around for over 50 years, but the venue now known as the Sahara Lounge took form in 2011. The Sahara Lounge is uniquely Austin - it is family owned and operated and has an eclectic, relaxed atmosphere. Hang out before or after catching a show on the backyard patio and enjoy some original house beverages. There is something for everyone here as the live music ranges from African to folk, Brazilian to jazz, and more. Another unique aspect of the Sahara Lounge is its regular Africa Nights where there is dancing, music by the house band Zoumountchi and a free buffet dinner!
Located in the rising cultural hub that is East Cesar Chavez, Stay Gold is quickly becoming one of Austin’s hottest spots for music and cocktails. Stay Gold opened its doors in 2015 and is already making its mark among patrons with its snazzy, intimate feel. It is a small capacity venue that features a full bar, comfortable seating and a comfort food-inspired food truck called Toaster, located on the patio. The music that's performed at Stay Gold is mostly jazz and soul, which perfectly fits the relaxed atmosphere of this venue.
Contributed by Kanya Maliwan, ACVB Music Marketing Intern.