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 perform on the patio stage at Hotel Vegas during SXSW
Thee Oh Sees at Hotel Vegas. Credit Dustin Downing.

Hotel Vegas

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.

Sahara Lounge

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!


Emo’s helped shape the music scene in Austin, and its digs on Riverside continue the tradition of our true rock ‘n roll spirit. Originating in the punk rock trenches of the Red River Music District in the early '90s, the original venue brought an authentic personality that helped shape Austin’s thriving live music scene. The newer venue, formally the influential Back Room, now boasts a state-of-the-art sound system, complete with quality lighting and staging capabilities. With the history of two legendary Austin venues in its blood, the rock ‘n’ roll spirit lives on in Southeast Austin.

Scoot Inn

Established in 1871, Historic Scoot Inn is known as the oldest bar in central Texas. This landmark venue has catered to the proletariat and the bon vivant in search of a hard drink and easy friendship. In recent years the venue's outdoor stage has expanded to host a wide range of musicians across all genres.

For more East Austin music check out our Music Austin Spotify channel and rock out to the Sounds Like Austin: East playlist!

Contributed by Kanya Maliwan, ACVB Music Marketing Intern.