West Austin is known for its rolling hills, scenic hiking trails and beautiful residential architecture, but it also boasts a few live music gems that provide residents and visitors alike with seemingly endless amounts of fun and entertainment. Check out a few of West Austin’s best music venues.
Deep Eddy Cabaret is one of Austin’s oldest saloons. Run by the Hickman family since 1951, the bar is named for a deep swimming hole that used to exist behind the bar on the nearby Colorado River. Deep Eddy is a nostalgic shot-and-a-beer type of neighborhood bar that welcomes all patrons. Check out their Instagram page for upcoming music events!
For a truly local experience, try the oldest saloon in Austin, Donn’s Depot. In 1972, Bob Ogden, the original owner of the venue and of famed Tex-Mex establishment El Arroyo, purchased a train depot for $300 and brought in some old railway cars. Nearly five decades later, though not without several stories of near-defeat in between episodes of triumph, the venue remains an Austin institution personified by the musicians that call its stage home. Like the Austin music scene, which collectively faces similar tribulations regularly, the venue serves as a strong anecdote of tenacity and indomitable spirit. On a particularly lucky night, you might stumble into a grand performance by the legendary Nash Hernandez Orchestra, Austin’s longest-running big band.
If you’re brave enough to make a trek even further out west to Dripping Springs, one of Austin’s newest music spaces, Dreamland, will reward you with mini golf, pickleball courts, an impressive art experience, a beer garden that boasts an unimaginably large variety of expertly curated wine and beer, and of course, live music. The venue is truly one-of-a-kind and stretches 64 acres of Texas Hill Country. Impressed? Well wait until you hear that much of this space was built to be as close to carbon neutral as possible. The venue not only captures its own rainwater but much of the venue’s operations are solar powered. Make sure to check out Dreamland’s full events calendar for more information on Whiskey Wednesdays, trivia nights, and local music by artists like Golden Dawn Arkestra.
Located in the historic district of Dripping Springs, Hudson’s is a one-stop shop for all music lovers. A traditional music venue coupled with a professional recording studio and music lesson space. Bring your friends for Wednesday night karaoke or watch from the crowd every Friday and Saturday night.
Just outside the city limits lies two sprawling breweries settled within the peaceful Hill Country. Jester King is a spacious farmhouse brewery known for its ever-rotating tap list and delicious wood-fired pizzas under massive oak trees. A little further out in Driftwood lies Vista Brewing, with acres of beer garden to enjoy and ranch views to take in. With live music every weekend, both breweries make for the perfect outing with family and friends.
There’s possibly no place in Austin more picturesque to grab a coffee than Mozart’s overlooking Lake Austin. This famous coffeehouse destination has some of the best pastries in town and offers the finest gourmet coffees from around the world. Their popular outdoor patio hosts a full schedule of live music regularly which makes its easy to plan the perfect afternoon or evening outing.
If you’re looking for something a little closer to Downtown Austin, there are plenty of music venues on the west side of town. One of the best examples is The Roosevelt Room. The venue sits on West Fifth Street, the sophisticated but still fun sibling of the West Sixth bar scene. A weekend hotspot, The Roosevelt Room arguably has the best craft cocktail program in Austin, a full food menu that redefines bar food, a cozy upstairs lounge, a tempting dance floor, and an intimate stage for live music. Famously, the venue is backed by a strong team--it’s staff is known for getting creative with dressing the bar in different themes. For example, around the holidays, The Roosevelt Room has invited long lines of patrons next door at a venue fittingly known as The Eleanor to experience the “Miracle on 5th Street,” a popular holiday pop-up cocktail experience.
Nestled along the lively West Sixth Street entertainment district are two distinct neighborhood bars, Rustic Tap and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, with laid-back patio vibes and live music seven nights a week. Conveniently located within walking distance from each other, you can bop around to both venues in one night! Enjoy their great selection of local beers and savory bar foods while you soak up the music and surrounding nightlife.
Lastly, in Hill Country suburbia is a strip-mall saloon called Woody’s Tavern & Grill. The venue offers amenities such as shuffleboard, two pool tables, washer pits and all the major sports games on TV. After 7 p.m., this lowkey family-friendly casual kickback spot turns into an adult-only haven for live music. In their backyard beer garden, all who are 21+ can find free entertainment and a selection of 39+ beers on tap. Make sure to find their events calendar online and stop by for a cold one!
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