The Continental Club on South Congress should be at the top of any Austin list for both visitors and locals. It opened its doors in 1955, and the 200-capacity room has since hosted the likes of Double Trouble, Paul Ray and the Cobras and Joe Ely back in the 1970s and ’80s as well as legends like Robert Plant and Wanda Jackson more recently. The tiny stage and small room make any show intimate and electric.
You don’t get dubbed the Live Music Capital of the World for nothing. You can hear live music in Austin spilling out from almost every bar, brewery and honky tonk on a Friday night. But if you're looking for a specific sound or you want to broaden your horizons, then we've rounded up our favorite spots for reliable music on almost every night of the week. These fantastic stages—with just the right lighting, sound, and crowds—host memorable shows from legends and up-and-comers. Alongside the best restaurants in Austin and the bars in Austin, be sure to check out these venues, the best spots for live music in Austin.
RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Austin