Hotel Vegas

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No, it’s not really a hotel, but it was once a flophouse and brothel! Over its past five years operating as a prominent east side music venue, the place has proudly retained a grunginess that meshes masterfully with the slew of punk, rock, psych and fringe-type musicians that all seem to frequent the place even when they’re not playing. Hotel Vegas’s showroom itself is dim, but warm and inviting, not to mention wonderfully raucous when the music’s going. Meanwhile, the neighboring Volstead Lounge—connected by a sprawling, picnic table-laden patio that occasionally hosts a satellite stage—looks more like a vintage ’60s cocktail lounge, though it’s typically packed with sweaty bodies grinding to the beats of some local DJ. Pro tip: if one space is charging a cover and the other isn’t, entry to one will (usually) get you in through the other’s back door.

By: David Brendan Hall

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Venue name: Hotel Vegas
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Address: 1500 E 6th St
Austin

Cross street: at Onion St
Opening hours: Daily 7pm-2am
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It certainly isn't a hotel, but it is a great place to catch a gig on East 6th St. With a small indoor stage and a large stage in the backyard, you're likely to find a live set on one or both of the stages. There are plenty of bars in the backyard to grab yourself a Lone Star, Down East Cider, or cocktail. In a town ripe with places to catch a show, Hotel Vegas is a great spot to check out.