Downtown entertainment

Live Music in Downtown

Stubb's Bar-B-Q

Stubb's has live music almost every night, with a great mix of premier local and touring acts from across the musical spectrum. Many warm-weather shows are held out back along Waller Creek. There are two stages, a s…
Cinema in Downtown

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Easily the most fun you can have at the movies: sing along with Grease, quote along with Princess Bride, or just enjoy food and drink delivered right to your seat during first-run films. Check the website for other …
Comedy in Downtown

Esther's Follies

Drawing from current events and pop culture, this long-running satire show has a vaudevillian slant, thanks to musical numbers and, yep, even a magician. Good, harmless fun.
Live Music in Downtown


A key player in Austin's musical history, Antone's has attracted the best of the blues and other popular local acts since 1975. All ages, all the time.
Theater in Downtown

Paramount Theatre

Dating from 1915, this old vaudevillian house has staged everything from splashy Broadway shows to stand-up comics to classic film screenings.
Live Music in Downtown

Cedar Street Courtyard

Forget the dark and crowded club scene; this sophisticated courtyard venue serves martinis along with jazz and swing.
Comedy in Downtown

Hideout Coffee House & Theatre

The hipsters' Hideout is a small coffeehouse–theater space that rubs shoulders with the big theaters on Congress Ave. Shows here feature live improv with plenty of audience participation. The box office usually open…
Performing Arts in Downtown

Austin Symphony

Founded in the early 20th century, the city's oldest performing-arts group plays classical and pop music at numerous venues throughout the city. The main performance season runs from September to April.
Live Music in Downtown

Flamingo Cantina

Called 'the last place with soul on 6th,' Austin's premier reggae joint prides itself on its good rasta vibes and bouncy dance floor. Seat yourself on the carpeted bleachers for good views of the stage.
Live Music in Downtown

Elephant Room

This intimate, subterranean jazz club has a cool vibe, and live music almost every night. The cover charge stays low, mostly free except on weekends, and there are happy-hour shows at 6pm weekdays.