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Live Music in San Marcos

Cheatham St Warehouse

Down by the railroad tracks, in an old warehouse covered in corrugated tin, sits this 1970s-era honky-tonk that has helped launch many a career, including those of George Strait and Stevie Ray Vaughan, who both had …
Cafe in San Marcos

Root Cellar Cafe

This intimate cafe sits a few steps below street level and has rock walls, but that's where the comparison to an actual root cellar ends. The atmosphere is on the cozy side of upscale, with local art adorning the sm…
Gallery in San Marcos

Wittliff Collections

Screenwriter/photographer Bill Wittliff founded this repository of literary and photographic archives on the campus of Texas State University. Stop here for the excellent photography exhibits. The museum's 6600 sq f…
Mall in San Marcos

San Marcos Premium Outlets

There are 145 name-brand factory-outlet stores at this enormous – and enormously popular – shopping complex. Outlet shops at the mall offer at least a 30% discount on regular retail prices and sometimes as much as 7…
Mall in San Marcos

Tanger Outlets

What? You're not exhausted from shopping in San Marcos yet? You still have money left to spend? Just south of the Premium Outlets is the Tanger Outlets center – if you weren't paying attention, you might not even no…
American in San Marcos

Railyard Bar & Grill

Grab some fried pickles and play a game of ping-pong, or enjoy a burger and beer while watching a game of horseshoes out on the patio. No surprise the Railyard is a popular hangout for college students: the vibe is …