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The D.E.A.L.: Austin Revels in Being The “Live Music Capital of the World”

The D.E.A.L.: Dining, Entertainment, Attractions & Lodging in Austin

In 1991, it was discovered that Austin had more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation—and more than 1,900 bands and performing artists living there. From blues to indie rock, country to jazz, rock en español and more, Austin’s 200-250 live music venues mean you can catch a show any day, at almost any time. Even in the airport!

Austin boasts of several vibrant entertainment districts including downtown (a bustling area of commerce, cuisine, cocktails and the Capitol), Sixth Street (filled with bars, restaurants and clubs), South Congress (neighborhood south of Lady Bird Lake filled with boutiques and eateries), Rainey Street (filled with renovated houses turned into bungalow bars), Red River (three blocks of nightclubs and live music venues) and East (the fastest growing neighborhood in Austin). That’s a lot of bars!

But one of Austin’s most popular venues and most likely for celebrity sightings is called the Speakeasy on Congress Avenue. Voted “best swanky joint,” and “best place to party” by the Austin Chronicle, Speakeasy is composed of three levels, including the Music Lounge, Bowling Mezzanine overlooking the stage, the Kabaret Room and the rooftop lounge Terrace59, a covered and heated rooftop with a spacious lounge area, full bar and spectacular downtown skyline views. A Roaring ‘20s vibe on the lower levels, chic nightclub scene on the rooftop, two live music stages with shows five nights a week, two vintage bowling lanes, and friendly gaming among shuffleboard, foosball, darts and a full-size pool table round out the experience.

Speakeasy is located at 412 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701. Telephone: (512)-47-PARTY. For more info, visit https://www.austintexas.org/things-to-do/entertainment-districts/ and www.speakeasyaustin.com.

This story originally appeared in the July/August issue of Exhibit City News, p. 83. For more pictures and original layout, visit http://issuu.com/exhibitcitynews/docs/ecnflipbook_julyaugust2018_web?e=16962537/62860459

 

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