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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Austin Nightlife

Continental Club

Since its days as a private supper club, the Continental has hosted the likes of Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Stevie Ray and Will Sexton, earning nationwide respect as a music venue.

1315 S. Congress Ave., TX, 512-441-2444,
Tags: nightlife

Cork and Company

Owned by a former Dell, Inc. employee, this smallish wine bar is known for its aptly named flights (try the Cab Ride to Manhattan for top cabs) and interesting by-the-glass selection.

308 Congress Ave., TX, 512-474-2675,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | lounge | wine bar


Voted Best Dance Club by the Austin Chronicle, this “haven from the everyday” lives up to its tagline with goth, industrial, and techno music, and anything-goes dress code (chains, tuxedos and tattoos all welcome).

705 Red River St., TX, 512-478-2979,
Tags: nightlife | dancing | cover charge | nightclub | after hours

Oil Can Harry's

Austin’s favorite gay club delivers with a huge square bar, rockin’ dance floor, drag queen shows, strong drinks, and plenty of eye candy.

211 West 4th St., TX, 512-320-8823,
Tags: nightlife | dancing | bar | gay | nightclub


Austin’s newest ultra-lounge, which opened in November 2007, is young, hip and safari-themed. Don your best duds for this one – the velvet rope mentality is definitely enforced at this $3 million luxury palace.

409 Colorado St., TX, 512-472-8882
Tags: luxury | nightlife | trendy | dancing | nightclub

Scholz Garten

Hoist a frosty one at “the oldest business in Texas,” founded in 1866 and known for its sports bar and love of Texas politics (Molly Ivins’ wake was held here in 2007).

1607 San Jacinto Blvd., TX, 512-474-1958,
Tags: nightlife | historic | patio | sports bar | biergarten

SIX Lounge

Partially-owned by resident cyclist Lance Armstrong, hot-bartender-infused SIX has a dance floor and live music stage on the lower level, an upstairs lounge and a rooftop patio.

117 West 4th St., TX, 512-472-6662,
Tags: nightlife | lounge | bar

Sixth Street

Discover why Austin’s called the “Live Music Capital of the World” on Sixth Street, where you’ll find local and national artists performing everything from jazz to reggae nightly at a variety of venues.

Tags: nightlife | editor pick

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