In Austin if it goes by the name “music,” you can hear it, feel it and dance to it somewhere in town. We have some of the best music venues in the world and some of the spiciest dance clubs too. Here’s a smattering of the choicest hot spots for swaying to the music in every genre.
The Continental Club
The Continental Club has been serving up old style country, blues and rockabilly since 1957. If you want to know what makes Austin the Live Music Capital of the World, this is a great place to start.
On any night of the week you’ll find local favorites like Toni Price, Junior Brown and Doug Sahm. Stop on by for Elvis’ birthday party or the next pie social . The club opens at different times each day depending on what’s going on, so check the weekly schedule of events first.
Dallas Night Club
You can’t be a big city in Texas without at least one mega Country Western club. Dallas Night club is it. At 12,000 square feet, Dallas can accommodate just about any private party and half of Austin on a Saturday night.
They’re open ’til 2 am Wednesday through Saturday, closed Monday and Tuesday. To the dismay of some cowpokes, Dallas isn’t strictly a Country music venue. They also have salsa nights on Thursdays and late Sunday, and they like to mix a little top 40 into their play list.
Don’t know how to samba? Not to worry, you can take lessons in Country and Latin dance four days a week. They also have some enticing nightly drink specials starting at $1.75.
Elysium is sometimes written off as a Goth club, but they actually host a variety of bands playing everything from rap and hip-hop to techno dance to ’80s new wave music (Thomas Dolby and Flock of Seagulls have played there). Unless you go on a theme night, you’re most likely to hear something with a hard, urban edge.
Except for certain special events, Elysium is an 18 and up club. It’s housed in an old warehouse on Red River near the 6th street entertainment district. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday 9:30 pm to 2 am.
If you’re all about techno dance music, you’ll want to check out The Kingdom on East 5th Street. A self described “boutique dance club,” The Kingdom is loud and proud with blaring tunes and flashing neon.
Recent acts include house pioneer Todd Terry, Stacey Pullen, David Moufang and Henry Fong.
The Kingdom is open from 10 pm to 2 am Wednesday through Saturday, and has special late night hours on Friday and Saturday from 2:30 – 4:30 am. You must be 21 to enter The Kingdom.
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