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Flamingo Cantina - 515 E. 6th St., 494-9336-did I say there was not rock on Sixth. Sorry, the Flamingo has been getting it done all along. This is a small room, but they offer some innovative, distinct acts.
Buffalo Billiards - 201 E. 6th St., 479-7665-has a big room upstairs which makes for a nice venue during South By Southwest. During the rest of the time, it is a fairly minor venue.
Ritz Lounge - 320 E. 6th St., 474-2270- It's got a weird stadium style set-up, but a nice retro vibe. The dance floor is usually full.
Momo's - 618 W. 6th St., 479-8848-this place has been so many different clubs, hopefully Momo's has the right formula. They host a variety of acts from folk/popsters like Ginger MacKenzie to big bands like Mingo Fishtrap to the lounge-stylings of the Recliners.
Opal Devine's - 700 W. 6th St.-not always a venue, OD's sometimes hosts bands on the patio and has a regular showcase gig on Monday nights upstairs. Live music or not, it's a good place to relax away from the crowds just a few blocks down Sixth.
Red Eyed Fly-715 Red River, 473-BUGG-This club hosts a variety of bands from punk to rock to rockabilly. It's got a small room indoors and a small outdoor stage for good-weather evenings.
Stubbs-801 Red River, 480-8341-Stubbs has a small stage indoors, but the Waller Creek Amphitheater outside holds a few thousand. National and local acts play here regularly.
Room 710-710 Red River, 476-0997-A new addition to the Red River corridor in 2000, Room 710 host punk/rock bands on their stage. Sometimes you can enter the bar area without paying a cover and still get to listen to the tunes.
Emos-603 Red River, 477-EMOS-Emos is the premiere Austin punk club. Catch great touring acts and local bands here.
Club Deville-900 Red River, 457-0900-Club Deville doesn't have live music all the time, just an occasional show, but it is the place where local musicians go to hangout. Deville has a great outdoor patio. Go there to see and be seen.
Erwin Center-1701 Red River, 471-7744-This is the big arena in the Austin area, so the big touring acts come through here like Dixie Chicks, Reba McIntire, Tina Turner, Barenaked Ladies, Goo Goo Dolls...you name it.
Atomic Cafe- 705 Red River, 457-0644-Hosts DJs and live bands. The Atomic Cafe prides itself on being the "underground" club in Austin.
Austin Music Hall - 208 Nueces, 263-4146-this is the big, downtown room. Just about anybody who is anybody has played here, lots of touring shows. Holds about 5,000.
La Zona Rosa-400 Rio Grande, 263-4146-this is the smaller, downtown room. Most touring shows of the medium size play here.
Antone's-213 W. Fifth, 474-5314-Home of the blues in Austin, Antone's hosts all kinds of acts from Ian Moore to Bob Schneider to Kelly Willis to Veruca Salt. An Austin institution, Antone's is known for having people like Stevie Ray Vaughan get their start here.
Cedar Street-208 W. Fourth, 495-9669-nice outdoor club, but mostly jazz of the popular nature. Generally a meat market.
Speakeasy - 412D Congress Avenue, 476-8086-nice club with a variety of styles, but lounge/swing bands fit the decor the best. Good dance floor, but lots of leering patrons...beware!
Saxon Pub-1320 S. Lamar, 448-2552-Longtime South Austin venue. Great show with Bob Schneider on the occasional Monday night.
Continental Club-1315 S. Congress, 441-2444-another landmark in South Austin. Regularly hosts the Hollisters, Toni Price, Beaver Nelson...Just opened a location in Houston.
Egos - 510 S. Congress Ave., 474-7091-smarmy club that wreaks of a hotel bar. Where's the hotel?
Flipnotics-1601 Barton Springs, 322-9750-another cool coffee space with a variety of performers.
Central Market at Westgate-4477 S. Lamar, 899-4300-it's a grocery store, but it has a nice outdoor stage. Good to watch local acts in the early evening if you are not into late nights.
The Backyard - 13101 W. Hwy 71, 263-4146-a little out of the way, but worth the trip for someone you love. Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett have played here recently.
Broken Spoke - 3201 S. Lamar, 442 6189-a traditional Texas dancehall. The place in town for country music.
Gruene Hall - 1281 Gruene Rd., New Braunfels, 210-606-1281-another legendary dance hall. It's purely country, but everyone plays here, from Robert Earl Keen to Pat Green to Charlie Robison.
Austin City Limits - Dean Keaton and Guadalupe, near UT, 475-9077-this is the place where they tape the legendary TV show. Now in its 26th year. Tickets are free, can't beat that. Call the number above for information on shows.
Hole in the Wall - 2528 Guadalupe, 472-5599-a gem among gems, this bar is just a little place across from UT on the drag, but any night of the week the joint is rockin'. Check out the Free For All on Sunday nights, voted Austin's best regular gig by City Search.
Carousel Lounge - 1110 E. 52 St., 452-6790-I've heard it described as a throwback. Check out the big elephant and other funky decor.
Cactus Cafe - 24th and Guadalupe in the UT Union, 475-6636-a wonderful place to see a show in an intimate and relaxed setting.
Texas Chili Parlor - 1409 Lavaca, 472-2828-Good food and a small stage where the likes of Roger Wallace and Mike Rosenthal perform on a regular basis.
Quacks - 411 E. 43rd St., 453-3399-nice little coffee joint in Hyde Park. Sometimes has impromptu acoustic sets, but you can often catch the local musical talent just hanging out sipping the java here in the late am.