It wouldn’t be a trip to Texas without swinging by one of our classic honky tonk bars. You can try out your two-steppin’ skills at The White Horse or Ray’s Backstage at the Rattle Inn, or head south to legendary dancehall Broken Spoke, where locals have been known to run into such Austin luminaries as Willie Nelson and Matthew McConaughey.
Austin isn’t called the Live Music Capital of the World for nothing—we’ve got more live music venues per capita than anywhere else in the nation! If you’re looking to catch a show during your stay, one sure bet is to make your way over to the Red River Music District, where you’ll find a stretch of venues catering to tastes ranging from psych rock to bluegrass to EDM. For specific show listings around town, check out Do512 or Showlist Austin.
Bar-crawling has never been this fun. Just south of downtown is Rainey Street, a tucked-away stretch of converted bungalow bars with something for everyone. Choose from a broad selection of Texas beers at Craft Pride and Bangers, indulge in sleek craft cocktails at Clive Bar, feast your ears on loud, live music at The Blackheart, then refuel at one of the many food trucks dotting the street before crawling to your next destination.
Just a few short blocks from AnacondaCON 2019 is the East 6th Street entertainment district, affectionately known by locals as “Dirty 6th.” Here you’ll find no shortage of bars, music venues, dining options, or people doing their best to Keep Austin Weird. Enjoy the killer happy hour at Parkside, explore the historic (and haunted!) Driskill Hotel, feed your sweet side at Voodoo Doughnut, and make your way down to the bake shop and beer garden at Easy Tiger for snacks, microbrews, and ping pong.