Top 5 restaurant bars in Austin, Texas, to find abundant music varieties along with scrumptious dishes ranging from dips & sandwiches to steaks & seafood.
Tired of going to bars to listen to your favorite bands and finding only greasy basket snacks and dinners? Next time you’re seeking a great musical night out or a lively weekend getaway, head to Austin, Texas, where fantastic music meets exciting flavors.
As an avid music fan and Texas native, here is my list of the Top 5 restaurant bars to enjoy great plates like short ribs, ceviche, hummus, and crab cakes, while soaking in the best tunes in “The Live Music Capital of the World.”
Threadgill’s is a historical icon that has been open since 1933, showcasing artists from Janis Joplin to Jerry Lee Lewis. Open 365 days a year, it features live music events 3-4 times each week, and great Southern food daily. Appetizers like fried green tomatoes and fried pickle spears tide you over until the main event – Southern favorites like burgers, steaks, sandwiches, seafood, and more. Try the specialty Prickly Pear Margarita for a sweet kick to top off your experience. Threadgill’s now offers two locations for customer convenience; North and South Austin locations.
6416 North Lamar – Austin, Texas 78752 –(512) 451-5440
301 West Riverside Drive – Austin, Texas 78704 – (512) 472-9304
Spider House Café:
The Spider House Café is a fun, casual location that offers a variety of entertainment, from live music to stand-up comedy up to six nights a week. This small café offers many sharable dips, from hummus to guacamole, plus quiche, salads, and gourmet hot & cold sandwiches with vegetarian options. You’ll find more than 20 beers on tap, additional bottled beers, and 10 specialty cocktails to enjoy during the show.
2906 Fruth St. — Austin, TX 78705 – (512) 480-9562
Zed’s restaurant bar is the newest location on this list. Open Tuesday through Sunday, Zed’s offers lunch, dinner, a separate bar menu, and Happy Hour each day. Brunch on Sundays. Plate options on each menu are gourmet all the way. Choose from grilled artichokes and crab cakes for appetizers; burgers, steaks, and seafood for the entrée, and crème brulee or “miles of chocolate” for dessert. Extensive wine, beer, and cocktail menus are also available. Given that Zed’s is just recently opened, it has not scheduled any live music events yet, so check in with the Website to be part of the first one.
501 Canyon Ridge Drive — Austin, Texas 78753 – (512) 339-9337
East Side Show Room:
The East Side Show Room is an adventurous restaurant bar on historical 6th Street, worth visiting for the hipster ambience. Open every day from 5pm-2am, the showroom features a variety of artistic shows 3-4 times a week. The art extends right into the kitchen, where culinary classics like burrata, mussels, and short ribs are created using sustainable, fresh, local ingredients. Beer, wine, and theatrical cocktails, like the Absinthe drip & the Imperialist, are also available with specials during Happy Hour everyday from 5-7pm.
1100 East 6th Street – Austin, Texas 78702 – (512) 467-4280
Iguana Grill on the Lake:
The Iguana Grill is a Mexican food restaurant that features live music and the best sunset views over Lake Travis. Due to its casual, large open-air deck dining room, waiting lists get long during good weather. The Iguana doesn’t offer music events during the cold winter months. The Iguana has lunch specials Monday-Friday, and serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Authentic Mexican specialties such as ceviche, enchiladas, tacos, guacamole, and tasty margaritas.
2900 Ranch Road 620 North – Austin, Texas – (512) 266-8439