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6th St. Bar District, Austin Texas: Austin's Infamous 6th Street
It is almost impossible to interview a 18-30 yr old person who has visited Austin, TX and not have 6th St. mentioned at least one time in their recollection of their time here.
That is a true testament to everything that is available to a tourist here on 6th.
From Jazz Bars, to pubs, to dance and night clubs... you can get what you want at a great price! Daily drink specials, free entrance, and lots of street vendors make for a great night!
The site listed below is a great resource to learn what is going on!
Dress Code: This is Austin... you will see cowboy boots, flip flops, and also tuxedos... its just a matter of who is there... there is no dress "code" though.
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Esther's Follies: A night full of follies!
If you are looking for a unique way to spend the night in Austin's famed 6th St., I would highly recommend Esther's Follies.... part Vaudeville, magic-show, and improv.. this show has been running for years, and just keeps getting better!
Shows are at 8 and 10 on weekends, and 8 on Thursdays... but you will have to get your tickets early, as sell outs are very frequent!
Dress Code: Make sure you bring $20 or $23 dollars each... with that money, you can wear whatever you want!
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Logan's on Sixth: Beer, Music and Random Video clips
If you are looking for a fairly relaxed time, but may not be interested in talking or carrying a conversation, I would highly recommend heading to Logan's. It has a pub type layout, although the music is normally cranked up, so the noise level is not your normal pub.
The best part about this bar however is every 15 minutes or so, all the TVs will turn to a movie clip from a random 80's movie and everyone in the place likes to quote the line from the movie that they play. Its uncanny how many people know the lines word for word, which makes Logan's really fun.
Dress Code: Dress to impress, lots of singles here.
6th Street - Buffalo Billiards: Play Pool, Enjoy Downtown
Originally opened by the Ziller family and named the Missouri house in 1861, this property was rumored to be a brothel, and really was quite popular with the Wild West crowd.
Nowadays, you can still end up with a woman, but it will probably only cost you a couple drinks, not anything like a brothel :)
There is some bar food available, plenty of pool tables and lots of alcohol.
Dress Code: Dress like it is a pool hall.
Warehouse district & 6th St.: Just about everything
Austin claims to have more live music on any given night than any other city in the US.
The majority of the bars, night clubs, ice houses and shot bars are located in the Warehouse district or along 6th street.
It doesn't matter if your looking for blue grass, raggae or hard core punk. You can find it all.
Dress Code: The dress code varies from location to location, but the majority will require shoes and a shirt. Jeans or shorts will get you in just about anywhere. There are night clubs that do require you to be dressed in "club ware".
6th Street: Coyote Ugly
Have you seen the movie Coyote Ugly? If not, watch it, and you'll see this bar alive and hoppin'. It is a chain of bars where the bartenders (all female) are dancing on the bar while serving drinks. Guys are there to gawk and women go to have a good time and do a little dancing themselves. Any girl is allowed to dance on the bar...no guys though!
*There is no dance floor...it's only a bar!
Guys, if you're on a guy-only weekend you'll love this. The bartenders will flirt with you, give you shots anyway you want, etc, etc.
I went with all girls and we still had a good time (although I wasn't drunk enough to get up and dance). As soon as I walked in a girl asked me what I wanted to drink...and a bar that can do that is 5 stars on my list ;) The music is fun, the bartenders are fun and the drinks are good. It's a fun time...
Dress Code: The dress code is definitely high scale. Am I allowed to say the bartenders dress sexy? And so should you...If you want to fit in. If you have your own style nobody will care and you'll still be taken care of.
6th street attracts everyone. It's the place to go dancing or drinking... Basically the street is barricadedoff for a few blocks thursday through saturday nights. You can find any entertainment you want. Comedy clubs, small bars, large dance clubs, and restaurants all line the streets waiting to serve you.
Sixth Street: Austin's Music Scene
Austin is famous for it's live music and Sixth Street in downtown Austin is the best place to enjoy hearing it. Seven blocks of East 6th from Congress Avenue to Interstate 35 is Austin's entertainment district. The district also encompasses E. 5th and 7th Streets as well as various cross-streets. Here in the heart of the live music scene you will find numbeous clubs, bars and music venues.
Sixth Street was one called Pecan Street. Many of the historic buildings along the street date back to the 1800s and early 1900s. There are seedy spots here, including tatoo parlors, but also elegant places like the Driskill Hotel.
Austin's live music runs the gamut from jazz, blues, and country to rock, hip-hop, and derivations of these and other genres. The restaurants along Sixth Street are just as diverse. Local favorites include chili, ribs, and Tex-Mex. You'll also find steak, seafood, cajun-cooking and more.
Dress Code: Cowboy boots and hat
6th Street: Cheer's Shot Bar
Cheer's Shot Bar is right in the middle of 6th St. It has great bartenders, waitresses, and crowd. There is a bar and tables when you first walk in but if you keep walking there is a two story courtyard (and two more bars). When we went they had live music on the second floor. There was a waitress walking around with shots and we mostly took them from her. They were $2 a piece. You could get anything you wanted from the bar (including regular drinks) in bigger glasses. It was a great atmosphere. We met some great people and I highly recommend a stop when you're there. Very low key and everyone will fit right in!
Dress Code: Jeans and a nice shirt...
Whatever your style is for going out at night.
6th Street: Great music in a great atmosphere!
There's a reason why Austin is called the live music capital of the world: it IS the live music capital of the world, and the best place to be to enjoy it all is on 6th Street! One of the city's oldest streets now offers some of the best nightlife in America with dozens and dozens of clubs featuring some of the best rock and blues bands. It's hard to say which club is the best - I would simply recommend walking down the street until your ears catch a sound that's pleasing. We happened to catch The Eric Tessmer Band (www.erictessmerband.com), an incredibly talented blues trio, playing at Friends on a Friday night and had an awesome time! Oh and by the way - no cover charge so feel free to see as many bands as you want!
Dress Code: None, 6th Street is very laid back.
6th Street: The infamous 6th Street
I'm personally not that into the 6th Street scene, but if you do want to go to 6th Street, which I suggest you at least check out, look for the specials. Some places will have 25 cent wells or drafts on certain nights. It's a poor college student's (or in my case, poor AmeriCorps volunteer's) dream. If it's a particularly crazy night (like on Halloween or Halloween weekend), it's fun to find an uncrowded patio (such as the Iron Cactus, sometimes) and people watch. There's a Coyote Ugly if you want to see bartenders (and other people) dance on the bar. I personally prefer the dive bars, such as Jackelope and Maggie Mae's. Pete's Dualing Piano Bar is great. They have two pianos playing anything from Buddy Holly to Jimmy Buffett. It's one of the few places on 6th Street that charge cover, but it's worth it. If you want to go someplace a little classier, check out The Belmont, which is a little further west than the main strip of 6th Street bars. Generally, 6th Street is full of college students and tourists. I think it's kind of exciting to just walk down the strip, hear all of the live music going on in the bars, and have bar employees shouting out the night's specials. There's a certain kind of energy emanating from 6th Street that can be exciting. I just don't enjoy going there on a regular basis.
Dress Code: This is Texas. Lots of places are casual.
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Gerry Van King, Austin Musician: King of 6th street
Gerry is a blues dude, he has been a fixture of 6th street since 1989 that I know of. He plays fantastic music outside the restaurant "Jazz." and sells albums.
Years ago 6street, billed as the "Live music capital of the world" was filled with many street musicians, live music of local bands all the time, and good food and booze. Now thanks to new city ordinances and zoning, Gerry is the last of the street musicians, and he gets arrested and hassled too often to keep playing. A couple of the best clubs (Black cat and liberty lunch for example) have burned down or been bulldozed, and chain stores and cover bands have generally replaced much of the local flavor.
Dress Code: Women are legally allowed to go topless in Austin as long as they don't create a disturbance.
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6th Street: Coyote Ugly
Of course, these bars have popped up in all the major cities. I've been to others in Vegas and Atlanta....
Basically, it's a bar with hot women working behind the counter. Every couple of minutes, a few will get up and dance a bit.
You can buy a 'body shot" for $20, you pay for the drink, and one of the girls will peresent your shot glass in their cleavage, or something like that. Seems a bit silly to me, but I watched a bit while having my beer.
Did I enjoy watching? um, yes.
6th Street/Downtown: Alright, alright...6th Street...
Although swamped with tourists, 6th Street is the mecca that makes Austin the "Live Music Capital of the World." With tons of bands playing on any given night, this is a definite must if you want to catch some local talent. Spend some time weeding out the local establishments from the corporate (there is a BW3, Hard Rock Cafe, etc) and see some raw, live music. Just don't scare the frat brats.
Dress Code: Any way you want it.
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6th Street: Visit 6th Street
If you tire of one genre of music, just walk next door or one block over to be in a totally different scene.
Country music, top 20, blues, jazz, alternative, live, dance, goth, 80's, hip hop, trance...it's all right there, you just have to find it. I would list some of the clubs, but many change names/owners so frequently it's hard to keep up.
After you leave for the night...there's even pizza by the slice 'til 4am on the street.
Dress Code: Most clubs have No Jeans and No T-shirt policies. They want shirts with collars. Not as upscale as requiring a tie or jacket....but don't try going to any of these with holey jeans and dirty sneakers. They won't let you in.
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