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12 Great Spots For Live Music and Food in Austin

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As the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World, Austin is home to a seemingly endless number of great places to catch a limitless amount of concerts. With music often comes beers and cocktails, followed by food, which is something more and more places are getting serious about.

Here is Eater’s guide to the best music venues serving food in the city, where attendees can enjoy quality snacks or full-on meals before, during, or after live performances. This includes stalwarts like the iconic Shady Grove on Barton Springs, campus dive Hole in the Wall, honky tonk White Horse, and several of the Red River spots like Cheer Up Charlie's and Stubb's, along with East Side's Stay Gold and sausage haven Banger's.

The list below is unranked. If your favorite music venue and eatery is missing, chime in on the tipline, share a comment, or take it up in the forum.

—Max Bonem

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Scoot Inn

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1308 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 478-6200
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East Austin’s favorite nearly-hidden music venue, the Historic Scoot Inn makes excellent use of its vast backyard, so there’s plenty of room to rock out or enjoy a po’ boy from food truck Vic & Al’s located out front.

2. Shady Grove

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1624 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 474-9991
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A Barton Springs staple for as long as anyone can remember, Shady Grove brings together two of Austin’s favorite things: classic flavors, like burgers and Tex-Mex, and outdoor concerts. Attending one of the annual Unplugged At The Grove shows is a highlight of any summer, especially when coupled with one of the sandwiches or burritos.

3. Hole In The Wall

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2538 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 477-4747
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One of the diviest venue in town is now home to Yatai, the newest offering from Michi Ramen, serving Japanese street food which makes for the perfect pairing to those multiple Lone Stars you’ll enjoy during any show.
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4. C-Boy's Heart & Soul

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2008 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 215-0023
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The noted South Congress soul and R&B club is home to trailer La Gris Gris, which serves up a medley of Southern, Creole, Lowcountry, and Caribbean fare, which means gumbo, chicken and waffles, and jerked scallops.

5. The White Horse

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500 Comal St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 553-6756
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The White Horse knows what you want and need during a break from one the nearly-nightly shows: access to Bomb Tacos serving over 20 different types. Between the two-stepping and shots of whiskey or tequila that you’ll undoubtedly be consuming, those tacos are basically a requirement during any visit.

6. Cheer Up Charlie's

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900 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 431-2133
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Whether it’s punk, funk, or an LCD Soundsystem cover band, Cheer Up’s never-ending offering of shows is only made better by the presence of Arlo’s selling vegan comfort food out front.

7. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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81 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 386-1656
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Along with the countless rotating sausage offerings and over 100 beers on tap, Banger’s also hosts weekly big band and country shows on the outdoor stage overlooking the beer garden.

8. Stay Gold

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1910 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
East Austin’s best destination for live soul and psychedelia also plays home to Toaster, one of the city’s finest trailer for brunch and late night comfort food.

9. Lambert's Downtown BBQ

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401 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-1500
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Just like the fancy barbecue that it’s known for, Lambert’s provides a little more luxury than most other venues in town.

10. Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe

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2908 Fruth St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 480-9562
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Showcasing comedy, poetry, spoken word, and a variety of musical genres, it’s no wonder that Spider House also offers a wide menu of snacks, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and tacos, along with offerings from the five different food trailers on the grounds.

11. Guero's Taco Bar

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1412 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 447-7688
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Guero’s keeps things simple: the margaritas are cold, the Tex-Mex is fresh, and the live music performed in the Oak Garden next door steers towards country and blues. It’s mega popular with out-of-towners.

12. Stubb's Bar-B-Q

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801 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 480-8341
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Barbecue and music come together at Stubb’s, where Obama did make a pit stop once. The smoked meats are a good way to fuel up before a show at the outdoor amphitheater, host to bigger names, or during the weekly Gospel brunch.

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1. Scoot Inn

1308 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78702
East Austin’s favorite nearly-hidden music venue, the Historic Scoot Inn makes excellent use of its vast backyard, so there’s plenty of room to rock out or enjoy a po’ boy from food truck Vic & Al’s located out front.
1308 E 4th St
Austin, TX 78702

2. Shady Grove

1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
A Barton Springs staple for as long as anyone can remember, Shady Grove brings together two of Austin’s favorite things: classic flavors, like burgers and Tex-Mex, and outdoor concerts. Attending one of the annual Unplugged At The Grove shows is a highlight of any summer, especially when coupled with one of the sandwiches or burritos.
1624 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

3. Hole In The Wall

2538 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
Robert J. Lerma/EATX
One of the diviest venue in town is now home to Yatai, the newest offering from Michi Ramen, serving Japanese street food which makes for the perfect pairing to those multiple Lone Stars you’ll enjoy during any show.
2538 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

4. C-Boy's Heart & Soul

2008 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
The noted South Congress soul and R&B club is home to trailer La Gris Gris, which serves up a medley of Southern, Creole, Lowcountry, and Caribbean fare, which means gumbo, chicken and waffles, and jerked scallops.
2008 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

5. The White Horse

500 Comal St, Austin, TX 78702
The White Horse knows what you want and need during a break from one the nearly-nightly shows: access to Bomb Tacos serving over 20 different types. Between the two-stepping and shots of whiskey or tequila that you’ll undoubtedly be consuming, those tacos are basically a requirement during any visit.
500 Comal St
Austin, TX 78702

6. Cheer Up Charlie's

900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
Whether it’s punk, funk, or an LCD Soundsystem cover band, Cheer Up’s never-ending offering of shows is only made better by the presence of Arlo’s selling vegan comfort food out front.
900 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

7. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

81 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
Along with the countless rotating sausage offerings and over 100 beers on tap, Banger’s also hosts weekly big band and country shows on the outdoor stage overlooking the beer garden.
81 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Stay Gold

1910 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
East Austin’s best destination for live soul and psychedelia also plays home to Toaster, one of the city’s finest trailer for brunch and late night comfort food.
1910 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Lambert's Downtown BBQ

401 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701
Just like the fancy barbecue that it’s known for, Lambert’s provides a little more luxury than most other venues in town.
401 W 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701

10. Spider House Patio Bar & Cafe

2908 Fruth St, Austin, TX 78705
Showcasing comedy, poetry, spoken word, and a variety of musical genres, it’s no wonder that Spider House also offers a wide menu of snacks, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, and tacos, along with offerings from the five different food trailers on the grounds.
2908 Fruth St
Austin, TX 78705

11. Guero's Taco Bar

1412 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Guero’s keeps things simple: the margaritas are cold, the Tex-Mex is fresh, and the live music performed in the Oak Garden next door steers towards country and blues. It’s mega popular with out-of-towners.
1412 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

12. Stubb's Bar-B-Q

801 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
Barbecue and music come together at Stubb’s, where Obama did make a pit stop once. The smoked meats are a good way to fuel up before a show at the outdoor amphitheater, host to bigger names, or during the weekly Gospel brunch.
801 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

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