(6th-1) Sixth & Brazos, 474-5911.
(6th-6) 300 E. Sixth, 478-5287.
(6th-26) 421 E. Sixth, 472-PETE.
Located above Marisco's restaurant on Sixth Street, this art gallery's focus is theatre and other performance art -- like their Spoken Word Wednesday nights -- but they occasionally book live music. After their current renovation into a coffeehouse is completed early in March, expect more frequent shows from experimental, avant-garde groups such as Govinda and eclectic singer-songwriters such as Amy Atchley.
At once an art gallery, dance hall, and live music venue, Skylight Gallery prides itself as a true "arts center." They offer a variety of dance lessons and follow them up with live bands so students can practice the tango and swing steps they've just learned. The price of admission for the older set usually includes free beer and wine; swing dance lessons for teens who want to row the retro boat are offered on Sundays.
Austin's premier skate shop by day, Blondie's quickly turns into one of the city's best live music venues on weekend nights when their big, beautiful stage plays host local rock and punk rock bands. Since there's no age policy, cover, and the shows are all early, the youth hang out and wander about the store as bands blast through Blondies' primitive PA on Saturday nights straight out of your youth.
This truly American bookstore stocks all manner of nonconformist, mutinous, banned, and just plain cool books, videos, 'zines, and other seditious ephemera, holding promotional events on Fridays and Saturdays with punk bands, dub DJs, and other iconoclastic music. True to the in-store form, these events are usually supplied with free beer and snacks
Our local nonprofit backpacking haven, Hostelling International is home to a weekly Wednesday night songwriters celebration -- bringing both local and intrepid traveling musicians -- hosted by local songwriting duo Two Muses. Music begins at 7pm, snacks and beverages are provided, and there is no cover, though donations are encouraged.
(6th-36) 305 E. Fifth, 472-7773.