photo by Sandy Carson

Best Live Music Venue

TIE: Stubb's, the Backyard

Curl under a blanket of stars at both of these beloved local venues. Chronicle readers agree that it's worth giving up the cold air conditioning for a few hours to see shows on either of these two outdoor stages, simply because both provide the best atmosphere, drinks, and view. The Backyard is a great place to stretch out on some blankets, while Stubb's offers a delicious menu with their bands. The stars are free.

Stubb's
801 Red River, 512/480-8341
www.stubbsaustin.com

The Backyard at Bee Cave
13801 Bee Cave Pkwy., 512/651-5033
www.thebackyard.net

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