Your Guide to Local Music Venues

Spring is here which means that fiesta and summer are on the way. What better way to enjoy the warmer temperature and longer days than with a bit of live music. No matter what genre you love there is something for you. Check it out:

502 Bar: This music venue offers live shows by local bands, karaoke, and even movie nights. Not to mention they have a ton of craft beers!

Alamo City Music Hall: This is a no-frills venue that brings in some really great shows and some even utilize an outdoor stage. Either way, this place is standing room only so be prepared.

Gruene Hall: Gruene Hall, built in 1878, is Texas’ oldest continually operating and most famous dance hall. By design, not much has physically changed since the Hall was first built and it continues to be a center for the Central Texas social and entertainment scene.

Jack’s Bar & Live Music Venue: This venus has equal sections for listening to live music and hanging out at a neighborhood bar. The stage ranges from local indie buzz bands to hard rock to crate-digging DJs, but none of them will kill your buzz if you’re just there to grab a beer with your buddies.

Jazz TX: Live music, dancing, and a cozy atmosphere set the stage for an evening at Jazz, TX. Created by local bandleader Doc Watkins, Jazz, TX combines the class of an upscale Jazz club with the grit of a Texas dance hall. Jazz, TX celebrates the broad spectrum of South Texas music, including Jazz, Blues, Texas Swing, and Salsa, featuring performances from many of the region’s greatest musicians, including regular performances from Doc Watkins himself

John T. Floore Country Store: This quintessential Texas Honky Tonk has hosted such legendary performers as Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, B.B. King, Little Richard and many many more.  Floore’s is also renowned for its world-famous tamales and homemade bread, ice cold beer and a truly unique “Texccentric” atmosphere.

The Mix: This neighborhood mainstay on St. Mary’s lures a mixed crew with beer, cocktails, pool, a patio & free live music. The Mix hosts a wide variety of artists from San Antonio, Texas, and even international.

Paper Tiger: This place has it all- indie, punk, noise, hardcore, hip-hop, electronic, country, and, basically, really everything. The best-in-class sound system, bar program, and a great space to hang out right on the North Saint Mary’s Strip easily make this place one of the best-known music venues in San Antonio.

The Pearl: Sound Cream Airstream is a traveling bar, lounge, and DJ booth with big sound. Needing only a little electricity and some glittery disco balls, this Airstream ‘discoteca’ can turn any outdoor space into a spontaneous dance floor. No shoes required. On select dates at the Pearl.

The Rustic: Designed to accommodate both large and intimate shows from local and national artists, The Rustic is an expansive indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar where guests can enjoy the best live music in Texas in a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere.

The Rock Box:  This live music venue downtown always something happening and features a full bar. VIP sections are even available with service for reservations.

Whitewater Amphitheater: This venue has taken great care to retain the beauty of its natural surroundings, canopied by a silhouette of ancient Cypress and large heritage trees. The Whitewater Amphitheatre incorporates distinctive architectural elements into an already gorgeous riverside location.

What’s your favorite place to listen to live music?

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