10 Best Hip Hop Bars & Clubs In Austin, Texas

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The capital city of the state of Texas, Austin, has a lot of color to it, be it the natural beauty of the hilly surrounded city, the rustic charm of the hills around it, or the various lakes and parks which this city has in abundance. And it doesn’t stop here. Austin is the home to the University of Texas’ flagship campus, so a young, carefree crowd is scattered about the city. There are so many activity options in Austin, like trekking, hiking, and biking, which will keep you busy all the time. The young crowd also ensures there is a busy pub and music scene. The hip hop scene in Austin is especially exciting, so we’ve curated a list of the best hip hop bars & clubs in Austin, Texas, just for you! Check it out!

1. Lit Lounge

Posted by Lit Lounge Austin on Friday, 30 August 2013

The name says it all! The Lit Lounge is a famous club that attracts a hip crowd, every day. The young crowd here ensures that there is never a drop in energy. The live music is quite happening and you can expect a mix of various artists coming to perform different genres of music, including hip-hop and rock. The rustic brick decor adds to the “old-meets-new” charm here. Do note that the club has a dress code.

Lit Lounge

Address: 215 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, United States

Website: Lit Lounge

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 9am - 2pm (closed on Mon)

2. The Eastern

Posted by Eastern Austin on Friday, 15 May 2015

The Eastern is a superb bar located in Texas. If you are looking for a full-on hip-hop scene, you don’t need to go any further. This is the bar of your dreams! It has indoor and outdoor seating and the spacious portico is the right place if you want an intimate evening with someone, but still want to hear the music.

They play hip-hop every weekend. There is also a DJ spinning hip-hop and indie-electro tunes in this buzzing bar. Come here to have a good time filled with cheap drinks, awesome music, and great food.

The Eastern

Address: 1511 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702, United States

Website: The Eastern

Opening hours: 1pm - 2am (daily)

3. Barbarella

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Posted by Mathieu Richardson on Friday, 26 June 2015

Barbarella is located in the Red River district of Austin. It is a dance and a night club, featuring mind-blowing music almost every day. The amazing crowd, music, and vibe here make it a happening place, every day of the week. It will feel like a weekend whenever you arrive. This place is huge with three dance floors. They also have many themed nights, so the fun is guaranteed. It is not very pricy, so you’ll keep your wallet happy, too!


Address: 615 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701, United States

Website: Barbarella

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 10pm - 2:30am (closed on Sun & Mon)

4. Barcelona

Posted by Trouble & Bass on Monday, 19 March 2012

Barcelona is what a hip-hop dance club should be! With a rollicking dance floor and DJ nights, they are known for their great music and affordable drinks. If you are looking to dance the night away, this is the place to be. They have recently renovated and are back with a bang! Come here to experience some awesome music, a mixed crowd of young and old (who said hip-hop is only for the young), and its light-on-the-pocket booze.


Address: 209 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, United States

Website: Barcelona

Opening hours: Thu - Sun: 10pm - 2am (closed on Mon, Tue & Wed)

5. Midtown Live

Posted by Midtown Live on Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Midtown Live is a large bar and club located in Austin and they play awesome music, but there is more. They also screen sports events, so it is an ideal place to hang out if you have a love of both. Along with the sports and the music, they also have karaoke – could it get any better? So, get here and sing your heart out! Visit this place for its awesome vibes or any other reason on our list, be it sports, music, or karaoke!

Midtown Live

Address: 7408 Cameron Rd # 3, Austin, TX 78752, United States

Website: Midtown Live

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 4pm - 2am; Fri - Sun: 11am - 2am

6. Plush

Posted by Plush ATX on Friday, 27 December 2019

Red River is home to another great dance club called Plush. The DJs here spin everything, from retro to hip-hop. You can experience all kinds of music here, be it experimental noise shows, punk bands, dubstep, drum and bass, breakbeat, and even house. This is one of the most popular clubs amongst underground DJs and music patrons alike. The interior is decorated with graffiti, which not only looks cool but also makes for a different look.


Address: 617 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701, United States

Website: Plush

Opening hours: 10pm - 2am (daily)

7. The 512 on Sixth

Posted by The 512 on 6th on Saturday, 28 November 2015

The 512 on Sixth is a small taproom located in Austin. They have a lovely rooftop lounge, which is an ideal place to spend your evenings with your loved ones. They also play good music. They have a stage dedicated to live music and band performances. The good part about small places is that they take care of you and make sure your comfort is a priority. Come here for some good food, awesome music, and friendly staff. The pricing is also decent here and will likely fit into your budget.

The 512 on Sixth

Address: 408 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, United States

Website: The 512 on Sixth

Opening hours: 4pm - 2am (daily)

8. Rooftop On 6th

Posted by Rooftop On Sixth on Saturday, 2 February 2019

The Rooftop On 6th is a one-stop destination for your party needs! If you are looking for a place that has everything for a good night out, you can’t miss out on this place. They have a young and energetic crowd that takes the energy here up a notch.

The setting ensures privacy and intimacy for a special date or a friend’s outing. The terrace seating is the ideal place to enjoy an evening outdoors. There is amazing music playing all the time, which will make you tap your feet, automatically. The food is delicious, too, and the drinks are reasonably priced.

Rooftop On 6th

Address: 403 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, United States

Website: Rooftop On 6th

Opening hours: Thu - Sat: 9pm - 2am (closed Sun-Wed)

9. Hookah-BuzZ Lounge & Cafe

Posted by HoOkah BuzZ Lounge&Cafe on Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Hookah is not smoked or inhaled, it is experienced! A good buzz can be seriously enhanced with a good hookah and brought down with a bad one – this is the reason why having a good experience with hookah is important. The Hookah-BuzZ Lounge & Cafe in Austin has been marked as the best hookah experience in the whole south by many previous customers.

The staff here have a lot of knowledge about hookah and offer many flavors, which are crowd favorites. There is good energy flowing through the cafe because of the nice hip-hop music played in the background. You will never find yourself waiting here because of the prompt service.

Hookah-BuzZ Lounge & Cafe

Address: 4135, 11657 Research Blvd #106, Austin, TX 78759, United States

Website: Hookah-BuzZ Lounge & Cafe

Opening hours: 1pm - 3am (daily)

10. The Nook Amphitheater

Posted by Nook Amphitheater on Friday, 11 December 2015

The Nook Amphitheater is a unique experience. Imagine a bar set between two buildings, with live music and a fun crowd. This is exactly what Nook Amphitheater is.

This is a one-of-a-kind bar in Austin and it is placed right between two buildings, forming an outdoor bar space. The interior, or what is actually the exterior, is rustic and charming. It will give you a different vibe altogether and the music will keep you engaged and make you tap your feet. Come here for a whole different experience.

The Nook Amphitheater

Address: 309 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, United States

Website: The Nook Amphitheater

Opening hours: Mon: 7pm - 2am; Tue - Fri: 5pm - 2am; Sat - Sun: 2pm - 2am

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Best Hip Hop Bars & Clubs In Austin, Texas
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We all love having fun and what better way to have fun than to engage in some pub hopping. Even if you are not pub hopping, you can stick to one place and enjoy the awesome hip-hop music that each place on our list features. Make the most of your time by dancing to the tunes of the DJ, request a song, and let the whole crowd go gaga over the song of your choice. With the list above of the best hip hop bars & clubs in Austin, Texas, you will have no issue finding the place of your choice.

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