Downtown Austin is calling! Discover its live music, entertainment, opera and more.

Austin is one of the hippest cities in the United States, and Downtown Austin is at the center of it all. Explore the nexus of the state capital of Texas and discover its inimitable live music scene and interesting shops.

Come to Sixth Street for a night on the town. This is Austin’s undisputed entertainment district for tourists and locals. Listen to live music or go dancing. With dozens of bars lining the street, you have plenty of choice when it comes to finding your favorite drink.

For a more upscale evening of entertainment, visit the Warehouse District, sometimes called “Sixth Street for grown-ups.” Choose from trendy restaurants and swanky clubs, most of which are housed in converted warehouses.

You’ll need several days, or perhaps even weeks, to experience all of Austin’s top entertainment venues. Attend a performance in the historic Paramount Theatre. Look up when you’re inside; the art nouveau interior features a gorgeous ornate ceiling. See a headliner performance at the well-known Moody Theater, where a clever layout ensures you’re never far from the stage. Enjoy delicious barbecue and high-profile entertainment at Stubb’s BBQ.

Purchase a souvenir in the Second Street shopping district. Browse specialty shops, boutiques and high-end stores.

You can’t miss the pink granite Texas State Capitol. Perched on a hill, this magnificent building lords over Downtown Austin. Join a guided tour to learn more about the city and examine the building’s splendid Renaissance Revival architecture up close.

Steel yourself for flying fun at Congress Avenue Bridge. The bridge, which spans Lady Bird Lake, may not look like much at first glance but it is home to one of the largest urban bat colonies in the world. Watch up to 1.5 million bats emerge from the bridge at sundown each night between March and October.

Downtown Austin is in the heart of the city and very pedestrian friendly. Walk to many of the city’s top destinations. If you prefer, take a taxi or Capital Metro bus lines.

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Top hotels in Downtown Austin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Omni Austin Hotel
4 out of 5
700 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX
£161/night
8 Sep-9 Sep
4.2/5Very Good! (1,959 reviews)

Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paramount Theater and O. Henry House Museum. Downtown Station is 7 minutes by foot and Plaza ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,959 reviews)

"Loved the location, you can hug Rainey street, and 6th very easily. There is also a lot of breakfast places within easy walking distance."…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2019

Omni Austin Hotel
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Fairmont Austin
4 out of 5
101 Red River St, Austin, TX
£163/night
29 Aug-30 Aug
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,800 reviews)

This spa hotel is located in Austin (Downtown Austin), close to Austin Convention Center, Sixth Street and Paramount Theater. Also nearby are Moody Theater and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,800 reviews)

"Beautiful furnishings and atmosphere. Restaurants are amazing. Love the crosswalk to the Convention Center!"…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019

Fairmont Austin
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The LINE Austin
4 out of 5
111 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX
£146/night
2 Sep-3 Sep
4.3/5Excellent! (295 reviews)

Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lady Bird Lake and Austin Convention Center. Sixth Street and Moody Theater are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (295 reviews)

"Great location, seeing the bats from 6 floor restaurant was nice, food was very good? Service very good"…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2019

The LINE Austin
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Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
3.5 out of 5
701 E 11th Street, Austin, TX
£103/night
2 Sep-3 Sep
3.9/5Good! (1,960 reviews)

Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Mary's Cathedral, Sixth Street and Frank Erwin Center. Texas State Capitol and Governor's ...

3.9/5Good! (1,960 reviews)

"Waling distance to convention center, restaurants and the capital."…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
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Hyatt Regency Austin
4 out of 5
208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX
£150/night
25 Aug-26 Aug
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,841 reviews)

Located in Downtown Austin, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of South Congress Avenue and Lady Bird Lake. Austin Convention Center and Sixth ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,841 reviews)

"The convenience location. The friendly & professioal staff. The rooms were quiet. My family enjoyed this hotel very much!"…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019

Hyatt Regency Austin
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Hyatt Place Austin Downtown
3 out of 5
211 E 3rd St, Austin, TX
£128/night
2 Sep-3 Sep
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,742 reviews)

Located in Downtown Austin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sixth Street, Austin Convention Center and Lady Bird Lake. Moody Theater and Paramount Theater ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,742 reviews)

"I like how it smelled like fresh paint like no one had ever been in the room before. I also liked I was last room on floor, so me and my spouse could be loud if you know what I mean lol"…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019

Hyatt Place Austin Downtown

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South Congress
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South Congress

Urban, Culture, Flowers

The abundant dining options and stunning river views are top of the list for many visitors to South Congress. A stop by Lady Bird Lake or South Congress Avenue might round out your trip.

East Austin
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East Austin

Biking, Culture, Urban

Noted for its coffee shops and live music, there's plenty to explore in East Austin. Top attractions like Lady Bird Lake and The Vortex are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Plaza Saltillo Station or Martin Luther King Jr Station to see more of the city.

Zilker
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Zilker

If you're spending some time in Zilker, Lady Bird Lake and Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum are top sights worth seeing.

Franklin Park
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Franklin Park

Live Music, Dining, Entertainment

A resident population of university students and multicultural communities enliven this southern Austin neighborhood, which borders the city’s green parkland.