Nerd out to throwback covers in a downtown courtyard
In Austin, you’ll find a live band playing in nearly every bar, but also an impressive number of outdoor venues. Cedar Street Courtyard stands out thanks to its ivy-covered walls, festive lighting, and the fact that it’s been booking live music every night of the week (and slinging tequila cocktails, to boot) for the past 15 years. Set in a sunken patio in an alleyway off 4th Street, its prime downtown location near the action of 6th Street and the Warehouse District makes it a key stop to see national acts during SXSW. If you’re heading to Austin any other time of the year, though, you’ll find throwback parties here on the regular, with cover bands like The Spazmatics, Suede, SkyRocket!, and LC Rocks taking the stage to play old favorites from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. So pack your leg warmers, bell bottoms, or grunge flannel, because it won’t be out of place here.