For many years, East side hangout, Sahara Lounge, remained more of an off-the-radar, secret spot for in-the-know, music-loving locals. But the legend of its vibrant dance floor took on a life of its own, and word spread about the “jewel of the Eastside.” During the weekend, the atmosphere at Sahara is nothing short of electric. You can find all varieties of Austinites congregating by the stage, shaking off the worries of the work-week without inhibition. Every Saturday is Africa Night, which features a rotating line-up of bands whose sounds cover the gamut including, but not limited to, afro-beat, reggae, and Brazilian funk. Before the music starts, you can even fuel up for the get down at the free buffet dinner included with your show ticket.