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Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World, and its weekly nightlife could drain a vampire. But amplify a normal night on the town by the SXSW music festival’s 1,000 bands, 60-plus venues, and long list of parties, and you’ve got a five-day baccahanal each March that rivals Mardi Gras. DAVID GLESSNER

City Guide :: Austin

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517 East Sixth St.
A shadowy dungeon that could spook even Batman, Casino El Camino is Austin’s answer to a Hell’s Kitchen dive. Besides a jukebox that pits the Dead Boys against James Brown, Casino’s Angus beef burgers could satisfy Fred Flintstone’s hunger pangs. You may have to wait awhile , so grab a Lone Star beer and hit the jukebox. (512-469-9330)

Legendary indie-punk warhorse
Emo’s (603 Red River, 512-477-EMOS) and barbecue restaurant/amphitheater Stubb’s (801 Red River, 512-480-8341) anchor Red River, which is also home to such dicey CBGB-inspired bomb shelters as Beerland (711.5 Red River, 512-479-ROCK), Room 710 (710 Red River, 512-476-0997), Headhunters (720 Red River, 512-236-0188), and the industrial/goth leather asylum Elysium (705 Red River, 512-478-2979). The stomping ground of veteran hometown rockers such as Lower Class Brats, Broken Teeth, the Ends, and Sons o Hercules, he street also has the moderately more refined indoor/outdoor Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River, 512-474-1084) and hipster havens Club De Ville (900 Red River, 512-457-0900) and the Mohawk club (912 Red River, 512-482-8404). >

Nightcap STAR SEEDS CAFE 3101 North IH 35
Throw social graces out the window at this gruff and noisy greasy spoon. Just shut up and eat, as the menu offers reliable hangover helpers such as veggie omelets, chicken-fried steak, hash browns, and hummus sandwiches. (512-478-7107)