There are some amazing benefits to living next door to Austin, Texas, the "Live Music Capital of the World," and one of those perks is that we have a LOT of live music and talented musicians, too! Sometimes, there are as many as 30+ bands playing in Bastrop County!!! To help you discover the best places to enjoy some live music, we put together a list of our 16 favorite venues.
1. Back 9 Bar
834 Hwy 71 W, Bastrop
An outdoor venue where you can hear local talent as well as some bigger names, all while chilling out with a cold one.
400 Gresham Street, Smithville
A hip venue that brings back the good old days of blues, jazz, and country. Plus, they have a jam session every Tuesday night!
3. Brenda's 1441 Bar & Grill
395 FM 1441, Bastrop
Live music on an outdoor patio, where you can enjoy drinks, pool & other games, and some great food, too!
4. Elgin SPJST Lodge 18
702 Hwy 95 N, Elgin
Indoor venue with live music and dancing, mainly polka and country. Grab your partner and do-si-do!
5. Gracie's (The Grace Miller)
706 Pine Street, Bastrop
Located in the heart of downtown Bastrop, they've got live music on the patio most weekends and a few other nights, too! Just roll down your windows, and let your ears guide you.
6. Hyatt Lost Pines/Shellars Barrelhouse Bar
575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Lost Pines/Cedar Creek
Even if you're not a hotel guest, you can enjoy a drink, a meal, and some live music. It's a vacation without really going anywhere!
7. La Hacienda
1800 Walnut Street, Bastrop
Featuring live mariachi music and local talent, too. Plus, they sometimes offer salsa lessons and dancing!
8. Liberty Tree Tavern
117 N. Main Street, Elgin
Cool indoor venue featuring local talent most weekends, jamming out in downtown Elgin.
9. Mosaic Art & Home
218 Main Street, Smithville
Join their email list to find out about "underground" shows featuring awesome talent!
10. Neighbor’s Kitchen and Yard
601 Chestnut Street, Bastrop
Overlooking the Colorado River and the Old Iron Bridge, enjoy live music on the patio or in the yard on the big stage, featuring local talent and some big names, too!
11. The Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store
106 N. Main Street, Elgin
Live music most weekends, featuring cool, hip local talent and some outside the mainstream favorites.
12. Red Rock Steakhouse
101 S. Lentz Street, Red Rock
Features live music most weekends on a beautiful outdoor stage.
13. Roadhouse Paige
147 Old Hwy 20 E, Paige
Live music most weekends, including lots of great local talent and more!
14. Up A Creek
1374 Hwy 21 W, Cedar Creek
A hole in the wall dive bar that features local favorites!
15. Viejo’s Tacos y Tequila
912 Main Street, Bastrop
A hip venue in downtown Bastrop with live music both indoors or out back on the patio, featuring local talent and some bigger names, too!
16. Watterson Hall
1179 Watterson Road, Red Rock
A tried and true Texas dance hall, featured in the movie "Hope Floats."
Plus, here are a couple of awesome spots for live music just a little outside Bastrop County, but we promise they're worth the trip...
Cistern Country Store/Bar
12604 Hwy 95, Cistern
The Bugle Boy
1051 N. Jefferson, La Grange
There are a lot of other restaurants and bars in Bastrop County that offer live music, too, but we figured that 16 places was a good place to start. Did we leave your favorite venue off our list? Where do you like to enjoy live music in Bastrop County? Let us know in the comments!