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Antone's Nightclub

213 W Fifth St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 320-8424
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Antones is still the classiest club in town to hear any kind of music. I do miss the club on Lamar, and all the great times there. The last band I saw there was the Fabulous Thu...


Once upon a time, this was a good spot. On my last visit, the bartenders were outright surly -- the most customer-hostile I have ever encountered in years of clubbing in Austin. ...

Wish it weren't true! 7/23/2009

It has come to the point where we have to boycott Antone's, which really bites because we love the place. Everything that is except for the bartenders. The past 2 or 3 times we've gone we've noticed serious attitude from them, even in us asking a simple question. This last time was horrible however. We ordered Red Bul and Vodka's and instead got something that tasted like sweetened toilet bowl cleaner. Taking one sip and returning them, the bartender made us new ones with real red bul. When we got our bill we were still charged $15.50 for the original bad drinks that we took back. When my boyfriend asked the bartender to take it off, it turned into an all-out yelling match in which the bartender's veins actually popped out of his neck. Then when he got a chance to talk to the manager, she said they would be taken off. We never even ended up signing the receipt, and the next day I checked online and sure enough the full charge was there PLUS A $12 TIP THAT THEY ADDED THEMSELVES!!! Is that illegal or what? We can take a little attitude, we are from LA - but that was ridiculous. Way to keep your customers happy Antone's!!! Pros: The best music in town, great stage, wonderful history Cons: the worst bartenders and management in austin more

Disappointment at Antone's 12/31/2008

I?m an out of town visitor who purchased tickets for the New Year?s celebration going on Antone?s reputation as a Blues club. At $25 a pop, not cheap. Unfortunately the band was a deep disappointment. The band, whatever its name, was not a blues band, playing more along the lines of a B-52 style, but not good. The singer was another disappointment. No chairs or tables and no reason to stay. We ended leaving Antone?s and paying full cover again at Nuno?s at Six for a party of four. If you want a real blues club, go to Nuno?s. Pros: Location Cons: High price, poor accommodations, beer selection, atmosphere, music. more

EXPENSIVE 12/30/2008

I realize that Antone's has had legendary players and I saw many great shows there but I stopped going there after paying upward's of 20+ to see the scabs and once the draft beer went up to 5.00/pint. Now I understand they no longer even serve draft beer. I did go to the old location off of Guadalupe or Lamar and was delighted at how much of a dive bar it was ('dive' being a good attribute in my book). I am unable/unwilling to continue to afford to see Live music in Austin after seeing prices scale upward. Antone's and Saxon pub/ Continental Club have sold out and lost the spirit of what was once a great place: Austin....Now only the rich can afford to see live music and still pay rent. Austin is no longer for the mainstream with all of it's day spas and expensive Art shops. I will be moving as soon as I possibly can. I really used to love the Scab's but it has become too crowded and full of drunk UT college brats and pretentious A-holes. It's hard to pay that much for a band and have to fight to catch a glimpse of them. I miss the old down home austin{sniff}. Pros: good music if you can see it Cons: expensive drinks, cover, parking. too crowded to enjoy, pretentious crowds, bratty UT students. more

Blue Nostalgia in Purple Haze 8/26/2008

Antones is still the classiest club in town to hear any kind of music. I do miss the club on Lamar, and all the great times there. The last band I saw there was the Fabulous Thunderbirds ... and Tommy & Chris with someone they were playing with...possibly Charlie S and Bramhall. Will they EVER get together again? That was a classic group. They could've been SO powerful...the only next thing to SRV. At the new Antones on 5th St....I remember sitting against the back wall watching some band play...and Clifford was walking by in the main aisle in front of the band. He stopped and turned and looked directly at me. His eyes held vast energy, from all the greats he's known over the years - no doubt! He nodded and went on his way. It reminds me of the time SRV walked in to the Austin Opry House to receive his music awards. As he arrived with his friends and they all sat at their table front-center...SRV whirled into his front chair and immediately turned around to his left and stared directly into my eyes. Now THAT's "powerful stuff"~! PS...does Susan still sell photos of those early days????? Pros: LOTZ of good memories from the 70's on. . Cons: I live too far away to be there as much as I'd like. more

best club in austin 1/14/2008

absolutely the best live music venue in the city..the best musicians and shows and the best place to see a show. This is the mecca of the blues and live music.Once you step in you can feel the legends and the legendary performances that they have and continue to create.. The dream of the founder,Clifford Antone,it inspires musicians and audiences every night the doors are open.And they are always open. Every night is a treasure, just like its founder. Go see a blue Tuesday show and you will become a believer. See the Scabs perform and tell me you are not in the presense of true greatness. But always remember Muddy Waters played at his well as Stevie..and Angela..Even the great Pinetop Perkins at age 93 still plays there and he will tell you great stories of Muddy Waters if you ask.But no one told stories like Clifford ,it is what I miss most about in peace Clifford. you would be proud at your little blues club.The place still is great.Clifford's sister Susan is now in charge and telling stories and doing a great job.Ask Rich the bar manager for a drink and who are the people in the posters..there is a story behind all those photos.But it is still the music that is the heart of this club.And what a great heart it is and always has been. Pros: the music Cons: none more

Legendary Austin Blues Venue - A must see for anyone who comes to Austin 3/5/2007

Antone's has all the best musicians Austin has to offer and most of the great touring acts. It's an excellent medium sized venue where you can still see a big name act and get up close and personal. Sister Susan is carrying on the legacy of her brother, the late great Clifford Antone who basically started Sixth Street and singlehandedly brought a rich blues scene to Austin. Antone's still welcomes legends like Bobby Blue Bland, Pinetop Perkins, and Hubert Sumlin and brings back our old Austin favorites like The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Lou Ann Barton, Storyville, The Scabs, and Soulhat. Standing in front of Hubert Sumlin while he plays licks he invented from The Killing Floor is an awesome experience you won't forget. On Tuesdays, you can still catch one of the most humble, talented guitarists in the world, Derek O'Brien and his band featuring the powerful and explosive Malford Milligan. The stage is set up in the room where there's hardly a bad view in the house (unless your short, like me, you'll have to weave your way to the front!). The waitstaff is professional and courteous and should be commended for their effectiveness of handling crowds and keeping everyone safe and in order. A great experience all around and one that I'd highly recommend. Also great sound and lighting. Only thing missing is Clifford, but the place is full of his spirit. Pros: They book great acts and have a wonderful stage for the audience to experience the performance. Cons: Seating is limited, or non-existent at some shows so wear comfy shoes; Limited parking, but you can pay to park in the the Chase bank lot for a few bucks. more

Legendary 11/17/2006

If you are in Austin, you must...MUST go to Antone's! This place is legendary. Yes, they have changed locations over the years, but the quality of music going on here never rests. Rest in peace, Clifford. more

Pinetop Perkins on a rainy July night... 9/8/2005

Antones was a soul gripping, put you in another dimension kinda time. It was July 2005, a rainy sultry Austin eve with the above mentioned spirits plus many others together for one notable night. The air was electrified, the movement was free... everyone was invested from the 60's flower babies, to the big black lovable football hero, to the dancing fairies hovering around Pinetop Perkins and Hubert Sumlin. The peek-a-boo magic was the large almost alive painting of Stevie Ray Vaughn on the wall whom many claimed to have seen twitch and shimmy to the rhythm of the piano, guitar and voices. You just can't repeat such a thing but back here in Arizona we try..... late at night- we step outside under the stars and begin the ritual dancing again to the musi and beat that carries through time and space ....little red rooster... Signed, Miss Robin Pros: crowd/ atmosp., celebrity guests, group dancing Cons: more time more

Its home to me 6/18/2003

I can walk in once a month and the bartender knows my name. He knows my drink. The atmosphere is sometimes overwhelming. The drink specials are awesome, and do I really need to say anything about the music ? more

fire the manager 1/1/2003

Once upon a time, this was a good spot. On my last visit, the bartenders were outright surly -- the most customer-hostile I have ever encountered in years of clubbing in Austin. Another fault: for whatever reason, Antone's has completely eliminated draft beer. The selection that is left is strictly lowest-common-denominator swill, is way over-priced, and on top of that you must buy it from the aforementioned neanderthals behind the bar. Cons: nonexistent parking, awful service, beer selection bites more

Awww Yea-h 9/13/2002

What can I say ? Great Music , super hot bar staff & history man , history ! more

Great music 8/15/2002

The best sound, the best bartenders, and restrooms were clean, and no problems with the music Pros: Great Music, Great Bar, Great Security Cons: No seating, Terrible Chairs, Not enough blues more

best venue in the city 8/13/2002

Antone's has the best stage in town -- you can see from anywhere in the place, and any place that hosts Guy Forsyth on a regular basis gets my vote! more

A taste of Texas... blues style. 6/25/2002

Antones has a similar sort of variety that any night Texas might bring. Varying in musical taste, and drink options. Antones can be warm, sultry and bluesy or hot, wild and rocking. This stage is very much like the soul of Austin; sizzling in a slow southern way that entices you into returning again, and again. Pros: Next to sixth Street, Variety in the area, Blues baby, the blues Cons: A tad expensive more

Simply the best 6/4/2002

Antone's does not try to be anything other than what it is a simple bar to hear great music. And some of the best music one can hear there is the Monday Night Blues Band - the creme de la creme of Austin's sidemen playing the music that made Antone's famous more

I need more.... 5/28/2002

Is there any way this page could include a schedule of up-coming events the way the web page for "the Back Yard" does? I think it would be helpful. But this is the best website and most informative website I've ever seen. Your giving the people of Austin with their hectic schedules such a wonderful tool; great job guys!!!! I will definitely recomend this web site to all my friends! Cons: no web page listing, of up-coming events more

Never a let down 5/19/2002

Antone's holds a lot of history in Austin and in the blues scene in general. Every show I see here makes me think about all the big names that have performed on this stage. It's a great location for wondering around before and after the show too. more

Great music, historic venue 5/8/2002

This place lives up to the history. Great new acts are getting their start just like Stevie Ray did. Plus they are now booking solid touring acts outside of the genre of Texas-influenced music. Pros: great bands, small club, surprise shows Cons: expense drinks, high cover charge more
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  • In Short
    A live music landmark and Austin's home of the blues, Antone's has been around in various forms for more than a quarter century. Founded by bluesman Clifford Antone, it opened with Zydeco king Clifton Chenier and later featured B.B. King, Fats Domino and Muddy Waters. Though still known worldwide as a blues venue, the club now books bands from a wide variety of genres, such as Monte Montgomery, Buddy Guy and Jake Andrews.

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