Come to Sixth Street for an unforgettable night on the town, Texas-style. Stretching between Congress Avenue and Interstate 35, this seven-block area is affectionately called “Dirty Sixth.” Eat, drink and be merry alongside locals and tourists in Austin’s premier entertainment district.
Learn about Sixth Street’s rich history. Originally named Pecan Street, the thoroughfare was often used by travelers on their way to the Wild West. Stroll along its bustling streets and admire the historic buildings, many of which date back to the late 1800s. The street now houses an eclectic collection of bars, music venues, stores, art galleries and restaurants. Follow in the footsteps of President Lyndon B. Johnson and visit the famous Driskill Hotel, which has welcomed guests since 1886.
See and hear for yourself why Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Sixth Street now showcases the best entertainment acts in the city. Walk down the street and let the sound of live music coming from bars and clubs guide you. Listen to a huge range of music, including country, jazz, rock and everything in between. The street is particularly busy during the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, which takes place in Zilker Park, on the south side of Lady Bird Lake.
Find entertainment options aplenty, from small bars to large concert venues. Experience hip-hop, funk, reggae and more in an intimate setting at the perennial favorite Parish. Sway to the beat at DJ-led dance parties, play games of pool and discover up-and-coming musicians.
Eat at one of Sixth Street’s great dining establishments, ranging from cozy cafés to rollicking bars to upscale restaurants. Try regional staples, such as Tex-Mex or classic barbecue.
Continue west to the quieter end of Sixth Street. Peruse its quirky boutiques, antique stores and art galleries.
Sixth Street hosts some of Austin’s biggest events, including the city’s famous Mardi Gras and Halloween celebrations, the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) interactive, music and film festival and the Pecan Street Festival. Police limit car traffic here on Friday and Saturday nights, making it easy to stroll through the streets during these lively times.