- Type: Entertainment and Nightlife, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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A trip to the "Live Music Capital of the World" wouldn't be complete without discovering some of Austin's up-and-coming talent along 6th Street. After drastic restoration took place in an effort by the National Register of Historic Places to save the area (formerly known as Pecan Street) from its grungy reputation, this area became the hub of Austin's music scene in the 1970s. Today, 6th Street (between Lavaca Ave and I-35) buzzes with activity from surrounding shops, restaurants, bars and yes, live-music joints such as Emo's.
Many recent visitors compare 6th Street to New Orleans' Bourbon Street, assuring that there are venues certain to appeal to all tastes, from rowdy clubs to low-key bars. On Friday and Saturday nights, the police restrict car traffic on 6th Street, which allows people to carouse in the middle of the street. Plan your visit for one of these two nights to experience this entertainment district at its best.