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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 Sixth Street. After drastic restoration took place in an effort by the National Register of Historic Places to save the area from its grungy reputation, this area became the hub of Austin's music scene in the 1970s.

Today, Sixth Street between Congress Street and Interstate 35 (known as Dirty Sixth to locals) is the center of the musical action in Austin. The area buzzes with activity from shops, restaurants, bars and yes, live music joints, such as Esther's Follies, Pete's Dueling Piano Bar and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

Many recent visitors compare Sixth Street to New Orleans' Bourbon Street, assuring that there are venues certain to appeal to all tastes, from rowdy clubs to low-key bars, but it can get overrun with tourists. On Friday and Saturday nights, the police restrict vehicular traffic on Sixth 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. For more information on the bars, restaurants and lodging options available on Sixth Street, visit the district's website.

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