With national and regional talent taking increasing notice, and local heroes making the big time, it will soon be impossible for even the staunchest pessimist to consider San Antonio a second-rate music town. From national to local, from Tejano to metal to indie pop, and everything in between — here are some of the top spots to enjoy live music in the Alamo city. — James Courtney
War Room boasts solid sound and lighting, a relaxed and artsy atmosphere, a decent beer selection and will occasionally host 18-and-up shows. It's a solid choice on any given night whether you're into hip-hop, emo, indie-rock, dance, folk, or just drinking.
2718 N. St Mary's
Fairly new and trying to gain its footing, Fitzgerald's has a badass stage, passable lighting and sound, 4000 square feet of chill space, a good selection of Irish beer and whiskey, and features anything from hard rock to indie country (both local and touring).
437 McCarty Rd #101
A San Antonio staple that has featured some swell national acts, Jack's is in a sleek new facility with excellent lighting and sound, a college to biker ambiance, and is one of the top choices when some of the biggest local acts have something new and hot to premiere.
3030 Thousand Oaks Dr
The ultimate indie music venue, 502 Bar is a favorite spot for musicians and music listeners alike, with great stage lighting, superb sound, a stellar beer selection, a friendly ambiance and has hosted some of the biggest local shows and CD releases over the past year.
502 Embassy Oaks
Sam's draws big name Americana artists from all over the country, boasts one of the best sound systems in the city, and will keep you coming back with reasonable drink prices. Their killer burgers are an attraction on their own, grilled classics on a branded bun.
330 E Grayson St
Upscale and modern, Luna Live is a good venue to take a date to see live music and dance. Decent sound and excellent lighting are supported by an old-school nightclub vibe and a selection of local and touring acts, often of the Latin music variety.
6740 San Pedro Ave
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