24 venues every San Antonio live music fan should know

Music is part of San Antonio's lifeblood. It's part of our culture. And, as a city, we owe a debt to the bars, clubs, theaters and dance halls who open their doors and offer their stages to make it happen.

We all know about major concert venues like the AT&T Center, the Tobin Center and the Majestic and Aztec theatres, but how many of the smaller venues that present both local and touring acts are you familiar with?

While this list is far from complete, consider it a good primer for places beyond the big amphitheaters, arenas and concert halls where San Antonio fans can check out live music of all varieties. 
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Paper Tiger
2410 N. St. Mary's St., papertigersatx.com
This St. Mary’s Strip staple presents a wide variety of alternative and underground sounds, from punk to psych to hip-hop. It features both a large stage and smaller side room as well.  
Photo by Jaime Monzon
Paper Tiger
2410 N. St. Mary's St., papertigersatx.com
This St. Mary’s Strip staple presents a wide variety of alternative and underground sounds, from punk to psych to hip-hop. It features both a large stage and smaller side room as well.
Photo by Jaime Monzon
Gruene Hall
1281 Gruene Rd., (830) 606-1281, gruenehall.com
Built in 1878, this New Braunfels venue bills itself as Texas’ oldest continuously operating dance hall. In addition to up-and-coming country bands and singer-songwriters, the hall books plenty of Americana-adjacent touring acts. 
Photo via Instagram / gruenehall
Gruene Hall
1281 Gruene Rd., (830) 606-1281, gruenehall.com
Built in 1878, this New Braunfels venue bills itself as Texas’ oldest continuously operating dance hall. In addition to up-and-coming country bands and singer-songwriters, the hall books plenty of Americana-adjacent touring acts.
Photo via Instagram / gruenehall
Vibes Event Center
1223 E. Houston St., (210) 255-3833, therockboxsa.com
This downtown-area warehouse-turned-special event facility regularly books concerts for metal, post-hardcore and emo touring acts that draw substantial crowds.  
Photo by Jaime Monzon
Vibes Event Center
1223 E. Houston St., (210) 255-3833, therockboxsa.com
This downtown-area warehouse-turned-special event facility regularly books concerts for metal, post-hardcore and emo touring acts that draw substantial crowds.
Photo by Jaime Monzon
Vibes Underground
1223 E. Houston St., (210) 255-3833, therockboxsa.com
A smaller room at the same site as Vibes Event Center, Vibes Underground books touring acts whose draws can’t fill the much larger hall. 
Photo by Jaime Monzon
Vibes Underground
1223 E. Houston St., (210) 255-3833, therockboxsa.com
A smaller room at the same site as Vibes Event Center, Vibes Underground books touring acts whose draws can’t fill the much larger hall.
Photo by Jaime Monzon
Rock Box
1223 E. Houston St., (210) 772-1443, therockboxsa.com
A former warehouse turned into a music venue, the Rock Box presents a variety of touring shows with draws too big for a club but not able to fill an arena. As its name suggests, rock is the primary focus.  
Photo by Jaime Monzon
Rock Box
1223 E. Houston St., (210) 772-1443, therockboxsa.com
A former warehouse turned into a music venue, the Rock Box presents a variety of touring shows with draws too big for a club but not able to fill an arena. As its name suggests, rock is the primary focus.
Photo by Jaime Monzon
Lonesome Rose
2114 N. St Mary's St., (210) 455-0233, thelonesomerose.com
This St. Mary’s Strip venue has the warm and welcoming vibes of an old-time honky tonk. While alt-country and Americana are its focus, you’ll also find it booking a variety of rock shows as well.  
Photo by Jaime Monzon
Lonesome Rose
2114 N. St Mary's St., (210) 455-0233, thelonesomerose.com
This St. Mary’s Strip venue has the warm and welcoming vibes of an old-time honky tonk. While alt-country and Americana are its focus, you’ll also find it booking a variety of rock shows as well.
Photo by Jaime Monzon
502 Bar
502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com
This North Central music venue mixes live shows, primarily by local acts, with karaoke and movie nights. Good sound quality and a solid selection of craft beers add to the appeal. 
Photo via Instagram / nicky_g41
502 Bar
502 Embassy Oaks, (210) 257-8125, 502bar.com
This North Central music venue mixes live shows, primarily by local acts, with karaoke and movie nights. Good sound quality and a solid selection of craft beers add to the appeal.
Photo via Instagram / nicky_g41
Jazz, TX
312 Pearl Pkwy. Building 6, (210) 332-9386, jazztx.com
​​Pianist Doc Watkins’ speakeasy-style venue at the Pearl presents a variety of local, regional and touring performers seven nights of the week. Jazz, big band, blues and salsa aren’t the only thing on the menu though — the food is also a draw. 
Photo via Instagram / jazz_tx
Jazz, TX
312 Pearl Pkwy. Building 6, (210) 332-9386, jazztx.com
​​Pianist Doc Watkins’ speakeasy-style venue at the Pearl presents a variety of local, regional and touring performers seven nights of the week. Jazz, big band, blues and salsa aren’t the only thing on the menu though — the food is also a draw.
Photo via Instagram / jazz_tx
1902 Nightclub
1174 E. Commerce St., (210) 941-3010, 1902satx.com
Located in The Espee complex in St. Paul Square, this former train station features a 16-foot stained-glass window and plenty of old-time vibes — but with a modern dance club spin.  
Photo courtesy of 1902 Nightclub
1902 Nightclub
1174 E. Commerce St., (210) 941-3010, 1902satx.com
Located in The Espee complex in St. Paul Square, this former train station features a 16-foot stained-glass window and plenty of old-time vibes — but with a modern dance club spin.
Photo courtesy of 1902 Nightclub
John T. Floore's Country Store
14492 Old Bandera Rd., (210) 695-8827, liveatfloores.com
Located in Helotes and opened in 1942, this venerable dance hall and café has hosted some of the biggest names in country and Americana, including Bob Wills, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and Bob Dylan.  
Photo via Instagram / turlashby
John T. Floore's Country Store
14492 Old Bandera Rd., (210) 695-8827, liveatfloores.com
Located in Helotes and opened in 1942, this venerable dance hall and café has hosted some of the biggest names in country and Americana, including Bob Wills, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and Bob Dylan.
Photo via Instagram / turlashby