The Sixth Street is the city of Austin's eclectic version of Bourbon Street. Sixth Street is a road lined with bars, pool halls, restaurants, music venues, art galleries, theaters, dance and comedy clubs and much more. The Street has a large range of venues that cater to different taste. A diverse demographic can be found on Sixth Street in Austin. Every one from professionals to college kids all come to the area for all the entertainment options. The area is located in downtown Austin and is considered a one-stop shop for all that the city has to offer.
Sixth Street in Austin is one of the reasons Austin has been referred to as the Live Music Capitol. Places like Pete's Dueling Piano Bar on Sixth Street showcases live performances until 2am from Tuesday to Saturday. The cozy venue features four skilled piano players and large amounts of alcohol that is accompanied by a sing-a-long. Visitors to Sixth Street can also hear live music at places like the Ale House, The Dizzy Rooster, Hot Shots, and friends.
An award winning bar called the Jackalope is also situated in the heart of Sixth Street in Austin. The bar is considered a traditional dive bar that features padded bars, velvet paintings, and award wining food that is served from three kitchens. The Jackalope also has an outdoor patio equipped with a fire pit for cooler Austin nights. Despite the awards garnered by the Jackalope the corner stone of Sixth Street is a venue called Maggie Mae's. The venue has had a spot on Sixth Street for over twenty-five years. Maggie Mae's has relationships with large corporations and people like Ford Motor Company, Dell, Lance Armstrong. Maggie Mae's has even been used by MTV to host open casting calls for reality television shows on the network.
The pool bars along Sixth Street include Buffalo Billiards, The Aquarium, and Casino El Camino. Buffalo Billiards is located in a turn-of-the-century building that was constructed in 1861. The pool hall was rated the best in Austin in 1999. Sixth Street is both an attractive area for tourists and can become crowded and congested during the weekends. The City of Austin police officers normally block off both ends of Sixth Street prohibiting traffic and allowing pedestrians complete freedom of Sixth Street during night hours.
Sixth Street is so popular and well known in Austin and surrounding areas that major businesses have taken names after the famous street. One such business is Sixth Street Films, a film production company run by the cofounder of Borders Book Shops. The historical aspect of Sixth Street makes it a prime location for various businesses. Many of Austin's annual events take place on Sixth Street as well. The Austin Mardi Gras Celebration, SWSW, The Pecan Street Festival, Texas Bikers Rally and a Halloween Celebration brings thousands of people to the street every year.
Other bars that can be found along Sixth Street are; The Co Op Bar, Coyote Ugly Saloon, Shakespeare's Pub, Soho Lounge, Touche, and Treasure Island Pirate Bar.