When you have an apartment in Austin and are constantly surrounded by the frantic atmosphere, it's important that you find a place to sit back and relax. Though there are numerous bars and clubs that say they're great for this, one spot that truly walks the walk is the Lava Lounge. With its great atmosphere and plenty of open space, it's great place to hang after a wild show or some time at the club.
Not only is it a good place for a fun, relaxing time, it's also a perfect way to listen to some of the best music Austin has to offer. Though it may not get some of the bigger bands that The Parish, Emo's or Stubb's picks up, there's still a very good chance that a great band will be playing. It's a great place to come during South By Southwest, because it's out of the way enough to be forgot, but still well-known enough to get a great, energetic crowd to come in to hear some great bands play.
The quiet, calm atmosphere is perfect to bring a date, because sitting on the patio, enjoying your drinks at the impressive bar, feeling the breeze on your face as you hear the sound of a great band playing, creates quite the romantic atmosphere. If you're in for a bit more frantic excitement, you can check out Zero Degrees connected right next door.
If you want a relaxing time out of the apartment on a great night out, but you're still in the mood for some fantastic live music, be sure to take the short trip down to east seventh and check out one of Austin's hidden treasures.