"Rockin street for nightlife"
Red River street in downtown Austin is where you'll find more of the rock clubs of Austin. At the intersection with 6th street there is Emo's, a three stage all ages multiplex which features both touring and local acts. I like their big outdoor hang out area in between two of the stages, which is one of the few places left to smoke cigarettes while you drink in Austin. Clubs like Mohawk and DeVille draw more rock acts and feature neat decor, Headhunter's caters to the heavy metal crowd, and Stubb's is a 3,000 person venue with the bigger national bands. Walking down here at night is always a little scary though, so make sure you remain vigilant or with friends. Austin has a pretty low crime rate, but there are a lot of random shady people prowling here and in adjoining alley ways (probably due to the proximity to ARCH, a homeless shelter a block away).