City: Austin, Texas
Address: 603 Red River St.
What began as a punk club would ultimately become one of the main venues for SXSW. Though the beloved original spot in December 2011, a new location, known as Emo's East, opened on East Riverside. At its height, Emo's pulled such disparate artists as De la Soul and Kings of Leon. Truly, Emo's kept Austin weird.