Address: 6th St. and Brazos St.
Closed doors in: 1980
Famous for: Played a pivotal role in making Austin the Live Music Capital of the World
It's wild to consider Clifford Antone, founder of the Austin's namesake club, dropped out of school due to an arrest for possession of marijuana. However, we're glad he did. After leaving school behind, he nurtured his passion for the blues, and opened up Antone's at the age of 25. First opened on the notorious 6th St., the club helped garnered Austin's reputation as a music city. Featuring blues legends like Fats Domino, Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Water, B.B. King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, the club has won countless music awards and was named Nightclub of the Year by USA Today. Even though the club still exists at another location, the original club shaped Austin's blues scene into what it is today.