A small, dark cavern with great acoustics and a fully stocked bar, UT’s Cactus Cafe is home-away-from-home for a lot of singer-songwriters. Robert Earl Keen, Lucinda Williams, and Lyle Lovett were frequent performers early on in their careers; countless others, including Alison Krauss, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Suzanne Vega, have taken the stage here too. The associated Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom and Texas Union Theater are used when already famous acts like the Dixie Chicks draw overflow crowds.
Texas Union Building, University of Texas campus (24th and Guadalupe Sts.), Austin, TX
Our Rating Neighborhood Central/UT Campus Hours Daily 11am–-7pm for bar; shows begin after 8pm Sat–Sun Phone 512/475-6515 Prices Cover $10–$35 Web site Cactus Café
MapTexas Union Building, University of Texas campus Austin
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