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“Take The Tour - Really!”

Austin City Limits Live
Ranked #33 of 317 things to do in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We are one of the best live music venues here in Austin, TX, providing the Austin community with a plethora of eclectic musicians from all over the world.
McKinney, Texas
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107 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Take The Tour - Really!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2013

The new Austin City Limits Live venue at the Moody Theater at the W Hotel offers a guided tour from 11 am - noon most days and since we've been fans over the 37 years their music shows have aired on PBS, we had to check it out. This block of W 2nd St. is also known as Willie Nelson Blvd, honoring the Texas icon who is heavily involved in this hotel/venue development.
Our tour guide, Don, is one of the managers and his enthusiasm for music, musicians, and the facility really showed. He gave us almost 1 1/2 hours and lots of his personal experiences. At 2700 seats, it's no stadium but it is designed for acoustics and to be both audience and musician friendly. We got to see dressing rooms, control rooms for video and sound, and even Willie's Porch, a small outside mezzanine which is the only place smoking is permitted for artists and friends. Don told us it was added in deference to Willie's legendary habit.
The collection of posters and photographs is alone worth the $10 admission. The mezzanine lobby features the timeless work of ACL staff photographer, Scott Newton, in the Keller Pfulger Gallery. The balcony lobby is named the "Jack & Jim" gallery and is a collaboration by Jack Daniel's Distillery and legendary rock photographer, Jim Marshall. Dozens of classic photos and memorabilia, too. Wow!
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum has designated the facility as a landmark, a high honor but very deserved, in our opinion. It hosts tapings of the ACL show, as well as live concerts and other functions. A great addition to the Austin music scene.

Visited July 2013
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Austin, Texas
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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A Great Place to Catch Some Live Music”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

As any long-time resident of Austin can tell you, there is no shortage of great venues in the city to see live music. However, for me, this place is simply the best. Built to house the tapings for the Austin City Limits television show, it is a theater designed to produce great sound and an intimate concert experience. Whether you're seating on the floor on the second balcony, you'll feel the immediacy of the show and will not be disappointed. My wife and I have seen about 15-20 concerts in this venue in the few years since it has been open and each one of them has been a memorable experience. Also, the theater is located in a vibrant part of the city with a lot of nice restaurants and bars just a few steps away, which makes pre- or post-concert dining an easy thing to do.

Visited June 2013
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61 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“cozy place to enjoy a concert”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013

First time to acl live. I found the crowd, the staff, the space just terrific. I would fly back to Austin to see another show here..

Visited June 2013
Thank bear2336
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Helsingoer, Denmark
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39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Longhorns and Willie Nelson”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

The memorial fund of Darrell K Royal and a little concert with Willie Nelson. Great place, good seats and a nice experience. All the big stars have been around "A.L.C."

Visited March 2013
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Pompano Beach, Florida
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161 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“My husband and I were there and we had a great time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2013

No everything was nice highly recommend this
We enjoyed the music. It was great we also have traveled in October Tulsa. To see paul mc cartney. Had a great time in austin I liked everything about austin

Visited May 2013
Thank Denise123_12
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