25 San Antonio Venues Where You Can Catch a Free Live Concert 

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From bars and restaurants to just plain music venues, here's where you can take in some live music without paying a cover charge.
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The Bang Bang Bar
119 El Mio Dr, (210) 320-1187, thebangbangbartx.com
Not only does Bang Bang Bar have live bands, but they bring in bands that are absolutely badass. Most nights are free to jam out, though there are some shows that require a small cover charge, anywhere from $3 to $10. Don’t worry, the bar owners will advertise such updates.
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The Rustic
17619 La Cantera Pkwy Ste 204, (210) 245-7500, therustic.com
It’s somewhat difficult to remember a time before The Rustic opened its doors in San Antonio. The country-themed bar, restaurant and music venue is regarded for its actually eclectic mix of bands and artists it brings to its stage. While some shows are ticketed, you can take in the live music for free most nights.
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The Mix
2423 N St Mary's St, (210) 735-1313, themixsa.com
While some bars on the St. Mary’s Strip require a cover charge when bands and artists take the stage, The Mix is not one of those bars. Whether you stop in for a few songs or stay for the entire set, the musicians can keep you entertained without you having to pay anything.
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Hangin Tree Saloon
18424 2nd St, (210) 651-5812, facebook.com
Don’t let the name of this watering hole scare you off. The folks are actually quite nice here, so nice that they offer live music for you to enjoy at no cost to you. And because this is a saloon, you can trust that there’s room for you dance and get lost in the music.
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The Cove
606 W Cypress St, (210) 227-2683, thecove.us
In addition to being a restaurant, laundromat and car wash, The Cove also offers a steady lineup of live music. With a make-shift stage on the patio, you can partake in some live music – whether you choose to dine in or just have a few drinks during the show. Perhaps best of all, there’s a playground and room to run around so the little ones will be entertained too.
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Charlie Brown's Neighborhood Bar & Grill
11888 Starcrest Dr Ste 101, (210) 496-7092, charlie-browns.com
Open until 2 a.m. on the daily, Charlie Brown’s is a dependable joint for food, booze and live entertainment. Offering karaoke nights, trivia games and a place to watch sports on the big screen, this neighborhood spot is also regarded for its live music offerings on Saturday nights. Consider drinks (or a food if you want dinner and a show) a no-brainer while taking in the music.
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Old Main Icehouse
110 N Main St, Cibolo, (210) 455-5275, oldmainicehouse.com/
Whether you live in the area or are looking for a watering hole with a small town feel not too gar from home, Old Main Icehouse may be what you need. With an outdoor stage and lots of tables on the patio for you to relax, this spot features live music every Friday and Saturday. Most shows are free to enjoy, though some will be ticketed (and you’ll know beforehand).
Photo via Instagram / oldmainicehouse
The Davenport Lounge
203 N Presa St, (210) 224-5635, davenportloungesa.com
Complete with an impressive cocktail list, this downtown lounge also offers up live music. The best part? The tunes are always free, so order up a drink and enjoy the full experience.
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Sanchos Cantina & Cocina
628 Jackson St, (210) 320-1840, sanchosmx.com
Sloshy margaritas, delectable bar food, patio vibes and live music – what else cold Sanchos even provide? No matter your visit for reasoning, you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds of musicians pulling through here, and it won’t cost you a damn thing (besides your drink, of course).
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Pat O'Brien's
121 Alamo Plaza, (210) 220-1076, patobriens.com
A replica of the New Orleans institution, this downtown staple is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. If you find yourself downtown during the week, venture inside to enjoy a couple of hurricanes while you listen to some live music. The tunes are only free during the week though, since there’s a cover charge on Fridays and Saturdays.
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Cooter Brown's Saloon
11881 Bandera Road, Helotes, (210) 430-5375, cooterbrownssaloon-tx.com
If country is your thing, you’ll want to head to this Helotes bar for nightly entertainment. The Western-themed space is complete with a dance floor for you to shake your tail feather to the live tunes – and it won’t cost you a thing.
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Jandro's Garden Patio
2623 N St Mary's St, facebook.com/Jandrostx
Located on the ever-popular St. Mary’s Strip, Jandro’s Garden Patio knows how to throw a party. Such is the case when the nightlife spot hosts live bands and artists, which you can see without paying a cent.
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Southtown 101
101 Pereida St, (210) 263-3753, southtown101.net
On top of fun events like trivia nights, karaoke and watch parties, Southtown 101 also hosts live music acts on Sundays from 5 to 8 p.m. Open until 2 a.m. every night, this Southtown watering hole never has a cover charge, so you can just worry about which cocktails and craft beers you want for your night of booziness.
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SoHo Wine & Martini Bar
214 W Crockett St, (210) 444-1000, facebook.com/sohowineandmartinibar
Stroll around downtown and consider it safe to stumble inside SoHo. Though live music isn’t available around the clock, your late-night drink will be accompanied by anything from swanky jazz to feel-good rock covers. And no, you won’t have to pay a cover charge to get in and enjoy this spot.
Photo via Instagram / sohococktailbar
Texas Pride Barbecue
2980 E Loop 1604 S, Adkins, (210) 649-3730, texaspridebbq.net
With a feature on the Food Network, Texas Pride Barbecue doesn’t have any trouble drawing in crowds. Still, the folks at this Adkins restaurant keep ‘em coming with live music (and dancing) every Friday and Saturday. You’ll want to make it dinner and a show rather than just having a drink as the mesquite-smoked brisket and ribs are a can’t-miss.
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Retox Bar
1031 Patricia #105, (210) 775-2886, facebook.com/Retoxbars
This rock ‘n’ roll bar keeps the fun rolling with karaoke nights, happy hour, drink specials and even live music! The shows here are usually free, but events on the company’s website will be safe otherwise.
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Main Street Bar
13477 Wetmore Road, (210) 490-3038, barsanantoniotx.com
Located not too far from the airport, Main Street Bar is hidden in a strip mall. Venture inside and you’ll find all the makings of a go-to watering hole: pool, darts, a covered patio and, of course, lots of booze. That makes live music on weekends without a cover charge the cherry on top, so go ahead and have a blast here.
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Agave Bar
521 Riverwalk St, (210) 223-2939, facebook.com/AgaveBarSA
With live music usually happening every weekend (that’s Friday to Sunday here), Agave Bar wants you to have a good time. There’s no cover charge for the bar or entertainment, you just have to be 21+ if you’re trying to get in after 10 p.m. Be sure to follow on Facebook to know what’s happening!
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Boozehounds
8531 Perrin Beitel Road, (210) 590-3223, facebook.com
For a no-frills nightlife experience, complete with drink specials and live music, Boozehounds is definitely a dependable spot. The live entertainment is “usually free,” but the staff will alert bar-goers on social media if there’s ever a cover charge.
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Alibis’ Sports & Spirits
1141 E Commerce St, (210) 225-5552, facebook.com/AlibisSportsandSpirits
For a downtown bar that’s not overly crowded with tourists, consider Alibis’ a well-kept secret. While live music isn’t offered on the daily (or nightly?), you can take in the laidback vibes and the free tunes when musicians do stop by (and the bar will let folks know if there is a cover charge, though that’s rare).
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Zombies
4202 Thousand Oaks, (210) 281-8306, zombiesliveinsa.com
With a variety of local and touring acts, Zombies sees a steady flow of live music on Fridays and Saturdays. (You can enjoy karaoke on other nights.) Some shows are completely free, while others will only cost you a few bucks. Keep in mind that this horror movie-themed bar and music venue is 21 and up only.
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The Edison Experiment
1846 N Loop 1604 E, (210) 479-9600, facebook.com/edisonexperiment
Far away from nightlife hotspots for drinking and entertainment, Edison Experiment is a dependable choice for when you want to go out without all the hassles of parking and big crowds. With free live music every Thursday through Saturday at 10 p.m., consider the tunes the cherry on top to an already swanky cocktail bar.
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On the Rocks Pub
270 Losoya St, (210) 228-0000, ontherocks.pub
If exploring downtown is your thing, go to the heart of the city to have a fun night at On the Rocks. On top of comedy offerings, billiards and lots of TVs, this spot also has live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to midnight. While Fridays are free for patrons, keep in mind that the pub does charge on Saturdays after 10 p.m. Be sure to get there early!
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151 Saloon
10619 Westover Hills Blvd, (210) 248-9757, 151saloon.com
With a daily happy hour, it makes sense to get boozy at 151 Saloon. But with live bands on th weekends, it’s a no-brainer. Swing by this country-western bar and dance hall on your days off so you can boot scoot boogie to your heart’s content without paying a buck (that is, unless you want some beers, which we know you do).
Photo via Instagram / 151saloonsa
Azuca Nuevo Latina
709 S Alamo St, (210) 225-5550, azuca.net
Located in the heart of Southtown, Azuca Nuevo Latina specializes in Pan-Latin fare and offers an eclectic menu. Known for its mojitos and sangria, the restaurant also deliver live music and patio vibes. If you’re looking for a place to just unwind and live your best life, take advantage of the happy hour specials and just take in the tunes without a care in the world.
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The Bang Bang Bar
119 El Mio Dr, (210) 320-1187, thebangbangbartx.com
Not only does Bang Bang Bar have live bands, but they bring in bands that are absolutely badass. Most nights are free to jam out, though there are some shows that require a small cover charge, anywhere from $3 to $10. Don’t worry, the bar owners will advertise such updates.
Photo via Instagram / comalcountyrebels