As everyone returns to campus, I’ve been in the mood to soak up the wonderful local music scene and unique venues San Marcos has to offer. From outdoor venues to bars to coffee shops, there are so many ways to scratch your live music itch and connect with the amazing artists of our city.
Whether you’re looking for a shady spot to enjoy the weather and grab a cup of coffee while listening to some local tunes, or searching for somewhere to spend your Friday night, here are some of my personal favorite spots to catch live music this semester:
Zelicks Icehouse- 336 W Hopkins St
Zelicks is definitely one of my favorite outdoor venues. The courtyard where artists perform feels very intimate to me, and I love being able to see such a wide variety of artists while chatting with friends and spending some time outside.
Although Zelicks is a great spot for nightlife, I definitely recommend switching it up and going on a warm spring or summer afternoon if you’re looking for a cold drink and chill vibes. Anything from small jazz groups to local DJs frequent the stage at Zelicks. Upcoming events and performing artists can be found on their Instagram or Facebook pages.
Lazydaze Coffee Shop- 718 E Hopkins St
Lazydaze is by far one of my favorite spots in San Marcos. It’s a great spot to grab a coffee and study outside, and the outdoor stage hosts a variety of events and shows.
Lazydaze puts a focus on featuring local artists and making events very social and welcoming. Events at Lazydaze feel very communal and almost mimic the feeling of a block party. I usually lean towards shows here if I’m looking to meet new people and experience some extra interaction with artists rather than just having background tunes. Information for upcoming shows can primarily be found on their Instagram.
The Growling- 700 N LBJ Dr #111
The Growling is a charming local venue. The walls are lined with pieces from local artists for sale, and in general this place just has a homey vibe. While I haven’t been to too many shows here since it’s a smaller venue, and is usually frequented by an older crowd, there are definitely some hidden gems that play here.
Keep an eye out for if you want to experience a new atmosphere unlike some of the other venues in San Marcos. Plus, it’s right next to Pie Society and a few other restaurants if you’re looking to grab a pre-show snack. Any upcoming shows are posted on their Facebook.
Wake the Dead Coffeehouse- 1432 Old Ranch Road 12
Wake the Dead truly feels like your friendly neighborhood coffee shop and I love the eclectic atmosphere. A variety of products from local artists and artisans are available for purchase, which sets it apart from some of the other coffee shops in the area. The outdoor seating area is one of my other favorite places to just relax, study, or chat with friends.
Friday and Saturday nights are the prime times to catch local artists playing at Wake the Dead. More details for upcoming artists can be found on their Facebook page. The “happenings” tab on their website also has information about events.
Jack’s Roadhouse- 1625 Hunter Road
Jack’s Roadhouse is another homey-feeling venue that hosts a variety of local artists. They have shows nearly every night, so getting your music fix is easy here. There’s plenty of events, including karaoke night, and weekly recurring performances and artists. Jack’s gives the vibe of a very typical rock’n’roll biker bar which certainly sets it apart from other venues, and I recommend checking it out if you’re looking for somewhere to spend a night out. I love the dive bar feel of Jack’s and definitely recommend catching shows there to get a diverse array of artists. Their Facebook has more details of approaching events and artists.
These are just a few of my go-to spots when I’m craving some music therapy, but San Marcos has so many other hidden gems where your favorite local artists may be performing. Get out there, relax, and enjoy the wonderful local music scene of our city.