The North Door is a live music, performance and event venue, located on Austin’s East Side, just one block east of IH-35. Built into the former soundstage of 501 Studios, The North Door has a rich history of art and performance, and now houses one of Austin’s finest stages and sound systems, three bars, balcony seating, and a 25-foot HD video projection wall. Adjacent to the main room is East Austin’s best kept secret; a cozy cocktail lounge, perfect for intimate performances, events, and special screenings. Our renovated patio allows you to dine and drink while enjoying the amazing Austin weather.
Each night we present an eclectic mix of local and touring acts covering a wide spectrum of genres; from spoken word to comedy acts, and jazz to experimental rock, we pretty much cover it all, and everything in between. We are also the home to some of Austin’s most successful performance and reading series’, and have served as an incubator for shows and edutainment that have gained National attention. We are the largest independently owned live music venue in East Austin, and our production capabilities are beyond that of other venues our size in Austin. Who else streams live for SXSW?!
The versatility of the room is paramount. For theatre type events, we can house 160 seated guests on our main floor, and 30 VIP balcony seats. For a standing room only show, we can accommodate 300 with ease. Since 2012, we have made numerous improvements to the space including an expanded balcony and green room, a state-of-the-art sound system, polished concrete floors, a renovated patio space, and a pizza kitchen that is open for all shows, and offering fresh, hand-tossed pizzas with vegan and gluten-free options. In house catering is also now available for private events as well as wine and specialty cocktail pairings to fit any theme.
Progressive theater, indie screenings, crazy dance parties, burlesque shows, the brightest new stars in independent music, all of it has a home at The North Door. Come in, the door is open.