The North Door is your gateway to the art, music and culture of the East Side. Built into the former soundstage of 501 Studios, just one block east of I-35, our beautiful space has a rich history of art and performance. It now houses one of Austin’s finest stages and sound systems, three full 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 or stay inside and we can deliver to you.

We are an event and performance space like no other, and the largest independently owned live music venue in East Austin.  Each night we present an eclectic mix of local and touring acts covering a wide spectrum of genres; from hip hop to comedy acts, and jazz to experimental rock, we pretty much cover it all.  Also the home to some of Austin’s most successful performance and reading series, we have served as an incubator for shows and edutainment that have gained National attention.

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.

Bedpost Confessions
Bedpost Confessions

Since 2012, we have made numerous improvements to the space including an expanded balcony and green room, a state-of-the-art sound system, newly polished floors, a renovated patio space, and a pizza kitchen that is open for all shows and that offers 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.

Photo by Dawn Francino
Stonesthrow (SXSW 2014).  Photo by Dawn Francino



Progressive theater, indie screenings, crazy ass 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.