Arts & Crafts

Live Music Venues to Visit in Abilene

What's a better way to unwind than a pint of cold beer and some live music? We’ve rounded up 8 breweries and bars that have made live music part of their feature.

 

SoDA District

The South of Downtown Abilene is the new burgeoning spot for breweries and bars. Craft beer lovers prepare to get spoiled by the endless beer options the SoDA district has to offer! 

Pappy Slokum Brewery was one of the first craft breweries in Abilene. Since it started, it has crafted 50 award-winning beers and won 5 Brewmaster of the year titles. The playfully named Stripper Dust, a vanilla porter, is a fan favorite and a Best Little Brewfest winner. For people who like spicy, fruity ale, then Douchebag Jimmy might be your thing. If you're not sure what to get, then Local Yella, a cream ale, is a safe bet.

Location: 409 S Treadaway Blvd

Hours: Only opens Saturdays from 11 am - 7 pm


 

It is no doubt that Pappy Slokum Brewery helped to spark the craft-beer industry in Abilene. In March 2017, Sockdolager Brewing Co. opened on 720 China St. with the support and encouragement from Pappy. These days, can you find Sockdolager's tap beer in local Abilene restaurants like Fat Boss’ Pub, The Mill and Vagabond Pizza. It's Five & Dime general ale is crisp and refreshing – an ideal choice for craft beer newbies. If you're a stout person, Bea-3 is malt-driven, silky and roasted with notes of chocolate and coffee. For beer enthusiasts, enjoy a Sockdolager's beer flight on its uniquely handcrafted mesquite lumber vertical flight rack. The thoughtful design is so that it's easy to carry and you don't spill your beer! 

Tips: Watch Sockdolager's Facebook page to see what food truck is available each week. Apart from live music, Sockdolager organizes activities like Yoga, axe throwing and trivia night. Be sure to follow Visit Abilene Facebook page for events happening around town. 

Location: 720 China St. 

Hours: Thursday from 5 pm - 9 pm, Friday from 5 pm - 10 pm, and Saturday from 11 am - 11 pm. 

Note: Sockdolager Brewing Co. is set to move to the South of Downtown Abilene (SODA) District. Keep a watch out for updates!
 

In addition to the thriving craft beer scene in Abilene, there is a wide assortment of taverns in town. The Mill Winery is one of Abilenians’ favorite spots offering great wines, a rotating selection of craft beer, and unique food from its Mill Feed Truck. Come on Thursday night for its Steak Night and live music or bring your cowboy boots on their Two-Step night to dance. If you can't make up your mind if you want desserts or wine, order the sangria! It’s said to be the best sangria ever!

Location: 239 Locust St

Hours: Wednesday 5 pm - 10 pm, Thursday 5 pm - 11 pm, Friday 5 pm - 12 am, Saturday 2 pm - 12 am

See the old Nichols Battery Company building brought back to life at Amendment 21, a premier whiskey bar on 382 Chestnut St. Amendment 21 is one of the many shops around town that embraces the historic architecture and incorporate it into their building. In addition to the unique building, find a wide selection of tap beer and whiskey. It also offers its very own tap beer, the 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon and the 21st Amendment Blood Orange IPA.

Location: 382 Chestnut St. 

Hours:  Wednesday and Thursday from 4 pm - 11 pm, Friday and Saturday from 3 pm - 1 am

Tap Beer Gem

Beer aficionados will want to seek out this drinking gem: the Taylor County Taphouse, which offers one of the largest varieties of tap beer in town – from locally brewed beers to international favors – you name it, they got it! Craft beers paired with Texas comfort food is the ultimate ambrosia. 

Location: 73980 Catclaw Dr

Hours: Monday to Thursday from 3 pm - 10 pm, Friday & Saturday from 11 am -11 PM, Sunday from 10 am - 10 pm

Arts & Crafts in Downtown Abilene

Not only is the downtown the heart of the arts and cultural district of Abilene, but it's also buzzing with bars that regularly feature live music and performances. 

 

Start your a pub crawl evening on the "Storybook Way" at the Cypress Street Station, a historic landmark restaurant. Snag draft beers at $3 and bottle beers at $2 during happy hour Monday to Friday from 2 to 6 pm. Accompany it with a Texas Cheese Board or spoil yourself with a 12oz New York Strip. 

Location: 158 Cypress Street

Hours: Monday to Saturday from 11 am - 9 pm
The Center for Contemporary Art hosts ArtWalk every second Thursday of the month along the Storybook Way. You can find a variety of artists, craftsmen, street vendors, and live music. The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature and The Grace Museum will be open late and they usually have some crafts workshops during the ArtWalk. Don't forget to stop by for some Arts-and-Craft! 

 

The Green Room on N 2nd St. is not to be missed. This Instagram-worthy bar offers a new menu every season and snacks from The Green Machine, the food truck right outside the bar. This place is popular – expect it to be crowded!

Location: 59 N 2nd St

Hours: Monday to Friday from 5 pm - 12 pm, Saturday from 12 pm - 12 am, Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

Right next door is the Six Brothers Brewery, a bar founded by six brothers. The six Regan brothers like craft beer so much that they decided to create their own. Their six craft beers, each has unique and full flavors that will surely win you over.  For those with a sweet tooth, El Dorado is a honey blonde sweet beer that tastes like raspberries. If you like classic beer, the Martian Red is a classic example of the American Irish Red while the Shangri-LA is a classic American style IPA, crisp and flavorful.

Location: 957 N 2nd St.

Hours:  Opens on Thursday and Friday from 5 pm - 10 pm and Saturday from 2 pm - 10 pm

Fat Boss Pub is not far away on Pine Street. You can get a drink from $2-5 during its 7 pm "Close Happy Hour Specials" from Tuesday to Sunday. Feeling hungry? The menu includes burgers, sandwiches, and tacos among other options. 

Location: 216 Pine St.

Hours: Monday to Thursday 11 am - 12 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am - 2 am

(Photo credit: Ky Kasselman)

Lastly, make a pit stop The Hallows, which is a few doors away from Fat Boss Pub, for an artisan cocktail or an ice-cold beer. This place is a cafe in the day, but at night, it rolls out its dance-floor and DJ to transform into a cocktail bar. The Hallows features music from a variety of genres – from EDM to acoustic to live band. They even have open mic night every Sunday.  

Location: 258 Pine St. 

Hours: Sunday to Thursday 9 am - 12 am, Friday and Saturday 9 am - 7 pm. Craft beer and cocktails bar opens from noon to 12 am

Watch for the new brewery Grain Theory Brewing Co. coming soon in downtown. It will occupy the second floor of the Motis Building with a taproom, walk-up food counter service, coffee bar, and an outdoor deck. 

 

Tips: If you don't want to miss any Arts-and-Craft in town, be sure to check out Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, Story Book Capital of America and Abilene Centerstage for craft workshops, art exhibitions and live music events. The calendar is the best place to find out what's happening in Abilene. 

Host Betty Hukill meets a few brew masters and people making culture happen in Abilene Arts & Crafts Live Broadcasts: