Austin , Texas
Concierge.com's insider take:
An area that was down and out just a few years ago, this three-block strip just north of Sixth now boasts the city's tightest concentration of clubs. Glamorous gals are drawn to the fancy mixed drinks at the Club de Ville lounge; hipster boys are drawn to the gals; everyone loves the setting, a tree-lined patio sitting under a limestone cliff (512-457-0900). Across the street, Stubb's dishes up satisfactory barbecue and doubles as an outdoor venue for up-and-coming touring bands; during South by Southwest, the speakers never seem to get a break (512-480-8341; www.stubbsaustin.com). One more block down, the Red-Eyed Fly gets the punk fans, alterna-chicks, and the bands they love (512-474-1084; www.redeyedfly.com).