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The Cactus is an intimate live music performance venue, and since the Cafe...

The Cactus is an intimate live music performance venue, and since the Cafe opened in February 1979.

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Excellent music venue

Very nice, intimate music venue in the heart of UT campus. It's historical and legendary. If you're in the area, come check it out.

Reviewed 8 September 2016
Cedar Park, Texas
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Cedar Park, Texas
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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Very nice, intimate music venue in the heart of UT campus. It's historical and legendary. If you're in the area, come check it out.

Thank capsmom
Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016

Got a last minute invite to go and what a great decision... Very much an Austin institution established in 1979 with great ceiling and the bar staff was fun. It is great settings on the UT campus and pretty private shows even sold out. No gimmicks, no fluff just good music like venues in Austin used to be. Be sure... More 

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New York City
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180 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

Actually on the campus and a theatre with beer and wine served outside. My son loves live music but at age 16 can't get into a lot of the venues so this was a fun alternative.

Thank rdkflk
Palm Springs, California
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583 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 456 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2014

On the UT campus in the student union, this bar venue hosted Jim Lauderdale. Great intimate location. Holds about 125 folks.

Thank golem67
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47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2013

Cactus Cafe at UT is my probably most favorite music venue in Austin. The place is not too big, but that's just right: they don't often serve crowds with the pop-music scene. They serve quality music, sometimes a bit niche, to the people who can enjoy it. You can come for some local Austin/Texas star, or just listen to someone... More 

Thank Lucie_tx
Austin, Texas
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71 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2013

We Saw Trace Bundy (an amazing guitarist) here at Cactus Café. on the campus of UT. a great intimate venue to see awesome and talented artists. every seat is "front row" perfect. the entire student union area is a great place to meet and hang out.

Thank HEBtraveler
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 June 2013

Nice staff, nice venue for intimate show. Came in town for Carrie Rodriguez, and we loved it! Hoping for a reason to come back soon!

Thank tjk1085
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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349 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2013

Inside the Student Union Bldg. Holds about 100 or so folks. Good bar inside. Come early and get in line and you can sit right up front at the artist's stage. Good acoustics and a mellow appreciative crowd. Check the line-ups and you can hear some fantastic music. In four days we saw David Lindley, Cheryl Wheeler, and Pat Donahue... More 

Thank Michael S
Dallas, Texas
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2013 via mobile

Tucked into the Student Union building of University of Texas is a coffee/tea and alcohol serving bar that hosts musicians. Great concept! Good acoustics but everyone is packed in without tables. So font expect much ambiance. With no reserve seating, folks arrive almost 2 hours early to wait in line for front row seats of popular performers such as Ruthie... More 

Thank luvsun28
Goodland, Kansas, United States
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61 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2012

We were hoping to see a concert here and have something to eat. It is called a cafe. They don't serve food and the bartender was quite rude when he informed us that they were closed for sound check, even though the doors were open. We didn't bother with the concert.

Thank Roxie1203

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