Flamingo Cantina

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For over 22 years, the Flamingo Cantina has been known as the people’s favorite venue in Austin, Texas to see what we call “good vibes music” – live reggae, ska, latin and worldbeat music, as well as rock, hip hop, alternative and more. As it’s owner, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to work with thousands of artists, including many international artists from nearly every continent. From the sounds of Afro-Cuban artist Ricardo Lemvo, to the amazing dancing and singing of the Mahotella Queens, to the Rastafarian reggae riddems performed by Burning Spear and other artists, the shows as well as the artists at Flamingo Cantina are legendary.

Many artists who perform at the Flamingo Cantina enjoy the intimate nature of the room and comment on the “good vibe” the feel from the audience. The shows at our venue are unlike any other. The artists themselves will tell you they keep returning to get more of that “vibe” of the people and the place.

The Flamingo Cantina is an oasis in the lives of people who support it – a respite from the struggles of daily life, where we can all go to dance, laugh, hear wonderful music, and eat some of Winston’s delicious jerk chicken. From the Flamingo family, friends, and fans that support us, to my wonderful staff and the musicians that perform here, thank you for making this place possible!

One love,

Place Categories: Bars and Live Entertainment.Place Tags: alternative, hip hop, latin and worldbeat music, live music, live music on 6th, reggae, rock, and ska.

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5 reviews

  1. Mixxula T., Sep 18, 2013 - Flamingo Cantina

    I’ve been in Austin for over 5 years and never found this diamond in the rough. Real roots riddims in a special environment. Take a break from the college hi jinx of 6th Street to bless the spot. Good vibes with an island feel.

    The bands play live and the stage has been greats by many reggae legends include Beenie Man, Luciano, and Yellowman. This the truth! Lik-a-shot!

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  2. Robin I., Jan 27, 2014 - Flamingo Cantina

    The greatest place for Reggae in Austin!
    Good selection of alcohol, the bartenders and owner are stellar, love the vibe!

    If you haven’t been, you have to go out back and have a jerk chicken burrito. 100% authentic and absolutely delicious!

    I love nothing more than new experiences. This place deserves to be on your bucket list!

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  3. Michael M., Mar 02, 2014 - Flamingo Cantina

    I’ve played many times and seen many great shows at Flamingo. This venue has always treated me right, as a patron and as a performer. They always pay, even during free week, and the sound – despite the venue being a glorified alleyway- is always at the very least acceptable and sometimes great.

    Even if you’re just starting out as a performer in Austin I highly recommend playing at Flamingo. It’s a great launching pad for a new band and a solid choice for an established one to have a fun show. The laid-back environment will ensure a fun crowd, and the tropical mixed drinks will ensure the ladies are dancing. Next time you’re down on dirty Sixth, check out Flamingo and catch what is likely a reggae show.

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  4. Daniel B., Mar 05, 2014 - Flamingo Cantina

    Make sure to hit up Reggae night on Wednesdays! The house band always gives some tasty jams to dance to.

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  5. Ronald B., Nov 22, 2014 - Flamingo Cantina

    Came back to Austin after 18 years in San Diego. Still happy to see the Flamingo is still opened. The place is just great. Back in the day it was fun to go upstairs to take a smoke break and not worry about the man. Haven’t been there since I got back but can’t see that it changed that much. Great live shows, dance floor butts right up against the stage. Can’t really complain about the drinks due to the fact that my one hitter gets me by.
    Very cool vibe and a great place to dance. Can’t say enough about the place. See you there.

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