Austin >Bars & Clubs > La Zona Rosa
612 W Fourth St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870130.267946 -97.749793
Not Bad at All – I saw the Mickey Hart Band concert here. It was the best concert I've seen in years. I was dubious about the venue after reading the reviews. It was not bad at all. The A/C was cold when we first walked in, but was needed later after the crowds packed in. The restrooms were smelly, but not that dirty. The incense, patchouli, and other...natural...smells covered up the bad odors after things got rolling. The view of the band was fine, the sound was loud and maybe slightly distorted but the spirit of the music was great. Besides, Mickey was mixing in cosmic space sounds anyway, and the feedback tweaked the ear drums from time to time. The employees were very friendly - that is the way to get good tips. A beer was $5.00, in a can. The crowd was copacetic. I was bothered by one drunk frat rat who yelled in my face for a minute, but he was just overly enthusiastic. I was most concerned about the lack of seating, being a boomer approaching geriatric discomfort. I staked out the central metal pillar to lean against, which also had the advantage of conducting the sound waves directly into my spine. The crowd was mostly young, and a great time was had by all.
Boycott La Zona Rosa Advance Tickets – I plan to see a show tonight at La Zona Rosa. Led Zeppelin 2. I saw them @ LZR last time, with a great local opener, Paradise Titty, an all-girl G'n'R tribute band. I have tried unsuccessfully all week to contact someone at the venue to find out who's opening this time & what LZ 2's stage time is. No one is ever there, they have no phone number. It gets worse. The ticket price was $15, fair I thought. Today I went online to purchase, price was &17. Still fair, day-of-show...gets WORSE. They charged me $4.25 Svc. Chg. PLUS $3.50 Handling Fee. That's $7.75, more than 50% of the original ticket's price. These people are deceptive thieves, & I will NEVER buy an advance ticket for a LZR show again. I will do as I have in the past, scalp one outside for face value. BOYCOTT LA ZONA ROSA ADVANCE TICKETS !!!
thanks for the warning – I also notice that they allow the $30.00 dollar tickets to be purchased by the scumy ticket gouging companies which generally in turn double the cost . A simple boycott would eliminate these types of companies...first the ticket scalpers , next Wal-Mart : )
This intimate venue on the outskirts of the Warehouse District lures international acts to its unassuming stage. – In Short
Secluded on the corner of West Fourth Street and Rio Grande, La Zona Rosa is one of the Live Music Capital's most distinctive venues. Drawing some of music's biggest names to its modest stage, La Zona Rosa is capable of holding 1200 fans and frequently sells out to a mix of young, old and middle-aged locals. A lengthy bar along the back keeps the wait for a drink to a minimum, while front-row fans use the second bar located stage right.
Your feet will hurt, your stomach will growl, you will be angry at the door guys. – Let me preface this by saying I have been dying to attend something at La Zona Rosa for a very long time. When the Gruene with Envy awards came up, I bought tickets right away.
Things I learned AFTER getting there:
1. You can't go in and out. Meaning if your event lasts for 8 hours... and you get there at the start, you have to stay there for 8 hours. If you want your money's worth.
2. There is no food. That means 8 hours without food. While drinking. Does this sound like trouble to anyone else? So the local pizza hut and gattis get all the business and people have to stand outside and scarf down their food.
3. No seating. When a spot on the stairs opened up, we rushed for it. There was abs no seating FOR 8 HOURS available anywhere.
4. Expensive: $30 isnt exp for a big country concert... but since they give no indication of what is really going to happen (4 hours of acoustic BORINGNESS), then we paid $30 for those 4 hours and had to leave because we were starving and our feet were hurting as a result of no chairs...
5. Need better information. No idea who was up on the stage. Unless you are totally immersed in the texas country music scene, you dont know who is playing. When they are playing. And what they are playing
This was the WORST $30 I've ever spent. Had they simply set expectations better, disseminated information, perhaps it would have been acceptable. Not letting people in and out for an 8 hour event? Maybe if you're underage, they can put the lockdown on so you cant go drink beer. But a 27 year old adult? Seems highly ridiculous. I will try to avoid La Zona Rosa in the future and I suggest you do too.
Good place...but arrive early – First of all, wanted to thank all the folks who posted about this place before me and I could tell you that all is true...Me and my mom arrived at the BIG HEAD TODD AND THE MONSTERS concert so earlier (1.15 hours earlier) and few minutes later, ppl was on line behind us...when the doors opened, I ran to get the front view (and got it), we stand there, but we felt no so much, because were standing over the "stage"...Ppl were so nice with me BUT...about the policies and stuff: I read about the venue policies and didnt bring any cameras: and realise that Big Head Todd allowed cameras and camcorders (damn! and with my camera in Mexico)...So, you guys could update this kind of stuff (policies) to say: BY ARTIST REQUEST or something...That concert was the best concerts that ever attended...But the place is nice, though....
Good shows – I saw Willie Nelson play here and also Joe Ely. They get great acts and they have pretty good food, also.
If you're going for a concert, show up early!!!
Warning old folks- no chairs! – I bought tickets for Susan Tedeschi. Just found out there is no seating. URGHHHH Disregard my other ratings, I had to enter them to get where I could put in this comment.
no tips deserved – I attended a show at La Zona Rosa recently and really enjoyed it. The only con was the terrible service at the bar. There were not many people drinking and there was no line at the bar. After paying $4 for a can of beer set next to a plastic cup, I poured my own beer and was directed to get my own lime from behind the bar. At the end of the night I closed my small tab and exited, only to be chased down by a female bar tender demanding a tip. After a brief argument I gave her a five to get her off my back. Since when does handing some one a cup and can earn a tip?
Close stage, a little crowded – I like the shows that come through La Zona a lot. I found that when it's crowded, it can be a little hard to get around--or in very crowded conditions, see the stage. The accoustics sounds good, so whoever you see will most likely sound good. One problem I have with La Zona is that it's downtown, bat a little out of the way. Plan to walk if you want to go somewhere else before or after the show. And, plan on standing during the show.
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