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There is no shortage of walkable nightlife just west of downtown. On Fourth near Lavaca is a club that Out magazine dubbed one of the "50 Greatest Gay Bars": Oil Can Harry's, featuring DJs, drag queens, and karaoke. Absinthe bar Peché has an apothecary feel, with high tin ceilings and brick walls framing the selection of Swiss, French, and domestic absinthe. Next door, the popular pickup joint Cedar Street Courtyard hosts fun party bands. Local legends Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Ian Moore, and Los Lonely Boys have launched their careers from the stage at Antone's, helping make Austin's name as "Live Music Capitol of the World."