Austin's vibrant food scene has been turning heads for years. These days, our wine, beer and spirits craftsmanship is making serious headlines. Lighten the mood and keep attendees entertained at your next event with these creative, thirst-quenching offsite venues.

Jester King Brewery interior

Stanley's Farmhouse Pizza
Wide-open Texas spaces, gourmet pizza and Austin-brewed beers paint the perfect happy hour meeting landscape at Stanley's. Set in a barn on Ceres Park Ranch, these famous pies are topped with ingredients sourced from local farms (think fresh spinach, sun dried tomatoes, olives and goat feta) and paired with live music and 16 taps. Private parties are held in an open-air pavilion. Across the street, treat groups to a brewery tour and tasting room stop at Jester King Brewery.

The Salt Lick
This regional barbecue legend has been a favored group gathering spot for decades. And for good reason – the Texas Hill Country icon serves up famous barbecue, family-style dining, spacious outdoor seating, a beautiful deck and a full calendar of live music, all with a max capacity of 500. Send attendees next door for award-winning wines and an idyllic tasting room set under heritage oaks at Salt Lick Cellars. Max capacity 75.

Hops & Grain
Environmentally focused and serving brews you just can't find anywhere else, Hops & Grain is a big player in the local craft brewery movement. Book an event in their taproom and lead guests to a brewery tour, handcrafted ales and on-site food trucks on Saturdays. Feel good knowing your event is uber green: Hops & Grain recycles spent brewing grains to make dog treats, locally sources most ingredients and donates one percent of profits to environmental causes.
Infinite Monkey Theorum

Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery
One of Austin’s favorite places for back alley wine drinking and wine making, the Infinite Monkey Theorem represents a counter culture in winemaking. No vineyard. No pretense. This urban winery offers public and private barrel tastings which includes a guided hour long tour of the facility and tastings of five different wines. Dive in and learn more about their wines, what foods pair best them with, and all other info one might possibly want to know.

The Austin Winery
The ideal locale for welcome receptions and post-conference celebrations, the Austin Winery brings California's finest grapes to Austin to handcraft small-lot wines. This urban winery features a dining room, bar and lounge and works directly with planners to craft private parties and corporate events. Schedule a tasting online or contact the winery to reserve the tasting lounge. Ask about their wine barrel party service program. Buyout max capacity 50; walk-in groups 30.

Deep Eddy Vodka_unique venues

Deep Eddy Distillery
Just a short jaunt from downtown Austin, Deep Eddy resides on a lush green plot of land near Dripping Springs. There's plenty of room to sip, mingle and enjoy spirited concoctions made with Deep Eddy vodka. Private tours and tastings are available where groups can see how the vodka is produced with nothing but premium juices, essential oil, natural sweeteners and local honey. Evening events, receptions and formal parties welcome. Indoor max capacity 150; outdoors 50.

Click here for more unique Austin special event venues.

Photo courtesy of Wes Kitten, The Beer Haul.