10 OUTSTANDING INDOOR/OUTDOOR VENUES IN AUSTIN
Whether you’re looking to hold a huge indoor event or are planning an intimate courtyard cocktail party, Austin has just the right venue. Throw in some Texas barbecue and live music, and you’ll have created a real Austin experience for your attendees.
Courtesy of Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden.
At fun-loving Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, the picnic tables are communal, 100+ craft beers are served and the menu consists of 30 different house-made sausages (ranging from wild game to veggie) cooked on a sizzling grill. Live country music and pig roasts are part of the raucous Banger’s experience. Book a small dinner party (for groups of 12+) or rent the whole place out for a private event (1,000 people maximum), Mondays through Thursdays.
Go rural with your next event at Star Hill Ranch near Bee Cave. Star Hill is a re-creation of an early-1900s Texas Hill Country community, made up of actual historic buildings that have been relocated from throughout the state and centered around the quaint Pontotoc Chapel. All of the venue buildings are situated on the Main Street Plaza, which is illuminated overhead with carnival lighting and is the perfect spot for outdoor receptions and dinner parties, as well as tented events. Depending on the event, Star Hill can accommodate 20 to 2,000 guests, and vintage props are available for rental. The Reception/Banquet Hall is a converted 1920s school that features large, open indoor space, along with a covered veranda and lawn seating. The larger Fitzhugh Building can accommodate events for 300+ guests.
Fair Market. Credit Nick Simonite.
Located close to downtown, Fair Market is a unique community space housed in a funky, quonset hut-style building. Set in the vibrant East Austin neighborhood, Fair Market offers versatile indoor and outdoor spaces. The expansive interior features 16,000 square feet of space, while the exterior measures 15,500 square feet. Plan a seated indoor event (750 capacity) or host a standing cocktail party for 1,500. Or take the party outdoors, where 1,200 guests can be accommodated.
Just steps from the Austin Convention Center, Maggie Mae’s is a local Sixth Street legend. Consisting of several renovated historic buildings dating back to the 1850s, this vast venue offers numerous spaces. Standout features include a huge rooftop deck with great skyline views, a rollicking live music venue with three stages, and seven bars spread over its multiple floors. Plan a party for 1,000 guests (maximum).
Mattie's. Credit Nick Simonite.
Mattie’s at Green Pastures is an elegant American restaurant housed in a lovingly restored turn-of-the-century farmhouse. Choose from an array of private event and dining spaces, as well as an outdoor patio shaded by towering live oaks. The 2,300-sq.-ft. Marion Hall, drenched with natural light streaming through its windowed walls, accommodates 160 for dinner (and can be fitted with a dance floor). Intimate seated dinners (for 32 people) or cocktail parties can be held in the cozy Lounge Room, while The Table Royale is perfect for small meetings of up to 16 people, and comes equipped with A/V hardware. Or take the party outdoors on the sheltered Pavilion, accommodating 100 guests for a reception or 80 for dinner.
Mercury Hall is a beautiful venue located on a hilltop in the heart of South Austin. A former old country chapel, Mercury Hall has been restored and converted into a unique event venue. Original wood floors and white shiplap walls, along with cathedral-style stained glass windows, add to the charm of the place. Mercury Hall offers Corporate Meeting Packages tailored to everything from executive meetings to corporate retreats. Your guests will have exclusive use of the venue and lush grounds, including a grassy lawn for team-building activities. Hold a seated dinner for 150 guests in the Banquet Hall or cocktails for 200 in the Rock Garden Courtyard.
Palmer Event Center. Credit Thomas McConnell.
The 131,000-sq.-ft. Palmer Events Center can accommodate anything from conventions to corporate meetings. Two lobbies offer pre-function space and concessions, while the 70,000-sq.-ft. exhibit floor can be divided into two column-free halls. Five upper-level meeting rooms feature sweeping balcony views of downtown Austin and Town Lake. The 5,000-sq.-ft. meeting space can be used for receptions and dinners, as well. A personal event coordinator is available to help you plan.
Stubb’s Bar-B-Q is an Austin institution, known for its lip-smacking barbecue along with some of the best live music around. By day, Stubb’s serves mouthwatering, slow-smoked, authentic Texas barbecue for lunch and dinner in an historic 1850s limestone building. At night, Stubb’s transitions into a rollicking live music venue featuring blues, country, rock and more in its outdoor amphitheater and on an indoor stage. Private Old West-style spaces, including two bars perfect for cocktail parties, an upstairs patio and the outdoor Waller Creek Amphitheater, make your event a true Texas experience for 20-2,200 guests.
Salt Lick. Credit Kenny Braun.
Treat your attendees to legendary barbeque in beautiful Texas Hill Country at The Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood. Your group can dig into family recipe brisket and smoked pork ribs in one of several private dining rooms that accommodate both small and large groups (on weekdays only). In addition, Salt Lick features unique on-site venues that are perfect for special events. Pecan Grove is a wooded, glass-enclosed structure set on the banks of Onion Creek and surrounded by a canopy of pecan trees. Plan a simple Southern luncheon or dinner for up to 350 seated guests. Thurman's Mansion is a rustic limestone building with wood beam ceilings and vintage chandeliers that offers space for corporate affairs of up to 180 guests. Attendees can engage in team-building activities on the lawn, then enjoy the picturesque sunset over the vineyards after dinner. The Salt Lick Cellars wine tasting room rests under a majestic live oak tree next door to The Salt Lick BBQ restaurant, and can accommodate an event for up to 75 guests on its scenic patio (not available on weekends).
If you’ve got a group of whiskey lovers, you’ll want to check out Still Austin Whiskey Co., which holds the distinction of being the first whiskey distillery located within Austin city limits since Prohibition. A true grain-to-glass distillery, everything is done in-house (and made from ingredients sourced from local farmers), from mashing to barreling and bottling. Plan a private tour for your guests to see how Still Austin’s whiskey is made, followed by a cocktail party or dinner in the Whiskey Garden or tasting room.