Planning an event in Austin? Check out the top 20 venues the city has to offer.
Austin, TX is having a moment. What started as a small outpost for Spanish colonists in the 1700s has blossomed into Texas' fourth most populous city and the fastest growing city in all of America. It's also recently been recognized as the best city to live in, a top ten area for employment, and even a leading workplace for commuters.
All of these distinctions are debatable, of course. But it does go to show that the "live music capital of the world" is a vibrant metropolitan area with a lot to offer its residents — including a host of remarkable event venues.
In this article, we'll take a look at the top 20 Austin event venues. Our list includes historical locations, popular restaurants, museums, and a whole lot more.
Source: Paramount Theatre
Let's start with a bonafide classic. The Paramount Theatre is Austin's first performing arts theater, having been originally built in 1915. Back then, the Paramount hosted vaudeville performances before changing with the times and transforming into a "movie palace" a few years later. Films are still showcased at the Theatre to this day, but it's also available for private events ranging from fundraiser galas to concert performances to corporate meetings. No matter what kind of event you have planned, you'll love the Paramount's historic architecture, full bar, modern technology enhancements, and access to a professional event specialist who will help you craft an unforgettable gathering for your guests.
Source: Visit Austin
Location: Warehouse District
Speakeasy harkens back to Prohibition days when alcoholic beverages were outlawed, bootlegging businesses thrived, and illegal speakeasies operated in the shadows. The venue is composed of four distinct spaces. There's the Music Lounge, a comfortable room with retro stylings, hardwood finishes, and a performance stage; the Bowling Mezzanine, which features two vintage bowling lanes; the intimate Kaberet Room with a bar, second stage, pool table, and 1920s era furniture; and Terrace59, a beautiful rooftop setting that overlooks downtown Austin. Choose any of these swanky venues for your next event or book all of them at once, Either way, you'll get access to an experienced event planning team, free internet, A/V equipment, and custom catering options.
3. SPIN Austin
Source: SPIN Austin
SPIN combines delicious food and the noble game of ping pong. That's right, book your next event at SPIN and treat your guests to tasty treats like carnitas tacos and BBQ pork belly sliders while they aim to best each other in fun table tennis tournaments. It's an eclectic combination that just so happens to be wildly entertaining. From corporate holiday parties to personal milestone celebrations, SPIN offers a great space for all your needs. Enjoy its 13 ping pong tables, full bar, A/V equipment, and house DJ, outdoor patio (complete with ping pong table, of course), and more. There's a lot to love about SPIN!
4. Atelier 1205
Source: Atelier 1205
Location: East Cesar Chavez
Atelier 1205 is an art gallery with "an inviting front porch overlooking a generous patio" that doubles as a stellar event venue. The gallery, which is housed in a 100-year-old bungalow that still features its original wood ceilings, showcases an impressive array of curated exhibits. It also has on-site parking (a rarity in the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood of Austin) and the ability to host live music. All in all, Atelier 1205 is one of the more charming Austin event spaces and sure to satisfy the guests of any business or personal gathering.
Source: The Austinot
UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum offers unparalleled natural beauty to events of all kinds. Planning to marry the love of your life? Do so beneath a stunning wooden arbor, amongst the winding pathways, tranquil ponds, and celebrated bronze statues that make up UMLAUF's four-acre estate. Looking to host something a little more business-oriented? The Crenshaw Room, with its large windows and gorgeous nature views, is perfect for staff retreats, training seminars, and general corporate meetings. The Crenshaw Room also features an LCD flat panel display, wireless internet access, a private restroom, and free parking. Any event, personal or corporate, is welcome at UMLAUF.
Source: Waller Creek Boathouse
Location: Rainey Street Historic District
There are plenty of event venues in Austin, but few of them offer the same combination of classy atmosphere, beautiful surroundings, and fun activities that Waller Creek Boathouse does. The venue is situated next to Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin and features a patio overlooking the water. Event guests also have the ability to rent kayaks and stand-up paddle boards or learn how to row during one of the Boathouse's indoor rowing classes. Whether you plan to host a corporate luncheon or a bachelorette party, Waller Creek Boathouse has the space, atmosphere, activities, catering options, and events team to make it a success.
Source: Vintage Villas
Location: Lake Travis
Vintage Villas has been offering luxurious corporate experiences since 1996. The venue's location on Lake Travis will give your guests amazing sunset views as they enjoy expertly prepared dishes from the Villas' renowned kitchen. When it's time to get down to business, choose to host your event in one of three spaces: the Colorado Room, a 750 square foot space that's ideal for business strategy sessions; the Travis Room, which can hold up to 80 people and offers inspiring second-story views of the lake; and The Event Center, a 4,800 square foot space with access to a lakeside patio and enough room for nearly 300 people. For sophisticated and elegant events, book Vintage Villas.
Source: Lake Travis
Location: Comanche Canyon Ranch
Choosing the right event venue is never easy — unless you're planning an event in Austin, TX and Oasis Texas Brewing Company are available. This one of a kind brewery, restaurant, and taproom is situated on the banks of Lake Travis and offers incredible views of the setting sun. At Oasis, the beer is always cold, the food is always delicious, and the atmosphere is always inviting. What more could you ask for? Bring your business meeting or personal shindig and enjoy everything that Oasis has to offer. You'll be glad you did!
9. Stunt Ranch
Awesome time at Stunt Ranch in Austin on 5/31. We got to learn about pyrotechnics, behind the scenes in filmmaking, and endured the awesome obstacle courses. #DATADoes #TheDataWay @dataedwhite @edwhiteneisd @NEISD @NEISDCTE @fruiz1208 @BethanyLorge https://t.co/OjWbyTNSi0 pic.twitter.com/XCPouabUeX— Elizabeth Malin (@ebbyfuentes) June 3, 2019
Location: Austin, TX
Stunt Ranch isn't an events venue, it's an experience. Seriously! The 22-acre center is home to a paintball course, rock climbing wall, multiple zip lines, a swimming pool, pistol range, and more. It also has a training program that teaches participants how to perform Hollywood-style stunts (hence the name Stunt Ranch). They really know what they're doing too. Major film and television studios like the History Channel, A&E, and the Discovery Channel are listed as production clients. Because of all this, Stunt Ranch is the perfect venue for private parties and corporate team-building exercises. If you're planning something along these lines, take a good hard look at the Ranch.
Source: Eater Austin
Location: East Cesar Chavez
Another Prohibition themed venue? Yes, isn't it great! Prohibition Creamery is known for combining its owner's two favorite indulgences: ice cream and alcohol, which means the tasty offerings at this restaurant venue have attitude. Treat your guests to boozy ice cream — something they've probably never had before — handcrafted milkshakes, signature sundaes, and more. Whether you book the private dining room with original, 1920s wood floors and custom brass countertops, the breezy outdoor patio, or the whole kit and caboodle, you and your guests will be able to enjoy a memorable evening filled with one of a kind desserts.
Source: Impact Hub Austin
Gather Venues has two separate spaces. For the purposes of this article, we'll focus on the larger of the two, located in the Brentwood neighborhood of North Austin. What's to like about Gather? A whole lot! The former Texas State Trooper Recreation center has been transformed into a magnificent event space with impressive 25-foot floor to ceiling windows, a gourmet chef's kitchen, and (most importantly!) an indoor couch swing. Yes, please! The venue also features free parking, numerous breakout rooms, and a stage. For business-oriented gatherings like small conferences and training seminars, or personal get-togethers like wedding receptions, Gather Venues won't disappoint.
12. Fair Market
Location: East Cesar Chavez
Fair Market has been known to host business conferences, concerts, weddings, and a whole host of other corporate and personal soirees. Located in Austin's beloved eastside neighborhood, this indoor and outdoor space features an iconic Quonset hut warehouse with vaulted ceilings and exposed steel and a well-manicured lawn for rental. It's an inspiring space that should definitely be on the venue shortlist for your next event.
13. Stubb's Bar-B-Q
Source: The Business Journals
Austin, above all else, is known for two things: amazing live music and some of the best darn BBQ in the world. We're happy to report that Stubb's Bar-B-Q delivers both of these Austin mainstays to near perfection. An amazing musician is booked at Stubb's almost every night of the week it seems. And the food? Mouthwatering. When it comes to your event, choose between five unique spaces (the Waller Creek Amphitheater, Liberty Lunch, the Downstairs Bar, the Upstairs Patio, or the Upstairs Bar) depending on the size of your party and its needs. Can't decide? Get in touch with the experienced Stubb's events team and they'll help you plan a gathering to remember.
Source: The Bullock Museum
Location: Museum District
The Bullock Museum, named after Bob Bullock, the state of Texas' 38th Lieutenant Governor, has been educating folks on Texas history since it first opened in 2001. More than nine million people have enjoyed its interactive exhibits since then. You and your guests can enjoy them too! It doesn't matter if you're hosting a wedding reception, film screening, fundraiser gala, business conference, or personal party, the Bullock Museum can host it in any of its nine spaces, one of which is an IMAX theater. Choose the Bullock Museum and you'll also get access to an expert events team, on-site catering options, free WiFi, on-site parking, and so much more.
15. The Library Bar
Here's a wild idea: host your next event at the Library. No, not that Library; the Library Bar in downtown Austin. This Sixth Street venue is in the heart of the action and has two levels of space, each with its own full-service bar, and three VIP booths — perfect for private gatherings. Birthday bashes and graduation celebrations are ideal fits for the Library, as are bachelorette parties and game-day get-togethers. If you're looking to host a good time, host it at The Library.
16. The Belmont
Source: The Belmont
The Belmont is known as "Austin's swankiest downtown lounge." It features two levels worth of intimate space, complete with three full bars and a performance-ready stage; a beautiful open-air, ivy-covered courtyard; and a fantastic rooftop terrace that offers great views of the city skyline. The Belmont also has an unmatched vibe about it that's both chic and comfortable. Rest assured that your next company holiday party or employee appreciation dinner, charity gala or celebratory shindig will be memorable if you host it here.
17. W Austin Hotel
The W Austin Hotel claims that it's "as much a scene as it is a place to stay." Bold words, but we have to say, the W Austin lives up to them. This Marriott hotel is really seven venues in one, totaling over 21,000 square feet of event-ready space. Event hosts will also be pleased to learn that the W Austin Hotel offers free WiFi, state of the art A/V equipment, multiple HD screens, and specialized lighting systems. But that's not all. Book your event at this venue and you’ll also enjoy access to a team of event professionals who will help you design the perfect menu for your gathering, pick the right entertainment options, and set the proper mood.
Source: Culture Map
Location: Old West Austin
The Riveter is one of the more unique event venues in Texas. It's a woman-owned co-working space that prides itself on championing equality. Its mission is to change the future by empowering and equipping women to achieve more. When it isn't renting out desks and private offices to professionals, The Riveter is hosting events. Some of them include business conferences, small training workshops, and corporate brainstorming sessions. For intimate affairs, especially those that have a business bent to them, we suggest booking The Riveter.
19. Villa Antonia
If you're willing to take a quick drive out to Jonesville, Villa Antonia doesn't disappoint. Nestled amid the rolling hills outside Austin, Villa Antonia is a stunning wedding and events venue that features old-world elegance and unparalleled natural beauty. But Villa Antonia is more than a beautiful location. The venue's experienced events team, catering options, and security detail make planning get-togethers there convenient as well. Whether you host your nuptials on one of the Villa's terraces, renew your vows beneath its stone gazebo, or plan your next business move in one of its many indoor spaces, you'll undoubtedly love your time at Villa Antonia.
Source: The Business Journals
If your event strategy calls for a lot of space and nearly unlimited potential resources, you should definitely consider booking the Austin Convention Center. The venue has been outfitted with the latest technology including digital signage, A/V equipment, and free WiFi. It also offers an in-house catering team, experienced security detail, and expert event coordinators to event hosts. From mega-conferences to international trade shows to concerts, Austin Convention Center will deliver with flying colors. But just because you aren't hosting the biggest event of the year doesn't mean you can't book this venue. The Center has 54 intimate meeting rooms that can be rented as well.
Wrapping Up: The Perfect Austin Event Venue
Austin is an electric town with more quality venues than any single list could contain. But the 20 detailed above represent the best of the best. Make sure to read through our selections again before booking a space for your next corporate or private event.
And remember, the venue you select is important. But there are a thousand other details that must be considered when hosting events. Invest in event management software to help you keep track of them all and make the event planning process stress-free and enjoyable.
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