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For SXSW Attendees: 20 Must-Visit Bars and Restaurants

In less than one month, Austin will make its yearly transformation into a hub of creativity and ideas as South by Southwest 2024 kicks off. SXSW promises an overabundance of opportunities for inspiration and networking. From captivating conference sessions to exclusive premieres, and discovering up-and-coming musical talents at iconic venues, the next big idea or connection is always within reach, waiting to be seized at South by Southwest

Whether you’re coming into town to work or play, here are some of our favorite bars and eateries to rent or check out around downtown Austin.

The Eleanor

📍 307 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

An elegant event venue with a classic touch, The Eleanor is located in the heart of downtown Austin’s historic Warehouse district. The kindred, neighboring cocktail bar and event space of The Roosevelt Room, set in a building dating back to 1929, the space offers an idyllic setting for every type of occasion. The open floor plan and functional layout provide hosts with the ideal canvas to customize each aspect of their gathering, creating lasting memories with their guests.

The Eleanor - SXSW Event Space
The Eleanor Bar – SXSW Bar and Events

The Roosevelt Room

📍 307 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

Set in a railroad warehouse built in 1929, the space is one of the most unique in the city, where both classic and modern designs come together in a beautiful and tasteful way. With two distinct rooms in the venue to enjoy – the Main Level Dining Room and second-story Mezzanine – the versatile space can be tailored to best accommodate your plans for the evening.

Roosevelt Room - SXSW Event Space
The Roosevelt Room – SXSW Bar and Events

Summit Rooftop & Lounge

📍 120 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

Summit features a distinctive interior design, a capacious rooftop deck complete with a state-of-the-art sound system, and a striking LED wall. The venue’s vibrant ambiance harmonizes seamlessly with the extraordinary panorama of Austin’s skyline, certainly setting an impeccable stage for both formal and casual occasions.

Summit Rooftop - SXSW Event Space
Summit Rooftop – SXSW Bar and Events

Ah Sing Den

📍 1100 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Savor the experience of exclusive private events in an ambiance where the charm of Victorian London meets the contemporary allure of East Austin. Ah Sing Den beckons with an enticing array of craft cocktails and delicious bites, ensuring your gatherings are infused with the finest flavors.

Ah Sing Den - SXSW Event Space
Ah Sing Den Dining Room – SXSW Bar, Restaurant, and Events

The Stay Put

📍 73 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

The Stay Put is the first and only brewpub on historic Rainey Street in downtown Austin. The space offers brewed beers, draft cocktails, and wine with indoor-outdoor space and a wrap-around patio. The intimate setting provides the perfect backdrop for meaningful conversations and laughter, creating an atmosphere that’s both refined and relaxed.

The Stay Put - SXSW Event Space
The Stay Put Entrance – SXSW Brewery and Events

Parlor Room

📍 88 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

Nestled in the heart of The Rainey Street Historic District, Parlor Room invites you to experience the charm of an old Craftsman house transformed into a trendy venue for private events. Featuring craft cocktails and beer on tap, this hot spot offers two full-service bars, spacious front and back patios with outdoor seating, and a stylish ambiance.

Parlor Room - SXSW Event Space
Parlor Room Outdoors – SXSW Bar and Events

Seven Grand

📍 405 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701

Seven Grand is a curated whiskey bar with 400+ premium whiskeys in downtown Austin. The sprawling indoor space offers hunting lodge vibes, pool tables, a long, wood-grained bar, and a stage. The patio is shared with sister bar Las Perlas which is also home to Caña Rum Bar.  When rented together, it is a 3-concept space. Seven Grand Pool Lounge promises an evening that is both refined and relaxed.

Seven Grand - SXSW Event Space
Seven Grand Group Dining – SXSW Bar, Restaurant, and Events

Wanderlust Downtown

📍 610 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78701

Wanderlust Wine Co. is the largest self-pour wine-on-tap winery in the world, based in Austin, Texas. With 3 locations that feature outdoor spaces, you’re never far from a fabulous wine-tasting experience. Their downtown location is just a walk away from the convention center. Enjoy wines from around the world that are available and served more sustainably.

Wanderlust Wine Downtown - SXSW Event Space
Wanderlust Downtown Indoors – SXSW Winery and Events

Codependent

📍 301 West Ave Ste. 110, Austin, TX 78701

Codependent is a conceptual cocktail + coffee bar inspired by Italian luxury, aperitivo culture, and the belief that beautiful design should be enjoyed by all. Think of it as a high-end design showroom that meets Austin hospitality. Located in the heart of downtown, Codependent offers both indoor and outdoor spaces right off of Shoal Creek.

Codependent - SXSW Event Space
Cheers! at Codependent – SXSW Bar, Restaurant, and Events

Inn Cahoots

📍 1221 E. 6th St., Austin, Tx, 78702

Inn Cahoots is a four-story boutique hotel and event venue on East 6th Street that features five spacious & versatile condo-style suites, a sprawling rooftop deck overlooking Downtown Austin, and more than 36,000 sq. ft of indoor/outdoor event space!

Inn Cahoots - SXSW Event Space
IYKYK Rooftop at Inn Cahoots – SXSW Bar and Events

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Swift’s Attic

📍 315 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Swift’s is located on 3rd and Congress, above the nationally recognized Elephant Room, on the second floor of the historic downtown Austin building that originally was the 1905 home to the Swift’s Premium Food Co. Built to be comfortable yet exciting, Swift’s Attic was designed to accent the space’s natural historic beauty and character, while bringing modern elements and conveniences to guests. Swift’s Attic has spaces suited for intimate dining experiences or full buyout celebrations

Swift's Attic - SXSW Event Space
Swift’s Attic Dining Room – SXSW Restaurant and Events

Wu Chow

📍 500 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

The sister restaurant of Swift’s Attic, Wu Chow brings authentic, farm-fresh, modern Chinese food to the heart of downtown Austin, offering dishes representative of all eight styles of Chinese cuisine, as well as dim sum brunch service on Sundays.

Wu Chow - SXSW Event Space
Wu Chow Dining Room – SXSW Restaurant and Events

The Garden at Lit Lounge

📍 215 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Step into an oasis of elegance at The Garden, Lit Lounge’s latest addition to 6th Street. Nestled in the heart of downtown, this exclusive venue exudes sophistication like no other, offering a level of exclusivity that sets it apart. With abundant space for socializing and a full bar at your fingertips, The Garden provides the ideal setting for private events. Specializing in craft cocktails, specialty beers, and wine, every sip is a journey into refined taste.

The Garden at Lit Lounge - Event Space
The Garden at Lit Lounge – SXSW Bar and Events

Shh! Room

📍 908 E 5th St. #107, Austin, TX 78702

Welcome to Shh! Room, the perfect venue for hosting your next unforgettable and secret event! A laid back lounge nestled in the heart of Austin, Shh! Room offers a unique and versatile space that seamlessly blends modern sophistication with the old Austin charm.The Shh! Room staff brings years of experience from behind the bar with the tastiest cocktails in Austin and exceptional customer service. Guests can expect to enjoy awesome drinks, groovy tunes, stellar food, and laid back Austin weird vibes!

Shh! Room - Event Space
Party at Shh! Room – SXSW Bar and Events

Tipsy Alchemist

📍 70 Rainey St #200, Austin, TX 78701

As you step into The Tipsy Alchemist, you’ll find yourself in a realm where the ordinary transforms into the extraordinary. The bar’s modern and sophisticated design is complemented by an eclectic mix of contemporary and whimsical elements, creating an atmosphere that’s both chic and inviting. The Tipsy Alchemist is more than a bar; it’s a destination that captivates the senses and sparks the imagination.

Tipsy Alchemist - Event Space
Tipsy Alchemist Bar – SXSW Bar and Events

Half Step

📍 75 1/2 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

Half Step is a laid-back, craft cocktail bar located in downtown Austin on historic Rainey Street. Inside is a cozy refurbished home with a bar and stage, while outside is a large patio with picnic table seating, outdoor bar, a stage, food trucks, and yard games. While this location does not have food in-house, you can satisfy your hunger with onsite food trucks Spicy Boys Fried Chicken and Little Lucy’s Donuts.

Half Step - Event Space
Half Step Inside – SXSW Bar and Events

Cedar Door Patio Bar & Grill

📍 201 Brazos St bldg A, Austin, TX 78701

Since 1975, the Cedar Door Patio Bar and Grill has been an Austin landmark institution famous for our southwest menu, friendly hospitality, and famous Mexican Martini! Located in downtown Austin’s convention district, the Cedar Door is conveniently located within walking distance to the Austin Convention Center and major hotels such as the JW Marriott, Hilton, Four Seasons, and Austin Marriott Downtown.  The Cedar Door is the perfect spot for creative corporate meetups, social receptions, and more.

Cedar Door Patio Bar & Grill - Event Space
Cedar Door Patio Bar – SXSW Bar, Restaurant, and Events

Iron Cactus

📍 606 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701

Located at the heart of historic 6th street, Iron Cactus has been a local favorite Austin Mexican restaurant for over two decades. Their contemporary Mexican cuisine menu includes Mexican food favorites like fajitas and margaritas, but also specialty items like Three Chile Pork Loin, Camarones (jumbo Shrimp) A La Parilla, Southwest Paella and Stuffed Avocados. Dine in the restaurant or on our rooftop patio. Don’t forget the table-side guacamole!

Iron Cactus - Event Space
Iron Cactus Entrance – SXSW Bar & Restaurant

Meat & Bread

📍 360 Nueces St ste 20, Austin, TX 78701

Their concept is simple – make simple, fast, and delicious sandwiches. Prepared with high quality ingredients, strong culinary skill, and a lot of heart. Their signature, carved to order Porchetta Sandwich is not to be missed!

Meat & Bread - Event Space and Catering
Meat and Bread Patio – SXSW Restaurant and Events

Industry Eastside

📍 1211 E 5th St. Ste 150, Austin, TX 78702

Every day, Late Night. Industry is your all-the-time hangout for breakfast and meetings, a quick lunch, happy hour with a friend or 40, eastside pre-gamming, or a late-night snack. With 60+ menu items, a lot of them healthy, a lot of them not, and a full bar with 30 taps, they’ve got you covered for every mood and every occasion. Whether happy hour for 20 or a buyout for 250, Industry has flexible indoor/outdoor seating with a stage and a built-in sound and projector system for presentations.

Industry Eastside - Event Space
Industry Eastside Patio – SXSW Bar, Restaurant, and Events

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