• backYARD at Waller Creek joins Austin’s Outdoor Venue Scene

     
    POSTED July 17, 2017
     
  • backYARD at Waller Creek joins Austin’s Outdoor Venue Scene

     
    POSTED July 17, 2017
     

backYARD at Waller Creek is Austin’s newest restaurant, bar and outdoor venue in downtown. The concept, which had a soft opening during SXSW 2017, is new to the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol. The backYARD offers American cuisine with a Texas twist and cocktails using house-infused spirits, and has a spacious outdoor space perfect for events.

backYARD hosts a range of live music performances at 7 p.m. every Thursday through Saturday, along with late night fare, but is more than an evening gathering place. Guests can fuel up with breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. backYARD’s Live Music Brunch is every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Created by Executive Chef Lonny Huot, backYARD at Waller Creek’s menu features local ingredients, house rubs and spices. Highlights include Chorizo & Pepper Jack Grits Cakes Benedict with smoked tomato hollandaise; Carnitas, Chili Lime Shrimp and Baja Fish tacos; and 24-hour house-brined Bone-In Pork Chop with chorizo and sweet potato hash, scallions and guajillo chilies.

Measuring in at 11,500 square feet, the backYARD includes a beer-garden and auditorium seating, an airstream equipped with a pared down kitchen and full bar, plus yard games. From tailgate events to wedding receptions to corporate parties and meet-ups, the area can hold up to 80 seated guests or 150 for a standing reception.

To book a private party or event at backYARD at Waller Creek’s outdoor event space, visit backyardbaraustin.com.

The historic Austin hotel, The Driskill, has appointed Nori Meisner to its staff as historic tour guide and special events concierge. In her new role, Meisner will bring to life the stories of the hotel, which was built by cattle baron Colonel Jesse Driskill in 1886. Among the many memories she’ll share with guests on the history tour is the first date between former President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird. The two met over breakfast on that fateful day.

 

When it comes to meeting at the Austin Convention Center, the numbers are forever in your favor. Let’s start with six. That’s how many full city blocks the convention center extends in the heart of the downtown business district. Or 12,000—the number of hotel rooms within a two-mile radius of the venue. Twenty-thousand is how many wireless devices that can be simultaneously connected, ensuring all of your guests won’t miss a meeting, Zoom call, presentation or email.  

 

 

Keep your eye on the skyline of Austin. The sustainably focused hotel brand, 1 Hotels, is coming to a mixed-use hotel, residential and retail project currently under construction at the meeting of Waller Creek and Lady Bird Lake. The property will be the tallest tower in Texas and will overlook the historic Rainey Street district.