There’s something magical about an empty space with exposed or whitewashed brick walls, bare floors and pale natural light streaming in through the windows. It’s become the de facto backdrop for fashion, food and product shoots, as well as special events ranging from wedding showers and receptions to brand launches and luncheons. While most people assume these sorts of places are fabricated like a stage set or can only be found in historic buildings in places like New York and LA, the truth is, plenty of these place-based canvases can be found in the heart of the Lone Star State. All of these spaces are ideal for bringing in gorgeous furnishings and making your mark, whether by sticking with the minimalist vibe that’s already there or warming it up with luxe textures, colors and patterns reflecting the exact aesthetic you want to convey. Scroll down for a roster full of the best blank slate venues in Austin and the surrounding area.
These spaces, with their great bones and minimalist design, invite you to make of them whatever you choose. Kennedy Creative Events has hosted countless events in each one and stands ready to plan and produce yours exactly as you wish. Dare you not to start immediately imagining your next event in one of these!
Perched at Congress Avenue and 8th Street in the shadow of the Texas Capitol, 800 Congress hosts premier events in its warehouse-like space with original exposed brick and foundation walls, spilling out onto its covered street-level patio in the very epicenter of Austin. Boasting 5,800 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space, it seats up to 300 and stands up to 700 guests, welcoming them into warm industrial environs with just the right balance of open hospitality and utter coolness.
Just a quick drive from Austin to Dripping Springs, Prospect House delights guests with its all-white everything, from shiplap walls to museum windows and stunning framework overhead. Its main hall offers 3,000 square feet of event space plus a tree-specked biergarten, a great lawn overlooking an endless prairie into the Texas Hill Country beyond, and a beautiful breezeway that begs to be photographed. It can accommodate up to 250 people in its dreamy environs.
Rock Rose Hall
Nestled into the Rock Rose entertainment district that’s been making waves since its 2016 debut is Rock Rose Hall, a 2,769 square foot blank space venue filled with oodles of natural light, architectural interest and rockin’ good times. Right in the center of The Domain’s latest offerings, the space can accommodate up to 180 people within its walls, and it also boasts an almost 700 square foot balcony to help the festivities spill outdoors into the night (or day).
A stunning turn-of-the-century space found at Congress and 4th Street in the very heart of downtown Austin, Brazos Hall is a warm and welcoming spot for any event, from a swanky morning meeting to a sumptuous late-night bash. It offers 8,400 square feet of space in its main hall, holding up to 900 people standing or 500 seated, as well as a 3,400 square foot rooftop deck capable of seating 250 or standing 450.
Upstairs from the popular restaurant La Condesa in the bustling 2nd Street District, frequented by loyal locals and sizzling hot celebrities who pop into Austin for film and music projects, there’s Malverde, a laid-back, Roma/Condesa, Mexico City-influenced space that’s perfect for hosting mid-sized gatherings. Its hanging plants, natural light, neutral color palette and airy vibe make it an ideal spot for casual conversations over cocktails, and its bright white interior walls keep the aesthetic crisp and clean throughout.
South Congress Hotel
With 2,300 square feet of indoor event space, 2,400 square feet of landscaped courtyards, gardens and pre-function room, the very hip South Congress Hotel is a bright, sun-drenched location smack in the heart of all things South Congress, with a heavy concentration of bars, restaurants, cafes and shops up, down and across the street, including those in the popular hotel itself.
Just up the block diagonal to the Austin Convention Center’s northwest corner stands Trinity Hall, a funky and functional 11,766 square foot space capable of standing 600 people or seating 300. Its warm, mixed wood and brick tones punctuate an otherwise blank space, with a spacious main room and a series of brick arches adding visual interest. Its exposed ductwork lends itself to a distinctly urban feel, adding depth to the building’s truly Texan bones.
Planning a special event and need it to be spectacular? If you’re interested in booking one of these venues–or any other, for that matter– cruise through the Kennedy Collection of event rentals to whet your whistle and then ring up Kennedy Creative Events so we can blow you away with our creativity and client service, making it an event to remember.