AUSTIN, TX – Armadillo Den, a new two-story bar and outdoor entertainment concept, has opened in South Austin, officials said Thursday.
The location at 10106 Manchaca Rd. Is the brainchild of veteran entertainment / bar vets Rick McMinn, Josh Hazzard and Brett Berry, officials said in an expert opinion. Armadillo Den, the first endeavor of the newly formed group of the trio, the Manchaca Entertainment Group (MEG), draws on their collective experience of more than 20 years in the maintenance of spaces in the hotel industry to make this place for “Austin by Austin” to accomplish.
The three acres of land that Armadillo Den occupies contains typically Austin elements – live music, cold beers, local food trucks, an upcoming off-leash dog area, options for spacious indoor and outdoor relaxation, and large oak trees to sit beneath guests can relax. Armadillo Den is open Monday to Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and Friday to Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. for guests aged 21 and over. Upon completion of the outdoor venue, it is slated to become a kid-friendly stage in the spring of 2021, officials said.
Photo provided by Armadillo Den.
“Armadillo Den has been in development for four years and our common goal was to make this project a great place for employees and customers. With a focus on speed and hospitality, we built this two-story building from scratch to give local artisans.” lots of freedom to have fun with the space, “said Berry. “You will notice something new every time you visit. From our artistic entrance made of long-leafed pine scraps to our bowling alley tables on curved T-posts to our massive pecan tree live edge bar below, there is really a lot of thought and professional work going on in this area , and we can’t wait to share it with Austin. ”
The property is set in 3 acres of land with a variety of native Texan trees and mixed scenery. It has a two-story, 8,250-square-foot bar with a building occupancy of more than 500 and a total capacity of about 1,500 – it will work well below that capacity during COVID-19, officials described. A small stream flows through the venue and adds to the unique atmospheric quality of the space, which is suitable for various activities and opportunities for years to come, added the operators.
The main structure consists of two air-conditioned floors, both with bars and separate indoor and outdoor areas, with large glass doors separating each area. Finally, the upstairs bar area and wraparound deck will be a great option for events and game nights that utilize the 14 televisions throughout the room and provide an unparalleled viewing experience for live music on the upcoming outdoor stage. The venue also offers on-site parking, but guests who provide evidence of carpooling will receive a 10% discount on orders to promote safety.
The Armadillo Den team said they understand that atmosphere is more than just looks and is the result of the combination of customer service, music, ambience and quality food and drink. Each indoor bar offers 18+ draft beers with local and thoughtful options, a full selection of bars and four rotating draft mocktails.
The outdoor entertainment area features two popular Austin food trucks, Ranch Hand, known for its quality and wholesome offerings, and Pueblo Viejo, a staple that serves some of the best and fastest Tex-Mex dishes and serves customers throughout their respective periods Operation offers first-class options.
Outdoor games, satellite bars, and an upcoming dog area on a leash add to the fun, relaxed experience Armadillo Den aims to provide. Elaborate details in the materials used throughout the property are intentional, as is the design of the space itself with allusions to Texan culture, including details such as hand-painted bar lights by local artist Amanda Lombardi, an antique tin roof from Higginbothams in De Leon, Texas, screen doors from Stevie Ray Vaughn’s children’s home to the upstairs bar with antique mirrors, The Goodnight bowling alleys that serve as tables, and other features of local venues and vendors.
Armadillo Den hopes to be a neighborhood bar first and then a great music venue. Visitors can expect to hear live music seven days a week and gain insight into Austin’s musical history through past show posters on the walls. The team took pride in the history of live music in Austin and is determined to continue that legacy by providing space for space musicians to share their art and bringing people together safely.
Musicians of various genres will be able to step onto the second floor and entertain interested scooters on the beautiful wooden floors with initially limited capacity. Bigger shows and artists are scheduled to open when the open-air stage opens in the spring of 2021, the team hopes Armadillo Den will not only fill the void of bars and hangouts in this particular area of South Austin, but also give neighbors the opportunity to have high quality Seeing entertainment without having to travel downtown to get it.
Given the ongoing need for physical distancing, Armadillo Den is following all state and regional guidelines for COVID-19 security precautions and using as much of their large outdoor space as possible to distribute guests. Heaters and custom fire pits make this experience all the more enjoyable in colder months. The team takes the health of staff and neighbors very seriously and urges guests to be overly careful by washing their hands frequently, using the omnidirectional hand sanitizing stations, and wearing face covers when going from the table to the bar or bathroom. In addition, Armadillo Den employees adhere to the same guidelines and routinely clean the entire space.
For more information on Armadillo Den, live music programming, and future updates, please visit armadillodenaustin.com. Follow the brand on social media @armadilloden.