Music & Mayhem: The W Austin Celebrates 5 Years

by Mike Kordell on December 21, 2015 in Entertainment, Austin,
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The W has been a fixture in downtown Austin since opening five years ago, and last Thursday night, friends new and old turned out to celebrate the occasion. Drinks, delectable bites, DJs, dancing and a live concert all paid homage to a venue that has solidified its spot on the downtown landscape.

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The W isn’t just one of the most popular hotels in downtown Austin, it’s also home some of the most popular bars (WET® bar – seasonal), restaurants (TRACE), lounges (Living Room) and regularly serves as a venue for other events (F1, New Year’s Eve, SXSW etc.). All of that in addition to being next door to the legendary ACL Live at The Moody Theater: ground zero for some of the biggest and best shows Austin has to offer. Suffice it to say, The W brings a lot to the table.

Photo by Roho foto
Photo by Roho foto

Thursday night’s guests meandered throughout the Living Room and patio areas, with DJs stationed both inside and out, ensuring a constant soundtrack as burlesque performers The Southern Sirens danced their way through the crowds. Multiple bars served up craft beer, wine, and cocktails alongside a seemingly endless flow of appetizers, and local artist collective SprATX freehand spray-painted a mural in quintessential Austin style to celebrate The W’s 5-year anniversary.

A bit later in the evening, Australian blues/rock guitarist Hamish Anderson kicked things up a notch in the Living Room, rocking the crowd and bringing back memories of Living Room Live, a weekly live concert series saw up and coming artists play, quite literally, from the Living Room.

It’s been a strong first five years for The W Austin and we look forward to celebrating the next five!