The Scoot Inn opens new lounge space in honor of 145th anniversary

In one of East Austin’s most historical buildings, the Scoot Inn has reliably been a venue for live music and events, but after renovations in honor of the space’s 145th anniversary this year, it’s hoping to become much more than that.

Tom McCarthy Jr. for American-Statesman. The Historic Scoot Inn has always been a music venue for bands like Low Cut Connie, but starting Thursday, expect more of a lounge feel, too, after renovations to the space.

Tom McCarthy Jr. for American-Statesman. The Historic Scoot Inn has always been a music venue for bands like Low Cut Connie, but starting Thursday, expect more of a lounge feel, too, after renovations to the space.

The Historic Scoot Inn’s owner, Doug Guller of ATX Brands, is throwing a grand re-opening on Sept. 22 to highlight the changes — namely, a revamped interior lounge called Ivy’s Room. It’s a name that serves as a nod to the building’s former owners, Aubrey “Scoot” and Hattie Ivy.

With the eclectic lounge, the Scoot Inn is about to become more of a casual hangout where locals can come for beers and listen to a live piano player or to one of the songs they select from an authentic 8-track tape player. These changes are intended, just the like name, to highlight the historical significance of the venue, according to a press release.

Ivy’s Room “has been highly curated and filled with furniture and fixtures that are reminiscent of past eras that the Scoot Inn team has collected over the years,” according to the release.

Also renovated, the outdoor area will have bar games and lots of seating.

And with these updates, Austinites will be able to stop into the Scoot Inn earlier in the day — it’ll open at 4 p.m. during the week and at 2 p.m. on the weekends, to offer happy hour and other events that weren’t possible when the venue opened its doors at 6 p.m.

Plus, the Scoot Inn is bringing in a regular roster of food trucks, and the live piano players will perform in Ivy’s Room every Wednesday through Sunday, with a DJ in the outdoor area on Fridays and Saturdays. But rest assured that concerts, of course, will continue in the Scoot Inn’s outdoor area.

At the grand re-opening party that kicks off at 4 p.m. Thursday, expect live music, grub from food truck the Mighty Cone and drink specials that include $1.45 Lone Star beers.

The Scoot Inn is located at 1308 E. Fourth St. and will be opened 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays-Fridays, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. To learn more about the venue — including a history of the building erected in 1871 as a grocery store — visit scootinnaustin.com.


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