7 Unique Meeting Spaces in Central Austin

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Sometimes you just need a private meeting space in Austin.

Like when you’re gathering a big group of people. Or when you’re discussing confidential items that you don’t want the rest of the coffee shop to hear. Or when you’re meeting with a dreamy potential investor and want to make a professional first impression.

Luckily Austin is home to dozens of high-quality meeting spaces where you can hold your next event. Here are seven of the most unexpected and unique meeting spaces in Central Austin:

1. Monkey Nest Coffee

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Monkey Nest Coffee is an artsy 24/7 coffeeshop on Burnett Road in Central Austin. Be sure to try their food which includes smoothies and flatbreads, as well as their famous signature drink – the Spicy Monkey Mocha!

When it comes to meeting space, Monkey Nest sets itself apart from other coffee shops by offering a private room that you can book for events. The room, aptly called “The Nest,” holds up to 20 people. Learn more about renting The Nest here.

2. Ronald McDonald House Community Room

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The Ronald McDonald House is a “home away from home” for families who have children in the hospital, and their Community Room is a popular meeting space for local nonprofits.

Organizations can apply to use the Community Room for meetings at no charge.  The space holds up to 35 attendees and is available between 8 AM and 8 PM – even on weekends.

Organizations who use the space are encouraged to make a monetary donation, sponsor a meal, volunteer, host a fundraiser, or donate items on the Ronald McDonald House Charities Wish List in lieu of a rental fee.

3. MELD Coworking

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Impress your guests by hosting your meetings at a colorful house in Central Austin!

During business hours, MELD Coworking has a private blue meeting room that holds up to 6 people. The rental rate is $25 per hour which includes coffee, free on-site parking, internet, a large screen for presentations, and staff to assist you. You can learn all the details and book the space for your next meeting here.

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The meeting room at MELD Coworking

After 5 PM, MELD has a large conference area available for your after-hours classes, meetups, and networking events. They often waive the rental fee for this larger space if your event is free of charge and geared towards entrepreneurs, freelancers, or remote workers – just contact MELD and ask!

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The large conference area for after-hours events at MELD Coworking

4. Austin Public Libraries

The Austin Public Library system has 20 library branches all over the city, including the Howson Branch in Central Austin and the famous Central Library downtown.

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Howson Library in Central Austin. Source:

Meetings held at libraries are free of charge; however, the meetings need to be non-commercial in nature and are technically open to the public, so keep that in mind if you want to discuss private information during your meeting.

Click here to check the reservation calendars and familiarize yourself with library room rental policies.

5. United Way for Greater Austin

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One of the meeting rooms at United Way. Source:

United Way has meeting spaces available to host meetings and events — and as a fun bonus, their building is home to the famous You’re My Butter Half mural. There are 5 large and small rooms available for reservations, and each room includes a phone, computer, and projector.

In lieu of a rental charge for using the space, organizations can choose between making a monetary donation or donating Wish List items to United Way. You can find an up-to-date listing of Wish List requests on their website here.

6. Sparky Park Substation Building

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Sparky Park has an interesting backstory: it’s a former electric substation which was transformed into a public park in 2009, complete with a quirky public art installation.

The substation building at Sparky Park can host meetings of up to 35 people (or 71 people including the outdoor grounds). The building was renovated in 2016, and it boasts a designated grilling area if you’re looking to hold a picnic or indoor/outdoor team-building event.

Download this PDF from the Austin Parks & Recreation Department for rental rates and restrictions on Sparky Park.

7. Spider House Café & Ballroom

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Spider House is a true Austin gem and the epitome of “Keep Austin Weird.”

Bathtub fountain? Check. Colorful string lights? Absolutely. Kitschy decorations stuffed everywhere you look? No doubt.

Spider House doesn’t have a private and reservable space, so it works best for one-on-one meetings or happy hours when you want to introduce out-of-town guests to the Austin vibe.

There are three eclectic vegan food trucks on-site, so be sure to grab a vegan burger at Arlo’s, a vegan milkshake at Milky Way Shakes, or a taco at Cool Beans while you’re there!

If you crave a focused workspace where you can leave the house, chat with new friends at happy hour, and work productively alongside other people – you’re in luck! That’s what coworking is all about, and all of our membership packages at MELD Coworking include a complimentary number of meeting room hours.

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Working productively together at MELD Coworking

You can sign up for our email list if you would like to claim a free trial day, visit our workspace, cowork alongside of us, and become an integral part of the growing MELD community.

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