New bar and outdoor entertainment venue opens in South Austin

Armadillo Den is situated on a 3-acre property on Menchaca Road. (Courtesy Manchaca Entertainment Group)
Armadillo Den is situated on a 3-acre property on Menchaca Road. (Courtesy Manchaca Entertainment Group)

Armadillo Den is situated on a 3-acre property on Menchaca Road. (Courtesy Manchaca Entertainment Group)

Joining the likes of Moontower Saloon and South Austin Beer Garden along Menchaca Road, the Armadillo Den opened Dec. 10 offering both an indoor bar and outdoor entertainment area.

Armadillo Den is situated on a 3-acre property at 10106 Menchaca Road, Austin, and according to a news release by developer Manchaca Entertainment Group, includes a two-story, 8,250-square-foot indoor bar.

Armadillo Den features a full bar, 18 beers on tap and four draft cocktails. For live music and entertainment, the business will have a total capacity of 1,500 for performances in the future once COVID-19 safety restrictions are lifted, according to the release.

Outdoor seating is located throughout the property, which is home to native trees and a small creek, according to the release. The property will also feature two food trucks: Ranch Hand, which serves salads and protein bowls, and Pueblo Viejo, which offers Tex-Mex options.

The project was a combined effort by locals Rick McMinn, Josh Hazzard and Brett Berry, who, according to the release, have more than 20 years experience creating businesses in the hospitality industry.


“Armadillo Den has been four years in the making, and our shared goal was to make this project a great space for staff and patrons alike,” Berry said in the release. “With a focus on speed and hospitality, we have built this two-story building from the ground up and gave local craftsmen a lot of freedom to have fun with the space.”

Armadillo Den is open while following state and county guidelines for COVID-19, according to the business.

The bar joins a number of drinking establishments that have opened in Southwest Austin in recent months. Easy Tiger opened a new South Lamar bar on Oct. 16, while winery C.L. Butaud and Wine For The People joined to open a new room in Dripping Springs on Dec. 4.

Three new breweries have also opened, including Meanwhile Brewing Co. in Southeast Austin, Fitzhugh Brewing in Dripping Springs and Last Stand Brewing Co.’s new South Congress Avenue location.