Firehouse Hostel Celebrates Grand Opening in Heart of Downtown Austin

After almost a year of construction and renovation, the Firehouse Hostel will celebrate their much anticipated grand opening this Friday, April 12th with friends, family, hostel guests, and locals.

firehouse_hostel_posterLocated right off the historic 6th street district, the Firehouse Hostel provides visitors and travellers from all over the world with a more social, unique, and elevated lodging experience that redefines hostel.

The grand opening event is open to the general public to let anyone who is curious see what the Firehouse Hostel has to offer. As part of maintaining a secure environment for guests, the general public is not normally allowed into the hostel, but this is an opportunity for locals to check the place out in person without having a reservation.

The brain child of co-owners Collin Ballard and Kent Roth, the hostel offers both private and shared accommodations. Combining the frugality of a backpacker’s sense of travel with the amenities expected by most, the Firehouse Hostel breaks many stereotypes when it comes to the world of travel on a shoestring budget. There is 24 hour reception, no lockout hours or curfews, linens and towels are provided, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary breakfast.

The kitchen and common space offers a place for guests to eat, meet, and socialize with others. With the feel of yesteryear and a bit of that nostalgic Americana, the Firehouse keeps in step with Austin’s hip and funky vibe.

Joining forces with Texas native Robert Millican, the owners teamed up to open the Firehouse Lounge, located beneath the hostel, in April 2012 which has been fanning the flames of this completely innovative and fresh concept. The Lounge itself is the product of his vision, years of training and experience. Millican was trained by world renowned barman Sasha Petrake. He holds a degree in biochemistry and business management, a certification as Sommelier, Wine Specialist and the title of Tequiler from the Tequila Regulatory Council in Mexico.

Providing great classic cocktails, a warm and inviting setting, and live, local music, the Firehouse Lounge will also be in full swing for the grand opening. The lounge has already generated a strong reputation amongst local and service industry crowds alike. Awarded “Best New Lounge” by Austin Monthly Magazine, “Where Bartenders Drink in Austin” by Serious Eats, featured in Imbibe Magazine’s “Drinking Guide to Texas”, the Firehouse Lounge has quickly become one of the top cocktail lounges in the state. The lounge also boasts a full happy hour menu, even recently featured on Eater’s “Austin’s Best Happy Hours” list.

Co-owner Kent Roth says, “With the opening of the hostel, the lounge has become a great place for travelers to meet, socialize, and learn about the city from the local crowd. It has become the jumping off point for travelers to explore Austin, often with new friends they met at the lounge.”

Hostel employees will be on hand for the grand opening to show people around upstairs and answer questions about how the hostel operates. Several dorms rooms and all private rooms and common areas will be available to view. For more information about the grand opening, check out the Firehouse Facebook page at

About the Firehouse Hostel and Lounge

Built in 1885 as a companion to one of Austin’s most iconic buildings, the Driskill Hotel, the Washington Building at 605 Brazos is the oldest standing fire station in Austin and home to the newest lodging option in town. Offering both private and shared accommodations, the Firehouse has something for everyone and isn’t just for those traveling on a budget.

The Firehouse Lounge boasts a large array of spirits to make even the most discerning cocktail drinkers sit up and take notice. Leaning toward heavier scotch and bourbon offerings, the Firehouse has something for everyone. Along with its many wonderful craft cocktails and local draught beer selection the Firehouse has very select food offerings including cheese and charcutiere boards served with warm rustic French baguettes and other snack offerings available from open to close.