Scholz Garten

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Scholz Garten
Scholz garden 2007.jpg
Scholz Beer Garden in 2007
Location1607 San Jacinto
Austin, Texas, USA
Coordinates30°16′40″N 97°44′11″W / 30.27778°N 97.73639°W / 30.27778; -97.73639Coordinates: 30°16′40″N 97°44′11″W / 30.27778°N 97.73639°W / 30.27778; -97.73639
NRHP reference #79003015
RTHL #12245
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 27, 1979
Designated RTHL1967

Scholz Garten (also known as Scholz Beer Garden) is a beer garden and restaurant in downtown Austin, Texas and the oldest operating business in Texas.

Established by German immigrant August Scholz in 1866 after the American Civil War, Scholz Garten became a hub for German immigrants and their culture in the capital city.[1] It was purchased by The Saengerrunde Club in 1914,[2] who still owns it today. It remains a popular gathering spot for both political discussion and University of Texas sports events.[1][3]

Scholz Garten was recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1967,[4] and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[5] The business lease was purchased in 1986 by Eddie Wilson (founder of the Armadillo World Headquarters and Threadgill's), Phil Vitek, and Michael Osborne who restored it in 1987.[6]


  1. ^ a b "The Austin Chronicle". September 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "Austin Saengerrunde - History".
  3. ^ "Scholz Garten in Austin, Texas". National Trust for Historic Preservation. July 9, 2014.
  4. ^ "Texas Historical Markers - Scholz's Garten 1967". Uncovered Texas.
  5. ^ Ivins, Molly (August 17, 1979). "The New York Times - Colorful Texas Beer Hall Makes History, Officially".
  6. ^ "Austin American Statesman - Business Trio Buys Lease to Scholtz Garten". January 13, 1987.

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