1607 San Jacinto
Known as the "oldest tavern continuously operating at one location" in Texas, Scholz Garten opened in 1866. At the grand opening, founder and first owner August Scholz offered his new customers free beer, a huge cast of singers, and various bands. The site has been the continuous meeting place of Texans from all walks of life, including pioneers, Texas legislators, writers, University of Texas students, businessmen, and dignitaries. Born in 1825 in Germany, August Scholz found himself embroiled in the the Civil War shortly after immigrating to Texas. He entered the conflict on the side of the Confederacy and served under Captain H. Willke until the war ended in 1865. It was then that he decided to open a tavern in Austin. Scholz's Hall, as it was then called, became famous for concerts, dances, and social functions in subsequent years. Before Scholz passed away in 1891, he turned the Garten over to his stepson, Theodor Reisner, who ran the business for two years. It was then sold to Edwin Lemp, who operated "Lemp Brewery" (later known as Falstaff Brewing Co.) on the property. The Austin Sängerrunde, a German singing group, has been meeting at Scholz Garten since 1879. It is the present owner of the property, though it leases the bar and restaurant operations. The Sängerrunde also operates a bowling alley on the property, and holds dances often throughout the year for its members and guests. It is the oldest ethnic organization in Austin. Scholz Garten is a City of Austin Landmark, Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, and National Register-listed property.