The Townsend Austin, a cocktail lounge and performance space, opened in the Townsend-Thompson building downtown in February. The venue was designed as a sophisticated space with dramatic chandeliers, a 32-foot bar, and 65-inch ultra high-definitions TVs that feature a rotating display of artwork. Penumbral Strategic Ventures oversaw the development of the project along with partners including an acoustics expert, who designed the sound system in the stage area. The space has 17-foot ceilings, concrete floors, and seating that can be customized for events. The 3,400-square-foot space, which was remodeled for the venue, holds about 200 total split between the front and stage areas.
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