615 Cardinal Lane • Austin Texas 78704 • 512-236-1226

Rental Rates & Information

We hold a high standard for our space, and this is reflected in the many accolades accumulated from The Knot to Yelp. We also try to keep things in the South Austin mindset; laid-back.

General Information

Whats Included:

  • Exclusive use for 5 or 10 hour rental, depending on your rental times
  • On Site Manager available to answer questions and watch property
  • One hour for rehearsal the day prior to your event date, scheduled around other booked events
  • Four acres of versatile grounds
  • Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony and Reception Space
  • Brides Dressing Room
  • Prep Kitchen
  • WiFi Internet

Fees & Requirements

  • A signed contract and half of the listed rate is required to book a date.
  • There is a $15 recycling charge that will be added to the final invoice.
  • There is a $300 table and chair rental charge in addition to the rental rate, unless fee is waived for special events.
  • There is also a $300 refundable damage deposit that will be refunded within a timely manner after the event, if the premises have been left reasonably clean and undamaged.
  • For any events booked for a rate under $1000, a $20/hour site manager fee will be added to your rental rate.  This amount will not exceed $1000 in cost.
  • Mercury Hall accepts checks, money orders and also Visa and Mastercard.  To use credit cards, a 3% fee will be charged.




Bookings

You can book a date(s) with a deposit of half of the rental rate and a signed contract.  We only book one event per day on the weekend dates of Friday, Saturday and Sunday and this is a any consecutive 10 hour block of time, between 7am and 1am.  When choosing a block of time for your event, keep in mind that those hours need to include your set-up/decorating time, your event time, and breakdown time. A manager will be on-site for each event to answer questions and watch over the property.

Rehearsals

If your event is a wedding, you may have one hour to rehearse, any day prior to your event, as long as it is arranged with Mercury Hall and your time doesn’t conflict with another event in progress. Please note: If the hall becomes booked or if that day’s event adjusts their time, your time may be adjusted accordingly.

Capacity & Parking

If you utilize both the hall and the patio, we can accommodate parties up to 250 people. If you are only using the hall (mainly during hot & cold months), then 120-150 guests will fit comfortably, seated for reception. If you need to increase your covered area, our gravel patio has the flexibility to install a tent.  The gravel patio area provides an additional 1800 square feet of event space.

We have about 75 parking spaces on our property. All additional parking will need to take place in the surrounding neighborhood.

Rentals

Here at Mercury, we do require all clients and vendors to use Premier Party Central for all rentals. We will only allow other rental companies to be used, if Premier Party Central cannot provide you with a specific item or style, and this must be first approved by Mercury Hall.

In addition to the rental rate, we charge a $300 table and chair charge if you would like to rent our tables and chairs. We have 300 white folding chairs, 12- 60” round tables, 4- 6’ rectangular banquet tables, 4- 8’ rectangular banquet tables for use. Of course, you are not required to use our tables and chairs, you may choose a different style from Premier Party Central.

Vendors

If you need help finding florists, photographers, or any other vendors, we will be glad to point you in the direction of vendors that we trust to do an excellent job.  Please see the links listed on the “Ideas/Links” page for a complete list of many of Austin’s great vendors.  We trust working with all of these vendors, though you do not have to pick ones from our site.

Non-Profits & Fundraising

For non-profit/fundraiser events we offer a 40% discount for Monday- Thursday and a 15% discount for weekends. We also allow non-profit events full flexibility on any caterers and rental companies.

Catering & Alcohol

Mercury allows you to choose from a broad selection of caterers.  We have a Preferred Catering List. Click here for a full list of approved caterers.  If you would like to have someone cater your event that is not on our Preferred Catering List, there is a $200 off-list charge and they need to sign a Vendor Contract Agreement with us.  Mercury Hall allows clients to purchase their own alcohol without any additional expense; however, we do require that all alcohol is served by a TABC certified bartender.


 If you have additional questions or concerns, please review our Frequently Asked Question or  contact us directly. Mercury Hall is available for appointments during most weekdays and Saturday mornings.


Rental Rates

Rates are subject to change for various Holidays and special events. Please contact us if you have questions.

 

2014-2015 Rates

Mon-Thu Fri Sat Sun
5 hrs 10 hrs 10 hrs 10 hrs 10 hrs
Jan 750 1,000 1,900 3,500 1,900
Feb 750 1,000 1,900 3,500 1,900
Mar 750 1,000 2,800 4,400 2,800
Apr 750 1,000 3,000 4,700 3,000
May 750 1,000 3,000 4,700 3,000
Jun 750 1,000 2,800 4,400 2,800
Jul 750 1,000 1,900 3,500 1,900
Aug 750 1,000 1,900 3,500 1,900
Sep 750 1,000 2,300 3,900 2,300
Oct 750 1,000 3,000 4,700 3,000
Nov 750 1,000 3,000 4,700 3,000
Dec 750 1,000 1,900 3,2500 1,900


Frequently Asked Questions

What is included with the rental of Mercury Hall?

You get exclusive use of the hall for either five or ten hours, depending on what amount of time you have rented the hall for. You also get an on-site property manager who is available to answer your questions. No security guard is needed.  You will receive one hour for rehearsal the day prior to your event date, but must be scheduled around other booked events.  There is a bridal dressing room and also wifi available during your event.

How many tables/chairs are there available to rent?

Mercury Hall has 300 white chairs, twelve 60” round tables, four 8 foot rectangle tables and four 6 foot rectangle tables available for rent for an additional $300 charge, unless this fee is waived for special events.

Who sets up and breaks down all tables/chairs for my event?

All event set up and break down is up to your full service catering company, a staffing company or your friends/family.

Can I bring in my own alcohol?

Yes, you may bring in your own alcohol.  We do require that you have TABC certified bartenders to serve all alcoholic beverages.

How can I hang things from the ceiling inside the hall?

Please do not affix any items to any of the chandeliers or light fixtures in the hall.  If you want to hang lanterns or other items, you can hang them from the ceiling using museum puddy or attach them to the air vents.

How can I hang things from the trees or other areas of the property?

You may use ribbon or tiwne. Please do not use fishing line, nails or tacks on the property as they may cause damage to the trees.

Are sparklers allowed?

Yes, sparklers are allowed as long as a Burn Ban is not in effect.

Is there a sound system at Mercury Hall?

No, the hall does not have a sound system. Please either hire a DJ/Band or rent sound equipment.  You can also contact Rock N Roll Rentals (off Lamar/Oltorf) and rent sound equipment from them.

How late can music play at the hall?

All outdoor amplified music must be completed by 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 8pm for events Sundays through Thursdays, due to our Outdoor Music Venue Permit.  Before 8 or 10pm (depending on the day of the week, sound cannot exceed 75 decibels from the property line.  As for indoor sound, sound cannot exceed 85 decibels from the property line, but as long as it is kept at a reasonable level, it should be fine.

How many guests can fit in the hall?

The hall can seat 120-150 people inside with a buffet and dance floor. The outdoor gravel patio adds an additional 1800 square feet, so for indoor/outdoor events, the hall can seat around 200-300 people.

Are candles allowed?

Yes, as long as they are in votive holders or candle holders, in attended areas and not in the ladies room/dressing room.

Where do I rent a tent for my wedding?

You can rent tents through Premiere Party Central. Ask about their tent share contracts, where you can sign a contract to share a tent with brides from other dates of the same wedding weekend as you and save money.

How many parking spaces are there?

There are 75 parking spaces in total between the main parking lot in front (about 45 parking spaces) and the overflow parking lot located at 3504 South First Street (accommodates another 30-40 cars).  The entrance for this parking lot is not labeled, but can be used for overflow parking.

How do I book a date?

In order to book a date, a signed contract and deposit of half of the rental rate are required.  This deposit can be in the form of a check or money order.  We also accept Mastercard and Visa, but a 3% processing fee will be added.

Are there any other fees associated with renting the hall?

Mercury Hall does not charge any taxes or fees. There is a $300 damage deposit and $15 recycling charge that is due with the remainder of your balance three weeks before your event date.

I am a wedding industry vendor, how do I get on your preferred vendor list?

It is common for our clients to ask for suggestions for wedding professionals. After you have worked ten events at the hall, please submit your information with a list of reviews and referrals. We would be happy to recommend your services if your company is a good fit for our clients.

Can I add extra time to my rental time frame?

Yes, you may purchase additional time at the rate of $100/hour for events held on a Monday-Thursday. For events on Fridays/Sundays there is a $150/hour charge and for Saturdays there is a $200/hour charge. Please let the Manager know if you would like to add time to your rental time block.  Please let the Manager know at least two weeks ahead of your event date if you would like to add time.

What are the rules regarding decorations?

You may bring in your own decor, but it must be installed in a way that does not damage our facility – no staples, tacks, glue guns, nails, and especially tape. All tape will take off the finish of the floors and paint off the walls.

Are there accommodations near by?

Yes, the hall is located just 2.7 miles south of downtown and there are many options in the downtown area including Hampton Inn, Driskill, Courtyard by Marriott, Embassy Suites, Radisson, Four Seasons, Hyatt, W Hotel, Omni and Holiday Inn. Also, for a local boutique hotel vibe, check out Hotel San Jose and St. Cecilia, which are located within the South Congress area, just a few blocks away. At the Ben White/I-35 intersection there are also available hotels including the Courtyard by Marriott, Holiday Inn and La Quinta.

 

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