Board Game Bash will be held from August 2nd through August 4th at the Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown, 500 North IH-35, Austin, Texas 78701.
We will be located on the second floor meeting center. As you exit the elevator, take the hallway leading back to the meeting rooms. We have the entire area!
The hotel offers parking in its own, dedicated parking lot. Board Game Bash will be covering any parking charges for people using the hotel’s self-parking. (Valet is available, but you’re on your own for that.) Carpooling helps keep costs down and helps the environment, so look for a special bonus for folks that can carpool.
If you’re looking to stay the night to get back in the game quicker, then you can do that! The Hilton is offering Board Game Bash attendees 15% off regular room rates! That would make the room just $169/night to stay right in the middle of downtown Austin. Just visit the hotel’s website to book your rooms. (That link should take you to the reservations screen with the Board Game Bash code already entered. If not, just go to www.hgiaustin.com and enter N2687879 as the Corporate Account Number to get the discount.)
We’ll be right in the heart of downtown Austin, offering some of the best dining the city has. Within a few blocks of the hotel are dozens of great places to eat, but I’ll just get you started with some of the closest ones to the hotel.
- The Hilton has its own restaurant, Eighteenth Over Austin with upscale Texas cuisine.
- North a block on 6th and Sabine is The Boiling Pot, which is casual Louisiana seafood.
- Crossing Sabine on 6th is Geisha Sushi.
- It’s not a restaurant, but it is delicious. Across from Geisha Sushi is Jim-Jim’s Water Ice, which is like a snowcone but WAY better. I don’t know how they do it, but their ice has a different texture and density that falls between a slush and a snowcone. Just awesome. These guys are a personal favorite, and are great in the middle of summer. My preference is for strawberry lemonade, but you can’t really go wrong.
- Tex-Mex is at El Sol y La Luna on 6th and Red River.
- Going north at 7th and Sabine is Koriente, which is, believe it or not, Korean food.
Those are the ones within a block of the hotel. If you keep going down 6th, you’ll hit Casino El Camino (Tex-Mex), Hoek’s Pizza, Jakarta Jakcs, Nuno’s, Chez Nous, Roppolo’s Pizzeria, Jackalope, and more. Those are all just within a couple blocks on 6th. There’s really something for everyone within easy walking distance. (This is coming from me, and I hate walking.)
If you feel like crossing under I-35, you can hit up east 6th, which has a couple of fantastic food trailer parks. Just a couple blocks off 35 on E. 6th on 6th and Medina and 6th and Waller contain over a dozen awesome places to eat. (I’ll give another recommendation for Handshakes, located just before Waller. They do milkshakes, which I LOVE, and they make them well.)
- From Dallas, Round Rock, Pflugerville, and north Austin: Take I-35 south, and exit #234B to 8th-3rd St. Hotel will be off the feeder on your right. You can turn into the hotel parking directly from the feeder just as you pass 6th street.
- From San Antonio, Kyle, Buda, San Marcos, and south Austin: Take I-35 north, and exit #234C to 6th-12th St. Make a left onto 6th St, then another left putting you on the I-35 feeder heading south. The hotel will be on your right as you drive on the feeder. You can turn into the hotel parking directly from the feeder just past 6th St.
- From Houston using 290: Take 290 West out of Houston all the way to Austin. 290 will merge with I-35 heading south. From there, follow the directions for Dallas.
- From Houston using I-10 & 71: Take I-10 west until it meets 71 west near Columbus. Take 71 west until it intersects I-35 in Austin. Take I-35 North, and then follow the San Antonio directions above.
- From elsewhere in the world: Use Google Maps or your GPS. Man, I can’t think of everything!
- From the depths below: Take Underworld Corridor 453Q until it intersects with Dark Passage 78T. Use Surface Chute 12 which will exit just north of Round Rock, Texas. From there, follow driving instructions from Dallas above.