Welcome to the Living Room.
The Living Room Bar aims to be a home away from home for music lovers from near and far. Located in the ground floor of the rock-and-roll paradise of W Austin Hotel, Living Room is a refuge for locals and a favorite of travelers. With four different rooms inside our bar, we have something for everyone - dark and seductive, warm and cozy, or bright and breezy.
Dustin Courtright, Libationist
As one of the Living Room’s original team members, Dustin Courtright joined the W Austin staff when the hotel opened in 2010. With over a decade of experience behind the bar, Dustin eventually worked his way up toLibationist where he not only helps to craft the innovative cocktail list, but is also the face of the popular Living Room Bars, which consistently top the city’s alcohol sales month after month.
Interacting with a mix of visitors and locals, Dustin notes his passion for serving a diverse clientele, much like the Living Room bars themselves, each with a different look and feel, yet all coming together to create a unique chemistry.
When he’s not behind the bar, Dustin enjoys gardening and homebrewing in addition to spending time with his daughter and fiancé.
William Rogers, General Manager of Bars and Restaurants at W Austin
With a decade of hospitality industry experience in New York City, Will Rogers planted roots in Austin in 2010. Starting at W Austin when the hotel opened as the Manager of the Living Room Bar and WET, he has been an integral part of developing the Hotels nightlife scene. In his current role as the General Manager of Bars and Restaurants, Will oversees operations of the hotel’s Living Room Bar, TRACE restaurant and WET, and is a hands-on leader, from supervising behind the scenes to interacting with diners, ensuring a consistent and remarkable experience for every guest.
With a passion for hospitality and focus on a service culture, Will helmed much of the Living Room’s music and events programming over the past four years, including Living Room Live, the notable monthly free live music series, as well as Spin/Spun, Off the Wall and the popular Sunday WET deck series, Heat Wave.
In his spare time, Will enjoys exploring Austin’s culinary scene, live music, and nightlife with his wife.
Scott Darby, Outlet Event Coordinator
Scott Darby moved from the Midwest to New York at a very young age, and enjoyed a 20 year career in theatre, television, and film on the east coast. Scott came to UT Austin seven years ago to study Costume Technology. While he started out as a greeter at TRACE Restaurant, he was quickly promoted to coordinating the TRACE Private Dining space, then was moved into coordinating events in all of W Austin’s outlets – restaurant, Living Room Bar, and WET Deck.
Scott has a true passion for helping others and a natural talent for creative endeavors, especially when it comes to costumes and fashion draping. His rich background in creative design and performing arts gives him a unique perspective on events and the ability to make any occasion extraordinary.