The Saxon Pub will stay at its home on South Lamar

Saxon Pub (Saxon Pub Facebook Photo)
Saxon Pub (Saxon Pub Facebook Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A popular South Austin live music bar is staying put after initial plans to move to the St. Elmo development on South Congress Avenue.

“The Saxon Pub is a venue that is near and dear to my heart, to many Austinites and to the city’s music DNA,” said Garry Keller, co-founder of Keller Williams Realty. “I’m very excited to be a part of something that allows such a historic venue to stay in its current location.”

The Saxon’s owner, Joe Ables, initially reached out to St. Elmo as he looked for new options, but Keller bought the South Lamar location and signed a long-term lease with Ables. They’re now looking to tap into the city’s fund to preserve Austin music venues. The $10 million plan will not cost taxpayers a dime, the mayor said in September.

“In the future, properties such as this could present terrific opportunities for our mayor’s fund to step in and provide incentives to preserve venues,” Keller said.

As for St. Elmo’s Public Market, developers expect the project to have its soft opening by the end of 2017, with a grand opening in early 2018.

The Saxon Pub is holding a Veterans’ Day Benefit at 9 p.m. with Kevin & Dustin Welch for $10. Proceeds go to Soldier Songs and Voices. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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