There’s a lot of good Barbecue in Austin, there are plenty of trailers around town that can give you some fantastic smoked meats, but Freedmen’s is a little different. Though they do excellent barbecue, it’s the drinks you get on the side that make this a common destination for me over some of the other Austin BBQ pits!
But first, the venue itself. Freedmen’s has a classic prohibition style feel to it. The dim lighting, long wooden bar, deep side seating. It feels slightly luxurious. Those innards are contrasted by the back outdoor area, where the seating becomes more barbecue-esque. Rows of picnic tables adorn the outdoors for those looking for a more open eating environment!
The barbecue itself is fantastic. and though Freedmen’s is still relatively new, it is consistently reaching towards the top spots in Austin BBQ rankings. The brisket has been consistently improving ever since it’s opening, and the pulled pork is some of the best in town (especially with the sauce they bring to the table). I’ve yet to try the beef ribs here, but I hear they are fantastic!
Though the meat can be a little heavy, order a light plate and share it between two for a romantic date night in Austin, the low lights and tasty drinks make for a perfect evening!
Where it really gets good is the drinks. Freedmen’s brings some delicious cocktails to the bar, including my favorite old fashioned in town. There beer selection isn’t great, but honestly this is one of the few places where I choose liquor over hops.
Freedmen’s also includes a really great happy hour menu. The happy hour comes with some $2 beers, $3 whisky of the month (and good whiskys’ at that) not to mention $5 BBQ sandwiches.
The parking at Freedmen’s can get a little tight, and West Campus isn’t the best place for parking either. this can be a little annoying, but trust me, it’s well worth it!
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