Texas might not be known for its beer. Hampered by restrictive beer laws and over-reaching political oversight even the popular beers have a hard time getting started, and getting found outside of the state. Fortunately many persevere, and Austin now has more than its fair share of fantastic breweries, and varied beers. But it’s not just the breweries that are starting to grow, but the bars that focus on serving a wide selection of some of the best beers, local and otherwise.
The Best Beer Bars in Austin
The Dog and Duck
Though the beer selection may be a little small compared to the other contenders on this list, its choices are usually brilliantly astute. The Dog and Duck reminds me of the old pubs back home. It is a nostalgic venue for me, reminding me a little of the pubs I used to frequent before I moved to America. Its dingy interior might not be too common here in Austin, but for an Englishman its familiarity makes it feel like home.
Even if it’s a chain, the Flying Saucer hosts a wide range of beers both local, national and global. The selection is ever changing and is a great stopping off point for those who are looking to try something a little different.
The Austin Flying Saucer is a spacious relaxing area indoor and out, making it a perfect place to meet for business and/or pleasure, even just a meal (it also serves some delicious food). It has also got a large conference room for those who are looking for somewhere to hold a slightly larger event!
Banger’s is famous for its sausage selection, and boy is that amazing. Choices from the currywurst to the bangers and mash will keep you coming back for more. But it doesn’t finish at food. Banger’s beer selection is one of the best in town, even down to multiple nitrous taps (check out the Left hand Milk Stout, oh my god.)
The perfect mix of food and drinks make Bangers the perfect spot to sit out in the evening with friends and enjoy the Rainey Street district!
Banger’s is a must for the spring/autumn months in Austin, with a huge outdoor eating area.
Craft Pride inhabits the Rainey street district along with Bangers and has a similarly great selection of beers on tap. Their catering is limited to Via313, which has some of the best pizza in Austin. But for me this bar wins on not just its beer, but the beer based events they have there. Particularly I love to visit when they are tapping special kegs from some of Austin’s best local breweries.
If that wasn’t enough to get you down there, the staff at Craft Pride have a deep knowledge of the brewing industry and given a quiet night, can talk for hours about the beers on tap.
The Gingerman is one of Austin’s most iconic beer bars. though originally the small chain started south in Houston. Though the bar had to move from its original location, it only had to move a block away, and still retains the charm that made it such a popular location for Austinites since its inception.
I regularly stop by this fine establishment for the beer selection alone, but a well sized back patio and a couple of dart boards definitely seal the deal.
Though I frequent the Gingerman more often, the Draught House wins the day. I fell in love with this bar when I first pulled up to it, with people tailgating out in the parking lot, bringing along their own picnic tables, chairs and looking over to the back patio where misters kept the beer swilling patrons cool.
A huge ever changing and often unique range of beers nearly brings me to tears of joy. Supplemented by regular events and tappings, the Draught House is the place to go for the beer connoisseur.
If you are looking for some of Austin’s rarer local beers, this is somewhere you need to visit, they have some scarce options such as (at time of writing) the (512) Four.
Need more convincing? Check out the daily specials page to find out when your favorite beer style is on for $3.
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