The Dog & Duck Pub
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 18
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 10 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Riccymon:
3.86/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in for the first time tonight with the wife and a couple friends for a few pints and was mostly pleased. Despite plentiful seating on the deck outside, we chose a cozy table inside and proceeded to the bar to order. On tap was standard import fare; an above-average local selection, including Real Ale's Devil's Backbone (my first pint, at $5.25); and a few scattered American crafts, like Ommegang Hennepin and Summit Extra Pale Ale (my second pint, at $4.75). Around 30 different offerings, I think.
On this Wednesday night, the place wasn't terribly busy, and the two bartenders were responsive. The music wasn't too loud, the light was low, the A/C was cold, and all of these factors made the Dog and Duck an all-around good place to sit and talk over a couple rounds.
07-02-2009 07:19:55 | More by Riccymon
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3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
The building was a wrap-around on the corner of West 17th and Guadalupe. A wide, outdoor seating deck followed the width of the building. The entry was at the (facing) far left and opened onto a Golden Tee and a CD jukebox as well as a green-felt pool table. Moving left to right, there were a pair of English-style dartboards, followed by the inverted "L"-shaped, dark wood bar. The back bar was an ornate carved light wood and mirror assembly with the kitchen to its right. The front wall was a series of upholstered benches fronted by standard tables and chairs. The overhead was a beautiful pressed tin ceiling. Continuing right was a pathway leading to the lavs.
Beers: 50 on tap and 25 bottles.
At first, I was thoroughly unimpressed by the kitchen service - my ticket was initially misplaced and later brought out comped. Nice!
12-21-2009 22:14:20 | More by woodychandler
3.55/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Dog and Duck is a dirty little pub with a bathroom that smells like piss and a bar that leans to the west. Hideous plaid drapes the banquet seating wall to the east, and lesbians play darts, Golden Tee, and pool to the south. What's not to love? There's a beautiful dark green tin ceiling, and there seems to be a green theme with green panel walls and brass ceiling fans that try to be something they're not. There is a beautiful wood and mirrored back bar though. A large flat screen TV rounds out the scene. It's Austin. Exactly. A more authentic place you might not find. Service can be slow... that's part of the whole picture.
The tap list is pretty good, but hindered by Amstel Light, Foster's, Miller Lite, Dos Equis, Harp... and dare I say it, Lone Star? Highlights, of course, include Chimay, Austin Amber, Fireman 4, and Independence Pale.
There are 28 different bottles available, including Chimay Blue and Red, Hoegaarden, Aventinus, Victory Golden Monkey, Duvel, Saison Dupont, and Moinette.
The food is basic bar food served on plastic trays with paper.
So how would I describe this place? Quirky. Yes, probably so. It's kind of an oasis of weirdness apart and away from the more 'typical' 'commercial' weirdness that's Austin. I felt somehow more at home here talking music with some halfway hobos than I did downtown.
Would I go back? Absolutely. And the only drawback, I think, is that the owners probably don't see this gem of a piss-stink bathroom dive bar as that... they want it to be nicer. So just ignore the green and plaid walls and have another F'n beer! No one really wants to be inside anyway, right? Cheers y'all!
12-26-2007 02:40:31 | More by NeroFiddled
3.98/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
I stopped in for lunch during a recent visit to Austin, and came back later that evening for some beers. Other than Ginger Man, this seems like the place to be in town for a good beer selection with a great selection on tap and in bottles.
When I stopped for lunch things were a bit slow, and the bartender and I chatted a good bit about business. He was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The pub's selection is wide, but being from out of town I would've preferred to see more beers I couldn't get back home.
I had lunch, but I couldn't find much I was interested in on the menu. I had a Philly Cheese-steak sandwich, and I wasn't too impressed with it. Maybe I chose poorly. One block to the east was a Mexican place I wish I had gone to instead. Still, as a beer place, I think it would be a mistake to skip this place when in Austin.
09-30-2007 02:25:50 | More by BeerBelcher
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
It's been a couple of years since I've been there, but I used to live a couple of blocks away, and I've always had a good time. The atomosphere is dark and inspiring. If you are a poet or writer, this would be great place to hang out. The beer is fresh and cold.
I used to be a big fan of Boddington, and Dog&Duck had it draft. Fish and chips here are tasty and crisp and quite delicious. (Then again, I've always been drunk when I've tasted them.)
This is definitely a place I would recommend and look forward to visiting again.
04-07-2007 20:26:24 | More by LuminousEther
4.28/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
The Dog & Duck is one of my all time favorite Austin beer bars. While it may not have as many taps as some others, they have a good selection of Texas micros (Live Oak, Independence, St Arnold, etc) and imported beers. The staff is great - they are pretty knowledgeable about beer and talented (there are several local musicians who work there). It's just a great laid-back bar with a good patio in the back and covered deck. The food is good, nothing fancy, but ultimately satisfying - good burgers, and really good fish and chips. There's a couple of dart boards and a pool table, but usually I just enjoy hanging outside on one of their many picnic benches.
07-18-2006 22:49:39 | More by beertramp
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
With 40ish taps of mostly British imports, the Dog & Duck is one of the more authentic English pubs in Austin. Whereas Fado and BD Rileys go for more of a designer Britpub feel, the Dog & Duck with its copper ceilings and plenitude of dart boards is more akin to what I would expect to find in the average English neighborhood. The menu favors Brit fare such as bangers and mash and the like and also strives sucessfully for authenticity. This bar is often packed with a college aged crowd as its a mere 5-6 blocks from the University of Texas campus. They throw a pretty lively St Patricks Day celebration every year thats more of a block party than anything. If it gets too crowded inside there are always a number of wooden picnic tables out on the patio.
05-24-2006 21:04:34 | More by BAbaracus
The Dog & Duck Pub in Austin, TX
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