The Dog & Duck Pub
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 18
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
3.55/5 rDev -10.4%
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
3.83/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
The Dog & Duck Pub is a fascinating pub in its locale and atmosphere, in the middle of a busy downtown sits this very English style pub. Amidst the tall buildings and rushing cars, its a fine escape.
The selection of beers is nice, and the waitstaff knows how to pour them properly (a factor often overlooked at many bars). The grub is of traditional British pub, and has some of the best fish and chips in town.
They have a good amount of outside seating, which works well in Austin most of the year.
They also do a nice St. Patrick's day celebration with lots of music, people and, of course, plenty of beer.
01-03-2004 22:12:40 | More by paganbeast
3.86/5 rDev -2.5%
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
3.88/5 rDev -2%
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
3.93/5 rDev -0.8%
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
89 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.