The Dog & Duck Pub
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 18
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
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
3.55/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Dog and Duck is a dirty little pub with a bathroom that smells like piss and a bar that leans to the west. Hideous plaid drapes the banquet seating wall to the east, and lesbians play darts, Golden Tee, and pool to the south. What's not to love? There's a beautiful dark green tin ceiling, and there seems to be a green theme with green panel walls and brass ceiling fans that try to be something they're not. There is a beautiful wood and mirrored back bar though. A large flat screen TV rounds out the scene. It's Austin. Exactly. A more authentic place you might not find. Service can be slow... that's part of the whole picture.
The tap list is pretty good, but hindered by Amstel Light, Foster's, Miller Lite, Dos Equis, Harp... and dare I say it, Lone Star? Highlights, of course, include Chimay, Austin Amber, Fireman 4, and Independence Pale.
There are 28 different bottles available, including Chimay Blue and Red, Hoegaarden, Aventinus, Victory Golden Monkey, Duvel, Saison Dupont, and Moinette.
The food is basic bar food served on plastic trays with paper.
So how would I describe this place? Quirky. Yes, probably so. It's kind of an oasis of weirdness apart and away from the more 'typical' 'commercial' weirdness that's Austin. I felt somehow more at home here talking music with some halfway hobos than I did downtown.
Would I go back? Absolutely. And the only drawback, I think, is that the owners probably don't see this gem of a piss-stink bathroom dive bar as that... they want it to be nicer. So just ignore the green and plaid walls and have another F'n beer! No one really wants to be inside anyway, right? Cheers y'all!
12-26-2007 02:40:31 | More by NeroFiddled
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
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
4.13/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
A really good, urban, British-style pub within walking distance from the Capitol and UT. Good college-pub feel without being overrun by frat boys. Not as authentic as some but a good establishment nonetheless.
Somewhere around 40 taps with a good selection of all the local brewers, at least 20 brands in bottles, maybe more. Staff is young, well-informed and friendly. Food is standard pub grub but better quality than most (I've never had a bad meal in Austin).
Pool table, darts, lots of patio space, some out front and more in back. Wireless internet also available, if you're tired of Starbucks. If you're visiting Austin and want a good sample of Texas beers, this is a good location to find most of them, even if it is a long walk from Sixth Street.
04-02-2004 17:03:13 | More by assurbanipaul
The Dog & Duck Pub in Austin, TX
89 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.