Crown & Anchor Pub
Taps: 30 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
3.33/5 rDev -11%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The entry was on San Jacinto at East 30th Street. A long, wide outdoor area encircled the outside of the place. Entering, the short 3/8 octagon-shaped, blue Formica bar was right with a cooler of 90 bottles and 30 drafts as the back bar. Colored chalkboards detailed all of the available beers. Headed left were a couple of green-felt pool tables and two English-style dartboards. Women's lavs to right, men's lavs out and left. Despite the selection, I was unimpressed by the service, plus I felt like I could drink more pleasantly elsewhere.
12-21-2009 22:20:14 | More by woodychandler
3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is fairly close to some of the universities in the area & attracts quite a few the students during the school year. A good sized outdoor seating area is available, as well as indoor seating and a small bar. It is a very casual atmosphere, with TVs, dartboard and a pool table to help out the entertainment factor. The staff is friendly and quick, busy nights do not seem to faze them. As far as beer, they carry a good variety of Texas beers such as Real Ale, Live Oak, 512 and then stuff from the rest of the country like Deschutes, Sierra Nevada and quite a few macro selections. I had a burger, which hit the spot and went well with some Texas craft brew. A solid option for some good local beer and casual pub fare while in Austin.
07-11-2011 15:35:39 | More by mltobin
3.25/5 rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I spent all my time at Crown & Anchor out on the patio, which was really fun. It felt like being on a friend's screened-in porch during some kind of wild house party. Clientele appeared to be mostly UT affiliated, and there were all sorts of different people (and different kinds of canines too!) out on the porch (very busy for a Tuesday!). Beer selection appeared decent. Service was walk-up only (for beer, they brought out food), which was a bit of a drag at first, but seemed to make more and more sense as the place got busier and busier. I had a burger, which was good, but needed more hard-to-get condiments. Fries were piping hot and super gold and crispy (they way I like them!). Ambience at Crown & Anchor is the highlight. The patio experience (replete with being in a shed-restroom attached to the patio) was different than a January night at a bar in Milwaukee.
02-02-2007 02:12:04 | More by BeerBelcher
3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
The Crown & Anchor pub, a UT grad-student staple, is a great little bar for grabbing a pitcher after a long day of doing whatever it is we grad students do. Most seating is outdoor, half of which is under a covered porch with some fans. Tables can be a bit hard to come by (and dirty) at times, especially during the more crowded hours. The bartenders/servers are courteous for the most part, although I wouldn't say service is the main focus of this place--nor should it be, really.
Selection includes the majority of local Austin micro's, such as Live Oak, (512), and Independence, as well as some other TX favorites like Real Ale, St. Arnold's, Shiner, etc. Several macros dot the selection board, but overall I'd say there are ~15-20 on-tap options that I would consider "beer-geek" appropriate. Bottled selection is roughly double that. The food? Standard pub fare, if but a bit sub-par. Burgers are good, though, but the nachos & tacos aren't.
06-14-2009 21:05:53 | More by wagenvolks
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $
Ah, the good ol' Crown. Located right off of the north end of UT's campus, it was a favorite haunt for the entire math department when I was a student. We'd get there around 4 or 5, order a few pitchers of Shiner Bock or Hefeweizen, chow down on their hot, slightly greasy burgers and killer fries, blow off steam and get ready for the weekend. There are pool tables and darts, friendly people playing, great servers that always took care of the regulars, and a nice but small selection of microbrews in bottles. The outdoor seating was great on warm nights (which is every night in Austin), and it never got annoyingly loud inside despite the constant flow of people. A dangerous distraction to those pursuing an education, which is the highest compliment possible.
03-16-2008 06:41:29 | More by drinksandeats
3.7/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Ive only been to the Crown & Anchor during daylight hours, so I cant vouch for the crowds later at night, but during the day the crowd has usually been sparse but not dead, and there always seems to be at least one or two people that stopped in while walking their dogs. I dont know why, but I like a bar that encourages people to bring in their dogs. The selection here is a nice compromise between cheap beer that the broker college students can indulge in and a fair cross section of micros and imports. As kbub mentioned, their draft selection is probably just shy of the Dog & Duck, although in terms of atmosphere the Crown & Anchor seems to have a bit less of the Olde English vibe - it mainly just seems like your average American bar done up mildly with a sports theme. Definitely a bar that Ive enjoyed going to the times I was there, but in dusting the cobwebs off my memory I havent come up with any rousing reasons to regret not having been back lately. One definite negative: one of the smallest, worst mens rooms in the Austin bar scene.
05-24-2006 20:58:38 | More by BAbaracus
Crown & Anchor Pub in Austin, TX
87 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.