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B. B. Rovers

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Taps: 15 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
86
very good

11 Ratings
Ratings: 11
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 19.51%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

12636 Research Blvd.
Austin, Texas, 78759
United States
phone: (512) 335-9504

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biergut

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

I have been here a few times on my travels to Austin, but here is my first review.

The great thing about this place is that they are close to where I work when I come in from out of town. Before the smoking ordinance passed, it was a drag (bad pun intended), but now it is much more pleasant.

This is definitely a laid back place. On my last visit there was a table of 8 people playing poker, another table where someone was surfing the internet, and other people just chilling out.

Besides the beer menu, the new beers are lined up on the counter behind the bar. If they're out, they turn the bottle around so you can't see the label. Clever since this seems easier than updating a chalk board that usually hangs high overhead.

I haven't had a beer on draft here, primarily because they are the standard micros/imports and I'm always looking for something I haven't tried yet.

I sat at the bar and the bartender knew about the beer. We seemed to have similar tastes based on most of what he recommended was right up my alley.

The only food I have had is the french fries. They are very good, especially when you have the munchies from drinking a couple high-gravity beers. Besides that, a side of fries costs just over a buck. Hard to beat that.

Once I move here early next year, this will be one of the places that I frequent on a regular basis.

12-12-2007 04:12:56 | More by biergut
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Getalegup

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-18-2014 17:40:24 | More by Getalegup
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blatherbeard

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

When i first walked into this bar, i didn't think it would be anything special. Genearal looking space, 1 small crappy tv at the bar, one big one in the corner not too bad. No booths just tables and the bar. Very basic and dated looking.

When i sat down at the bar, i felt like i belonged there. I didn't feel like an outsider, didn't feel like i was bothering the bartender. (both of which i have felt at Gm and the Dh)

Not a huge variety on tap, but not bad either. No BMC on tap, but had bottles. After looking at the outdated beer menu, looking at the bottles on the bar that show what they have, looking at an updated written menu, and talking to the staff, they may not have a huge tap selection, but the bottles rival what Fs and Dh have for sure,just not presented as well. I think i counted just shy of 300 combined.

I didnt try the food but talked to a few regulars who swore it was the reason they came to the bar. (didnt include food in the review.

All the beers were competitively priced, or lower than some others ive been to.

Everyone made me feel welcome. I was in just after lunchtime.

Gonna bring the wife back and try the food sometime for sure.

07-06-2010 22:37:05 | More by blatherbeard
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Riccymon

Texas

3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$

Stopped in for a couple pints with a friend around midnight last night, as BB Rovers is just a mile up the road. My first time visiting.

The place was pretty empty, with the exception of a couple full tables. Typical pub decor on the walls and the area we sat in seemed well-worn, nothing too fancy. We sat near a large TV set with a blurry picture that had seen better days.

Beer selection was pretty expansive for a neighborhood, strip-mall bar. Many of your typical, widely available imports, but a few locals that I was excited to find so close to home, such as (512) Pecan Porter and Live Oak Oaktoberfest ($4.75/pint). Had a round of octoberfests and a round of Saint Arnold Elissa IPA ($3.50/bottle), both at pretty reasonable prices.

The waitress that served us was attentive, if not a little too insistent. She came by to pick up empty bottles once, and after I told her I had beer left in mine when she picked it up, she proceeded to dump the remainder in my glass. Probably could have handled that myself. Also felt a little rushed to leave, and ended up leaving a quarter of my pint behind at ~1:20 am, after having been told 3-4 times that we needed to leave soon.

I would go back to try some food and check out locals on tap, mostly because I live so close.

10-11-2009 20:58:10 | More by Riccymon
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BeerAngel

Texas

2.42/5  rDev -33.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$

This is not my first visit ever, but it is my first visit in a few years. What attracted me to this place time and time again was it's selection of bottled beers. I had never before been let down by this place.

Oh my, B. B. Rovers has gone downhill something awful! It's sad really! We walk in and it just has a very tired look to it and it was our second stop, so the first thing I did was use the restroom. It was TERRIBLE! Sheesh! The smell! At this point, I was really bummed to see how this place looked.

Now let's talk about the wait staff. Oh my (again)! There were 3 that were circulating the place and I've never been made to feel like I was bothering someone so much just by asking for normal things. None of the 3 were better than the other except one of them did include a switchable fake smile on occasion. They all acted rushed, yet the place was not even close to being maxed out. Just a very poor experience on my revisit and it could be my last.

09-27-2008 14:15:21 | More by BeerAngel
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beertramp

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $

Although this place is slightly run down, and a little hard to find (located in a stip mall off the 183/Research Blvd access road), I think the bartenders are really nice. I've had the best service when sitting directly at the bar. The table service is not that great.

I've most enjoyed this place at happy hour. It's got a laid back feel. And there's been plenty of times I've wound up talking to some old timers hanging out at the bar.

For such a small kitchen, this place can turn out some decent, home-style food (ie meatloaf with mashed potatoes, chicken fried steak, etc.), although it's nothing to rave about.

My major complaint with BB Rovers is that almost every time I've ordered a bottled pale ale (my favorite), it's tasted off. I've sent back almost every pale ale I've ever ordered, to where now I order some other style. I think there must be something wrong with how they store bottled beers because their draft beers taste fine.

07-18-2006 23:10:04 | More by beertramp
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assurbanipaul

Texas

2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5

Real mixed impressions about this place. Good variety, 15 taps and a beer list that rivals the Ginger Man, somewhere around 200 bottles. But what good is that if you're out of as many as 25% of what's listed?

Like the decor, lots of pub signage and cool shellacked beer-label tables, but the antiseptic strip-mall location and layout kills the atmosphere. Feels like I'm drinking in a dimly lit Barnes & Noble or remodeled Walgreens.

Staff is less than helpful. Pool table, darts, patio, room for a band. Didn't try the food but they offer Mexican, Italian, brats and burgers and it's been my experience that those who try everything rarely do anything well.

Not to mention the cardinal beer sin: errors on the beer list. (And would it hurt to organize it a little?) I give it an "A" for effort but this place feels like someone just blindly ordered every beer available from the distributor just for bragging rights. If you're only trying one place in Austin, there are far better stops than this.

03-31-2004 04:21:42 | More by assurbanipaul
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kbub6f

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A big sign on the front of the restaurant claims B.B.Rovers has the best beer selection in Austin. "Better than Gingerman?" I asked myself. Maybe so, if every beer on the menu is in stock. But it's almost all bottles, and all beers you can get in the stores, of course. They have maybe twenty taps, including some good local, craft and import. But if you're looking for a great selection of draft, there are plenty of places in Austin with much better selection.

The big food menu sports lots of good, solid, sports bar fare. And the service is good.

My biggest problem was the smoke. It's probably the smokiest restaurant I've been to in Austin. They do have an outdoor patio, but that was pretty smoky too (and it was too cold out for me). This obviously isn't a problem for many people, but if you're sensitive, you might want to have a plan B.

Bottom line: excellent selection of bottled beer, passable selection of taps, good food, good service, smoky sports bar atmosphere.

03-05-2004 01:30:43 | More by kbub6f
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paganbeast

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is a fine neighborhood pub. Friendly service and a nice selection of beer. I completed their 101 club a couple of years back, and I still enjoy returning. The atmosphere is such that you can meet your friends there for a beer and have a conversation without being drowned out by music, tv, or other patrons. Very friendly service, and usually very efficient. They do rotate their taps from time to time, so its not a bad idea to ask what they've got currently. The food is fairly decent, my favorite is the steak and mushroom pie. Strangely, they have some of the best soup in town, every day M-F is a different handmade soup. A place worth returning to.

01-03-2004 21:20:44 | More by paganbeast
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ie11

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +31.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

BB Rover’s is very close to what you get in a Pub (Public House) in England. It's friendly and casual with pub grub (not fancy, just comfort food) and great beer. Tinys (well behaved) are welcome in the earlier hours and on the patio on weekend nights for live music. Rover’s is great for a pint after work with the teammates and an excuse to exit bumper-to-bumper traffic on HWY 183 and enjoy a pint or two until after the rush hour has passed.


Mapman97 mentioned the paintings—these are replicas of actual pub signs in the UK. In England, historically, pubs have names that can easily be illustrated. Hundreds of years ago, when the general population was not literate, there was a need to identify public houses without written words. Hence, a sign with an illustration depicting the name of the pub served as a marker that could be understood by all. That’s why you’ll see pub names such as the “Fox and Hounds” ‘5 Bells” “Malt Shovel” “King’s Head” “Pied Bull”, “Checquers” or “The Lion”. One of my personal favorites is one that Rover’s has a replica of that shows a headless barrister (calmly holding his severed head under his left arm) and is the sign for the “Honest Lawyer”.


A good primer on pub signs in England can be found at :http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~petecc/innsigns.htm

09-21-2002 08:49:35 | More by ie11
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B. B. Rovers in Austin, TX
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