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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
I like coming here because they are definitely supportive of local breweries. The selections they have are usually small, but I think they make it up by rotating some new beers fairly often. There's always some new specials or special tap nights.
The menu is probably the weakest spot for this restaurant. While many of the appetizers are rather good, there are other foods (at least the ones I tried) are hit-and-miss items. I usually like the Border Burger (the serrano pepper is gonna hit you harder than your momma ever spanked you) but couple of other dishes could be improved.
The best aspect of this place is the selections of beer and some other liquors. The next best thing is the ambience and the ability to sit outside when it's comfortable outside. There's plenty of outdoor spaces along with outdoor games you can play.
08-16-2011 22:19:17 | More by 2xHops
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
Red's is a bar of three halves. There's the bar itself, downstairs and indoors, there's the outside area and the upstairs open air bar where you can watch the sun go down over the Green Belt.
Downstairs it's a bit of a sports bar with multiple screens around the room but they're pretty easy to blank out if that's not your cup of tea. The ambience is kind of basic, unless you can grab a seat in the nook off to the side where there's a bunch of sofas.
The beer selection is pretty good, and it's the main reason I go there. Plenty of local Austin beer on tap plus a good range from around the country. There's a rotating hop tap which pleases an old hophead like me.
The food... well, it is what it is. It's filling and reasonably priced, but you can always tell when a meal has been made with cost the main priority over quality (in other words, about 95% of eating places). I eat there about once a week on average, but usually out of necessity (had a long day at work and I don't want to cook, and Red's is across the street from where I live) rather than choice. But I do eat there and always come away feeling satisfied.
Red's is a unique place, for sure, with the outside area and the upstairs bar. It comes across as being run by people who care about what they're doing and know good beer, and it attracts people who are just out to have a good time without getting out of control. Be aware though, it can get really busy around happy hour, especially when the weather's good.
04-05-2011 03:57:27 | More by omnigrits
RED's Porch in Austin, TX
91 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.