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Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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Taps: 104 / Bottles: 11
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
96
world-class

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 6.14%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

79 Rainey St
Austin, Texas, 78701-4308
United States
phone: (512) 386-1656

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bangersaustin

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(Place added by: sprucetip on 12-30-2012)
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

My first stop on Rainey street. It was much larger than I was anticipating, I went inside to the bar since the back patio area was very full upon my arrival. Atmosphere was a bit stale inside but out in the courtyard it was really hopping. Quality was very high across the board, the space inside and out were top notch and the food and beer were as well. Service was good overall, had to wait for some of my beers but overall not bad. They have some of the most hipster people working for them that I have ever come across. Selection was top notch, over 100 taps from all over the country but the main focus remains on Texas beers which is always nice. I had plans to eat a larger meal later in the night so I only got an appetizer, the fried cheese curds, which were awesome. Prices were a bit high for my tastes but nothing over the top. Overall an awesome beer bar / restaurant in an amazing area, I will definitely return next time I am in the area.

02-26-2014 04:31:24 | More by orangesol
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BrutalSusan

Texas

5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

The biggest tap wall in Austin. 104 taps. Tons of local stuff and a nice mix of stuff from all over the world. Food is fantastic, perfect menu to pair with the beer. They usually have rare cask offerings on tap. Only downside is parking. I highly recommend this beer bar!!

01-17-2014 13:25:55 | More by BrutalSusan
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Banger's is a beautiful beer bar in the Rainey District, with an interior full of wood and classy touches that reminds me of an upscale BBQ joint (Fette Sau in Brooklyn comes to mind).

Beautiful wooden taps too- 101 of them, divided in light/wheat/hop heaven/amber&malty/dark&roasty/gluten free. About half of the drafts are Texas beers, and there is a separate menu with seasonal and limited beers (mostly bottled) such as Brewdog Bashah and three different Harviestoun editions. Also, 4 nitro taps. I had a glass of 2012 wine barrel-aged Adelbert's Dancin' Monk, and also Deschutes Black Butte XXIV.

Hipster bartenders, lively-but-not-loud atmosphere on a Friday night and good prices, around five or six dollars for small pours. I didn't try any food but they have plenty of sausages for everyone.

Oh, why not get the free tattoo they offer! I was very tempted...

09-21-2013 13:35:43 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Perdue125

South Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$

The area it's in is all houses converted into bars/restaurants. Atmosphere is good definitely has that beer hall feel despite being in a house. 100 taps including several nitro and two firkins, plus numerous bottles with a giant heap of local brews available. You will have no trouble find a good beer here. Food menu is what you'd expect from a place call a sausage house. The artisinal sausages are excellent and relatively inexpensive. The staff was very knowledgeable and attentive, even suggesting stores nearby that carry the local beers. I will definitely be back..

08-29-2013 02:12:51 | More by Perdue125
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OriginalHopHead

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Bangers, Bangers, oh, Bangers! It's so enticing with its over 100 beer on tap, really beer-geek service staff, amazing sausage options and a beautiful atmosphere. Every time I'm there it feels like I'm at a big picnic event. It's one of those places we take all of our out of town guests to.

06-29-2013 06:06:35 | More by OriginalHopHead
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shivtim

Georgia

4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

We stopped by Banger's for a couple of beers while I was visiting friends in Austin.

It's in a weird but neat area. Mostly residential, but then there are several houses that have been converted into restaurants and bars. Extremely limited street parking, and the sidewalks aren't always there. We walked from downtown.

Banger's has a nice understated indoor area with several long shared picnic tables, and a large outdoor space with more tables. Very communal and comfortable. A dash of hipster/trendy without being pretentious.

Beer selection is excellent. 101 on tap, with many Texas breweries represented. Great stop for out-of-town visitors who are looking for local stuff. Both of the beers I ordered were served up in proper glassware.

Service was fine. No problems.

I didn't try any food, but my friend said his biscuit (came with the fried chicken sausage) was excellent.

06-10-2013 19:58:33 | More by shivtim
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BgThang

Texas

4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$

Went to eat here for lunch with a buddy and my wife. We were first seated in the sun out by ourselves when there was plenty of shade to sit in. We ask to move and we were quickly moveded. A+ The menu is that of sausage in just about any way you can think of. The german potato salad was out of this world. the beer selection was great as well. They also had bottles to go. Overall a nice place to visit and get some german food and a descent selection of beer

04-22-2013 17:12:13 | More by BgThang
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obrike

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$

This place is great! A buddy and I dropped by after a visit to Jester King Brewery a few weeks ago. Got there around 4pm on a Saturday. Not totally packed at that time (went back that night and found it difficult to get a seat)

Love the outdoor seating. Bench tables lined up in several rows...great place to people watch and just chat with strangers. I gotta say the beer selection was phenominal. A littl something for everyone. Was quite pleased to see Sculpin and Firestone Walker stuff on tap.

Waiters were knowledgeable and enthusiastic to talk with customers about the beer and food. Just an overall pleasing vibe here without beeing pretentious.

04-17-2013 20:11:17 | More by obrike
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max316

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Austin has developed and is still growing its craft beer scene, so there is a lot of competition. Having said that, this is one of my favorite beer bars in the city. The bar and wall of taps is one of best designs I have seen in a bar. The selection is expansive and rotates based on what the beer expert owner wants. More importantly the beer menu is fool-proof, indicating the style, brewery, and short tasting notes. Location is great, cool recently developed street with establishments running out of old houses. The backyard is very large featuring long communal tables and a music stage from which they host many events. While Draught House up north usually takes the cake, Banger's is fast becoming a major player in Austin's beer scene.

03-13-2013 23:28:45 | More by max316
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champ103

Texas

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I am surprised nobody has reviewed this place yet. This is a great new beer bar that has been open for about 6 months. First off, everything is made of wood, a fairly long wood bar along the right, wood benches make up the main indoor dinning area. There is a chalkboard at the far end that will have specials, and events listed. The bar taps are made of wood (of coarse) and all numbered. There is a huge outdoor seating area. Which on this beautiful day is perfect. Though, there is no shade what so ever in the beer garden, I can't imagine that will be a happening spot wants the summer comes along (unless they put some kind of shade in). Anyway, still a great place to chill and relax with a beer and good food.

Service at the bar was quick and friendly. He told us the lunch special, and was very knowledgeable on the beers available, and what had been blown. The food is excellent. All house made sausages, and the lunch special is hard to beat. One of their traditional sausages, a side, and a Texas pint for $8. That is a very good deal. When not on special, I can see this a bit more pricey, but still very reasonable. Andouille sausage, kaloche bun, and braised greens. For the sausage and bun, they come with house recommendations which is great. Or you can choose your own. The sausage itself was excellent. I thought the greens were very good, though not great. I had some German potato salad as well, which was excellent. Very flavorful, with a good vinegary kick. My buddies Italian sausage look great as well.

On to the beer! Tons of taps. Right at 100, which is ridiculous. Also a cask, that happened to be out. Austin breweries are very well represented, as well is the rest of the state. Close to 30 plus Texas taps. I saw some Firestone Walker on as well. Really an excellent selection all around. I enjoyed a Hops & Grain Alt. I can't imagine how this place turns over taps in a timely manner. Still, I can't really knock them cause what I had was very fresh.

Yep, this is a good place. In my short visit, this has already become one of my favorite beer bars in Austin. Not nearly as tiresome to navigate as Draught House, with just as good, if not better, selection as them or Gman. Not to mention the awesome food. I look forward to visiting again when I get a chance.

03-05-2013 00:34:19 | More by champ103
Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden in Austin, TX
96 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.