Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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17 Reviews
Reviews: 17
Visits: 77
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
Taps: 104
Bottles: 11
Cask: Y
[ 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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Reviews: 17 | Visits: 77
Reviews by max316:
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (744 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of sirhc3034
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Bristopher89
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of pnelting
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Bomber714
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My Wife and I were in Austin for a week in mid-May 2015 (during the month-long rain fest). First of all, parking near Banger's is going to be tough. Patience is a virtue in this endeavor...it's worth it. Despite being seriously crowded, a waiter approached us fairly quickly. Nice guy who handled everything with aplomb. The tap list is world-class and quite extensive. Way too many quality choices to make it easy on a beer geek. Not a bad problem to have, mind you. The food? How does a smoked bacon and shrimp sausage on a bed of beautifully grainy white cheddar grits sound? It went swimmingly well with my two draft picks. Correct glassware and perfect temps. Very nice, well-behaved crowd. If I lived here, i'd be here every week. God bless Texas! (753 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.89/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of M_chav
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of nickfl
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

The vibe is crowded, hipster and tastefully re-purposed older building... so exactly like everything else in this part of Austin. The beer selection is very nice, lots of taps and pretty much all local/regional and much of it the sort of thing a hardened beer geek would be happy to find. Service was fine, it was a Saturday night and crowded and honestly we managed to get drinks at the bar much quicker than I expected and when we got a table our waiter was good. The food well, I expected it to be the main draw, but if I went back it would be for the beer. I think I ordered one of the weaker items on their menu, but still my sausage was just ok and none of the others I tasted were a whole lot better... oh and the red beans and rice were flat out awful, like those would get you run out of town some places. Not to say I wouldn't give it another chance, especially if I lived in Austin because the beer selection alone would draw me back then. (955 characters)

Photo of ldhughes3
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of smb
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of JamLand
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Great outdoor seating, a outdoor German beerhaus vibe. Usually a large selection. In my experience, the staff's knowledge of beer is limited. (141 characters)

Photo of BrennanS
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Dicers
3.86/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of menezes
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of jackweinbender
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gavage
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Interesting place as there is a large outdoor picnic area that was packed, and inside the bar and few picnic tables were empty, so I opted for the bar. The bar is small, wood topped, and can seat about 8 - 10 folks. Hog heads line the walls. The wall of taps is impressive, and labels above the taps each listed a number and the beer. The bartenders really understood the offerings and styles. So with 101 taps, what to choose ? They nicely broke the beer labels down by style making it easy.

The sausages were superb. The beer just as superb. Service was prompt, knowledgable and friendly. What else can you ask for ? This is a must stop for anyone coming to Austin. (670 characters)

Photo of jeff1973
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Bgriffin001
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Martyrob
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Williaar
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Borgs
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of RuckusDu
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

I did not have any food. 101 taps even though a couple are taken by wine, cider, coffee, and kombucha. Very strong. If you are coming to Texas for beer, this is a wonderful place to start. Best local stuff you can find in theses parts. Definitely surprised by a few things on the list. (287 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of therackman
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%

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Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden in Austin, TX
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