Draught House Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 39
Beer Ratings: 115
Beer Avg: 3.94
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 62 | Show All Ratings:
3.74/5 rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Located near some hospitals and other medical facilities, northwest of center city is Draught House. It was the only spot that I ended up taking a cab to get to while in Austin a few weeks ago. Although it was fairly early in the evening on a Thursday, a line out the door was already formed. This as other reviewers have noted, is the line to order a beer...kinda strange. Although the bar itself is not very long, a couple other employees could be hired. It would be likely to help their bottom line as a business.
Anyhow, their beer was nice, a couple IPAs were my selections. The quality of the beer was better than a lot of other tiny brewpubs in the USA. And if you want to try something else, say Live Oak, Bear Republic or Stone, they have a great selection of "guest taps". If you find yourself in Austin this is worth checking out, just be prepared for their infamous beer line and the locals, who essentially tail-gate in the parking lot.
07-09-2011 01:45:19 | More by mltobin
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Definitely one of the premier places to grab a brew in Austin. Plenty outside seating, along with the apparent BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) in the later hours when the place get's pack, makes for a nice place to come and relax and enjoy a brew. The selection is ripe with good quality stuff, lots of locals, and plenty of non-locals alike...plus, the selection is nicely extensive. Like most places in Texas, that I've noticed, pricing is very fair and wonderfully straight forward. Maybe a local may view the pricing differently, but being from Louisiana, the prices were inexpensive and the predictability was a welcomed change for me.
06-13-2011 13:46:57 | More by EgadBananas
4.6/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Why did this wind up being the last bar stop of our visit? Probably because if it had been the first, we never would have gone anywhere else!
If I lived in Austin this would be my number one favorite bar.
The exterior of the building looks like a bavarian cottage, or a swiss chalet, or something. Which is pretty cool. When you walk through the doors, you walk right into a room that spreads out to your right and left. The room just feels very conducive to beer drinking. I can't explain that, I just know it to be true.
Directly in front of you is the middle of the bar, which also spreads out to the right and left. There are a few tables set around and about a dozen or so barstools at the bar. My buddy and I set at the bar, naturally.
When we walked up, there were quite a few people standing around outside the front door, and in the parking lot, drinking their pints. This was a pretty cool concept to us, so we did wind up coming outside, at one point, to consume one of our pints. (It is against the law to do this in Oklahoma.) There is also an outdoor patio that has some picnic bench type seating. It's okay to be outside drinking sometimes, but most of the time, I prefer to be closer to the taps, so I'll mostly stay inside, thank you.
They have about 70 taps and almost every one of them is awesome. They are all about the craft beers here, and this should become a beer geek mecca. I saw about 20 or so bottles as well. Seems like it's all about the taps, but with a name like Draught House, that only makes sense.
They offer several of their own, house brewed, beers. Also, a good representation of Texas beers. Jester King, (512) Brewing, Southern Star, Ranger Creek, Live Oak, Saint Arnold, Real Ale, Rahr, Independence, etc. They also have beers from Dogfish Head, Stone, Great Divide, Deschutes, Anchor, Boulevard, Green Flash, Lagunitas, Victory, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, etc.
They have a couple of cask engines, as well. I had Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti on cask while we were there. Awesome.
They only offer a few food choices, like pizzas and nachos. The first good point though is that it is made right there in front of you (if you're sitting at the bar, anyway). The second point is that it's dirt cheap, based on the portions they give you, anyway.
My advice to you: Don't order the nachos unless you have a couple of people with you and you're all hungry!
The staff was quite friendly and helpful. Even when the line started going out the front door, they would stop by every few minutes to make sure that we were doing alright. One of them even came over and talked beers with us, during a lull in the crowd.
I definitely had a good time at Ginger Man and Flying Saucer, but next time I'm in town, Draught House will be my first stop....and perhaps my only stop!
06-01-2011 14:38:51 | More by coldmeat23
3.83/5 rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
The inside is quite dark with a lot of wood and not much room. Not sure who really goes to the Draughthouse and sits inside, but apparently some do. I've always sat outside, which is less cozy than inside but wide open with metal picnic tables, often shared by folks who did not come together.
Great selection of beers always. The house beers are always good and the taps are always full of great american craft beer. I almost always leave wishing i had more time/money/liver to have one or two more of something I didn't get around to.
The staff is ok, but don't expect hugs or warm greetings. They are there and they do their job which is to pour us great beer.
Food is the biggest downfall. Some nachos and a few other snack-type offerings but no real menu to speak of.
Overall, probably my favorite bar ever just based on the amazing selection and house beers.
05-26-2011 21:43:09 | More by jhimstedt
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
First visited this location just recently. Walking in, the pub is dimly lit and smells slightly of stale beer in a very nostalgic manner. The environment is rather quiet and welcoming, perfect for a few beers and conversation. This is the kind of place I would imagine C.S. Lewis would be drinking a few pints of bitter.
The beer selection offers plenty of variety. I had only Texas made beer on my visit, seeing it was Sunday and the 2.50 special per pint was to reasonable to pass up.
Though it's a bit out of the way from where I live, I much prefer the Draught House over other bars in the area. Friendly staff, great prices, and a warm welcoming atmosphere. Exactly what I want when I fancy a beer.
05-05-2011 19:26:17 | More by ElkSherpa
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
My first visit to the Draught House and it was worth the excursion beyond the inner city bar scene. Having read some of the previous reviews I was expecting more complications than I actually encountered. True, the "beer line" is a very unusual concept. Not sure I like it but it sort of works with the general atmosphere where folks are walking all around the joint, inside and outside, including the parking lot, with beers in hand. So you stand in the line for a while to get your next beer. It seems the regulars don't mind it a bit. As for sitting at the bar, which is not very large but not impossible to access, we found the service was very solid. Not perfect, especially when they got busier as the Tuesday evening crowd grew, but the bartenders seemed to be working very hard to keep folks filled. I also found the bartenders very reasonably responsive and knowledgeable regarding the beer selection, which is really excellent with many Texas breweries represented and plenty of other highly credible micros available along with their own brews. And I tried one of their own IPA's and have to say it was up there with Hop Stoopid, really well done. We had a couple pizzas which were decent enough. The food selection is quite limited but the pies tasted just fine and really hit the spot. The decor of the place is classic German pub style. Lots of wood, dark, with big wooden tables inside and a large beer garden outside. It has a real nice feel the moment you walk inside. We met a couple of regulars at the bar that were extremely friendly and helped us out with selecting some local brews. The place was busy and at one point the line was well out into the parking lot for beer, but nobody seemed put off and the line moved along. The tenders really do hustle. I'm a big fan of Lovejoys from previous visits, but now that I've experienced this place I have to say I'll want to stop by both places on all future visits to Austin. Highly recommended!
03-23-2011 04:40:20 | More by Durge
3.64/5 rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I have mixed feeling about this place. On one hand, excellent house made beers, and high quality crafts. Though on the other, nothing flows right here. The bar is directly in front of the entrance, and seats about 10. Though there really is no point in sitting there. You will not get served at all. All the tap handle towers basically make a barrier between you and the bartenders. Everyone has to congregate and make a line in the middle of the bar area. Which takes a long time to get anything. The line is always out the door. Wood tables and booths are scattered about inside. Which gives it a a worn in old pub feel. There is an area outside, but all metal yard tables that gives it a cheep kind of feeling.
The servers do know the beer to a T, but like I said above it all takes forever. Even on a slow early afternoon.
They always have a handful of their own beers which are good. The Wilson ESB on cask was one of the best American version I have had. Lots of Texas micros and other US micros
Overall, I like the place. I am just not going to spend all day here, like I could with the Gingerman or Uncle Billy's.
01-29-2011 03:21:42 | More by champ103
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is definitely my favorite bar in Austin. The selection is great, and the atmosphere is fantastic. Lots of local selections (including new releases - if I want something that's going to be hard to find, this is the first place I'll look) and a great selection otherwise.
There are a number of options here - the interior is great, lots of old, scarred looking tables (and I've never had a problem finding a place to sit) with lots of great beer decorations on the wall. The dartboards are fun, and there's one TV without any sound, which is nice if you want to watch a game that's on ESPN or something, and also great if you don't want to be bothered by the sound of the television. But the best part is the patio and tailgating. You will always find people just sitting outside in the backs of trucks or on lawnchairs enjoying their beers. You can walk in the door, buy a beer, then walk back out and enjoy wherever you'd like. There's a lot of tables out back and a big stand-up bar with a bunch of heaters for when it's cold out.
The only (potentially) bad part is the bar set up, which is unlike anything I've really seen anywhere else. There's one specific part of the bar where you can order, and a line forms here. At busy times, this line can extend out the door and you can be waiting for awhile. But hey, at least it's better than trying to fight your way to the bar and get noticed in a crowded place. That being said, the service is great and the bartenders are friendly and very knowledgable. If it's crowded it's usually pretty clear that you better hurry up and order your beer (and not in a negative way), but when business is slow they're always willing to chat.
Specials are great, usually where something (stouts, texas beers, house beers, or all pints!) is usually $2.75. There's always something great to pick from one of those categories.
Overall, this is a really great place. As I said, my favorite bar in Austin. It might get a little crowded at times, but you can't really go wrong as there's plenty of room outside. This is my go-to.
01-20-2011 01:19:09 | More by tsatem
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
This is my go-to bar when I'm in Austin even though I have to go for a little drive to get there (or, more commonly, a cab ride).
The vibe here is exceptional; it's generally filled with folks that really love beer and enjoy just chilling out. I tend to spend all of my time in the beer garden thanks to the weather in Austin, though they just recently had to remove the existing canopy that covered the outdoor space; hopefully they'll have a good replacement before things start heating up.
The interior is old skool British pub with a bit of a Bavarian twist (light walls and lots of dark wood). The bar dominates the wall across from the door and is the only place to get beer (and on a busy night it's lined up outside). Adding to the hipness is the fact a lot of people just pull up a chair and tail-gate in the parking lot.
The people here are cool, relaxed and looking to have a good time. It's a little older than the usual college crowd (being fairly far from campus) with a huge range of interesting people.
Overall quality of the establishment of the place and the beer is excellent. The bartenders are knowledgeable and happy to give you samples of beers you haven't tried before you commit to a pint. It can be a bit intimidating when you get up to the taps, with all of the selection, but the folks are cool with a brief decision period.
Selection is superb - 40+ taps that rotate very frequently. There are usually 2 casks going at any time. Lots of representation from local breweries like Live Oak, 512 and semi-locals like Real Ale as well as their in-house beers. There's almost always a nice sampling of American craft brews on tap as well as some of the limited editions and rare items. It's also not uncommon to find a number of Belgians on tap as well. With the frequent rotation it's worth coming back frequently.
Food is probably the only weak spot since the focus is really on beer, but they do allow folks to bring in food from outside and there are a lot of good place to eat nearby, so this is far from a big deal.
This is a great beer bar - go there and see!
01-16-2011 22:04:11 | More by DoktorZee
4.44/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
Ended up here for some late night beverages based on the recommendation of a friend who lives in Austin. I don't know where to start... The tap list is impressive, easily 40+ offerings on tap from a ton of different brewers, they also have an extensive bottle selection.
We first went on a Tue. night and it was 2.25 drafts. They are using slightly smaller pint glasses but for 2.25 there weren't any complaints from me. I tried a good number of the draft offerings without repeating or tasting something that I had drank in the past. At the end of the night I had a pretty decent buzz and my tab was less than $20. I had to ask them to double check it because I thought they had forgotten to charge me for something.
We had been warned that the Draught House was a little different from the norm. They have a nice pub type atmosphere on the inside with plenty of seating, a great bier garden atmosphere with picnic tables and heaters (for those chilly Austin nights). If neither of those work for you, you can bring your own seating and tail-gate in the parking lot.
We ended back here on Wed. night. This is the go-to place on Wed. nights for the person that recommended the place to me in the first place. On Wed. night I partook in some tailgating, my friend had about 10 lawn chairs and we just sat in the parking lot enjoying pitchers of New Belgium 2 Below and Green Flash IPA. Although the drinks were full price on Wed. the final tab was well within reason.
12-18-2010 20:29:26 | More by tdawgydog
Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
94 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.