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Draught House Pub & Brewery

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Draught House Pub & BreweryDraught House Pub & Brewery
BA SCORE
95
world-class

99 Ratings
Ratings: 99
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Active Beers: 39
Beer Ratings: 117
Beer Avg: 3.94
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

4112 Medical Parkway
Austin, Texas, 78741
United States
phone: (512) 452-6258

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Photo of Onslow
2.93/5  rDev -31.5%

Has a great selection, the house beers are very underrated and super tasty .. . The bartenders tend to be assholes, but if you go at the right time, they can be cool .. . they do growler fills of some of their beers but again, you can get a real attitude from the bartenders when trying to do so .. . This place has been around for like 40 years and it shows, the clientele is a mix of people who have been coming here all 40 years and still think they're cool and college kids, so go early to avoid the crowds, a very smug crowd appears as time goes by .. . I will say that its a must stop while in Austin.. oh, and no house beer samplers, only pints..

Onslow, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of gixxerman
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Very cool place, get your beer and wander outside to the patio, one of the many benches, the curb, anywhere you want to go is encouraged. It was a bit crowded and some even were sitting in lawn chairs they brought, or on their pickups tailgate.
There was plenty of seating inside, but with the temperature being a perfect 70 degrees, everyone opted for the outdoor venue.

I was lucky enough to sample their Century Stout serverd in 10 ounce increments (coming in at 8.1 ABV). That is one excellant beer! Their guest beer list was exceptional. They had offerings from across the US and abroad. Check their website because everything is in rotation.

This place is very laid back and has a good Austin vibe, definitely a place to want to check out.

gixxerman, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of gregalobeer
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

There's nothing exceptional about this bar but the patio. Where else can you walk inside, get a home-brew, walk back outside, sit down on your patio chair and smoke a stoge? Nowhere, just here. Well, I'm sure somewhere else but it's not typical and that's what's cool about the Draught House. That and the fact that it used to be called the Draught Horse, for whatever reason.

I miss the vanilla porter. The other home brews were all a little flat, lacking carbonation, but this somehow worked to the advantage of the porter.

Pizza night is great, if they're still doing it. Get a good cold IPA, slice of jalapeno pizza fresh from the oven, find a curb to sit on and grub down. Good times. I wish I still lived in Austin.

gregalobeer, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of rwf08
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%

Been once and I don't know why I have not gone back. I thought the place was awesome. Good selection, good house brews and the big guy with the tattoos is cool as hell.

When you get there, and when I drive by, you have a gaggle of people outside waiting to get in. Then once the doors open everyone gets into a single file line and waits to get it. I walked around then and up to the side of the bar, took a seat, and got a beer before everyone else. Bad etiquette? Maybe but I don't care. Lines are stupid and waiting for beer is even stupider when the bar is wider than the line is long.

Selection is good, not as good as the Ginger Man but it has house brews that are awesome so it is a trade off. They also seem to get in cool limited releases that Ginger Man doesn't, to my knowledge, get. Double Bastard, Jubelale 2010, to name a few.

Food, they got it. Nothing special but better than The Ginger Man and I think it was cheaper.

A close tie between The Ginger Man and The Draught House. Go to both and see which you like more.

rwf08, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of tmitch75
4.15/5  rDev -3%

My first attempt to visit this place was foiled by their unexpected schedule - they don't even open until 5pm. Disappointment sets in. But the gods are with me and my business trip actually keeps me in the neighborhood until 4:45. It's my lucky day!

I'm glad it worked out. Very cool pub atmosphere with lots of dark wood. A fun place to hang out. Beer was good despite the limited selection. They only had 3 house beers on tap to go with a large and great selection of guest taps. I had the Smoked Porter and it was solid - good porter with just the right amount of smoke.

Service was very good, bartenders were friendly and helpful without being overpowering. Food menu is VERY limited and I didn't try anything. I can't criticize the menu as I didn't try it, but they are obviously not going for a full-blown "brewpub" menu.

Overall, this is a VERY cool place that I would highly recommend to anyone. Their approach is a little different from most "brewpubs" - they are almost more of a "beer bar" - but it is a solid place to grab a beer or three and I would spend TONS of time there if I lived anywhere nearby. I really am jealous.

visited 2/1/10.

tmitch75, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%

The crowded parking lot indicated that this was a popular place. The vestibule opened onto the pub with a pair of doors with stained glass in their center featuring mugs of beer. The long, straight, dark wood bar was about six paces straight ahead. The interior had an old world European feel with the rough hewn table tops and the straight-backed wooden chairs throughout. The bar was a sea of about 70 taps, five of which were their own, plus a cask of their Weizenheimer. Lots of exposed wood beams, spinning ceiling fans, vintage signage, soft lighting, the brewhouse to the extreme right. A small humidor of cigars sat on the bar. Women's lavs left, men's lavs right. Great curious, friendly clientele. Huge outdoor patio left.

woodychandler, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of peterjk
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%

I've been a regular for years and have to say this is hands down the best beer bar in Austin.

While the inside of the bar is a bit cramped and can be loud the outside is where it's at. Sitting in the beer garden works especially for a big group, tail gating the parking lot is an Austin tradition, but my favorite place is on the bench by the front door, great people watching.

The atmosphere is wonderfully mellow, plenty of folks talking and having fun, but people are old Austin laid back.

Looking for a super mellow evening, no body is going to get in your business, I often go here and read a book.

But if you want to meet some new folks, people here are friendly and approachable, seating can be tight and I often share a table and get to know some new beer friends.

The servers are friendly and efficient, willing to chat about beer when it's slow and keeping the line moving on the weekends.

They have a good rotation of daily specials including cheep beer nights and free food.

Speaking of food the selection here is not the greatest, minimal pub fair if you need to eat, but honestly I rarely eat at pubs.

I could always ask for more taps but this place has a good variety and seeks out hard to find beer and casks ales.

The beer they brew here has improved over the years, they still miss every once in a while but it's worth it for the creative risks they are willing to take.

The few people I've seen have a bad time at this place should've been down on 6th street jello shot bar hopping, the bar tenders here like things on the laid back side and will send you on the way to keep it that way.

peterjk, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of northaustin
3.85/5  rDev -10%

in terms of atmosphere: i felt like i was in one of those "bar" bars where a drunken fight was gonna bust out at any moment. the people partying in the parking lot was not my style and made me feel like i was at a football game or something. at some point in time a patron was whistling and the bartender yelled at him across the bar to stop whistling... it was really awkward. and to top it off as i was leaving a cop was parked down the street and tried to fade me as soon as i got in my car. he blocked me from leaving but drove off as soon as he saw i wasnt freaking out.he then procedded to creep by the front of the bar (im sure ruining a few buzzes) and drove around only to park on another side street where he could still see the bar. lame.

beer prices were alright
food and service were nothing special
selection was great
reasonable prices

honestly the only redeeming factor was the homebrews. they are the only part of the bar which makes it worth checking out in my opinion.

re reviewed on 8/14/09: had many more better experiences at the bar since the first time. i have learned of a time that is more appropriate for me to be at the bar rather than friday or saturday night. the majority of the times i have gone during the day have been incredible. when the bartenders arent in a rush they are very straight forward and care alot about their patrons. the homebrews have rotated so much and ive enjoyed almost all of them, most recently the sour gose wheat. awesome beers, awesome specials, great place in general. i stand by my statement that on certain nights this place is way tooo packed and a bit too rowdy for my taste.im goin there now.

northaustin, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of derwestone
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

I stopped by this place on a road trip from San Diego to east Texas. I was fortunate to be running late because I showed up ten minutes before they were opening. A group of people were already collecting around the door at this point, and by the time it opened there was a large crowd ready to drink. The tap selection was very large and many beers were new to me. After a couple Texas and Mid-West brews, I enjoyed the house smoked beer, which ended the experience well. The food selection is very limited and the quality is on par with most bar food. The best part was the bar itself though, it was a very cool bar to drink in, and it had a nice garden in the back to enjoy as well.

derwestone, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of Riccymon
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Stopped in for the first time when friends were in town recently. It was Tuesday, $2.75/pint night, and the place was crazy busy. Somehow we snagged a table just inside the door, though. A surprising number of kegs we wanted to try were kicked, but even so, the on-tap selection was hard to beat. Over a few rounds of great locals like 512 Pecan Porter and Live Oak Hefeweizen, plus more exotic selections like Hennepin, Ten FIDY, and more, we had waits in lines that sometimes stretched through the doors and outside. Still, service seemed reasonable. It was pretty noisy, naturally, but we had a good time at a great price. Hope to go back soon.

Riccymon, Feb 10, 2009
Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
95 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.