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Draught House Pub & Brewery

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

102 Ratings
Ratings: 102
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
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 wolffman17
4.16/5  rDev -3%

The Draught House is an institution in Austin's beer scene. Old UK pub feel. Honestly, it reminds me a lot of Horse Brass in Portland. DH is much smaller, but the layout, old breweriana eye candy, dim lighting, and dark wood all remind me of Horse Brass. Feels like it has been around for a while.

Upon entering, you see the small bar centered in the room. There is not much space from the entryway to the bar where the "order here" line forms, so if busy, the line can easily stretch outside or wind through tables inside. This seems to happen because the actual bar is tiny and only has enough spots for a few people to sit at. Most people are drinking at tables inside or on the large patio outside. Other than the lack of bar spots, I enjoy the beery vibe here. Triple tap towers are lined up along the front of the bar rather than behind the bartender. Glassware is a nonic shaped pint glass (16oz, not 20oz).

Large, American focused draft selection along with several unique house beers. The seasonal Sunshade Gose is a stand out. Three, count 'em, three cask engines available. Numerous locals and relatively difficult beers to find can be found here. Racer X and cask GF Hop Head Read on this most recent visit. Cheap growler fills.

Good service, though for some reason standing in line at a bar feels odd to me. Those getting growlers filled (me) can slow it down easily. Number of bartenders (1 or 2) seems low considering the number of pints being poured. Now open at 1pm on the weekends.

Pub grub and snacky food available on the cheap.

Great hangout. Good place to relax with friends over a few pints.

wolffman17, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of vdread
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%

this is my favorite place to go in Austin for two reasons. number one is the Century Stout, which is, hands down one of the best beers i've ever experienced. the second reason is the tailgating. nothing beats chilling in the back of the truck with some music drinking beer.

the bartender was great, he noticed my BA hoodie and suggested the Red Planet on cask (which was great by the way!). my friend usually gets the Marley's Gnarly Barleywine, which we both think is awesome. aside from the awesome house beers, lots of other of my favorites are usually on tap, like Old Rasputin, (512) Pecan Porter, Live Oak Hefeweizen, Stone IPA, Old Chub.

selection was great. prices were very reasonable. beers were 2.75 the last time i went.

i haven't had a bad experience here, aside from a couple of beer snobs talking shit about my beer choice in the parking lot. i try to make it out there once a week for the house brews.

vdread, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of Onslow
2.93/5  rDev -31.7%

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 +4.9%

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 -5.6%

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 +4.2%

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 -3.3%

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 -5.4%

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 +9.1%

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 -10.3%

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 -2.6%

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 -6.8%

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
Photo of wagenvolks
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%

Swung by the Draught House after a busy Friday; met up with fellow UT grad students and BA screach for a local trade.

Excellent atmosphere to this joint--very rustic, German bier garden feel with dim lighting, big oak tables and chairs, and lots of beer paraphernalia. Outside were lots of people occupying tables, tailgaiting, standing, and generally enjoying the weather and location. The service could use a kick in the pants, though, as there were only TWO bartenders to service the massive crowd...took a good 20 minutes of standing in line to get my first beer!

Selection was impressive, with at least 40+ taps of local and regional brews (plus Stone, Deschutes, Oskar Blues, and more). Check out the list on their website if you don't believe me. PLUS they had 4 of their own "homebrews" on-tap, and the two I sampled were excellent. Although I had a pepperoni calzone (which hit grease-spot), I decided not to rate the food, as it's little more than pub fare. Either way, the Draught House is a cheap place to have more than a few excellent beers. Highly recommended.

wagenvolks, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of AChamberlain
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

My favorite bar in Austin. Why don't I go more? I need to go more. Great atmosphere, in and out. The character is inside. I like to sit inside on warm spring afternoons with the light shining through the two windows. Outside is nice as well. The selection, I feel is the best in Austin. Gingerman may be better, but I hardly go there since it is downtown and pretty expensive. The service can seem a bit prickly at first, that is what I thought when I first moved here. But I have learned to like the bartenders here. Maybe I just had to change my methods of ordering, who knows? The food is nothing to write home about. The free pizza on Wed. is awesome though. Speaking of which, they have great specials every night of the week. Check the website. The prices are reasonable.

The real deal at this bar is their house beers. They change often, which is cool. They are constantly coming up with new brews, just check the list, which is not exhaustive. And they are usually unique and of high quality.

AChamberlain, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of goatgoat
4.16/5  rDev -3%

It has the muted lighting and dark wood of a typical pub, but large tables and open area more light a beer garden. Large and small groups occupied the entire pub, many folks stayed out front for a smoke, and there's apparently a back porch which I did not explore at all.

Their selections of taps cannot be beat, especially in regards to local brews. I had a Live Oak Pilsner and the house winter warmer (Jubel Ale). Both excellent and while their guest tap prices are typical, their house beers are an excellent value.

Service was decent, quick and efficient. There was a long line on Saturday night and the two folks behind the bar kept up with the both the beer and brat line admirably though friendliness did take a backseat to efficiency.

This is classic Austin and I'll be stopping by whenever I'm in town.

goatgoat, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of stephens101
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%

The draughthouse is quite a unique place to say the least, and I don't know what I can add that others haven't already said about it. It's an Austin fixture, being around for 40 years, which is a helluva long time to be purveying good brews in a land which has been ruled by the macros for a long time. Upon pulling up we noticed lots of folks sitting in the parking lot in lawn chairs chatting it up and enjoying the nice weather. At the south side of the building are a bunch of tables for the patrons, and each one had a heating lamp attached to it to stay off the cooler weather in the evenings. Coming out the front door was a line of folks waiting to get to the bar to order. The bar had a nice selection of taps and the bartenders were super-friendly. It had a very welcoming atmosphere. The inside was old-English authentic/pub style and had the kind of character only a place that has been around a while could have. Everything looked well worn and used, not in a bad way, but in a way that you wouldn't want to disturb with remodeling and run the risk of ruining the aesthetic of the place. Had a great selection of brews comparitively speaking. My friends and I enjoyed the Live Oake hefe. Meant to get back here before I left Austin, but was unable to. Next trip I will definitely spend more time at this comfortable, inviting and original place.

stephens101, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of JonathanL7890
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%

Let me start out by saying... THIS IS MY FAVORITE BAR EVER!!!.
The Draughthouse is in a Bavarian Half-timber house in a neighborhood consisting of professional enterprises and residences. The draughthouse just celebrated their 40th anniversary. You can drink inside or go outside to the biergarten or just sit on your truck tailgate in the parking lot and drink.
Now to the beer:
The house beers vary from very good to exceptional. They just seem to get better and better. My favs are the double IPA and espresso stout. If they are on tap make sure to get those.
They always have a very solid tap selection. They have all the Texas locals and have a dozen or so beers on rotation. They usually have a cask of their house beer available.
The prices are very reasonable. Most pints are less than $5 and they have frequent specials.
Food:
The food is a step up from typical bar food. They have a limited menu of pizza, calzone, nachos, but they give you huge portions and put generous amounts of jalapenos on. Saturday nights they have free bratwurst which is very good.

I'm really surprised that this is never on the Top 50 Bars lists. That's ok by me -- keeps the hype down.
Let me finish by saying: If you are near Austin and like to drink good beer you must stop here! It's well worth it.

JonathanL7890, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

I met up with 'man about town' BGThang, major film producer HopsLeroy, and their BA crew on a recent trip to Austin. A pretty easy place to find via MapQuest, so hunt this place down if you haven't been or are visiting the area.

An impressive array of tap handles greet you upon approaching the bar area. The tables are made from *huge* slices of Live Oak tree trunks. Lots of dark wood decor inside, inviting and comfortable. I felt obligated to start with the Live Oak hefe. Most delicious and short-lived.

We moved out back to the beer garden for to sample some tasty bottles. That scene is all good provided you're 1) with someone, a regular, who drinks there, 2) not bringing beer they sell on-premises, 3) drinking/buying beer they sell on premises, and 4) behaving yourself. Constance does not miss a beat and I doubt Josh does either, though he regrettably was unable to hang with us on this night.

I was so impressed by their tap list, I didn't think to ask about their bottle selection. Some they brew, most they don't. You're bound to find something to enjoy.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of midaszero
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

I use to frequent the Draught House 2 years ago several times a week before moving to north Austin. After really getting into better beer I started going back to the Draught House.

The atmosphere is very laid back and a lot of people hang out in the parking lot which makes for many interesting evenings. The quality and selection of beer on tap is excellent. Some of the best beer in Austin.

If you actually pay attention the service isn't that bad but has the appearance of sucking because you can only order at the bar and have to usually wait in a long line. In reality you are only going to wait 10 minutes where I usually end up waiting 20 minutes for drinks at most bars from waitresses. In the end I am sure this helps keep the price down which are very reasonable.

The food is good despite the minimal selection.

midaszero, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev -6.8%

The rather authentic feeling of this English themed tavern brought me back to the pubs I visited on a trip to Tintagel a few years back to hike the Cornwall coast and visit King Arthur's castle. The exterior is Tudor style half-timber with a large beer garden and a small parking lot that rapidly filled with tailgaters after I arrived.

This was odd since the large biergarten wasn't even full yet. People seemed to prefer a lawn chair in the parking lot to a picnic table in the biergarten. It was odd but only added to the character of the place.

The interior was dark both in lighting and in wood. Tables and chairs contained carvings of the names of those who had visited earlier. My table already had my name, my initials, and my nickname carved into it so I didn't feel a need to whip out a knife.

A long bar stands opposite the doorway and proudly boasts a few dozen taps. 4 home brews, a few local brews from Independence, Live Oak, and Real Ale, and numerous high quality Belgians, imports, and craft brews were available. I settled on a Live Oak Hefe followed by the house porter on cask.

Service was great but ordering was odd. I had to wait in a polite, orderly line. It didn't make any sense. Nobody went up to the bar to order. Everyone just patiently waited in a single file line. I've never seen anything like it.

Food options were minimal and I did not partake.

Overall I really enjoy the Draught House. It seemed to serve an older, eclectic crowd that I could really dig. Like the atmosphere a ton and the beer selection is great, especially for this state.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of 86sportster883
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%

The Draught House Pub is a funky little place that is as good as it is unique. When I arrived in the early evening, on what was a beautiful late March day, there was a line out the door waiting to be served. This was at first, discouraging, but the line did move quickly and its length varied with the ebb and flow of the thirsty.

Once in the door, you'll find the bar directly in front of you, and wooden tables and chairs to either the right or left. I ordered a Duchess (served in its proper glassware) and sat at the bar behind a long line of tap handles, like a picket fence separating me from the bartenders. Behind the bar were even more taps, about 65 or so in total. Since it was a nice day, I headed out to the bier garden, but found it too smoky and sunny, so I wound up sitting in the shade on a bench by the front door. As you might expect, the atmosphere was very casual and there were folks of all ages that arrived in groups, alone, on their bicycles, or with their dogs.

I got back on line for a Mothership Wit, served with a lemon that I quickly ditched. Back inside, the small, dark wooden interior the Draught House offers free Wi-Fi and there were a few folks sitting about with laptops alongside their beers. There was limited pub grub available, and what I saw of it, didn't look too appetizing (pizza, nachos, chips & salsa, quesadilla). There were no TVs but there was a digital jukebox. Unfortunately, few songs were played since the volume was turned way down and was barely audible from anywhere except if you stood directly in front of a speaker.

The Draught House Pub & Brewery offered five of there own brews that included a Red, Brown, Blond, Pale and English Ale. I tried none of them since the guest beer selection was so enticing. In addition to several draft offerings from local TX brewers like St. Arnold, Independence, Live Oak and Real Ale, the DHB&P had a very nice selection of American micros (Avery, Anchor, Bear Republic, Dogfish Head, New Belgium, North Coast, Stone, Victory and others) and a good representation of UK, German and Belgian brews. As far as I could tell, they did not offer bottled beers.

86sportster883, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of harpus
2.4/5  rDev -44.1%

I stopped by this place one night while I was in Austin. The parking lot was full of cars and people were standing in the parking lot drinking pints of beer. I was thinking to my self this place looks pretty good. I walk in and they ahve a good selection of beers on tap. I went to try the beers that they made. They do not offer a sampler of the beers that they make. They will let oyu try the beers, but want you to buy a oint. I tried three and pick the best of the three evils. I felt bad if I did not purchase a beer. The pint I bought was bad enough that I drank about half of it and left. I would not suggest going to this place to try the beers that they make, but to get the other beers that they offer on tap.

harpus, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of JDV
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%

Been here quite a few times and really enjoy it. Nice mix of people from college kids, to loners reading books at the bar, to middle aged folks and unicycle riders as well. Dark quaint pub feel inside with a great selection of beers and usually about 5 house beers as well which usually are quite good. Some seating outside, but most tend to linger in the parking lot on truck beds, curb, just relaxing with their dogs, their pints and their pitchers. Always thought it was b/c it was packed inside, but its just the way it works here. Very relaxed unassuming atmosphere, and a great place to notch off a few ratings. Food is standard pizza,nacho,quesadilla type stuff and is ok, with huge portions, but nothing to go wild about. Some snacks behind the bar too. Never had a rude bartender in my experience and was a bit surprised to see how many have. A must visit, if in Austin-

JDV, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%

I visited Draught House with a friend of mine who is an Austin resident during my last visit to Austin on a Tuesday night. I really enjoyed it; it doesn't have the more cosmopolitan feel of the Gingerman downtown, but it does have a wide selection, a local feel, and provides a very pleasant experience.

Selection is wide, and there's a number of locally brewed beers. The bar's a bit strange in that you seem to order from one spot at the beer and a long line forms in front of it which is more orderly and more fair than the normal bar mob scene (waving money at the bartender and trying to get his attention).

Decor is simple, but the crowd seemed earnestly interested in the bar and the selection. A good beer place that is beloved by its clientèle. I'd recommend.

BeerBelcher, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of ballewblake
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Nice english style pub with a super selection of draughts. No bottles here. Went on a Saturday night and the crowd was pretty tame, not over flowing by any means. Easy to walk around and cruise the long draught lines. Only complaint that I could see, on the few times when the bar had a line or groups in front of it, its hard to see some of the tap handles. Though they probably have menus or something, I didn't see any. Still debating if I liked how they organized the tap handles, which looked like by styles. Sort of nice, but hard as I'm not used to it (the organization) and was suggesting brews for a group of people. One of the only places I've seen a take your beer outside, even in Austin. The bar staff seemed pretty busy and unpersonable on first visit, sometimes hard to get their attention (even though it wasn't really busy,) would have been more of a concern if I was solo though. if that makes sense. :)

ballewblake, Feb 11, 2008
Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
95 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.