Draught House Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 39
Beer Ratings: 117
Beer Avg: 3.94
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 93 | Reviews: 63 | Display Reviews Only:
4.68/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
I've been a regular for years and have to say this is hands down the best beer bar in Austin.
While the inside of the bar is a bit cramped and can be loud the outside is where it's at. Sitting in the beer garden works especially for a big group, tail gating the parking lot is an Austin tradition, but my favorite place is on the bench by the front door, great people watching.
The atmosphere is wonderfully mellow, plenty of folks talking and having fun, but people are old Austin laid back.
Looking for a super mellow evening, no body is going to get in your business, I often go here and read a book.
But if you want to meet some new folks, people here are friendly and approachable, seating can be tight and I often share a table and get to know some new beer friends.
The servers are friendly and efficient, willing to chat about beer when it's slow and keeping the line moving on the weekends.
They have a good rotation of daily specials including cheep beer nights and free food.
Speaking of food the selection here is not the greatest, minimal pub fair if you need to eat, but honestly I rarely eat at pubs.
I could always ask for more taps but this place has a good variety and seeks out hard to find beer and casks ales.
The beer they brew here has improved over the years, they still miss every once in a while but it's worth it for the creative risks they are willing to take.
The few people I've seen have a bad time at this place should've been down on 6th street jello shot bar hopping, the bar tenders here like things on the laid back side and will send you on the way to keep it that way.
09-15-2009 03:18:41 | More by peterjk
3.85/5 rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
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
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.
04-16-2009 01:23:52 | More by northaustin
4.18/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped by this place on a road trip from San Diego to east Texas. I was fortunate to be running late because I showed up ten minutes before they were opening. A group of people were already collecting around the door at this point, and by the time it opened there was a large crowd ready to drink. The tap selection was very large and many beers were new to me. After a couple Texas and Mid-West brews, I enjoyed the house smoked beer, which ended the experience well. The food selection is very limited and the quality is on par with most bar food. The best part was the bar itself though, it was a very cool bar to drink in, and it had a nice garden in the back to enjoy as well.
03-04-2009 20:35:46 | More by derwestone
4/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
02-10-2009 03:25:34 | More by Riccymon
4.22/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
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.
01-24-2009 06:52:41 | More by wagenvolks
4.1/5 rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
My favorite bar in Austin. Why don't I go more? I need to go more. Great atmosphere, in and out. The character is inside. I like to sit inside on warm spring afternoons with the light shining through the two windows. Outside is nice as well. The selection, I feel is the best in Austin. Gingerman may be better, but I hardly go there since it is downtown and pretty expensive. The service can seem a bit prickly at first, that is what I thought when I first moved here. But I have learned to like the bartenders here. Maybe I just had to change my methods of ordering, who knows? The food is nothing to write home about. The free pizza on Wed. is awesome though. Speaking of which, they have great specials every night of the week. Check the website. The prices are reasonable.
The real deal at this bar is their house beers. They change often, which is cool. They are constantly coming up with new brews, just check the list, which is not exhaustive. And they are usually unique and of high quality.
01-23-2009 03:44:22 | More by AChamberlain
4.16/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
01-20-2009 17:10:20 | More by goatgoat
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
11-25-2008 03:25:28 | More by stephens101
4.78/5 rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 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.
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.
10-28-2008 17:06:40 | More by JonathanL7890
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
07-29-2008 18:22:57 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
95 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.