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:
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I use to frequent the Draught House 2 years ago several times a week before moving to north Austin. After really getting into better beer I started going back to the Draught House.
The atmosphere is very laid back and a lot of people hang out in the parking lot which makes for many interesting evenings. The quality and selection of beer on tap is excellent. Some of the best beer in Austin.
If you actually pay attention the service isn't that bad but has the appearance of sucking because you can only order at the bar and have to usually wait in a long line. In reality you are only going to wait 10 minutes where I usually end up waiting 20 minutes for drinks at most bars from waitresses. In the end I am sure this helps keep the price down which are very reasonable.
The food is good despite the minimal selection.
06-24-2008 03:50:24 | More by midaszero
4/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
04-26-2008 20:38:12 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.03/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
03-28-2008 22:54:52 | More by 86sportster883
2.4/5 rDev -43.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
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.
03-07-2008 02:17:56 | More by harpus
4.18/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Been here quite a few times and really enjoy it. Nice mix of people from college kids, to loners reading books at the bar, to middle aged folks and unicycle riders as well. Dark quaint pub feel inside with a great selection of beers and usually about 5 house beers as well which usually are quite good. Some seating outside, but most tend to linger in the parking lot on truck beds, curb, just relaxing with their dogs, their pints and their pitchers. Always thought it was b/c it was packed inside, but its just the way it works here. Very relaxed unassuming atmosphere, and a great place to notch off a few ratings. Food is standard pizza,nacho,quesadilla type stuff and is ok, with huge portions, but nothing to go wild about. Some snacks behind the bar too. Never had a rude bartender in my experience and was a bit surprised to see how many have. A must visit, if in Austin-
02-24-2008 19:07:35 | More by JDV
3.89/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
02-17-2008 01:20:39 | More by BeerBelcher
4/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Nice english style pub with a super selection of draughts. No bottles here. Went on a Saturday night and the crowd was pretty tame, not over flowing by any means. Easy to walk around and cruise the long draught lines. Only complaint that I could see, on the few times when the bar had a line or groups in front of it, its hard to see some of the tap handles. Though they probably have menus or something, I didn't see any. Still debating if I liked how they organized the tap handles, which looked like by styles. Sort of nice, but hard as I'm not used to it (the organization) and was suggesting brews for a group of people. One of the only places I've seen a take your beer outside, even in Austin. The bar staff seemed pretty busy and unpersonable on first visit, sometimes hard to get their attention (even though it wasn't really busy,) would have been more of a concern if I was solo though. if that makes sense. :)
02-11-2008 18:59:35 | More by ballewblake
United Kingdom (England)
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I used to frequent this place when in college. You can't beat the free reuebens and pizza! Their beers were not bad at all. I really enjoyed the atmosphere. I don't recall a place like it since. it really did have the feel of a neighborhood european or british pub. I wish they had something like this where I live now. They have little nooks to sit in that reminded me of being in the UK The only negative I would have is that the place is pretty small. If you live in austin and are looking for a relaxing pub, this is the place to go.
02-10-2008 05:51:22 | More by Squelch
4/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I am a regular patron of this place. I have been for nearly two years. It has become more crowded as of late. Most people there are very friendly. The food is average. Your typical pizza, nachos, and trail mixes. The beer selection is in the top two in austin with ginger man edging it out slightly, however gingerman does not have house brew that is brewed on the spot. Some of the exceptional house brews I have liked were malt ball, northwestern pale ale, hop gold, red planet, double red planet, and marley barley. The bartenders are very knowledgeable and will not pour you a bad beer. They will let you sample any of the beers before buying a pint. The best time to go is on tuesdays or thursday when they have they pint specials. The seating is great. A lot of people bring their dogs and chill outside in the parking lot. They are some toasty heaters by the picnic tables out back that do a pretty good job on those nippy nights. The old english pub style decor is kewl. They have darts and a jukebox.
02-09-2008 03:48:50 | More by BgThang
4.14/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is nice little out of the way place that is very much a British pub themed brewpub. I was there on a Friday night and people actually were tailgating in the parking lot with good beer served in appropriate glassware instead of solo cups. It was a cool vibe to say the least. I was dissappointed to say the least when they told us their kitchen was closed. It was 8:30 on a Friday night! That left us more than a little perturbed so we only stayed for one pint. Good atmosphere and an eclectic crowd added to the place, but the lack of available food was ridiculous. Defintiely worth a stop but I would recommend eating before you go just in case.
11-05-2007 15:09:55 | More by veech
Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
95 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.