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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 wagenvolks
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

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 -4.2%

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 -2.8%

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 +0.5%

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 +11.7%

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 +5.1%

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 -1.9%

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 -6.5%

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 -5.8%

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 -43.9%

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