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Draught House Pub & Brewery

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Draught House Pub & BreweryDraught House Pub & Brewery
BEER AVG
3.92/5
Based on:
32 Beers
112 Ratings
Place Score: 96
Ratings: 103
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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 midaszero
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of 86sportster883
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of harpus
2.4/5  rDev -44.2%
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.

Photo of JDV
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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-

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of ballewblake
4/5  rDev -7%
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. :)

Photo of Squelch
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of BgThang
4/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of veech
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of JJFlash
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Spent most of 10/19 at the Draught House. This is my #1 pick while in Austin - Ginger Man would rate as #2. St Bernardus Alt 12 on tap and served in proper glassware. Abbey des Rocs Grand Cru also in appropriate glass. A reasonable pizza helped temper the beer. Definite british pub atmosphere to the place. I could spent all day drinking St Bernardus 12 in this cozy place - and come to think of it that is exactly what we did. Never did work our way over to the beer brewed on premises. Definitely recommended while in Austin.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I really love this place. It is far away from downtown, so you don't have to deal with a touristy crowd. The crowd that drinks here are all really nice people. The beer selection is fantastic - it doesn't tout the sheer number of beers on tap as the Gingerman, but it is hard to complain at 60+. The atmosphere is great. It has great indoor and outdoor seating, and you can tailgate in the parking lot. The bartenders speak their minds and are not afraid to steer you away from a beer that they may feel is subpar. Everything is reasonably priced - I have never paid more than $4.75 for a beer, even for the most expensive beer they have. If you go, search out brewer and manager, Josh Wilson. He is a really cool dude and really knows his stuff. This is hands-down my favorite bar in Austin.

Photo of chadspivey
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This bar is a gem in Austin. Tucked away a couple miles from downtown, It avoids a lot of the tourists and fratboys. People sit out in the parking lot and tailgate and drink. I don't know how it's legal, but there's a lot of people who do it. The selection is awesome, over 60 beers on tap, including some rare ones. The bartenders are cool and treat you with courtesy and respect. The food is pretty good, considering it's a bar. All sorts of beer decor on the walls and the dim lighting makes is very cozy. The prices high, but are not outlandish, which is usually what you get when you're dealing with this kind of selection.

Photo of nickl
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

First of all i need to start by saying that this is my "bar". Not that i own it, but when i refer to the bar i am talking about the Draught House.

The atmosphere is fantastic. It is secluded and away from busy streets. It has indoor and outdoor seating. It has a huge wooden bar and all the indoor furniture is wood. Living in Austin, the best part of this bar is there is no live music. A lot of other bars make the mistake of having local artist preform at there bar, but if you go to the Draught House you are guaranteed no live music.

They have a lot of outdoor seating, they also have a long "bar" outside that you can stand up next to and rest your drink on. You can also bring your own seating if you desire or sit on the back of a pickup truck.

The quality of the beer is great. It is always as fresh as it should be. I have yet to have a beer that has bad lines.

The Home brews (House Brews) have a large range of styles. A year ago most of the beers seemed to be more belgium based, i think that perhaps they were using the same yeast. Recently, their selection has widened, and they almost always have a strong House Beer available.

Besides house beers they have a huge selection of commercial beers on draught. I don't know the exact number but the range of 70. Tons of styles ranging from Double IPAs to Lambics. you will always be able to find something.

The bar tenders there are great and will let you know what is up with a beer or will give you a sample.

When you go to the Draught house always bee prepared for a line out the door. The line is nice though because it is a "line". Its not like a lot of bars that have a "plane" where if your not standing in the right place you may not get served before the dudes that pushed themselves to the front. The line will go quickly.

The Draught house does have food. I don't eat there too much so i don't have much to say. They have some great spicy assorted nuts but they will ruin your palette and they don't go with hoppy beers.

The price for the beers are reasonable. $4 for most beers, a few are $4.75. They have specials all they time if your ballin' on a budget. Tuesdays almost every beer is $2.75, thursday is $2.25 House beer night. (check the website)

I hope this didn't read like a commercial. But if you are in Austin or are going to Austin and you made it all the way through this review, you should go.

Photo of MEsquandoles
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Place is hidden among commercial offices, not visible from main roads--part of its appeal. Also, a great outside area.
Selection is almost as good as the GingerMan downtown, 75 to 80 drafts, but cheaper. Usually have 3 or 4 IPA's, a rotating Great Divide tap (Yeti or Hercules!), 3 or 4 from Live Oak, 3 from Real Ale; pretty much every style is represented, including some lighter stuff like Shiner Light, a lambic, ciders, wine, and lots of wheat beers (stuff for chicks to drink who aren't really into beer).
It has great specials for every day of the week (check the website), but even if you get something not on special, it's still very reasonably priced for a bar, especially for what they offer.
They had 2 dart boards and a fun selection of board games. While they have some benches and patio tables outside, a unique aspect is that you can also drink in their parking lot. I recommend taking a padded picnic-type blanket or fold out chairs so you can enjoy your brew outside.
They change up their homebrews week-to-week, always offering new brews and a variety of styles, about 7 different at a time. I recommend going with a group on Thursdays ($2.25 for a 20oz. glass!) to sample them all. They generally do about 1/3 or 1/2 that mimic a particular beer or style, and try new things with the rest. Some I have liked, some seem to have something a little off.
I highly recommend the Draught House, and the name is highly indicative of the place because it looks like an old Europen house or pub, and the most important thing is their draft beers. Check out their website, but note that the draft selection listed their, excluding the homebrews on the entry page, is not kept up to date.
While it's not advertised, they do let you do beer to go if you bring your own container.
My favorite place to get a beer (or few) in Austin!

Photo of jasonguit
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I liked this place.

There is sort of an ad-hoc tailgate seen in the parking lot due to the Austin Smoking ban. You can take your brew (in their glasses no less) out to the parking lot, open a folding chair if you have it, and drink your beer. I don't smoke myself anymore, but it was kind of a neat eccentricity.

Service was friendly and the beer they had was great. They had St. Bard 12 and Maredsous 8 on tap, which I have never had the pleasure of drinking that way before. Unfortunately, these big Belgians jumped on me before I could really sample their house brews. I did have a sip of the house Dunkelweiz and Porter, both of which were tasty. I plan on exploring there home creations further next trip.

The atmosphere was nice, though there was a beer snob element to some of people. My roommate was corrected for pronouncing Duvel with a bit of a southern twang for instance (by a drunk in the parking lot though, not the staff). It was comfortable enough though, nice pub feel. I prefer Lovejoy's atmosphere a little bit more I guess, but the Draft House makes up for it in selection. You can chalk a lot of they difference in clientel to location in the two places I'm sure.

I'll be back up there I am sure. A good alternative to the downtown bar scene here is a nice thing to have.

Photo of allengarvin
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

First time there was the friday night Texas BA gathering, 2006. I don't know if this was here when I lived in Austin in the 80s... it's got a feeling of age, but I never went to it back then. Lots of old dark wood: chairs and benches that are none-too-comfortable yet still just perfect for the decor. A lot of people sat outside on truck tail-gates or just hung around in the parking lot. Not much parking, unfortunately. As for service, there really wasn't any, except at the bar. No waitstaff taking orders. You have to stand in line to get anything. However, the line moved pretty quickly and they were quick to pour. Fabulous selection of beers, with about 6 locally-made beers, which they call "Homebrews": an accurate description. I tried several, and all were quirky, not very attentitive to proper style (an extremely hoppy edelweiss wheat, a very clovy/medicinal hefeweizen, a pale ale that was so resinously hoppy it smelled like pine-sol). On the other hand, last year at the craft brewer's festival, I had some excellent Belgian-style beers they brought along. I hear they rarely brew the same exact recipe twice. The commercial beers I had were fresh and tasty. All were priced reasonable.

It really suffers on food, though. There's a short list of food items the kitchen prepares (nachos, a pizza), but the kitchen closes very early. At around 8:30, we got a bowl of Goldfish crackers ("the snack the smiles back").

An interesting place to drop by: I recommend eating elsewhere before going, though.

Photo of BAbaracus
4.13/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Now THIS is how a pub should be. This place is underneath a dentist’s office in a mostly residential area of Austin, but it’s located in a converted old house that’s absolutely perfect for a British style pub. A lot of people complain about the crowding as it is a very small area, but it’s set up to encourage mingling, most of the tables being huge and the crowds on any given night ensuring that you’ll have at least a few strangers sitting at your table. Also, the staff doesn’t seem to care too much if you bring your glassware outside, so no matter how crowded the interior gets there’s always the great outdoors. The Draught House is one of the few places in town that not only brews it’s own beers but has a good selection of micro/imports on tap as well. They boast about 75 taps, with about 4 being used for the house brews. The house brews rotate out, meaning there’s something new every week, and it’s the only brewpub in Austin that comes close to matching the Bitter End in terms of adventurous concoctions. The only real downside to the place is the staff - the place is small enough that they don’t bother with waitresses, and often there is only one person behind the bar trying to take care of an endless line of patrons looking for a refill. Still, this is an out-of-the-way must for all beer fiends visiting Austin.

Photo of dauss
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Its like a british pub in england was magically transported to Ausin. Very fine details. Very nice english decor on the inside and out with lots of brewnernia. It was a weird scene when we got there though, there weren't many people sitting inside, but there are some benches and tables, but there were also a lot of people who had brought lawn chairs just sitting around in the parking lot and talking.

Inside were a plethora of taps and a blackboard with a list of beers over the bar. I had left before 1am and there were a lot of beers that were out. The staff provides good and fast service, provided that you tell them what you want. If you don't know what you want, they just walk away until you decide. They don't try hard enough to help you make a selection, though they are knowledgable about the beers.

Overall, all the beers were good and fresh. Its a nice little spot with a lot of draught beers. I would definitely come back.

3/30/2006 update: I was in town and decided to stop there for a beer. It was a thursday night and pretty crowded. I saw that they had Live Oak Hefeweizen on tap and ordered it because I haven't had it in a while. I told the bartender "no fruit", and he repeated "no fruit" so he did hear me. I guess by force of habit he put a slice of lemon in the glass anyways. By then I had the "what the hell?!?" look on my face. He took out the lemon, dumped the glass, got me a fresh glass, and poured me another one. That was awesome.

Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Had some beers in the Draught House with Pegasus last night, and a good time was had by all. The décor is English Pub with wood paneling and beer signage and stuff everywhere. As has been said, they serve some of their homebrewed beer (looks like a small operation) but that’s just 4 taps out of close to 80 or so offerings. The other beers they have are impressive in scope. We had Rogue I2PA, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Salvator, and their own Orange Cream Ale. Staff was nice enough to split most of our beers into 3 glasses so we all could sample multiple beers. They were giving out free brats, but I didn’t include this in the food ranking because they aren’t always served, think just Saturday nights. Quality was good and selection was impressive. As has been noted, it’s a bit of a hunt to find the place, but worth it. Check it out!

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

The only bad thing I can think of to say about the Draught House is its location, tucked away in a difficult-to-find medical and residential district, miles away from other Austin social scenes.

Great pub atmosphere and decor with walls lined with brewerania, brewery signage and an old coaster collection. Lots of well-worn wood, a little compact but people have no trouble spilling out into the parking lot with folding chairs, almost in tailgating fashion. No bar-space to speak of and no table service, either.

But the selection is well worth the trip. This establishment falls into a sorta hybrid category of Beer Bar / Brewpub, with around 80 taps lined up at the bar and 3 or 4 in-house rotating brews offered, 2 or 3 casks also. (They brought six house brews to the festival the next day, so they seem to have a good selection, range and quality.) No bottles or food that I saw.

A bit noisier and active than a traditional British pub but very well done.

Photo of PCaravan
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

I decided to go here based on the selection. I'd seen reviews that indicated that they had a great selection of beers from all over but that their house brews were only OK. The first beer I had was a Pilsner Uquell on draft. It was the first time I've seen Pilsner Urquell on draft so I had to try it. It was it's typical self but I didn't notice the usual peppery saaz so much. I then tried the house Double IPA. Wow, that was great. I was told it was both double alcohol and double hops (they limit you to 2 pints on this one) and it came out more like a very intense IPA with the kind of hop/malt balance a Pale Ale might have. The aroma hops is what really got me. I couldn't quite place it but it might have been an offshoot of Cascade but not the original Cascade. It had the citrusy Cascade quality but a very distinct mintyness that I haven't experienced before. Worth a try for anyone. The next beer I tried was a Palauner Salvator. I was a little disapointed but this had nothing to do with the establishment as they had so many to chose from and I'd never seen this one anywhere... on tap or in the bottle. The food was a little disapointing. Mostly just your appetizer/gameday type food and not a good selection.

Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I had my first chance to visit this excellent pub and am looking forward to coming back. The selection was overwhelming; I had 2 European Imports I had never tasted before, and there were at least a dozen more, including German, English, and several Belgians as well. The layout and clientele had much to offer. This pub is known for it's daily specials, discount pints, free brauts, free pizza etc. Unique feature is the parking lot cafe, bring your own chair and a brew from inside. The house beers were discounted, but I'm told they are only average(Objection-Heresay-Sustained). I'll check them out next visit, if I can get past the untasted imports.

Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
96 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.