Draught House Pub & Brewery
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2.4/5 rDev -43.5%
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
2.93/5 rDev -31.1%
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..
03-25-2010 13:50:16 | More by Onslow
3.64/5 rDev -14.4%
I have mixed feeling about this place. On one hand, excellent house made beers, and high quality crafts. Though on the other, nothing flows right here. The bar is directly in front of the entrance, and seats about 10. Though there really is no point in sitting there. You will not get served at all. All the tap handle towers basically make a barrier between you and the bartenders. Everyone has to congregate and make a line in the middle of the bar area. Which takes a long time to get anything. The line is always out the door. Wood tables and booths are scattered about inside. Which gives it a a worn in old pub feel. There is an area outside, but all metal yard tables that gives it a cheep kind of feeling.
The servers do know the beer to a T, but like I said above it all takes forever. Even on a slow early afternoon.
They always have a handful of their own beers which are good. The Wilson ESB on cask was one of the best American version I have had. Lots of Texas micros and other US micros
Overall, I like the place. I am just not going to spend all day here, like I could with the Gingerman or Uncle Billy's.
01-29-2011 03:21:42 | More by champ103
3.73/5 rDev -12.2%
My favorite bar in Austin. Great selection of beer, surly bartenders, amazing home brews, awesomely varied clientele -- a true cross section of Austin. You will find yourself getting into some awesome conversations if you hang around here long enough. You can drink in the parking lot; I heard they got some special zoning so it's fully legal.
I usually drink only the homebrews here because they are often superior to even the european imported fancy schmancy stuff. Wednesday is free glass day (a slightly more expensive pint nets you an interesting glass). Tuesday/thursday will have 2.75 pints. Saturdays you can get a free excellent bratwurst.
Interior is styled after a british pub -- dark and dusty and grungy. Huge rough heavily-carved and lacquered tables. Toilets are horrifying. Food (other than the Saturday brats) is not great but not really necessary. Lately some weird taco cart has been coming around with some tastier grub but it's overpriced.
05-15-2012 03:57:08 | More by mbs
3.74/5 rDev -12%
Located near some hospitals and other medical facilities, northwest of center city is Draught House. It was the only spot that I ended up taking a cab to get to while in Austin a few weeks ago. Although it was fairly early in the evening on a Thursday, a line out the door was already formed. This as other reviewers have noted, is the line to order a beer...kinda strange. Although the bar itself is not very long, a couple other employees could be hired. It would be likely to help their bottom line as a business.
Anyhow, their beer was nice, a couple IPAs were my selections. The quality of the beer was better than a lot of other tiny brewpubs in the USA. And if you want to try something else, say Live Oak, Bear Republic or Stone, they have a great selection of "guest taps". If you find yourself in Austin this is worth checking out, just be prepared for their infamous beer line and the locals, who essentially tail-gate in the parking lot.
07-09-2011 01:45:19 | More by mltobin
3.83/5 rDev -9.9%
The inside is quite dark with a lot of wood and not much room. Not sure who really goes to the Draughthouse and sits inside, but apparently some do. I've always sat outside, which is less cozy than inside but wide open with metal picnic tables, often shared by folks who did not come together.
Great selection of beers always. The house beers are always good and the taps are always full of great american craft beer. I almost always leave wishing i had more time/money/liver to have one or two more of something I didn't get around to.
The staff is ok, but don't expect hugs or warm greetings. They are there and they do their job which is to pour us great beer.
Food is the biggest downfall. Some nachos and a few other snack-type offerings but no real menu to speak of.
Overall, probably my favorite bar ever just based on the amazing selection and house beers.
05-26-2011 21:43:09 | More by jhimstedt
3.85/5 rDev -9.4%
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
Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
94 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.