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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 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 Onslow
2.93/5  rDev -31.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

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..

Photo of champ103
3.64/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of mbs
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

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.

Highly recommended.

Photo of mltobin
3.74/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of Nightwish1094
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of jhimstedt
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

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.

Photo of northaustin
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
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
reasonable prices

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.

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 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 max316
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Draught House is one of the most popular drinking places in town and has been around for years. Austin has so many great places opening up all the time, but I have consistently come back here. I think the selection they carry coupled with the atmosphere is what makes it such a great place. Inside is all dark wood like an english pub, long wooden bar filled with taps, and booths and tables. Outside is one of my favorite patio/beer gardens. They have their own in-house brews that are of great quality, and usually a food truck out back. This is a great place to go drink with or without friends as everyone is very friendly and open.

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.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -7%

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 CraigTravor
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of jamescain
4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Honestly this is my favorite place to grab a beer in Austin. They may not have the most taps in the city, but they usually have a great selection of diverse and occasionally rare/ one-off beers. Most of their beers are very moderately priced, they just don't update their website enough and it can be hard to tell what they offer without looking through all of the tap handles. The service can sometimes be lacking, just depending on who is servicing you. When they are busy the bartenders, prefer to serve and not chat, which some people find rude, I have no problem with this. I've never had their food, and I'm not sure if I've ever seen it, other then the one time I saw them making brats for their free brat day on Saturday. The atmosphere is that of an old English pub and seating can be hard to find on busy nights so most people will bring their own chairs. They have outdoor seating available as well. Like I said this is my favorite place to visit, probably because I'm from Austin, I'm biased towards Austin originals such as the Draught House.

Photo of cfrobrew
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -7%

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 Riccymon
4/5  rDev -7%
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.

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 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 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 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.

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