Taps: 26 / Bottles: 26
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Nutleybeer:
3.48/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here for a late lunch after finding out the Draught House didn't open on weekdays until 5pm.
It was a big breezy, but we found a spot outback in the sun. Outside is nothing fancy, picnic table seating. There is a stage which makes me think it would have been cool to visit at night with some music playing.
I peaked inside. Okay atmosphere, but it had a real strong smokey smell from the BBQ. If we sat inside, I think the scent would have lingered on us all day long.
The beer menu was decent, but not great. Thankfully, they did have some locals micros from Live Oak and Real Ale, as well as Shiner. I had a Live Oak Big Bark.
The food was good. You don't get too much, though, at least not for lunch. I had a smoked turkey and got 4 medium sized slices. The sides of slaw and German potato salad were really good.
Overall, okay place. Not necessarily worth seeking out, but if you end up there like us, it is fine. The waitress was good early on, but then disappeared inside as we and other patrons were looking for our checks.
02-28-2009 14:23:45 | More by Nutleybeer
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3.93/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Scholz has a special place in my heart as I enjoy barbecue and I like good beer, this place has both. The german potato salad, peach cobbler and nice atmosphere are bonus points. I usually sit in the front room, the bar is there the booths are comfy and I like all the history on the wall. The staff is nice and usually attentive the beer selection is nice(around 10 taps of good stuff) it's pretty much what I want in a bar as far the atmosphere and food go. I wish they had a little more craft and a little less bmc but that's ok. The food is great and not to pricey and the German potato salad is second to none.
Overall this is a solid place to go to if you want a good beer and and some good barbecue.
11-26-2010 01:56:27 | More by Fenris244
3.7/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5 | $$
Right in the shadow of UT, it has been in operation since 1866 and is the oldest business in Texas. The light brick building had an arched awning above the doorway which opened onto a sea of standard restaurant tables and chairs with the lavs (Damen and Herren) on the left. The long, dark wood bar was right with an elaborate carved antique wood and mirrored back bar. Our CS host recommended that we eat here and the beef brisket put me in mind of a late 1980's Bud Light commercial. Speaking of which, entering, the aroma put me in mind of Jimmy John's Sandwiches. More seating down a flight of stairs, aft. Extensive back patio with picnic seating. Private party room to left.
Beers: 20 taps, 10 decent. 24 bottles, but overloaded on BMC.
12-21-2009 21:59:15 | More by woodychandler
3.14/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
From what I've read, other reviewers see the big selling points of Scholz Garten are its history and decor/ambiance. The history angle appealed to me and seemed very authentic (from the story on the back of the menu), but the ambiance of the place didn't too much for me. It was too bright, didn't seem quite "German" enough (at least compared to places like Karl Strauss and Old German Beer Hall in Milwaukee, and the reviews I'd read describing this place as a traditional beer garden seemed a bit off to me. I got more of a fun-pizza-place-for-the-whole-family-that-serves-beer kind of vibe off the place. Nonetheless, I enjoyed my visit to the place.
There was a political group in the bar when I visited on a Thursday night, watching a PBS debate of non-candidates and cheering as they spoke. Odd behavior for a bar to my mind. They were really the only other people in the place, which was largely empty.
I will add that I didn't eat there (the kitchen closes at 9pm!) but the menu looked quite solid. There were a dozen or so taps, none were too exciting, although I did have a Live Oak vienna I enjoyed. There were some nice choices in bottles though. The place doesn't provide a beer-savy feeling.
09-30-2007 02:10:29 | More by BeerBelcher
3.33/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Kalt Bier Und Gut Bratwurst!
I wandered into Scholz Garten on a Saturday afternoon around 4 pm to find the place dead. Green Mesquite BBQ permeated the air. There was no music playing, and there were only 5 people in the bar including myself. OK, I wasn't expecting a big group of people to be there, but my bartender kept retreating to a table in the center of the main bar area to brush up on her studies as she had little to do. And that's alright except that she never brought me the fries I'd ordered until I was ready to leave about 45 minutes later. I ate them as I had to, because I was starving! After a run down to 6th street I stopped back and found it much more happening, although I fear it was starting to turn into 'college town' and that time, and I caught it right at the cusp of becoming overly crowded with young lunk heads. However, I can say that I found a few families and older (30's-40's) people outside. It's very kid friendly out there, and there was also a sign that read "Good Dogs On The Patio Leashed Only". There was no band or anything at the time, but it seemed like a great outdoor space. There's a bandstand, bathrooms easily accessible, heaters for when it's cold, and fans for when it's hot, but overall I thought it was kind of small.
Back to the main room, the main bar has a beautiful wooden back bar, which is probably the original. (It's marred by two huge flat screen TV's to either side, but they appear to be catering to the college crowd, and having games on TV would be a necessity). This place has a great history, and I was very entertained just reading about it. I liked the paintings of the "herren" and "damen" on the doors to the bathrooms!
The beer selection was good but not great. There are much better places to find beer, but the history of this bar kind of overshadows that.
I had fries on my first visit, and a stuffed baked potato on my second. The food was good, but not outstanding - exactly what you'd expect though. Appetizers are in the $4.25 to $12.50 range for 18 Mesquite wings. Nachos, Potato Skins, Fries, and Okra fall in between.
The kids menu is $4, which I like.
Garten Burgers are not the vegetarian garden burgers, but real beef and run $6.20 for a basic cheesburger to $8.20 for a double meat.
The BBQ smells goood, and includes four different meat plates for $10.29.
Specialties include a rocking Jambalaya (an elderly black woman told me so!) for $4.99 / $6.99.
German fare, is of course, required, and apparently well done. There are three types of schnitzel and a brat plate for $7.50 - $8.50.
And then there's the Bakers... baked potatoes with stuffing! They run $5 or $6.50, but try them stuffed with grilled, chicken, smoked turkey, chopped beef or Jambalaya.... they're almost a meal in themselves!
If you've got time, I'd say it's worth a visit. But if you're only looking for beer hit The Gingerman to be sure!
06-03-2007 15:00:04 | More by NeroFiddled
Scholz Garten in Austin, TX
85 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.