Billy's on Burnet

Bar, Eatery

2105 Hancock Dr
Austin, Texas, 78756-2506
United States

(512) 407-9305 | map

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ret3 from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I'm here with my Geeks Who Drink team most Wednesdays nights. The beer selection is excellent, especially given the size of the place. They always have local favorites, and even coming once a week, I've never been without something new to try.The food is quite good all around, even the numerous vegetarian offerings, although not exciting; it is a bar, after all, and one without gastropub pretensions. I will vouch, though, as a lifelong Texan and an Austinite for almost two decades, that their ground beef chili is among the best of its kind in town.

Sep 30, 2015
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JamLand from District of Columbia

3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

A - Good neighborhood bar.

S - Always solid, but nothing special.

S - Good selection for the size of the bar. You will always be able to find some of the better local stuff here.

F - Food ranges from average to very good. It's neighborhood bar, don't get too adventurous. If you want a good burger you could do a lot worse.

I wouldn't go out of your way for the place, but if you're in the area, you can get a very reasonable pint and a good burger for not a lot of money. You could do a lot worse than Billy's.

Sep 08, 2013
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LittleDon from Texas

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Summary: Old Austin feel in a mid town beer bar/eatery. The effort is there, but the experience may be hit or miss.

OK. So it was my third choice of places to have a mid town lunch meeting. The biggest problem is the parking. I got there about 1 pm on a Friday only to find the minuscule parking lot full, with the exception of one spot. If that weren't the case, you'd be SOL, since I don't think you'd find a spot withing a quarter mile. Old time beer bar feel, reminded me of Austin in the early 80's. Nice selection, although the bartender seemed a bit unsure of what they had (two or three items on the board were unavailable). What was left was reasonable, lots of locals and Central Texas brews with a few outsiders. Beer was fresh. Service was less fresh. Had to order from the counter and it took 20 minutes to produce a burger and catfish on a not so crowded afternoon. Worth going back? If I'm in the area, yes, but not worth going out of my way for.

Apr 08, 2011
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vdread from Texas

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

i made the mistake of going to Billy's on trivia night, so the place was packed. the bartender was friendly, though, and got to my order as soon as he could. they had about 15-20 beers on tap, about 4 or 5 of those being macro like BL and Lone Star. they had locals, too, like independence brown, 512 pecan porter, and a few Live Oak beers, as well as the standard Shiner Bock, Shiner 101, Guinness, Harp, Blue Moon, Saint Arnold Amber, and even a few surprises like Boulevard IPA and Chimay, it was relatively cheap, too. all pints were $2.75

the food my friends ordered looked great. the fries were excellent. everybody seems to love the food there.

i went here with my friend because the Draughthouse Pub is 'too dark and noisy' for him, which is exactly what we encountered outside on the patio during trivia. it's a nice place, though, and i would like to try it when it's a little less packed.

Apr 01, 2010
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JonathanL7890 from Texas

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

A small cozy well lighted place. About 25 beers on tap. A good selection of locals, + Chimay, and 6 or so taps of macros and craft posers (I'm talking about you, Blue Moon). When I got there on a Sunday evening, there was a line of 10 or so people at the bar. You order your beer and food at the bar and pick up when they call your name.
I had a cheeseburger and a Live Oak Pilz. The cheeseburger was very good. The fries were also very tasty. My friend ordered some fried mushrooms which he raved about. I'll have to get some next time.
For pub food this was excellent.
My beer had quite a bit of foam when the bartender poured it which is great to see for a pilsner. Most places drop the pressure down so they can pour the beer quick but this sacrifices the head. Beer was fresh and tasty. Have a Live oak if you ever come to Austin. One of the great breweries in America , IMO.

Billy the owner was there, I guess he hangs out here often. I like places where the owner is around.

They also have a nice patio overlooking Burnet Road but it was a bit cold this night to try it out.

Overall, a very nice bar. I will be definitely be patronizing this one frequently.

Feb 17, 2009
Billy's on Burnet in Austin, TX
Place rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 13 ratings