Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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22 Reviews

Type: Bar, Eatery

79 Rainey St
Austin, Texas, 78701-4308
United States

(512) 386-1656 | map

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Added by sprucetip on 12-30-2012

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 94
Reviews by champ103:
Photo of champ103
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I am surprised nobody has reviewed this place yet. This is a great new beer bar that has been open for about 6 months. First off, everything is made of wood, a fairly long wood bar along the right, wood benches make up the main indoor dinning area. There is a chalkboard at the far end that will have specials, and events listed. The bar taps are made of wood (of coarse) and all numbered. There is a huge outdoor seating area. Which on this beautiful day is perfect. Though, there is no shade what so ever in the beer garden, I can't imagine that will be a happening spot wants the summer comes along (unless they put some kind of shade in). Anyway, still a great place to chill and relax with a beer and good food.

Service at the bar was quick and friendly. He told us the lunch special, and was very knowledgeable on the beers available, and what had been blown. The food is excellent. All house made sausages, and the lunch special is hard to beat. One of their traditional sausages, a side, and a Texas pint for $8. That is a very good deal. When not on special, I can see this a bit more pricey, but still very reasonable. Andouille sausage, kaloche bun, and braised greens. For the sausage and bun, they come with house recommendations which is great. Or you can choose your own. The sausage itself was excellent. I thought the greens were very good, though not great. I had some German potato salad as well, which was excellent. Very flavorful, with a good vinegary kick. My buddies Italian sausage look great as well.

On to the beer! Tons of taps. Right at 100, which is ridiculous. Also a cask, that happened to be out. Austin breweries are very well represented, as well is the rest of the state. Close to 30 plus Texas taps. I saw some Firestone Walker on as well. Really an excellent selection all around. I enjoyed a Hops & Grain Alt. I can't imagine how this place turns over taps in a timely manner. Still, I can't really knock them cause what I had was very fresh.

Yep, this is a good place. In my short visit, this has already become one of my favorite beer bars in Austin. Not nearly as tiresome to navigate as Draught House, with just as good, if not better, selection as them or Gman. Not to mention the awesome food. I look forward to visiting again when I get a chance.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HaoleToYouToo
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

100 beers on tap. Endless options per style.

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Photo of dasotelo50
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great place with great food and a tremendous beer selection. Only minuses are the fact that its always beyond crowded (understandable, as it is such a great place) and parking in that area can be a major PIA.

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Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of bluesyasian
3.68/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of phingdong
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Not too often that I love a place just as much or more for the food than the beer, but this place qualifies. The sausages here are nothing short of spectacular. Incredibly tasty and unforgettable.

And the beer selection is obscene. So many to chose from. This place always seems to have Yellow Rose on tap and that's a huge plus. But their selection literally runs the gamut and will have something in just about every style and they helpfully organize them. Check the bottle selection too for some gems, especially the Bishop's Barrel beers.

The outdoor biergarten is awesome too.

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Photo of dbannister
4.89/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is located away from the normal 6th Street scene (about 15-20 minute walk from there). It has a really great selection of beer (roughly 100 taps) and it was my favorite place for beer selection in Austin. If you go early in the day, you'll really enjoy yourself more and the staff are well informed about the different beers they have.

Definitely recommend.

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Photo of stevoj
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Live music! Accessible! Great tap list and homemade sausages. Unbeatable combo. Taps and bottles listed by style, menu made for easy navigation. Big covered outdoor beer garden. Overall size made service a bit slow, but still good al around

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Photo of dwagner003
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Hudson2508
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of MLDucky
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of BdM
4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of crob3888
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Stopped by here during SXSW 2015. Enjoyed sausages, a few beers from the wide selection on the menu, oh and I might have ate an entire order of fried cheese curds. Service was acceptable. Come for the beer!

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Photo of BGsWo22
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of SergeLowpz
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of sirhc3034
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Bristopher89
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of pnelting
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Bomber714
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My Wife and I were in Austin for a week in mid-May 2015 (during the month-long rain fest). First of all, parking near Banger's is going to be tough. Patience is a virtue in this's worth it. Despite being seriously crowded, a waiter approached us fairly quickly. Nice guy who handled everything with aplomb. The tap list is world-class and quite extensive. Way too many quality choices to make it easy on a beer geek. Not a bad problem to have, mind you. The food? How does a smoked bacon and shrimp sausage on a bed of beautifully grainy white cheddar grits sound? It went swimmingly well with my two draft picks. Correct glassware and perfect temps. Very nice, well-behaved crowd. If I lived here, i'd be here every week. God bless Texas!

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Photo of billab914
4.89/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of M_chav
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of nickfl
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

The vibe is crowded, hipster and tastefully re-purposed older building... so exactly like everything else in this part of Austin. The beer selection is very nice, lots of taps and pretty much all local/regional and much of it the sort of thing a hardened beer geek would be happy to find. Service was fine, it was a Saturday night and crowded and honestly we managed to get drinks at the bar much quicker than I expected and when we got a table our waiter was good. The food well, I expected it to be the main draw, but if I went back it would be for the beer. I think I ordered one of the weaker items on their menu, but still my sausage was just ok and none of the others I tasted were a whole lot better... oh and the red beans and rice were flat out awful, like those would get you run out of town some places. Not to say I wouldn't give it another chance, especially if I lived in Austin because the beer selection alone would draw me back then.

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