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Draught House Pub & Brewery

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3.91/5
Draught House Pub & BreweryDraught House Pub & Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

4112 Medical Parkway
Austin, Texas, 78741
United States

(512) 452-6258 | map
www.draughthouse.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
36
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
130
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
93
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
124
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
6.68%
 
 
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
Photo of coldmeat23
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Why did this wind up being the last bar stop of our visit? Probably because if it had been the first, we never would have gone anywhere else!
If I lived in Austin this would be my number one favorite bar.

The exterior of the building looks like a bavarian cottage, or a swiss chalet, or something. Which is pretty cool. When you walk through the doors, you walk right into a room that spreads out to your right and left. The room just feels very conducive to beer drinking. I can't explain that, I just know it to be true.
Directly in front of you is the middle of the bar, which also spreads out to the right and left. There are a few tables set around and about a dozen or so barstools at the bar. My buddy and I set at the bar, naturally.

When we walked up, there were quite a few people standing around outside the front door, and in the parking lot, drinking their pints. This was a pretty cool concept to us, so we did wind up coming outside, at one point, to consume one of our pints. (It is against the law to do this in Oklahoma.) There is also an outdoor patio that has some picnic bench type seating. It's okay to be outside drinking sometimes, but most of the time, I prefer to be closer to the taps, so I'll mostly stay inside, thank you.

They have about 70 taps and almost every one of them is awesome. They are all about the craft beers here, and this should become a beer geek mecca. I saw about 20 or so bottles as well. Seems like it's all about the taps, but with a name like Draught House, that only makes sense.

They offer several of their own, house brewed, beers. Also, a good representation of Texas beers. Jester King, (512) Brewing, Southern Star, Ranger Creek, Live Oak, Saint Arnold, Real Ale, Rahr, Independence, etc. They also have beers from Dogfish Head, Stone, Great Divide, Deschutes, Anchor, Boulevard, Green Flash, Lagunitas, Victory, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, etc.
They have a couple of cask engines, as well. I had Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti on cask while we were there. Awesome.

They only offer a few food choices, like pizzas and nachos. The first good point though is that it is made right there in front of you (if you're sitting at the bar, anyway). The second point is that it's dirt cheap, based on the portions they give you, anyway.
My advice to you: Don't order the nachos unless you have a couple of people with you and you're all hungry!

The staff was quite friendly and helpful. Even when the line started going out the front door, they would stop by every few minutes to make sure that we were doing alright. One of them even came over and talked beers with us, during a lull in the crowd.

I definitely had a good time at Ginger Man and Flying Saucer, but next time I'm in town, Draught House will be my first stop....and perhaps my only stop!

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Photo of sd123
4.65/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of phingdong
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of rorjets
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Arrived around 5 pm on a warm spring evening. The outside patio was almost full, and there was a short line to get a beer. Amazing selection on tap of their own beers, local craft beers, and craft beers from around the country. I tried their UK IPA and the newest Hop School variety; both were outstanding. You could easily spend hours here sampling great beers, amongst fellow beer lovers. While I was there a customer arrived with a box full of extra beer glasses which he gave away to anyone who wanted one - I got a Jester King & Austin Beerworks pint glass. Just a great vibe, and my son lives around the block so I know I will be visiting the Draught House whenever I visit him!

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Photo of bigchiquilin
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Junichi
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Hudson2508
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of NealioATX
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

This is probably my favorite place in the city to grab a beer. I may be biased because it's roughly in my hood. I may also be biased because the bartenders play music that competes with my Ipod. The selection is typically solid with a nice variety of styles, regions and breweries. Sometimes you can grab some solid choice beers on tap too! On weekends they have a grill set up and a dude that grills brats and sausages for tips. I'm not gonna lie, this is in my top 5 places to go in the city.

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Photo of BdM
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

The two stops I made here during my trip Thanksgiving trip to Austin were clearly the beer highlight of the trip.

A couple of different people who have been to PDX mentioned that this place reminds them of the legendary Horse Brass put in PDX. There are some similarities for sure, but the Draught House is considerably smaller, and it doesn't have a kitchen or table service (but it does have a nice outdoor patio area). That being said, there's still the same sort of dark, cozy vibe you find at the Brass, and given the décor, posters and other decorations, this place has the feel and look of English pub wannabe (not unlike the brass as well). Beer selection is terrific, with something like 60 draft selections. There were a number of limited release and/or hard to find beers on tap here (BFM saison, founders breakfast stout, St. Arnolds Pumpkinator, to name just a few), plus they had several beers on cask and nitro. Service was OK, albeit a bit slow. There's a spot at the bar where you're supposed to place your beer order, and waits in line can get a bit lengthy. The two times I stopped by was during off hours (Or what passes for off hours. I get the impression there are probably very few times during the week when this place is dead.), and there was still a considerable line for a beer. That being said, the staff were friendly and pretty knowledgeable otherwise.

Shrug. This is a great place, no doubt, and is a spot I would visit any time I'm in town.

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Photo of smb
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BGsWo22
3.08/5  rDev -26.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Photo of Roybert
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of pauldig
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This is one of my favorite taverns in the country.

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Photo of stumac
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of Fletchlovesbeer
4.61/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2.5

Photo of dhfreak
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place gets busy; middle of the week busy! Doesn't matter though; bartenders were really helpful, and the vibe is awesome!

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Photo of Deggar
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Patrick_Redbeard
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of MLDucky
4.61/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

if you're looking for a trendy beer bar, stay away. If you want a place to relax, sit on the patio or sit inside in the dark, wood filled pub and have great beer come here. this is my favorite place to have a great beer and relax. No pressure, just have a good time with friends. I hope it never changes. Places like this are a dying breed.

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Photo of jackweinbender
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Must have been 40 taps, great service, $3 pints on Sunday, heavy on local brewers. Seemed to be lighter on big beers or sours but I could be wrong about that, there was so many choices. Will be back for sure.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
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