Draught House Pub & Brewery

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Draught House Pub & BreweryDraught House Pub & Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

4112 Medical Parkway
Austin, Texas, 78741
United States

(512) 452-6258 | map

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Photo of omnigrits
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

One of Austin's premier beer haunts. If you're a beer geek/nerd, you have to come here.

Aside from having one of the best selections of beer from both the US and abroad, their own beers are seriously good. The only two drawbacks to the place are the queue to buy beer and the queue to get into the toilet to let it out, which is why I've marked it down on service, not because of the staff. They're some of the best beer folk in town and they make it one of the two or three best places in Austin to get good beer. If there's a rare keg or cask in town, you're more than likely to find it here.

I don't ever recall seeing much in the way of food. This is a pub, not a restaurant.

I just wish it opened earlier, like a genuine British pub.

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Photo of tjkinate
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Been in Austin for a couple of months and the Draught House has become a regular spot for my girlfriend and I. Every time we go here we seem to make friends at the outside seating portion. I also love that it just has that pub feel, but would be nice if it was a bit larger. The line for the bar often extends out the front doors.

If you are looking for a good eatery and beer spot you may want to try else where, food here is only ok. No problem for me, I just come for the beer!

One last note, if you do bring a lady with you, warn her prior to arrival that she will have to wait in line to use the restroom, always a line for the ladies.

Hope to see you there.


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Photo of Parched
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I've lived in Austin for nigh on 32 years and the Draught House is my favorite. Their in house brews are exceptional. Their commercial selection is more than adequate. Yeah, the servers are pretty busy and may give off the occasional Soup-Nazi vibe, but it's worth it. Sure there are other places like the Flying Saucer that are okay. But it's the difference between a pub and a bar. The only downside is that my wife doesn't like beer. "Yeah, I'd like a pint of wheat bock and a Savignon Blanc." Sigh.

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Photo of jamescain
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Definitely one of the premier places to grab a brew in Austin. Plenty outside seating, along with the apparent BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) in the later hours when the place get's pack, makes for a nice place to come and relax and enjoy a brew. The selection is ripe with good quality stuff, lots of locals, and plenty of non-locals alike...plus, the selection is nicely extensive. Like most places in Texas, that I've noticed, pricing is very fair and wonderfully straight forward. Maybe a local may view the pricing differently, but being from Louisiana, the prices were inexpensive and the predictability was a welcomed change for me.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
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 jhimstedt
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of ElkSherpa
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

First visited this location just recently. Walking in, the pub is dimly lit and smells slightly of stale beer in a very nostalgic manner. The environment is rather quiet and welcoming, perfect for a few beers and conversation. This is the kind of place I would imagine C.S. Lewis would be drinking a few pints of bitter.

The beer selection offers plenty of variety. I had only Texas made beer on my visit, seeing it was Sunday and the 2.50 special per pint was to reasonable to pass up.

Though it's a bit out of the way from where I live, I much prefer the Draught House over other bars in the area. Friendly staff, great prices, and a warm welcoming atmosphere. Exactly what I want when I fancy a beer.

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Photo of Durge
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

My first visit to the Draught House and it was worth the excursion beyond the inner city bar scene. Having read some of the previous reviews I was expecting more complications than I actually encountered. True, the "beer line" is a very unusual concept. Not sure I like it but it sort of works with the general atmosphere where folks are walking all around the joint, inside and outside, including the parking lot, with beers in hand. So you stand in the line for a while to get your next beer. It seems the regulars don't mind it a bit. As for sitting at the bar, which is not very large but not impossible to access, we found the service was very solid. Not perfect, especially when they got busier as the Tuesday evening crowd grew, but the bartenders seemed to be working very hard to keep folks filled. I also found the bartenders very reasonably responsive and knowledgeable regarding the beer selection, which is really excellent with many Texas breweries represented and plenty of other highly credible micros available along with their own brews. And I tried one of their own IPA's and have to say it was up there with Hop Stoopid, really well done. We had a couple pizzas which were decent enough. The food selection is quite limited but the pies tasted just fine and really hit the spot. The decor of the place is classic German pub style. Lots of wood, dark, with big wooden tables inside and a large beer garden outside. It has a real nice feel the moment you walk inside. We met a couple of regulars at the bar that were extremely friendly and helped us out with selecting some local brews. The place was busy and at one point the line was well out into the parking lot for beer, but nobody seemed put off and the line moved along. The tenders really do hustle. I'm a big fan of Lovejoys from previous visits, but now that I've experienced this place I have to say I'll want to stop by both places on all future visits to Austin. Highly recommended!

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Photo of champ103
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of tsatem
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is definitely my favorite bar in Austin. The selection is great, and the atmosphere is fantastic. Lots of local selections (including new releases - if I want something that's going to be hard to find, this is the first place I'll look) and a great selection otherwise.

There are a number of options here - the interior is great, lots of old, scarred looking tables (and I've never had a problem finding a place to sit) with lots of great beer decorations on the wall. The dartboards are fun, and there's one TV without any sound, which is nice if you want to watch a game that's on ESPN or something, and also great if you don't want to be bothered by the sound of the television. But the best part is the patio and tailgating. You will always find people just sitting outside in the backs of trucks or on lawnchairs enjoying their beers. You can walk in the door, buy a beer, then walk back out and enjoy wherever you'd like. There's a lot of tables out back and a big stand-up bar with a bunch of heaters for when it's cold out.

The only (potentially) bad part is the bar set up, which is unlike anything I've really seen anywhere else. There's one specific part of the bar where you can order, and a line forms here. At busy times, this line can extend out the door and you can be waiting for awhile. But hey, at least it's better than trying to fight your way to the bar and get noticed in a crowded place. That being said, the service is great and the bartenders are friendly and very knowledgable. If it's crowded it's usually pretty clear that you better hurry up and order your beer (and not in a negative way), but when business is slow they're always willing to chat.

Specials are great, usually where something (stouts, texas beers, house beers, or all pints!) is usually $2.75. There's always something great to pick from one of those categories.

Overall, this is a really great place. As I said, my favorite bar in Austin. It might get a little crowded at times, but you can't really go wrong as there's plenty of room outside. This is my go-to.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

This is my go-to bar when I'm in Austin even though I have to go for a little drive to get there (or, more commonly, a cab ride).

The vibe here is exceptional; it's generally filled with folks that really love beer and enjoy just chilling out. I tend to spend all of my time in the beer garden thanks to the weather in Austin, though they just recently had to remove the existing canopy that covered the outdoor space; hopefully they'll have a good replacement before things start heating up.

The interior is old skool British pub with a bit of a Bavarian twist (light walls and lots of dark wood). The bar dominates the wall across from the door and is the only place to get beer (and on a busy night it's lined up outside). Adding to the hipness is the fact a lot of people just pull up a chair and tail-gate in the parking lot.

The people here are cool, relaxed and looking to have a good time. It's a little older than the usual college crowd (being fairly far from campus) with a huge range of interesting people.

Overall quality of the establishment of the place and the beer is excellent. The bartenders are knowledgeable and happy to give you samples of beers you haven't tried before you commit to a pint. It can be a bit intimidating when you get up to the taps, with all of the selection, but the folks are cool with a brief decision period.

Selection is superb - 40+ taps that rotate very frequently. There are usually 2 casks going at any time. Lots of representation from local breweries like Live Oak, 512 and semi-locals like Real Ale as well as their in-house beers. There's almost always a nice sampling of American craft brews on tap as well as some of the limited editions and rare items. It's also not uncommon to find a number of Belgians on tap as well. With the frequent rotation it's worth coming back frequently.

Food is probably the only weak spot since the focus is really on beer, but they do allow folks to bring in food from outside and there are a lot of good place to eat nearby, so this is far from a big deal.

This is a great beer bar - go there and see!

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Photo of tdawgydog
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Ended up here for some late night beverages based on the recommendation of a friend who lives in Austin. I don't know where to start... The tap list is impressive, easily 40+ offerings on tap from a ton of different brewers, they also have an extensive bottle selection.

We first went on a Tue. night and it was 2.25 drafts. They are using slightly smaller pint glasses but for 2.25 there weren't any complaints from me. I tried a good number of the draft offerings without repeating or tasting something that I had drank in the past. At the end of the night I had a pretty decent buzz and my tab was less than $20. I had to ask them to double check it because I thought they had forgotten to charge me for something.

We had been warned that the Draught House was a little different from the norm. They have a nice pub type atmosphere on the inside with plenty of seating, a great bier garden atmosphere with picnic tables and heaters (for those chilly Austin nights). If neither of those work for you, you can bring your own seating and tail-gate in the parking lot.

We ended back here on Wed. night. This is the go-to place on Wed. nights for the person that recommended the place to me in the first place. On Wed. night I partook in some tailgating, my friend had about 10 lawn chairs and we just sat in the parking lot enjoying pitchers of New Belgium 2 Below and Green Flash IPA. Although the drinks were full price on Wed. the final tab was well within reason.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've been a few times now and it is certainly my favorite place I have found so far in Austin. Traditional bier house feel inside. Dimly lit with dark wood and it just has the feel of a place that has been around for a while. Outside beer garden is very nice, especially now that the weather is finally cooling off. Tailgating in the parking lot is a fun change of pace as well.

Beer list is substantial and very nice. 4-6 of their own beers at least along with at least 20+ other beers on tap. Great selection of local beers and some of the harder to find US crafts. Racer X on tap on my first visit was certainly a favorite. They seem to do a good job of getting special releases and have beer-centric events.

Services is good enough. Order at the bar and even when the line sticks out the front door it doesnt take long to get to the front. Prices range from fair enough to stupid cheap. House beers and locals for $2.50 or so is tough to beat.

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Photo of wolffman17
4.16/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

The Draught House is an institution in Austin's beer scene. Old UK pub feel. Honestly, it reminds me a lot of Horse Brass in Portland. DH is much smaller, but the layout, old breweriana eye candy, dim lighting, and dark wood all remind me of Horse Brass. Feels like it has been around for a while.

Upon entering, you see the small bar centered in the room. There is not much space from the entryway to the bar where the "order here" line forms, so if busy, the line can easily stretch outside or wind through tables inside. This seems to happen because the actual bar is tiny and only has enough spots for a few people to sit at. Most people are drinking at tables inside or on the large patio outside. Other than the lack of bar spots, I enjoy the beery vibe here. Triple tap towers are lined up along the front of the bar rather than behind the bartender. Glassware is a nonic shaped pint glass (16oz, not 20oz).

Large, American focused draft selection along with several unique house beers. The seasonal Sunshade Gose is a stand out. Three, count 'em, three cask engines available. Numerous locals and relatively difficult beers to find can be found here. Racer X and cask GF Hop Head Read on this most recent visit. Cheap growler fills.

Good service, though for some reason standing in line at a bar feels odd to me. Those getting growlers filled (me) can slow it down easily. Number of bartenders (1 or 2) seems low considering the number of pints being poured. Now open at 1pm on the weekends.

Pub grub and snacky food available on the cheap.

Great hangout. Good place to relax with friends over a few pints.

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Photo of vdread
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

this is my favorite place to go in Austin for two reasons. number one is the Century Stout, which is, hands down one of the best beers i've ever experienced. the second reason is the tailgating. nothing beats chilling in the back of the truck with some music drinking beer.

the bartender was great, he noticed my BA hoodie and suggested the Red Planet on cask (which was great by the way!). my friend usually gets the Marley's Gnarly Barleywine, which we both think is awesome. aside from the awesome house beers, lots of other of my favorites are usually on tap, like Old Rasputin, (512) Pecan Porter, Live Oak Hefeweizen, Stone IPA, Old Chub.

selection was great. prices were very reasonable. beers were 2.75 the last time i went.

i haven't had a bad experience here, aside from a couple of beer snobs talking shit about my beer choice in the parking lot. i try to make it out there once a week for the house brews.

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Photo of Onslow
2.93/5  rDev -31.7%
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..

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Photo of gixxerman
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Very cool place, get your beer and wander outside to the patio, one of the many benches, the curb, anywhere you want to go is encouraged. It was a bit crowded and some even were sitting in lawn chairs they brought, or on their pickups tailgate.
There was plenty of seating inside, but with the temperature being a perfect 70 degrees, everyone opted for the outdoor venue.

I was lucky enough to sample their Century Stout serverd in 10 ounce increments (coming in at 8.1 ABV). That is one excellant beer! Their guest beer list was exceptional. They had offerings from across the US and abroad. Check their website because everything is in rotation.

This place is very laid back and has a good Austin vibe, definitely a place to want to check out.

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Photo of gregalobeer
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

There's nothing exceptional about this bar but the patio. Where else can you walk inside, get a home-brew, walk back outside, sit down on your patio chair and smoke a stoge? Nowhere, just here. Well, I'm sure somewhere else but it's not typical and that's what's cool about the Draught House. That and the fact that it used to be called the Draught Horse, for whatever reason.

I miss the vanilla porter. The other home brews were all a little flat, lacking carbonation, but this somehow worked to the advantage of the porter.

Pizza night is great, if they're still doing it. Get a good cold IPA, slice of jalapeno pizza fresh from the oven, find a curb to sit on and grub down. Good times. I wish I still lived in Austin.

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Photo of rwf08
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Been once and I don't know why I have not gone back. I thought the place was awesome. Good selection, good house brews and the big guy with the tattoos is cool as hell.

When you get there, and when I drive by, you have a gaggle of people outside waiting to get in. Then once the doors open everyone gets into a single file line and waits to get it. I walked around then and up to the side of the bar, took a seat, and got a beer before everyone else. Bad etiquette? Maybe but I don't care. Lines are stupid and waiting for beer is even stupider when the bar is wider than the line is long.

Selection is good, not as good as the Ginger Man but it has house brews that are awesome so it is a trade off. They also seem to get in cool limited releases that Ginger Man doesn't, to my knowledge, get. Double Bastard, Jubelale 2010, to name a few.

Food, they got it. Nothing special but better than The Ginger Man and I think it was cheaper.

A close tie between The Ginger Man and The Draught House. Go to both and see which you like more.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

My first attempt to visit this place was foiled by their unexpected schedule - they don't even open until 5pm. Disappointment sets in. But the gods are with me and my business trip actually keeps me in the neighborhood until 4:45. It's my lucky day!

I'm glad it worked out. Very cool pub atmosphere with lots of dark wood. A fun place to hang out. Beer was good despite the limited selection. They only had 3 house beers on tap to go with a large and great selection of guest taps. I had the Smoked Porter and it was solid - good porter with just the right amount of smoke.

Service was very good, bartenders were friendly and helpful without being overpowering. Food menu is VERY limited and I didn't try anything. I can't criticize the menu as I didn't try it, but they are obviously not going for a full-blown "brewpub" menu.

Overall, this is a VERY cool place that I would highly recommend to anyone. Their approach is a little different from most "brewpubs" - they are almost more of a "beer bar" - but it is a solid place to grab a beer or three and I would spend TONS of time there if I lived anywhere nearby. I really am jealous.

visited 2/1/10.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The crowded parking lot indicated that this was a popular place. The vestibule opened onto the pub with a pair of doors with stained glass in their center featuring mugs of beer. The long, straight, dark wood bar was about six paces straight ahead. The interior had an old world European feel with the rough hewn table tops and the straight-backed wooden chairs throughout. The bar was a sea of about 70 taps, five of which were their own, plus a cask of their Weizenheimer. Lots of exposed wood beams, spinning ceiling fans, vintage signage, soft lighting, the brewhouse to the extreme right. A small humidor of cigars sat on the bar. Women's lavs left, men's lavs right. Great curious, friendly clientele. Huge outdoor patio left.

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Photo of peterjk
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I've been a regular for years and have to say this is hands down the best beer bar in Austin.

While the inside of the bar is a bit cramped and can be loud the outside is where it's at. Sitting in the beer garden works especially for a big group, tail gating the parking lot is an Austin tradition, but my favorite place is on the bench by the front door, great people watching.

The atmosphere is wonderfully mellow, plenty of folks talking and having fun, but people are old Austin laid back.

Looking for a super mellow evening, no body is going to get in your business, I often go here and read a book.

But if you want to meet some new folks, people here are friendly and approachable, seating can be tight and I often share a table and get to know some new beer friends.

The servers are friendly and efficient, willing to chat about beer when it's slow and keeping the line moving on the weekends.

They have a good rotation of daily specials including cheep beer nights and free food.

Speaking of food the selection here is not the greatest, minimal pub fair if you need to eat, but honestly I rarely eat at pubs.

I could always ask for more taps but this place has a good variety and seeks out hard to find beer and casks ales.

The beer they brew here has improved over the years, they still miss every once in a while but it's worth it for the creative risks they are willing to take.

The few people I've seen have a bad time at this place should've been down on 6th street jello shot bar hopping, the bar tenders here like things on the laid back side and will send you on the way to keep it that way.

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Photo of northaustin
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
Brewery rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 144 ratings