Draught House Pub & Brewery

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 champ103
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
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 +7.4%
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 +5%
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 +6%
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 +5.7%
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 -0.7%
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 +8.8%
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 -30.1%
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 +7.4%
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 -3.3%
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 +6.7%
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 -1%
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 -3.1%
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 +11.7%
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 -8.1%
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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Photo of derwestone
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I stopped by this place on a road trip from San Diego to east Texas. I was fortunate to be running late because I showed up ten minutes before they were opening. A group of people were already collecting around the door at this point, and by the time it opened there was a large crowd ready to drink. The tap selection was very large and many beers were new to me. After a couple Texas and Mid-West brews, I enjoyed the house smoked beer, which ended the experience well. The food selection is very limited and the quality is on par with most bar food. The best part was the bar itself though, it was a very cool bar to drink in, and it had a nice garden in the back to enjoy as well.

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

Stopped in for the first time when friends were in town recently. It was Tuesday, $2.75/pint night, and the place was crazy busy. Somehow we snagged a table just inside the door, though. A surprising number of kegs we wanted to try were kicked, but even so, the on-tap selection was hard to beat. Over a few rounds of great locals like 512 Pecan Porter and Live Oak Hefeweizen, plus more exotic selections like Hennepin, Ten FIDY, and more, we had waits in lines that sometimes stretched through the doors and outside. Still, service seemed reasonable. It was pretty noisy, naturally, but we had a good time at a great price. Hope to go back soon.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Swung by the Draught House after a busy Friday; met up with fellow UT grad students and BA screach for a local trade.

Excellent atmosphere to this joint--very rustic, German bier garden feel with dim lighting, big oak tables and chairs, and lots of beer paraphernalia. Outside were lots of people occupying tables, tailgaiting, standing, and generally enjoying the weather and location. The service could use a kick in the pants, though, as there were only TWO bartenders to service the massive crowd...took a good 20 minutes of standing in line to get my first beer!

Selection was impressive, with at least 40+ taps of local and regional brews (plus Stone, Deschutes, Oskar Blues, and more). Check out the list on their website if you don't believe me. PLUS they had 4 of their own "homebrews" on-tap, and the two I sampled were excellent. Although I had a pepperoni calzone (which hit grease-spot), I decided not to rate the food, as it's little more than pub fare. Either way, the Draught House is a cheap place to have more than a few excellent beers. Highly recommended.

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

My favorite bar in Austin. Why don't I go more? I need to go more. Great atmosphere, in and out. The character is inside. I like to sit inside on warm spring afternoons with the light shining through the two windows. Outside is nice as well. The selection, I feel is the best in Austin. Gingerman may be better, but I hardly go there since it is downtown and pretty expensive. The service can seem a bit prickly at first, that is what I thought when I first moved here. But I have learned to like the bartenders here. Maybe I just had to change my methods of ordering, who knows? The food is nothing to write home about. The free pizza on Wed. is awesome though. Speaking of which, they have great specials every night of the week. Check the website. The prices are reasonable.

The real deal at this bar is their house beers. They change often, which is cool. They are constantly coming up with new brews, just check the list, which is not exhaustive. And they are usually unique and of high quality.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

It has the muted lighting and dark wood of a typical pub, but large tables and open area more light a beer garden. Large and small groups occupied the entire pub, many folks stayed out front for a smoke, and there's apparently a back porch which I did not explore at all.

Their selections of taps cannot be beat, especially in regards to local brews. I had a Live Oak Pilsner and the house winter warmer (Jubel Ale). Both excellent and while their guest tap prices are typical, their house beers are an excellent value.

Service was decent, quick and efficient. There was a long line on Saturday night and the two folks behind the bar kept up with the both the beer and brat line admirably though friendliness did take a backseat to efficiency.

This is classic Austin and I'll be stopping by whenever I'm in town.

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Photo of stephens101
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The draughthouse is quite a unique place to say the least, and I don't know what I can add that others haven't already said about it. It's an Austin fixture, being around for 40 years, which is a helluva long time to be purveying good brews in a land which has been ruled by the macros for a long time. Upon pulling up we noticed lots of folks sitting in the parking lot in lawn chairs chatting it up and enjoying the nice weather. At the south side of the building are a bunch of tables for the patrons, and each one had a heating lamp attached to it to stay off the cooler weather in the evenings. Coming out the front door was a line of folks waiting to get to the bar to order. The bar had a nice selection of taps and the bartenders were super-friendly. It had a very welcoming atmosphere. The inside was old-English authentic/pub style and had the kind of character only a place that has been around a while could have. Everything looked well worn and used, not in a bad way, but in a way that you wouldn't want to disturb with remodeling and run the risk of ruining the aesthetic of the place. Had a great selection of brews comparitively speaking. My friends and I enjoyed the Live Oake hefe. Meant to get back here before I left Austin, but was unable to. Next trip I will definitely spend more time at this comfortable, inviting and original place.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Let me start out by saying... THIS IS MY FAVORITE BAR EVER!!!.
The Draughthouse is in a Bavarian Half-timber house in a neighborhood consisting of professional enterprises and residences. The draughthouse just celebrated their 40th anniversary. You can drink inside or go outside to the biergarten or just sit on your truck tailgate in the parking lot and drink.
Now to the beer:
The house beers vary from very good to exceptional. They just seem to get better and better. My favs are the double IPA and espresso stout. If they are on tap make sure to get those.
They always have a very solid tap selection. They have all the Texas locals and have a dozen or so beers on rotation. They usually have a cask of their house beer available.
The prices are very reasonable. Most pints are less than $5 and they have frequent specials.
The food is a step up from typical bar food. They have a limited menu of pizza, calzone, nachos, but they give you huge portions and put generous amounts of jalapenos on. Saturday nights they have free bratwurst which is very good.

I'm really surprised that this is never on the Top 50 Bars lists. That's ok by me -- keeps the hype down.
Let me finish by saying: If you are near Austin and like to drink good beer you must stop here! It's well worth it.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I met up with 'man about town' BGThang, major film producer HopsLeroy, and their BA crew on a recent trip to Austin. A pretty easy place to find via MapQuest, so hunt this place down if you haven't been or are visiting the area.

An impressive array of tap handles greet you upon approaching the bar area. The tables are made from *huge* slices of Live Oak tree trunks. Lots of dark wood decor inside, inviting and comfortable. I felt obligated to start with the Live Oak hefe. Most delicious and short-lived.

We moved out back to the beer garden for to sample some tasty bottles. That scene is all good provided you're 1) with someone, a regular, who drinks there, 2) not bringing beer they sell on-premises, 3) drinking/buying beer they sell on premises, and 4) behaving yourself. Constance does not miss a beat and I doubt Josh does either, though he regrettably was unable to hang with us on this night.

I was so impressed by their tap list, I didn't think to ask about their bottle selection. Some they brew, most they don't. You're bound to find something to enjoy.

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Photo of midaszero
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I use to frequent the Draught House 2 years ago several times a week before moving to north Austin. After really getting into better beer I started going back to the Draught House.

The atmosphere is very laid back and a lot of people hang out in the parking lot which makes for many interesting evenings. The quality and selection of beer on tap is excellent. Some of the best beer in Austin.

If you actually pay attention the service isn't that bad but has the appearance of sucking because you can only order at the bar and have to usually wait in a long line. In reality you are only going to wait 10 minutes where I usually end up waiting 20 minutes for drinks at most bars from waitresses. In the end I am sure this helps keep the price down which are very reasonable.

The food is good despite the minimal selection.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The rather authentic feeling of this English themed tavern brought me back to the pubs I visited on a trip to Tintagel a few years back to hike the Cornwall coast and visit King Arthur's castle. The exterior is Tudor style half-timber with a large beer garden and a small parking lot that rapidly filled with tailgaters after I arrived.

This was odd since the large biergarten wasn't even full yet. People seemed to prefer a lawn chair in the parking lot to a picnic table in the biergarten. It was odd but only added to the character of the place.

The interior was dark both in lighting and in wood. Tables and chairs contained carvings of the names of those who had visited earlier. My table already had my name, my initials, and my nickname carved into it so I didn't feel a need to whip out a knife.

A long bar stands opposite the doorway and proudly boasts a few dozen taps. 4 home brews, a few local brews from Independence, Live Oak, and Real Ale, and numerous high quality Belgians, imports, and craft brews were available. I settled on a Live Oak Hefe followed by the house porter on cask.

Service was great but ordering was odd. I had to wait in a polite, orderly line. It didn't make any sense. Nobody went up to the bar to order. Everyone just patiently waited in a single file line. I've never seen anything like it.

Food options were minimal and I did not partake.

Overall I really enjoy the Draught House. It seemed to serve an older, eclectic crowd that I could really dig. Like the atmosphere a ton and the beer selection is great, especially for this state.

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Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
3.84 out of 5 based on 142 ratings.
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