Draught House Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 39
Beer Ratings: 115
Beer Avg: 3.94
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.81/5 rDev +14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
The Draught House... I've been coming here ever since we moved to Austin from San Antonio... and believe me, it was a breathe of fresh air compared to the craft scene in SA at that time.
The place is supposedly modeled after The Tavern on the inside (ya know... "AIR CONDITIONED") further south on Lamar and resembles a german cottage on the outside. Inside it's as rustic a pub as you'll find in Austin with thick, worn wooden tables, a long bar with seats on both sides (and a walk-up area in the middle). Surrounding you is a lifetime worth of breweriana ranging from Belgian, German & English breweries to US craft brew. To the left of the bar: darts. To the right of the bar: a men's bathroom that could scare a gas station owner (try not to pee). Go out the door to the left (watch out for darts!) and you'll find an outside area with a long standing bar flanked by tables with umbrellas. Or just chill out by your truck or out in front on tables and benches in the parking lot. Very chill.
I've never had the food here, but I have eaten at various food trucks that station themselves there ... which are always delicious. They also do special pairings on occasion with a truck named The Seedling Truck and those have been absolutely spectacular. Can't beat Jester King's sours paired with bacon-wrapped figs. *drooool*
The beer selection is vast... they make sure to get very unique cask selections that you just don't see anywhere else made especially for them by the breweries (dry-hopped or with various other ingredients added to the cask like cocoa nibs or rum-soaked wood chips). They always seem to have the newest limited releases before other bars in the area and are one of the few bars in town that have Jester King on tap (and seem to have a good relationship with them in general). They have 70+ taps on draught including a number of nitro taps ranging from a great local selection to beers from around the country and the world.
New to the place this month are video screens that show you in big bright print exactly what beers are currently on tap, their ABV, oz-per-pour, and price. Very nice, as it was difficult in the past to eye all their taps without holding up the line. I'd love to see this at more bars around town!
People have called the bartenders/owners "surly"... but I always have fun chatting with them. They know their stuff and if they're slow (which they usually are if you go later in the night after 11pm on weekdays or before 7pm) they're glad to chat about beer with you and oftentimes about their house brews (the brewer is very often the bartender as well).
Prices are very fair when you compare them to other places in Austin and generally if they're serving a smaller 10oz or 12oz portion, it is at a cheaper cost than other Austin bars that serve only 16oz pints (most beers are in the $4-$5 range, which is very fair in the area). Even better is visiting on a night they are having a special... our favorite being Sunday, which is usually ver y sparse as far as visitors to the bar, but is also Texas Beer Night! All Texas-brewed pints are $2.75 or so... Hells yeah.
Overall... they aren't the biggest in town (that would be Banger's) but this is a bar made for drinkin'! If they'd only keep the bathroom sanitary, well-lit, and not lookin' like it belongs at a club on Sixth Street (actually, I've seen better bathrooms at Sixth Street) it would be absolutely perfect.
12-26-2012 10:01:51 | More by Lutter
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.
10-28-2008 17:06:40 | More by JonathanL7890
4.68/5 rDev +11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
I've been a regular for years and have to say this is hands down the best beer bar in Austin.
While the inside of the bar is a bit cramped and can be loud the outside is where it's at. Sitting in the beer garden works especially for a big group, tail gating the parking lot is an Austin tradition, but my favorite place is on the bench by the front door, great people watching.
The atmosphere is wonderfully mellow, plenty of folks talking and having fun, but people are old Austin laid back.
Looking for a super mellow evening, no body is going to get in your business, I often go here and read a book.
But if you want to meet some new folks, people here are friendly and approachable, seating can be tight and I often share a table and get to know some new beer friends.
The servers are friendly and efficient, willing to chat about beer when it's slow and keeping the line moving on the weekends.
They have a good rotation of daily specials including cheep beer nights and free food.
Speaking of food the selection here is not the greatest, minimal pub fair if you need to eat, but honestly I rarely eat at pubs.
I could always ask for more taps but this place has a good variety and seeks out hard to find beer and casks ales.
The beer they brew here has improved over the years, they still miss every once in a while but it's worth it for the creative risks they are willing to take.
The few people I've seen have a bad time at this place should've been down on 6th street jello shot bar hopping, the bar tenders here like things on the laid back side and will send you on the way to keep it that way.
09-15-2009 03:18:41 | More by peterjk
4.6/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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!
06-01-2011 14:38:51 | More by coldmeat23
4.58/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
First of all i need to start by saying that this is my "bar". Not that i own it, but when i refer to the bar i am talking about the Draught House.
The atmosphere is fantastic. It is secluded and away from busy streets. It has indoor and outdoor seating. It has a huge wooden bar and all the indoor furniture is wood. Living in Austin, the best part of this bar is there is no live music. A lot of other bars make the mistake of having local artist preform at there bar, but if you go to the Draught House you are guaranteed no live music.
They have a lot of outdoor seating, they also have a long "bar" outside that you can stand up next to and rest your drink on. You can also bring your own seating if you desire or sit on the back of a pickup truck.
The quality of the beer is great. It is always as fresh as it should be. I have yet to have a beer that has bad lines.
The Home brews (House Brews) have a large range of styles. A year ago most of the beers seemed to be more belgium based, i think that perhaps they were using the same yeast. Recently, their selection has widened, and they almost always have a strong House Beer available.
Besides house beers they have a huge selection of commercial beers on draught. I don't know the exact number but the range of 70. Tons of styles ranging from Double IPAs to Lambics. you will always be able to find something.
The bar tenders there are great and will let you know what is up with a beer or will give you a sample.
When you go to the Draught house always bee prepared for a line out the door. The line is nice though because it is a "line". Its not like a lot of bars that have a "plane" where if your not standing in the right place you may not get served before the dudes that pushed themselves to the front. The line will go quickly.
The Draught house does have food. I don't eat there too much so i don't have much to say. They have some great spicy assorted nuts but they will ruin your palette and they don't go with hoppy beers.
The price for the beers are reasonable. $4 for most beers, a few are $4.75. They have specials all they time if your ballin' on a budget. Tuesdays almost every beer is $2.75, thursday is $2.25 House beer night. (check the website)
I hope this didn't read like a commercial. But if you are in Austin or are going to Austin and you made it all the way through this review, you should go.
05-26-2007 03:46:51 | More by nickl
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.
03-31-2010 17:29:54 | More by vdread
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I met up with 'man about town' BGThang, major film producer HopsLeroy, and their BA crew on a recent trip to Austin. A pretty easy place to find via MapQuest, so hunt this place down if you haven't been or are visiting the area.
An impressive array of tap handles greet you upon approaching the bar area. The tables are made from *huge* slices of Live Oak tree trunks. Lots of dark wood decor inside, inviting and comfortable. I felt obligated to start with the Live Oak hefe. Most delicious and short-lived.
We moved out back to the beer garden for to sample some tasty bottles. That scene is all good provided you're 1) with someone, a regular, who drinks there, 2) not bringing beer they sell on-premises, 3) drinking/buying beer they sell on premises, and 4) behaving yourself. Constance does not miss a beat and I doubt Josh does either, though he regrettably was unable to hang with us on this night.
I was so impressed by their tap list, I didn't think to ask about their bottle selection. Some they brew, most they don't. You're bound to find something to enjoy.
07-29-2008 18:22:57 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I really love this place. It is far away from downtown, so you don't have to deal with a touristy crowd. The crowd that drinks here are all really nice people. The beer selection is fantastic - it doesn't tout the sheer number of beers on tap as the Gingerman, but it is hard to complain at 60+. The atmosphere is great. It has great indoor and outdoor seating, and you can tailgate in the parking lot. The bartenders speak their minds and are not afraid to steer you away from a beer that they may feel is subpar. Everything is reasonably priced - I have never paid more than $4.75 for a beer, even for the most expensive beer they have. If you go, search out brewer and manager, Josh Wilson. He is a really cool dude and really knows his stuff. This is hands-down my favorite bar in Austin.
09-24-2007 04:48:05 | More by MiguelMandingo
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Very cool place, get your beer and wander outside to the patio, one of the many benches, the curb, anywhere you want to go is encouraged. It was a bit crowded and some even were sitting in lawn chairs they brought, or on their pickups tailgate.
There was plenty of seating inside, but with the temperature being a perfect 70 degrees, everyone opted for the outdoor venue.
I was lucky enough to sample their Century Stout serverd in 10 ounce increments (coming in at 8.1 ABV). That is one excellant beer! Their guest beer list was exceptional. They had offerings from across the US and abroad. Check their website because everything is in rotation.
This place is very laid back and has a good Austin vibe, definitely a place to want to check out.
03-14-2010 00:49:29 | More by gixxerman
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
01-20-2011 01:19:09 | More by tsatem
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Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
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