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Draught House Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 39
Beer Ratings: 115
Beer Avg: 3.94
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
4112 Medical Parkway
phone: (512) 452-6258
(Place added by: Pegasus)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 62 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had been here once briefly back in 2009, but it wasn't a thorough visit. Having spent more time there on a recent visit, it's time to give the Draught House a review.
The building has a kind of Euro Chalet sort of appearance inside and out. There is probably a more precise and accurate description, but it eludes me. Inside there is really nice, old wood work everywhere, and it is tastefully decorated and gives a cozy vibe. There is an outdoor area in a paved parking lot that is less awesome, but still good to have. There are heat lamps for cooler times of the year. A different food truck parks there every day.
The clientele was waiting to get in when they opened at 5 one Thursday afternoon. It had a neighborhood pub type of vibe and clientele at this time. Folks were chilling, reading, talking quietly, and being beer-geeky. Perfect. On another late night visit there was a more college type of crowd, but nothing at all like the 6th street debauchery downtown. They seemed like good kids, and were definitely into the beer. Not too much reason to be there if you are not.
Something I have noticed recently, with the proliferation of beer bars with enormous offerings, is that some (I'm thinking of you specifically Flying Saucer) do a shitty job of letting you know what they have currently. Flying Saucer prints their menu quarterly, for chrissakes! How can a feller order if he doesn't know what you have? Well the Draught House has 4 decent sized video screens, each displaying 18 of their 72 taps. Descriptions include price, style, name, brewery and size of pour. They are over the bar, and the tap handles spread wide along the bar too. There is no table service. You go up to the bar and order. They will let you taste something before you order. To facilitate prompt service most pours are in nonic glases, even 10 ouncers and so on, but some come in goblets or snifters. This style of service seems to be very efficient even when they are busy, and they can take care of a full bar with just 2 staff it seems.
The selection is fairly heavy on Texans, as it should be, but more interesting ones than we were typically seeing at other places. But there were plenty of solid and classic brews from around the States and the world. Prices are quite a bit better than downtown Austin. Stone 12.12.12 was $4.75 for an 8oz pour, downtown I saw the same of $7.50, for example.
We visited quite a few beer bars in Austin, and Draught House was far and away the favorite for me and my brother, and there is some decent competition. If and when I am ever back in Austin, Draught House will be my home pub. All elements considered, it is one of my all time favorites beer bars.
12-30-2012 02:06:51 |
More by sprucetip
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Been once and I don't know why I have not gone back. I thought the place was awesome. Good selection, good house brews and the big guy with the tattoos is cool as hell.
When you get there, and when I drive by, you have a gaggle of people outside waiting to get in. Then once the doors open everyone gets into a single file line and waits to get it. I walked around then and up to the side of the bar, took a seat, and got a beer before everyone else. Bad etiquette? Maybe but I don't care. Lines are stupid and waiting for beer is even stupider when the bar is wider than the line is long.
Selection is good, not as good as the Ginger Man but it has house brews that are awesome so it is a trade off. They also seem to get in cool limited releases that Ginger Man doesn't, to my knowledge, get. Double Bastard, Jubelale 2010, to name a few.
Food, they got it. Nothing special but better than The Ginger Man and I think it was cheaper.
A close tie between The Ginger Man and The Draught House. Go to both and see which you like more.
02-28-2010 19:42:56 |
More by rwf08
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Place is hidden among commercial offices, not visible from main roads--part of its appeal. Also, a great outside area.
Selection is almost as good as the GingerMan downtown, 75 to 80 drafts, but cheaper. Usually have 3 or 4 IPA's, a rotating Great Divide tap (Yeti or Hercules!), 3 or 4 from Live Oak, 3 from Real Ale; pretty much every style is represented, including some lighter stuff like Shiner Light, a lambic, ciders, wine, and lots of wheat beers (stuff for chicks to drink who aren't really into beer).
It has great specials for every day of the week (check the website), but even if you get something not on special, it's still very reasonably priced for a bar, especially for what they offer.
They had 2 dart boards and a fun selection of board games. While they have some benches and patio tables outside, a unique aspect is that you can also drink in their parking lot. I recommend taking a padded picnic-type blanket or fold out chairs so you can enjoy your brew outside.
They change up their homebrews week-to-week, always offering new brews and a variety of styles, about 7 different at a time. I recommend going with a group on Thursdays ($2.25 for a 20oz. glass!) to sample them all. They generally do about 1/3 or 1/2 that mimic a particular beer or style, and try new things with the rest. Some I have liked, some seem to have something a little off.
I highly recommend the Draught House, and the name is highly indicative of the place because it looks like an old Europen house or pub, and the most important thing is their draft beers. Check out their website, but note that the draft selection listed their, excluding the homebrews on the entry page, is not kept up to date.
While it's not advertised, they do let you do beer to go if you bring your own container.
My favorite place to get a beer (or few) in Austin!
08-08-2006 22:24:55 |
More by MEsquandoles
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.
12-18-2010 20:29:26 |
More by tdawgydog
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been a few times now and it is certainly my favorite place I have found so far in Austin. Traditional bier house feel inside. Dimly lit with dark wood and it just has the feel of a place that has been around for a while. Outside beer garden is very nice, especially now that the weather is finally cooling off. Tailgating in the parking lot is a fun change of pace as well.
Beer list is substantial and very nice. 4-6 of their own beers at least along with at least 20+ other beers on tap. Great selection of local beers and some of the harder to find US crafts. Racer X on tap on my first visit was certainly a favorite. They seem to do a good job of getting special releases and have beer-centric events.
Services is good enough. Order at the bar and even when the line sticks out the front door it doesnt take long to get to the front. Prices range from fair enough to stupid cheap. House beers and locals for $2.50 or so is tough to beat.
10-27-2010 15:10:38 |
More by ckeegan04
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
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!
01-16-2011 22:04:11 |
More by DoktorZee
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
One of Austin's premier beer haunts. If you're a beer geek/nerd, you have to come here.
Aside from having one of the best selections of beer from both the US and abroad, their own beers are seriously good. The only two drawbacks to the place are the queue to buy beer and the queue to get into the toilet to let it out, which is why I've marked it down on service, not because of the staff. They're some of the best beer folk in town and they make it one of the two or three best places in Austin to get good beer. If there's a rare keg or cask in town, you're more than likely to find it here.
I don't ever recall seeing much in the way of food. This is a pub, not a restaurant.
I just wish it opened earlier, like a genuine British pub.
11-16-2011 03:24:24 |
More by omnigrits
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
11-25-2008 03:25:28 |
More by stephens101
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Spent most of 10/19 at the Draught House. This is my #1 pick while in Austin - Ginger Man would rate as #2. St Bernardus Alt 12 on tap and served in proper glassware. Abbey des Rocs Grand Cru also in appropriate glass. A reasonable pizza helped temper the beer. Definite british pub atmosphere to the place. I could spent all day drinking St Bernardus 12 in this cozy place - and come to think of it that is exactly what we did. Never did work our way over to the beer brewed on premises. Definitely recommended while in Austin.
10-28-2007 03:46:13 |
More by JJFlash
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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!
03-23-2011 04:40:20 |
More by Durge
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