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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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I am a regular patron of this place. I have been for nearly two years. It has become more crowded as of late. Most people there are very friendly. The food is average. Your typical pizza, nachos, and trail mixes. The beer selection is in the top two in austin with ginger man edging it out slightly, however gingerman does not have house brew that is brewed on the spot. Some of the exceptional house brews I have liked were malt ball, northwestern pale ale, hop gold, red planet, double red planet, and marley barley. The bartenders are very knowledgeable and will not pour you a bad beer. They will let you sample any of the beers before buying a pint. The best time to go is on tuesdays or thursday when they have they pint specials. The seating is great. A lot of people bring their dogs and chill outside in the parking lot. They are some toasty heaters by the picnic tables out back that do a pretty good job on those nippy nights. The old english pub style decor is kewl. They have darts and a jukebox.
02-09-2008 03:48:50 |
More by BgThang
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
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
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.
04-16-2009 01:23:52 |
More by northaustin
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: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The draughthouse is quite a unique place to say the least, and I don't know what I can add that others haven't already said about it. It's an Austin fixture, being around for 40 years, which is a helluva long time to be purveying good brews in a land which has been ruled by the macros for a long time. Upon pulling up we noticed lots of folks sitting in the parking lot in lawn chairs chatting it up and enjoying the nice weather. At the south side of the building are a bunch of tables for the patrons, and each one had a heating lamp attached to it to stay off the cooler weather in the evenings. Coming out the front door was a line of folks waiting to get to the bar to order. The bar had a nice selection of taps and the bartenders were super-friendly. It had a very welcoming atmosphere. The inside was old-English authentic/pub style and had the kind of character only a place that has been around a while could have. Everything looked well worn and used, not in a bad way, but in a way that you wouldn't want to disturb with remodeling and run the risk of ruining the aesthetic of the place. Had a great selection of brews comparitively speaking. My friends and I enjoyed the Live Oake hefe. Meant to get back here before I left Austin, but was unable to. Next trip I will definitely spend more time at this comfortable, inviting and original place.
11-25-2008 03:25:28 |
More by stephens101
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
02-06-2010 04:44:35 |
More by tmitch75
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Has a great selection, the house beers are very underrated and super tasty .. . The bartenders tend to be assholes, but if you go at the right time, they can be cool .. . they do growler fills of some of their beers but again, you can get a real attitude from the bartenders when trying to do so .. . This place has been around for like 40 years and it shows, the clientele is a mix of people who have been coming here all 40 years and still think they're cool and college kids, so go early to avoid the crowds, a very smug crowd appears as time goes by .. . I will say that its a must stop while in Austin.. oh, and no house beer samplers, only pints..
03-25-2010 13:50:16 |
More by Onslow
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
02-10-2009 03:25:34 |
More by Riccymon
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
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.
01-20-2009 17:10:20 |
More by goatgoat
Draught House Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX
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