Whether you love local brews or want to explore a wider selection of national options, Austin’s beer bars have the pint for you. You can find at least a few beer taps or can and bottle offerings at many bars and restaurants around town, but these 11 watering holes below go above and beyond to deliver truly tasty ales and lagers.
(Note: Breweries and brewpubs provide taprooms and restaurants where you can enjoy beer right from the source, but this article is only including the bars that source their products.)
Craft Pride, 61 Rainey St.
Texas pride is a serious, beautiful thing. It’s on full display at this casual Rainey Street bungalow bar where only beers from around the state are on tap and in the small adjacent bottle shop. Order something special — like the latest IPA from Hi Sign Brewing — before heading to the large outdoor patio where Detroit-style pizza truck Via 313 is located. Those thick square pies are magnificent with a pint.
WhichCraft Tap Room & Bottle Shop, 1900 Simond Ave.
The second location of Austin’s first craft-only bottle shop doesn’t just offer all the latest local and national brews in cans and bottles, like the flagship spot on South Lamar Boulevard. WhichCraft’s Mueller store doubles as a bar and coffee shop, so you can stay awhile, exploring various styles and settling on what you want to take home. Want something new? The friendly staff can help you find it.
Workhorse Bar, 100 E. North Loop B.
This little neighborhood tavern has it all: good food — namely, burgers and other pub grub like fried pickles — a proper patio space and a wide variety of primarily local beers. Once you order your pint of the current seasonal from Circle Brewing, scoot over to the jukebox to select a few tunes for cheap. (It also just so happens to be the sixth anniversary party this weekend.)
Easy Tiger, 709 E. Sixth St.
Not all of Sixth Street is an unruly mess of shot bars. Just a couple blocks away from the hubbub is Easy Tiger (where the smell of baking bread is an easy lure). The bar and beer garden specializes in beer and whiskey, and what a selection of both you’ll find. Easy Tiger tends to get new releases of local brews, most recently the divine Celis Raspberry, but you can find specialty national options, too.RELATED:10 Austin patios where you can dine and drink
Mort Subite, 308 Congress Ave.
Before America was ever drinking beers from our neighborhood breweries, there were flavorful brews from Europe like Chimay and Duvel. Downtown bar Mort Subite wants to remind us of how good these and other Belgian ales can be, offering an authentic Belgian pub vibe and roughly 80 Belgian brews. The beers are often on the pricey side, but many are hard-to-find gems well worth their cost.
The Growler Bar, 1300 Farm to Market Rd 685, Pflugerville
Nowadays, people living outside of Austin city limits don’t have to go far to enjoy good drinks thanks to hangouts like the Growler Bar. In a nondescript Pflugerville strip mall, the Growler Bar has more than 50 beer, wine and cold-brew taps (updated regularly on the website) with a particular focus on hyper-local options from from Cedar Park, Pflugerville and other suburban areas north of the city.RELATED:Get your growler (or crowler!) filled at these Austin bars
Whole Foods Domain, 11920 Domain Dr.
It’s not such an odd concept anymore to drink beer at a grocery store thanks to forward-thinking grocers like Whole Foods, whose Austin locations have taps for beer and often wine. The best place to sip and shop is Whole Foods’ Domain store, which opened as a craft beer hub with close to 50 on-tap options. Its indoor Draft Shack has a lot of seasonal suds, like (512) Cascabel Cream Stout, and a food menu of oysters.
The Brew & Brew, 500 San Marcos St.
The owners of this cool East Austin coffee shop have a couple other dining projects in the works or recently up and running, but don’t overlook their first project. Here, there’s an equal reverence placed on coffee and beer — hence the name. The Brew & Brew aims to serve only the best brands of both, such as Austin’s Flat Track Coffee and Colorado’s Funkwerks Pineapple Provincial Sour Ale.
Hi Hat Public House, 2121 E. Sixth St.
A bar that tends to attract service industry crowds must be good, right? In the years since local musician Steve Schrader opened the cozy East Austin pub, it has become a laid-back eatery where regulars come from the surrounding neighborhood and anyone can expect the latest local release, like Austin Beerworks’ new Flavor Country Hoppy Pale Ale, to be on tap alongside national staples like Left Hand Milk Stout.
Hopfields has one of the best burgers in town, the Pascal, as well as a solid selection of beer.Jay Janner
Hopfields, 3110 Guadalupe St.
One of the first places to introduce Austin to the concept of a gastropub (a bar with high-quality food, that is), Hopfields is the sort of place where seemingly fussy French-inspired fare — like chicken liver mousse and moules frites — is served with a pint of beer. The staff here works hard to cultivate a diverse list of brews, from Founders’ new Solid Gold Lager to the 2016 Prairie BOMB Imperial Stout.
Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey St.
This sprawling Rainey Street spot has the largest tap wall in Austin with more than 100 draft lines, and its size (and the diligence of Banger’s beer buyers) means Banger’s is kept well-stocked with beers you might not see anywhere else. Though the beer garden is often packed with people and their dogs, a multimillion dollar expansion is underway that will provide more room — and 101 more taps.RELATED:6 dog-friendly bars in Austin where you and your pooch can hang out