Not sure if itís just me but the place had an aging sports bar feel to it... maybe itís just me I guess. Beer-nothing out of the ordinary on what you can pick up at liquor stores or grocery stores tor that matter, but they do run nice specials OFTEN. Food- double burg went down nice and easy, not too shabby. Service- good. Iíd come back again for the beer specials alone, but my free time keeps decreasing at a very rapid rate.
If I were still in school this might appeal to me more. Close to campus.
For this type of joint the selection is surprisingly good but not nearly in the league of The Draught House or other real beer bars.
A good bar in a great part of town. Nice enough. A bit too much of a sports bar feel for my taste. Good selection and decent prices, especially during happy hours. Food is decent with some vegan options.
As a UT student, I often find myself at the Chrancor - itís right next to campus. One thing I always chuckle at is seeing all of their craft brews in the mid-range price level and Harp, Guinness, etc. in the highest price block. Makes no sense, but Iím certainly not complaining... They consistently have a number of good taps, including a Deschutes or two, a few Live Oaks, a few Real Ales, etc. In short, itís not hard to find a pretty nice beer there at a pretty nice price. Donít expect any rare taps, special releases, or anything, though. Theyíve got a lot of bottles, but the prices are marked up pretty high - Iíve always stuck with the taps, which are very reasonable. The food is nice - mostly burgers, but theyíre good and the fries are exceptional. Itís bar food, but itís good bar food. Havenít ever had any service issues - food and bar service has always been fast. Not exactly a prime beer destination, but a great place to grab a beer and burger for lunch or between classes (shhhhhhhh!).
I spent all my time at Crown & Anchor out on the patio, which was really fun. It felt like being on a friendís screened-in porch during some kind of wild house party. Clientele appeared to be mostly UT affiliated, and there were all sorts of different people (and different kinds of canines too!) out on the porch (very busy for a Tuesday!). Beer selection appeared decent. Service was walk-up only (for beer, they brought out food), which was a bit of a drag at first, but seemed to make more and more sense as the place got busier and busier. I had a burger, which was good, but needed more hard-to-get condiments. Fries were piping hot and super gold and crispy (they way I like them!). Ambience at Crown & Anchor is the highlight. The patio experience (replete with being in a shed-restroom attached to the patio) was different than a January night at a bar in Milwaukee.
Iíve only been to the Crown & Anchor during daylight hours, so I canít vouch for the crowds later at night, but during the day the crowd has usually been sparse but not dead, and there always seems to be at least one or two people that stopped in while walking their dogs. I donít know why, but I like a bar that encourages people to bring in their dogs. The selection here is a nice compromise between cheap beer that the broker college students can indulge in and a fair cross section of micros and imports. As kbub mentioned, their draft selection is probably just shy of the Dog & Duck, although in terms of atmosphere the Crown & Anchor seems to have a bit less of the Olde English vibe - it mainly just seems like your average American bar done up mildly with a sports theme. Definitely a bar that Iíve enjoyed going to the times I was there, but in dusting the cobwebs off my memory I havenít come up with any rousing reasons to regret not having been back lately. One definite negative: one of the smallest, worst menís rooms in the Austin bar scene.
This is probably my favorite campus bar (along with Showdown). The bartenders are usually quite polite considering how crowded this place can get. The crowd can be somewhat eclectic, but I would say mid-to-upper 20ís is the norm. The selection is nice, although most of them are in bottles. They have a nice handy chalkboard that groups the selection by country so you donít have to squint to see back into the cooler. Couple of pool tables and dartboards. TVís in and out. The big deck and patio is one of the best places in Austin to go chill and have some beer.
The prices for the pitchers are amazing. You can get a pitcher of Shiner here for a great price. Bottle prices are more typical. The outside is dog-friendly.
Parking can be a pain sometimes because the lot is awkwardly shaped, but you can generally find something on the street.
My only bad experience with this place has been with some of the dart-Nazis. There are some VERY good dart-throwers here, and sometimes I get the feeling they feel they own that corner of the bar. Maybe they do, but I donít care for the attitude.
Maybe the best of the campus area bars. Around 30 beers on tap, many more by the bottle. Prices are reasonable, and there are good specials to be had on various days. There are a pair of dart boards and pool tables; lots of good players shoot darts here, and the boards are usually taken. Burgers are excellent and affordable.