Large place a bit north of town. Plenty of lot and street parking. You queue right at the front door, and there was a constant line the whole time I was there. But they’ll also serve you at the bar, so that’s where I sat. Draft list is extensive and creative. A very worthwhile stop.
3fourths (1569) Boulder, Colorado | February 22, 2005| Updated April 20, 2013
Has the look and feel inside of the Horse Brass in Portland. The crowd is part college kids and part college dropouts. Beer served in shakers or mugs. Nice selection of taps, I was really impressed with the selection, and the house beers were inventive and creative, even if they weren’t the best thing in the world. Lots of old tables with collections of carved graffiti. A good place to go for a good, dark pub feel.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 20, 2013| Updated September 24, 2013
Visited October 2011.
This was a late night stop. Even late at night it was very busy. They have a very large tap list with some good stuff on the list. Actually I found very little that I hadn’t tried already but I did enjoy some Rodenbach Grand Cru, which is something that we hadn’t had in LA in at least a couple of years. Inside at the bar was noisy and busy, and also very dark. Not a bad atmosphere but outside at the picnic tables was more enjoyable. I’ll stop in again if/when I go back to Austin.
This is an interesting place that certainly makes you feel like you are in Texas. Small lot with cars in every direction makes parking fun. Large outdoor seating area in communal long picnic tables. About as spartan as possible inside. Nothing on the walls other than one TV, minimal space between the bar and the door, less between the business side of the bar and the back wall. Nowhere did I see any indication of what was on tap other than their own beers, which makes life interesting. The whole place smelled fairly strongly of industrial cleaner, which likely was in response to what it USED to smell like, as noted in a few reviews as well as a local who came in after me and seemed happy about it. No flights; the bartender said that they tried it once and it lasted less than a day. Primary problem is working space behind the bar, I guess. Whatever. They have half pours, so I got a couple halfs and headed outside. Neither were good. C’est la vie. Can’t recommend this place for their house beer, but with that many taps there is bound to be something worth drinking, and sitting outside has its benefits.
Met up with fly here around dinner time on a Wednesday. Neat older pub look as you approach, with a ton of outdoor sidewalk tables and benches. The interior is smaller, and very classic pub ambiance. The patio was busy that night, and there was a steady, organized stream of folks lining up to order beers at the bar. 70 or so beers on, many of which were from Texas and 6 beers that were brewed in house. All beers are listed clearly on a large digital menu above the bar. Service was efficient and handled the crowd well. Food was available via a pizza truck in the parking lot. I really liked the vibe and beer selection of this place. Thanks for meeting me out, fly!
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
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(Visited 08/2012): Draught House is located in the North Loop area of Austin on Medical Parkway. The street name and physical location may both lead you to believe you are in the wrong place but it is there. They have a somewhat small lot that was packed on my visit, but there is street parking in the surrounding neighborhood too.
They have a patio outside. The interior is cozy and dark with a worn-in feel. The bar is directly in the rear. There are some tables in the rest of the space. A line forms at the center of the bar as there is no table service. Collection of tap handles and various breweriana displayed.
The place lives up to their name, with around 75 draught options from breweries like Deep Ellum, Real Ale, (512), Thirsty Planet, Deschutes, Lazy Magnolia, Rahr, Austin Beerworks, Hops & Grain and St. Arnold. Several bottled options too.
Service on a relatively busy weekday evening at the bar was good. I was served by different bartenders and they were all on their game.
I did not have any food on this visit.
All in all this is definitely a spot worth seeking out for a solid selection, especially for Texas brews.
GT (672) San Diego, California | September 14, 2014
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Beer Bar Location. . . . . . . .North Austin Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Normal Tap Selection. . . .Enormous, Eclectic, Well Designed Bottle Selection. .Unknown Samplers. . . . . . ...Small Pours, Half Pours Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes Beer Level. . . . . ..Excellent Food Level. . . . ...Food Truck Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Accomodating, Pour Experts Growlers. . . . . . ...Perhaps? Noise Level. . . . ..Loud Décor. . . . . . . . . ..Dark Wood German Tavern and Beer Garden Good for Kids. . ..No Parking. . . . . . . ...Private Lot Cash Only. . . . . ..No Recommended. ..Yes Comments: Gigantic tap list is posted on four separate flat panel monitors with a well designed, diverse list with many local offerings along with super fresh kegs of local pilsners including a bomb keg of Real Ale Hans Pils that was by far the best beer of my 14 day roadtrip along I-10. Proper glassware and proper temperature. Great pours with proper head. Lots of attention to detail that I appreciated. Beer garden outside was beautiful with string lighting and picnic benches. Really loved this place and cannot recommend it enough.
Stopped in during a quick visit in Austin. An old dark wooden looking building with a bit of outside seating and a few TVs. Definitely been around for a bit. Bartender was solid during my visit. Selection was really nice with some great taps as well as their own beers. Didn’t sample any food on my visit. Prices were very affordable and one of the better places in Austin.
A stop during RBWG 2012. A nice old bar feel inside with a nice sized patio that you can either sit down at tables or stand up. A great list of beer on tap. A nice stop. I’d visit again if in the area.
Stopped in for a drink late on a Friday night. Old Alpine-style building and woody old world interior. Flat screen menus above the bar were allegedly new and seemed a little out of place. But it does make ordering easier since you have to do it at the bar and the line goes straight back to the door. We sat outside on the large patio. Crowd was mostly out there. Nice people. No house food that I saw but daily food trucks outside. People tailgate here for some reason. Odd but funny and cool, I guess. I’d like to come back and drink more and hang out at the bar when it’s empty. I’d visit here if I were you and visiting Austin.