Whip In

Mayor: TBone (1) | Taps: 58 | Bottles: 200+
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis  (1019) Sunnyvale, California | April 28, 2017
Well this is an interesting place. I was looking for the bottle shop and at first thought it was the Beverage Depot immediately adjacent. Dont make that mistake - nothing to see here. Whip In itself has the tiniest lot in the universe; maybe four cars can fit? Street parking is available however. I can imagine it gets challenging at busy times. The place is typical gulf area. It appears to be constructed out of storm debris; pieces of corrugated sheet metal and driftwood mostly. I am quite sure this would never pass any kind of building code inspection in California. There is an outdoor seating area and outdoor bar, as well as inside; which is fairly dark. Row of coolers and row of shelves make up the bottle selection, not bad, but nothing really special to be found. Taplist was decent. Didnt try food. Huh. I guess I was just not in the mood for this place today.
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
TBone  (337) Pori, Finland | March 7, 2017
Interesting location next to Interstate, outside of city center. We took a bus and walked half a mile to the spot. Perhaps not so eclectic as I thought... Airy place with a good selection of beers and wines. Bottle shop is nicely organized, airy. Didn’t eat. One of the places to visit while in Austin.
86
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Leighton  (1032) London, England | May 30, 2016
An excellent, eclectic place. Came here for breakfast one day - had the Mumbai Migas, which was awesome. I also had a fresh and tasty TX IPA with my breakfast. Good quality, fair value.

This place also doubles as a bottle shop, and there is also a large range of beers on sale. Great range of TX micros, in addition to national craft brewers and imports.

Overall, this is really an outstanding place and definitely worth visiting.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
theisti  (884) Kansas | March 14, 2016
Visited later afternoon on a Thursday. Others have called this place unique, bizarre, eclectic, etc. All very true, the weird factor of this place is off the charts - it’s a cinder block beat down building by an interstate that has an outdoor patio and stage, a top class bottle shop, a cool dive bar and house beers. Oh yeah, they have Tex-Mex Indian food too. Parking is out back, and I entered through that door. You immediately enter into the bottle shop portion of the building, which has a broad selection of Texas and national craft. The beer guy took time out of stocking to show me the newest hoppy beers, and beers he was generally excited about. Selection and prices were as good or better than any other place I have been in Austin. As you continue into the building, you enter the darker bar area that has two long bars, and tables spread throughout the room. Counter to order food. Draft beer selection is 27 guest beers and 3 house brewed sours. Beer as available as draft, flights and growlers. Service was great, super knowledgeable on the beers and a pleasure to chat with. I was really impressed by the quality of the house brewed sours and the Indian food. Such a cool place.

88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
68
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
chibuck  (580) Chicago, Illinois | October 8, 2015
Really unique spot that is bar with 60 taps, a bottle shop to take and drink there, and food. I was hoping the selection would be better as it was a little light on Texas but had tons of stuff across the country. Nice people decent spot, but I was a little disappointed with rare Texas factor.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
jhamp9  (42) Corinth, Texas | June 28, 2014
Nice selection of drafts. Good bottle selection also. Their beers are interesting as well. Busy every time I’ve been there so service can take a bit and parking is a pain. Too place and definitely worth a visit.
84
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Travlr  (2848) Charlotte , North Carolina | April 12, 2014
OK, this is definitely a bizarre place. It’s just south of town of I-35. Small parking lot out front. The outside looks kind of decrepit and off-putting. But step inside and you are in sort of an Elvis meets Bollywood meets 7 Eleven meets beer geek nirvana. The bar on the left has elevated stools and chalk drawings of Ganesh, the elephanr god. They have house beers, supposedly brewed on premises, under the name Kamala Brewing - even though it was just ten in the morning, I had to partake, even though a flight of four was $15. They were pretty tasty and creative, and paired well with a sort of curry meets TexMex breakfast. The colers in back have an interesting range of local, regional, national, Belgian and German beers - and yes, even some from the imperial land of the former raj. Service is very friendly and helpful. Definitely worth a stop.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Ferris  (1428) Burnaby, British Columbia | April 6, 2014
Eclectic indoor and outdoor space with lots of Indian and Asian influence. Food is good and an East meets West fusion. Selection of beer is pretty big and the staff know their stuff. A good place to go.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR  (424) Los Angeles, California | April 5, 2014
Oddest nano brewery/brewpub/beerstore that I have ever been to. Eclectic only in Austin vibe. Long, odd bar, beers to go. House beers, guest taps, coffee, tea, kombucha. Friendly service, good prices. Easy parking. Doesn’t look like much from the outside. The bathroom smells like someone died in it. Oddly conflicted and confused, but I enjoyed my time there.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
erickok  (274) Leuven, Belgium | January 10, 2014
Odd place. Is it an Indian restaurant? A bar ? A bottle shop? All apparently, but for me this seems to result in compromises on all. To be honest I didn’t try the food, but the bar looks shabby and the amount of storage for beers is fairly limited. Some nice beers are available and New ones are clearly marked as such, which is nice, but from the top rated Austin beer shop I expected quite a bit more. Professional but not very personal service. I left with good beers but also a bit disappointed, especially when I then found almost all of them at a lower price at Central Market. They seem to have their heart at the right place, but the place needs work.

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