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.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 19, 2013
Visited October 2011.
Stopped in early in the morning for an eye opener. Actually it was about noon, so not quite as depressing. Also stopped back in later that same night to grab a beer and listen to some live music. This is a bottle shop that has a pretty large selection with some neat stuff. Tons of Texas-made beer that I had never heard of on tap in addition to some of the bigger name stuff. They do samples which helps if you have no idea what half the stuff on tap is. Service was good and helpful. The place smelled strongly of Indian spices which isn’t bad per se but if you’re not into that it could be bothersome. The patio in the back is the way to go if it’s open but the bar is nice as well. I need to get back now that they’re brewing (supposedly).
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.
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.
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.
A beer store/beer bar/Indian restaurant that is extremely unique. They have a nice outdoor seating area and inside is a bit dark but even have a stage for music. Bartender was extremely friendly and quite knowledgeable. Tons of taps and about 4-5 house beers. Then you have the store which has a ton of bottles as well. Food was great and prices were good as well! Should this place be listed as a brewery? Bar? Beer store? I don’t know, but all I know is it is an absolute must hit!
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.
Stopped in looking for something specific but they were sold out of it. Hard to get to, on the I-35 outer road. Tight aisle with coolers but good selection. Even better because of the bar. Didn’t drink anything or eat. Great atmosphere inside. Really need to make a return visit to get the full experience.