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Austin is a fantastic beer city. Lots of great spots to drink, and most restaurants will have a decent craft beer selection. Here are my picks for must-visit beer spots.
1. Draught House
An Austin institution with a big, well curated craft beer selection. Great neighborhood pub atmosphere.
2. Craft Pride
All Texas beer on draft and an incredible selection of it. Great bar (and great pizza truck on the patio- VIA 313)!
3. Pinthouse Pizza North and South locations.
The pizza is ok, but the beer they make there is fantastic. They specialize in amazing IPAs, but everything they brew is top-notch. Get a flight or two at each location– they each have different brewers and lineups.
4. Easy Tiger
Awesome bakery/beer garden. Great food/beer selection. Voted one of America’s top new artisanal bakeries. Food by Top Chef Andrew Curran.
5. Wright Bros. Brew and Brew
Great beer and coffee, some bottles to go. Awesome people.
1. Jester King
This is a must. They’re out in the hill country, and are making some very interesting and delicious beers. Check their website for tour info. Oh, and skip the pizza there, and instead go to Pieous down the road. Their pastrami is some of the best I’ve had.
2. The ABGB
The guys KILL IT at GABF, wining tons of gold medals, and Large Brewpub of the Year 3 years in a row. Great beer and food, and lots of indoor and outdoor tables.
3. Austin Beerworks
Great beer. Check their website for tour info.
4. Live Oak
They just opened their taproom right by the Airport. Seriously one of the best brewers of German style beers in the world.
5. Pinthouse Pizza North and South locations.
Get a flight or two at each location– they each have different brewers and lineups, and are both stellar.
6. St. Elmo
One of the new kids on the block, but making solid brew. Carl Kölsch has quickly become a favorite. Also, be sure to eat at the food truck, Soursop! The food is insane.
7. Blue Owl
America’s first all sour mash brewery! Great stuff, and will only get better.
8. Hops & Grain
Great beer and tap room. Check their website for tour info.
1. Uchi and Uchiko
Chef Tyson Cole’s sushi/japanese fusion projects. Truly spectacular.
2. Barley Swine
Brice Gilmore (up for a James Beard chef award) is doing some amazing stuff here.
3. East Side King
James Beard Award winner (and Top Chef) Paul Qui’s crazy Japanese street food restaurants. Several locations (mainly food carts behind bars).
4. Ramen Tatsu-Ya
There’s a reason multiple publications rated this place as the best Ramen in the nation. North and South locations make this an easy stop.
5. Valentina’s, Kerlin BBQ or LA Barbecue.
Franklin BBQ is the best, but the 5-hour line you’ll be standing in first thing in the morning to get some before it sells out SUCKS. These other 3 are practically just as good, and you won’t have to wait more than an hour.
6. Odd Duck
Another killer restaurant from Brice Gilmore. Try the barrel-aged cocktails, and as many of the small plates as you can.
7. Salt & Time
Best burger in town (dinner only) get it with cheese, andouja, and a fried egg to see what heaven tastes like.
8. VIA 313
Incredible Detroit style pizza. Grab some from their E 6th St trailer, or their sit-down restaurant in Southwest Austin.
Cocktails (all of these are amazing):
Outstanding cocktails. While you’re there, eat at the food truck and check out the Mezcal bar (Mezcalería Tobalá) upstairs.
This place is tiny, but completely worth it.
3. Midnight Cowboy Modeling
Used to be an Asian massage parlor, but is now a hidden, throwback prohibition-style cocktail bar. Reservations required.
Yum. That’s all I have to say.
Tips: Aside from my reccs, avoid most of 6th Street nightlife West of the Interstate (frat boys and college thug wannabes). East 6th is pretty cool, if you like hipsters and great music. Check listings for shows in advance. Lots of music stuff sells out (the stuff that’s worth seeing, anyway). Hope you have a car.