Cuisine: Gastro Pub
This attractive, comfortable place has exceptional small-dish food, great drinks, and a stunning wine list.
612 W. Sixth 512/474-2194
This may be a bar providing Alamo Drafthouse movie-goers with a new foraging alternative, but Chef John Bullington's snacky menu includes interpretations of classic Mexican street food, such as N.Y. Strip alambras and a giant Sonoran hot dog. Brunch is exciting as well, what with tangy avocado tomatilla sauces, and poblanos in the chichimigas.
5701 W. Slaughter 512/861-7069
This popular gastro-pub offers small plates of skillfully prepared seasonal and local foods. Read our review.
2024 S. Lamar 512/394-8150
Start with shrimp 'n' grits, tofu popcorn, or a choose-your-own tasting plate, and try the sandwiches or dinner entrées as you work through the local brews.
7020 Easy Wind #100 512/452-2337
From big screen TVs and unlimited sports, to soft leather recliners with built-in beer glass holders and a TV tray, this new spot has you in mind. With American gastro-pub fare and 80 beers on tap, you won't want to go home.
11680 Research, Ste. A 512/343-2000
207 E. 53rd 512/614-6683
“Slow down and stay awhile” is the motto of this upscale diner. While a split-level bakeshop and beer garden may seem an unlikely pairing, the interplay among handcrafted breads, house-cured meats, and a lovingly curated beer menu is surprisingly successful. Read our review.
709 E. Sixth 512/614-4972
The inventive American bistro fare focuses on quality ingredients. The huge stock of beers, ales, wines, and Belgian and Lambic brews draws a good crowd.
2900 N. Quinlan Park Rd. Ste. A-150 512/266-3466
The menu here is divided into bites, chomps, and food. Seven of the nine brews offered here are from Texas, including Argus Cidery Bandera Brut, Jester King Farmhouse ‘Wytchmaker’, Austin Beerworks Fire Eagle American IPA, and Real Ale Phoenixx Dbl ESB. Read our review.
306 E. 53rd 512/459-1010
East-siders come to play pool, or to flex their cerebral muscle with the Geeks Who Drink pub quiz on Wednesday nights. With a full menu of sandwiches and soup and an encyclopedic beer selection, it definitely feels more like a cozy pub than a destination bar. But people come out raving about the menu: Crisp salads, and a crazy sandwich selection. Power outlets in half of the booths, and an amazing range of beers keep the place busy until closing.
2316 Webberville Rd. 512/610-2031
2310 Manor Rd. 512/234-6702
This popular Hyde Park watering hole features French comfort food that transcends the genre of bar fare. The frites are nearly perfect: not too thin or thick, with some skin, appropriately salted, and sprinkled with parsley. Read our review.
3110 Guadalupe 512/537-0467
Features a wide range of local brews and Texas spirits, and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.
500 E. Fourth 512/493-4901
You can have anything from bangers and mash to steak while sampling from 17 beers on tap and 25 by the bottle. We're curious about King Richard's Eggs on the brunch menu.
701 Capital of TX Hwy. S., West Lake Hills 512/335-5466
There are still some eclectic grocery items here, but the real story is 24 local and craft beer taps and a collection of small plates for happy hour and late-night foragers alike. Breakfast tacos emerge at 8am on weekdays here with a sassy sweet potato option, before Saltimbocca sandwiches steal the spotlight. Wine alternatives include three whites, three reds, a sparkling, as well as a rose by the glass. We wonder if we can still get a Slushie... Read our review.
1208 E. 11th 512/479-0136
2207 Manor Rd. 512/469-7630
1300 E. Seventh
Executive Chef Mat Clouser and sous chef Zack Northcutt are turning out impressive small plates loaded with umami flavors, with a variety of international influences and an emphasis on housemade everything. Try the grilled baby octopi and the antelope steak frites. The former Kyoto space has had a shabby chic makeover and we hear the bathrooms are faint-worthy. Read our review.
315 Congress 512/482-8842