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
American craft cocktails, wine, and beer are the focus here, as well as pub fare such as crawfish-stuffed fried green tomatoes, Texas Kobe burgers, and Texas Gulf shrimp salad.
207 E. 53rd 512/614-6683
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
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
Wet your whistle with a beer-tasting tray before sampling roasted garlic bulbs with goat cheese and bacon-wrapped scallops or a salmon, duck, or tenderloin entrée. If you've missed Cask Night, you can still get beer to go.
10010 Capital of TX Hwy. N. 512/467-6969
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 S. Congress 512/482-8842
If you're looking for a huge selection of artisanal bourbons, this is the place for you, but don't miss the inventive dishes coming out of the kitchen. The Fig in a Pig is a grilled, bacon-wrapped fig stuffed with bleu cheese.
409 Colorado 512/472-2822