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Cuisine: Pub Grub
Check out one of the 55-inch hi-def TVs, and wash down an excellent chicken-fried chicken with the coldest beer around.
21815 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood + 512/264-3777
In addition to great appetizers and pub fare, Aussie's offers big-screen TVs and beach volleyball courts out back.
306 Barton Springs Rd. + 512/480-0952
Picked by our readers as 2012’s Best Kept Secret, Austin Terrier serves pizza and sandwiches alongside a good beer selection. Order the Trio of Fries – it's an orgy of flavors. Read our review.
3435 Greystone + 512/369-3751
This tiny place serves reasonable small plates such as chicken-fried olives stuffed with bleu cheese and pomme frites with truffle aioli and Pecorino, as well as some of the most inventive cocktails in town. Read our review.
200 Congress + 512/827-2755
Irish music, excellent pub grub, and Guinness and Smithwick's Ale by the 20-ounce imperial pint make this a great place to watch sports. Check out six 42-inch hi-def plasma TVs and the 65-inch "ScreenZilla" Mitsubishi in back.
204 E. Sixth + 512/494-1335
9070 Research #101 + 512/614-0252
Despite the fried pickle and jalapeño slices, mini corn dogs, and sliders, not everything here is tiny. Happy hour draws a crowd, as does the wall of TVs.
6901 N. I-35 + 512/454-2247
214 E. Sixth + 512/469-0001
Has everything from sliders to carnitas, and TVs abound. So do the beer choices, with 20 on tap and more than 50 by the bottle. Try the portobello cheesesteak if you have room after the cheese curds and fried pickles. Read our review.
2108 S. Lamar + 512/707-2744
This bar features quality spirits with an emphasis on whiskeys. Sit at one of the picnic tables in the gigantic back yard and enjoy a Blackheart with muddled cherries.
86 Rainey + 512/391-1566
Casino el Camino is famous for huge, juicy burgers with a variety of toppings and excellent hot dogs smothered in chili. Vegetarian options are available, and there's a fabulous jukebox, too.
517 E. Sixth + 512/469-9330
Twenty-five beers on tap, 24 plasma TVs, NBA League Pass, ESPN GameDay, and a late-night menu make this a favorite place for getting your cheer on.
300 E. Fourth + 512/473-0450
Word got out that the burgers are divine, and soon we discovered a varied and plenty appetizer menu. Our mouths were too full of Parmesan fries to take it all in, but we know the Chicken-Fried Beef Tenderloin takes the sports bar menu to a new respectability. Never fear for thirst – the beer selection here is terrific. Read our review.
2700 W. Anderson #202 + 512/374-1121
Enjoy the reliably delicious meat or veggie burgers and great seasoned fries with any of the reasonably priced beers on tap.
2911 San Jacinto + 512/322-9168
Is ready to host the big game with 12 hi-def TVs and cheap specials from the generous menu to soak up all that alcohol.
5207 Brodie #100, Sunset Valley + 512/892-5200
Thirty-one beers on tap may remind us of a certain drinking game, but don't get distracted from exploring the eclectic, affordable menu. Several flat-screens add to the jovial patio feel.
1123 S. Congress + 512/448-9181
Nom your way through fish and chips, or maybe even a Scotch egg or two, but save room for the 42 kinds of draft beer.
406 W. 17th + 512/479-0598
"Traditional bar food with a Southern edge" is what is promised here, and by the look of satisfied customers looking for their cars, it must deliver.
715 W. Sixth + 512/531-9062
Shoot pool, enjoy good beer specials, and stuff yourself with the area's greasiest and most satisfying indulgence: DoubleDave's pepperoni rolls.
9500 S. I-35 Ste. E-500 + 512/301-3283