1123 S. Congress
Hours: Sun.-Fri., 11am-12mid; Sat., 11am-1am
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.
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
is known to bill itself as a family restaurant, but Mom never served us platters of fried food while dressed like this. With more than 20 hi-def TVs, you won't notice the support hosiery.
425 W. Riverside, 512/478-9464
The menu is essentially an assortment of snacks, small plates, and large plates designed to mix and match for different sized parties and appetites. From spiced nuts to tender beer-braised short ribs over celery root purée, or spaghetti and meatballs that would make Nonna glow with pride, each dish has a unique signature that makes it downright habit-forming.
3715-A S. First, 512/291-6299