Hudson's on Mercer
381 Mercer St., Dripping Springs, 78620, 512/894-2075
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.
3435 Greystone, 512/369-3751
What’s an Irish pub without Irish music? Named after first generation Irish immigrant Bessie Dee Riley, B.D. Riley’s retains a bit of Old World charm before the street descends into the shot bars of Dirty Sixth. Residencies include rock & roll harp from the Kristen Gibbs band and the mandolin of Donnybrook leader Davey Arwine, but there’s music every night from Austin performers, including the harmonic free-for-all of the Sunday night Irish tune session, and Monday’s Celtic-flavored open mic. Sláinte!
204 E. Sixth, 512/494-1335