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9 Austin Craft Beer Destinations

Where to go to drink the city's best brews

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Beers from Draught House.
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Austin’s craft beer scene is always thriving, clearly seen with the expanding number of breweries setting forth for the city (and growing). This means there is certainly no shortage of places to grab excellent local brews from Live Oak Brewing, Austin Beerworks, Hops & Grain, and more

This summer, find beer bars like the lovely Draught House, the sturdy options of Workhorse Bar, kolache haven Batch, Belgian-focused Mort Subite, and others. (And even though Texas-forever beer bar Craft Pride is now closed, it’s aiming to reopen somewhere new at some point.)

For a guide to the best breweries with taprooms and tours in the Austin area, Eater has it covered here. Then there are the city’s best beer gardens. Looking for other boozy options? There are cocktails and wine.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

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Located just off the Capital Metro Crestview Station rail stop, Black Star Co-op remains the first cooperatively owned and worker self-managed brewpub providing patrons with sublime daily specials and a rotating selection of house and guest drafts. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services; takeout orders can be placed online.

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Beer at Black Star Co-op
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Workhorse Bar

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There are no frills or pretension at Workhorse Bar. However, there are around 45 taps (including local favorites like Austin Beerworks and Live Oak), a jukebox, and plenty of regulars at this North Loop hangout. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas; takeout and delivery orders can be placed online.

Draught House Pub & Brewery

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The Draught House may be cozy and welcoming, but it’s still a craft beer giant and iconic in its own right. Know what you want and have your ID ready at the bar as the line of patrons often flows right into the parking lot. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas; takeout orders can be placed online.

Hopfields

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There’s something undeniably appealing about Hopfields, with an exceptional selection of craft beers available on draft, in cans, and in bottles paired with a menu that includes items such as ratatouille, steak frites, and mussels. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

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A beer at Hopfields.
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Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches

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The kolache haven is perfect for beer geeks, boasting of a bar with 12 rotating taps and shop full of 400+ bottles and cans, with an emphasis on microbrews. Those looking to drink in the store are more than welcome to with a corkage fee (or take advantage of the no-corkage-fee-happy-hour) . There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas; takeout orders can be placed online,

Mort Subite

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The Belgian bar focuses on beers from the European country, like trappist, hefeweizens, pilsners, and more, alongside brews from other places, including Central Texas. Mark a special occasion by sabering giant bottles of Deus, served in champagne glasses. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

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Coffee and beer are on equal footing here. As for the hoppy beverages, there are nearly 40 rotating taps with a heavy local emphasis. Check out Clarksville-adjacent sibling restaurant Better Half for a similar focus on beer. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas; takeout orders cane b placed online.

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Beer from Brew & Brew.
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Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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There just aren’t a whole lot of things more enticing than sausage and craft beer. The massive undertaking awaits the hungry and thirsty at Banger’s, which boasts the largest tap wall in Austin (now 207 thanks to its expansion) and ample outdoor seating.

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A beer from Banger’s.
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Radio Coffee & Beer

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For South Austinites, Radio is the place to go for a nice selection of Austin-area beers, from St. Elmo to Hops and Grain. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

Beer being poured into a beer glass from a pitcher
Beer at Black Star Co-op
Black Star Co-op/Facebook

Located just off the Capital Metro Crestview Station rail stop, Black Star Co-op remains the first cooperatively owned and worker self-managed brewpub providing patrons with sublime daily specials and a rotating selection of house and guest drafts. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services; takeout orders can be placed online.

Beer being poured into a beer glass from a pitcher
Beer at Black Star Co-op
Black Star Co-op/Facebook

Workhorse Bar

There are no frills or pretension at Workhorse Bar. However, there are around 45 taps (including local favorites like Austin Beerworks and Live Oak), a jukebox, and plenty of regulars at this North Loop hangout. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas; takeout and delivery orders can be placed online.

Draught House Pub & Brewery

The Draught House may be cozy and welcoming, but it’s still a craft beer giant and iconic in its own right. Know what you want and have your ID ready at the bar as the line of patrons often flows right into the parking lot. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas; takeout orders can be placed online.

Hopfields

A globe glass of beer.
A beer at Hopfields.
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There’s something undeniably appealing about Hopfields, with an exceptional selection of craft beers available on draft, in cans, and in bottles paired with a menu that includes items such as ratatouille, steak frites, and mussels. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in services.

A globe glass of beer.
A beer at Hopfields.
Hopfields/Facebook

Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches

The kolache haven is perfect for beer geeks, boasting of a bar with 12 rotating taps and shop full of 400+ bottles and cans, with an emphasis on microbrews. Those looking to drink in the store are more than welcome to with a corkage fee (or take advantage of the no-corkage-fee-happy-hour) . There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas; takeout orders can be placed online,

Mort Subite

The Belgian bar focuses on beers from the European country, like trappist, hefeweizens, pilsners, and more, alongside brews from other places, including Central Texas. Mark a special occasion by sabering giant bottles of Deus, served in champagne glasses. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

Three glasses of beers.
Beer from Brew & Brew.
Brew and Brew/Facebook

Coffee and beer are on equal footing here. As for the hoppy beverages, there are nearly 40 rotating taps with a heavy local emphasis. Check out Clarksville-adjacent sibling restaurant Better Half for a similar focus on beer. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas; takeout orders cane b placed online.

Three glasses of beers.
Beer from Brew & Brew.
Brew and Brew/Facebook

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

A glass of dark beer.
A beer from Banger’s.
Banger’s/Facebook

There just aren’t a whole lot of things more enticing than sausage and craft beer. The massive undertaking awaits the hungry and thirsty at Banger’s, which boasts the largest tap wall in Austin (now 207 thanks to its expansion) and ample outdoor seating.

A glass of dark beer.
A beer from Banger’s.
Banger’s/Facebook

Radio Coffee & Beer

For South Austinites, Radio is the place to go for a nice selection of Austin-area beers, from St. Elmo to Hops and Grain. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

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