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13 Austin Bars Where You Can Eat Well

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Eating at a bar does not have to mean you have to suffer  through a menu created entirely in a deep fryer. Though many bars offer stellar food trucks, there are others that offer chefs commanding full kitchens, producing food on par with top restaurants.

This leads to Eater's guide to the best bars serving excellent food. In addition to A+ alcoholic offerings, the places on this list also get the details right with the dishes. Paired with thoughtful cocktails are full-on meals from Drink.Well and The Townsend. The ABGB proudly names the local farms it works with to create fresh fare, Easy Tiger is committed to making everything in-house. Whether you’re looking for white-tablecloth-worthy cuisine with Hopfield’s or simply one of the best sandwiches ever invented at Waller Creek Pub, any of these bars is an excellent spot to linger for hours while eating and drinking the night away.

For more booze fun, check out Eater's guide to essential cocktail bars, the freshest drinking spots in town, and exemplary places for beer.

Everything below is unranked. If your favorite food-serving bar isn't listed below, let Eater know through the tipline, comments, or start a forum thread.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Drink.Well

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207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 614-6683
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The gold standard for gastropubs in Austin, Drink.Well draws seasonal inspiration for its carefully crafted cocktails and stellar bar fare. If gnocchi is on the menu, get it — and save room for the housemade Twinkies.
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2. Hopfields

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3110 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 537-0467
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Want fancy French-inspired fare with your craft beer? This campus gem boasts serious kitchen chops (think: butter-poached crab or a burger with camembert) along with a wide selection of beer, wine, and cocktails in a convivial atmosphere.

3. Waller Creek Pub House

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603 Sabine St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 358-1903
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Tucked away on the quieter end of Sixth Street, this pub has a small, but mighty menu. Go for the T.A.B.L.E. sandwich (a BLT with avocado and egg) or Greek-style fries with feta and rosemary.

4. The Roosevelt Room

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307 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78701
A sleek bar with award-winning cocktails (The Poet’s Muse is a delight), The Roosevelt Room has recently started to make full use of its kitchen. The melty grilled cheese with gouda and cheddar pairs well with the creamy tomato bisque touched with vermouth for upscale comfort food.

5. Winebelly

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519 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 487-1569
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Wine and tapas rule at the South Austin neighborhood standby. Try the parmesan truffle fries, pan-seared halibut, or tender Wagyu beef sliders.

6. The Townsend

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718 Congress Ave Ste 100
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 887-8778
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Though known for its strong cocktails, the small plates also shine at The Townsend. The cacio e pepe with squid ink pasta is a rich indulgence, and the succulent fried chicken with North African spices leaves a pleasant burn.

7. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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81 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 386-1656
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The savory duck, bacon, and fig sausage from this Rainey Street hotspot certainly proves that hot dogs can be gourmet. Enjoy on their sunny outdoor patio with a pint from the largest tap wall in Austin—or visit on Sundays for a filling brunch menu and massive mimosas with beer

8. Small Victory

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108 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701
After finding the tiny logo on the door and ascending a winding staircase, patrons of this speakeasy are rewarded with expertly-made cocktails and an enticing charcuterie board.
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9. Easy Tiger

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709 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 614-4972
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Beloved for its baguettes and other goods from the bakery, Easy Tiger also prepares meats in-house. Refuel after an intense ping pong match in the shaded outdoor beer garden with a corned beef sandwich, pork ribs with maple and stout glaze, or their famous pretzel with beer cheese.

10. Weather Up

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1808 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-0464
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In addition to happy hour snacks and flawless cocktails, Weather Up offers a full brunch menu with temptations like biscuits benedict and pecan waffles with cinnamon whipped cream.

11. The ABGB

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1305 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 298-2242
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ABGB creates essentially culinary art on pizza crusts, with ingredients like venison, ‘nduja, and quail eggs all making regular appearances. Pair the brewery’s distinctive beers (the hoppy Big Mama Red is not for the faint of heart) with one of those inventive pie, fresh salad, or sharable small plates.

12. Porter Ale House & Gastropub

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3715 S 1st St Ste A
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 291-6299
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Elevated pub fare here means dishes like beer cheese fondue, scamorza smoked mozzarella sticks, and the famed pillowy-soft pierogis.
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13. Whip In Convenience Store & Pub

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1950 S Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-5337
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A corner store/taproom/Indian fusion restaurant, Whip In is certainly unique. Choose from its vast and well-curated beer and wine selection to go with dishes like Kashmir Frito pie (made with spicy goat chili) or classic chana masala.

1. Drink.Well

207 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751
Drink.Well/Official
The gold standard for gastropubs in Austin, Drink.Well draws seasonal inspiration for its carefully crafted cocktails and stellar bar fare. If gnocchi is on the menu, get it — and save room for the housemade Twinkies.
207 E 53rd St
Austin, TX 78751

2. Hopfields

3110 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705
Want fancy French-inspired fare with your craft beer? This campus gem boasts serious kitchen chops (think: butter-poached crab or a burger with camembert) along with a wide selection of beer, wine, and cocktails in a convivial atmosphere.
3110 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705

3. Waller Creek Pub House

603 Sabine St, Austin, TX 78701
Tucked away on the quieter end of Sixth Street, this pub has a small, but mighty menu. Go for the T.A.B.L.E. sandwich (a BLT with avocado and egg) or Greek-style fries with feta and rosemary.
603 Sabine St
Austin, TX 78701

4. The Roosevelt Room

307 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
A sleek bar with award-winning cocktails (The Poet’s Muse is a delight), The Roosevelt Room has recently started to make full use of its kitchen. The melty grilled cheese with gouda and cheddar pairs well with the creamy tomato bisque touched with vermouth for upscale comfort food.
307 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78701

5. Winebelly

519 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
Wine and tapas rule at the South Austin neighborhood standby. Try the parmesan truffle fries, pan-seared halibut, or tender Wagyu beef sliders.
519 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

6. The Townsend

718 Congress Ave Ste 100, Austin, TX 78701
Though known for its strong cocktails, the small plates also shine at The Townsend. The cacio e pepe with squid ink pasta is a rich indulgence, and the succulent fried chicken with North African spices leaves a pleasant burn.
718 Congress Ave Ste 100
Austin, TX 78701

7. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

81 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
The savory duck, bacon, and fig sausage from this Rainey Street hotspot certainly proves that hot dogs can be gourmet. Enjoy on their sunny outdoor patio with a pint from the largest tap wall in Austin—or visit on Sundays for a filling brunch menu and massive mimosas with beer
81 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

8. Small Victory

108 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701
Robert J. Lerma/EATX
After finding the tiny logo on the door and ascending a winding staircase, patrons of this speakeasy are rewarded with expertly-made cocktails and an enticing charcuterie board.
108 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78701

9. Easy Tiger

709 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Beloved for its baguettes and other goods from the bakery, Easy Tiger also prepares meats in-house. Refuel after an intense ping pong match in the shaded outdoor beer garden with a corned beef sandwich, pork ribs with maple and stout glaze, or their famous pretzel with beer cheese.
709 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

10. Weather Up

1808 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
In addition to happy hour snacks and flawless cocktails, Weather Up offers a full brunch menu with temptations like biscuits benedict and pecan waffles with cinnamon whipped cream.
1808 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

11. The ABGB

1305 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
ABGB creates essentially culinary art on pizza crusts, with ingredients like venison, ‘nduja, and quail eggs all making regular appearances. Pair the brewery’s distinctive beers (the hoppy Big Mama Red is not for the faint of heart) with one of those inventive pie, fresh salad, or sharable small plates.
1305 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

12. Porter Ale House & Gastropub

3715 S 1st St Ste A, Austin, TX 78704
Porter Ale House/Official
Elevated pub fare here means dishes like beer cheese fondue, scamorza smoked mozzarella sticks, and the famed pillowy-soft pierogis.
3715 S 1st St Ste A
Austin, TX 78704

13. Whip In Convenience Store & Pub

1950 S Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78704
A corner store/taproom/Indian fusion restaurant, Whip In is certainly unique. Choose from its vast and well-curated beer and wine selection to go with dishes like Kashmir Frito pie (made with spicy goat chili) or classic chana masala.
1950 S Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78704

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