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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.

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Drink.Well

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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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Hopfields

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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.

The Roosevelt Room

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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.

Winebelly

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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.

Waller Creek Pub House

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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.

The Townsend

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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.

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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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

Small Victory

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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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Easy Tiger

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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.

Weather Up

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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.

The ABGB

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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.

Porter Ale House & Gastropub

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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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Whip In Convenience Store & Pub

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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.

Drink.Well

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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.

Drink.Well/Official

Hopfields

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.

The Roosevelt Room

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.

Winebelly

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

Waller Creek Pub House

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.

The Townsend

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.

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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

Small Victory

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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.

Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Easy Tiger

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.

Weather Up

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.

The ABGB

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.

Porter Ale House & Gastropub

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Elevated pub fare here means dishes like beer cheese fondue, scamorza smoked mozzarella sticks, and the famed pillowy-soft pierogis.

Porter Ale House/Official

Whip In Convenience Store & Pub

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.

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