10Best | Craft Beer Bars

What is a Go To place to take an out of towner? Where is your regular spot to grab a beer and get some work done or hang out with friends? Let's explore 10 of the best non-brewery locations to grab amazing local craft beer.

Great craft beer bars have a few key features:

  • Amazing local craft beer (obviously)
  • Other alcohol options (for your weird non-beer friends)
  • Amazing food, preferably with some variety
  • A great bar space, with solid wifi
  • Awesome outside spaces
  • Loyal, friendly regulars
  • Knowledgeable, cool staff

That sums it up, so here is Craft Beer Austin's list of Austin's 10 best craft beer bars.

Photo courtesy of Crown & Anchor

Beer BarWhyWhere
Bangers Sausage House & Beer GardenOver 200 beers on tap. It also has great, homemade brats and sausage and an amazing beer garden. Go quickly before it gets bulldozed for another Rainey high rise.79 Rainey St
Billy's on BurnetBilly Forrester is firmly on the Mount Rushmore of Austin Beer and his place always has a great selection of local taps. It has a great dive bar feel with one of the most underrated burgers in town.2105 Hancock Dr
The Brass Tap Round RockI know. It's a chain. However, this location does an amazing job of curating a great list that always has something to surprise any beer aficionado. It is also in a great location on Main St in Round Rock.204 E. Main St
Crown & Anchor PubIf you know, you know. This is the single best non-pretentious burger in town. They have a good tap wall and a great beer cooler selection. Consider this one a Longhorn homer pick. Hook 'em!2911 San Jacinto Blvd.
Draught House Pub & BreweryDraught House is an Austin institution since 1995. Now, they also brew their own beer and have 74 taps. The patio is unique and has evolved a lot over the years. The dank, dark interior just feels like the perfect place to grab a pint.4112 Medical Pkwy
Easy Tiger South LamarEasy Tiger has several great locations. The 6th St location was legendary, but the South Lamar location has quickly become a personal favorite. Great tap wall, generally with stronger offerings. The greenbelt deck view is amazing and "apparently" they also have a bakery that is top notch.3508 S Lamar
Hopfields For an amazing, quaint French gastropub experience, Hopfields is in a league of its own. They have amazing well selected beer that fits their unique atmosphere and brand. The location has a cottage feel that is inviting and friendly.3110 Guadalupe
Mort SubiteEvery true beer city must have a Belgian beer bar and Mort Subite is a great representative of that culture for Austin. 24 unique taps and over 40 bottle offerings provide an experience that can not be found anywhere else in the city.308 Congress
Thrive Craft HouseThrive has 40+ craft beers on tap and they always have something I can't find anywhere else. The staff is very friendly and they have a great patio right off the Drag.519 W 37th
Turnstile Coffee Beer and SpiritsGo in the morning for amazing coffee, stay for lunch and have an incredible burger and a beer from the extremely well selected tap wall, and then hang out and have a nightcap with one of the best curated whisky and cocktail selections in town. Turnstile is a personal favorite, find me there most days.10025 Burnet Rd

Photo credit to Hopfields

Feature image courtesy of Turnstile Coffee Beer and Spirits

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