Where to Drink Beer in Austin This Fall
You could use a drink.
We need beer more than ever right now. Thankfully at Austin's incredible beer bars you have access to all the seasonals, collaborations, and hard-to-find specialty beers you crave at your favorite crafty establishments, either IRL or takeout. Whether you’re into a saison or a sour, a hop-heavy or a hefeweizen, Austin’s bevy of beer bars have got your back -- and when you're ready to trace those local beers to their source, check out the best breweries in (and around) Austin.
What does 100 beer taps look like? Come to Growler USA and you’ll see for yourself: a sprawling wall of handles from breweries all over Texas (and the country), all of which you can try by individual 3-4oz drafts. Plan your visit by browsing the ultra-up-to-date draft list, or just head on over and wing it; either way, pay special attention to their social media because they’re often rocking daily specials, like happy hour and Texas Tuesday, a cheesesteak and 25% off all Texas growler fills. Plus, if you’re a regular customer they’ve got a punch card.
How to order: Open for dine-in, curbside, or to go on Postmates, Favor, Grubhub, Uber Eats
Draught House Pub & Brewery
Draught Haus was doing craft beer back when people thought IPA meant isopropyl alcohol. You could sit in their parking lot and drink beer and espouse your love for whatever non-domestic you were downing. They’ve evolved with the trend, keeping hip to the hops, brewing their own and continuing to be creative with their taps. There’s history here and it would be a shame to see it go the way of so many pandemic-pummeled businesses. You can pick up to go by ordering pints, pitchers, and growlers online for contactless pickup. If dining in, you have to order food from on-site food truck Little House ATX (but we’re not mad about mandatory fries.)
How to order: Open for dine-in, curbside, or delivery from Grubhub, Seamless
With over 50 Texas taps, Craft Pride takes... well, pride in its crafts and in our state. Committed to supporting local business, a large percentage of the taps are reppin’ Austin breweries. They rotate seasonally and, in the before-times, had lots of cool events wrapped around meeting brewers, limited-edition releases, and game nights. In the now-times, they host a Stock Up Pop Up Bottle Shoppe every Friday with a huge range of mix-and-match beers. Yes, you can find a Best Maid pickle beer, a Zilker coffee milk stout, and an aged Queen of the Mist boysenberry all in the same place. Plus, grab a Via313 pizza to really make your weekend
How to order: Not open for patrons, Bottle Shoppe only for now
WhichCraft Beer Store
Typically you’d be able to pull up for a pint at WhichCraft’s Mueller tap room but you’ll have to settle for perusing an enormous selection of suds. You’re spoiled for choice with rotating taps and shelves stocked with hundreds of colorful, enticing, creative craft beers. Get in on pre-packaged beer, wine, and cider or fill up a crowler or a growler. Venture from your home to peruse the inventory and order in-store to go or place an advance order online and pick it up, curbside style. Make sure to sign up for their newsletter or subscribe to the blog for the latest and greatest drops and specialties in-store.
How to order: Open for shopping, curbside, and delivery from Postmates
With a beer footprint that belies its actual square footage, Hopfields somehow captures both the casual and classy. They have 44 rotating taps that encompass an enormous cross section of beers. Spend a night trying them all -- Clown Shoes from Boston, Unibroue from Canada, Prairie Saison from Oklahoma, and of course a number of local and state-brewed beers. Their menu is French-inspired and includes a delightful brunch featuring sourdough pancakes, a BLT tartine, poutine, and more. Currently they’re offering dine in, patio seating, and curbside and make sure to follow them for weekly specials.
How to order: Open for dine-in, curbside, and delivery from Postmates, Grubhub
Whip In has been making the craft beer/Indian fusion combo happen since 1986, and they’re just getting better with age. What started as a convenience store evolved into a gastropub with 70 (!!) beers on tap, a full wine list, and a from-scratch kitchen that boasts things like Mumbai Migas and a “Chicken Lollipop.” The beer menu reads like War and Peace, with wheats, wits, ciders, sours, Belgians, ambers, IPAs, lagers, ales, and blondes, plus everything in between. They’re also doing snacks, household necessities and frozen items if you’re on the hunt.
How to order: Open for dine-in and delivery from DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats
Easy Tiger Linc
With a combination of cheese, beer, and baked goods, Easy Tiger is like a food-based adult Disneyland. Stop in for a pretzel and a cold beer from one of their 30 taps, or opt for heavier fare like housemade meats and sandwiches. Both standalone locations boast a beautiful bar and an outdoor garden for max social distancing. They’ve also pivoted because they’re geniuses and you can bake at home as well. Take out food and beverages plus a sourdough kit to go… or sit in the beautiful fall weather with a beer in hand. They’re also hosting an Oktoberfest event so make sure to get reservations.
How to order: Open for dine-in, curbside, and local delivery, or delivery from DoorDash, Grubhub, and Postmates
Growler Room was, oddly, always prepared for the pandemic. Their tagline is “Austin’s original growler fill station” and while everyone else is scrambling to make it so, they’re sitting pretty. They craft personalized growlers, glassware, and steins, and with 30 taps flowing freely, you can sip, sample, get a flight, or pull a pint. Once you’ve figured out your favorite flavor, grab a growler, fill ‘er up, and take it home to enjoy for the rest of the night (or maybe even the following morning). They also offer cider, mead, cold brew coffee, and ginger beer.
How to order: Open for curbside
Batch Craft Beer And Kolaches
In addition to having one of the best dog-friendly patios in Austin, Batch caters to the human crowd with fresh Micklethwait-fueled kolaches, 12 rotating taps, and a row of fridges with roughly 400 beers to choose from. They’re opening their patio (finally! yay!) and will be serving said kolaches, coffee, and beer on-site. Because they’re also smart, they’ve built a bar and a stage outside to accommodate and entertain guests so keep an eye on their events calendar. Of course, they’re still doing take out and to go if you’d prefer to nosh at home.
How to order: Open for dine-in, curbside, or delivery from DoorDash and Favor
Nothing goes together like pizza and beer -- except maybe a handmade pizza and a crafty beer. Pinthouse likes to level things up and they do so with aplomb at all of their locations; in addition to their own award-winning beers, they have a rotating tap list that's in such high demand they actually have a tap schedule that includes releases and events. They’re also doing specials during football games! (Remember sports?) Stick your toe in the proverbial Pinthouse pool with one of their spectacular under lunch specials, and then stay awhile if you choose. Otherwise, order online and kick it curbside.
How to order: Open for dine-in, curbside, or delivery from Favor
Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden
207 -- that’s the number of craft taps Banger’s is boasting. This immensely popular destination for beer and brunch aficionados underwent a massive and much-lauded expansion recently, primarily to accommodate the incredible number of people clamoring for their new beer list and whole hog barbecue program. Bangers is reopening on October 1, and we’re here for it. With such a large space to work with, you know the social distancing will be legit. Someone needs to get in there, down a cold brew or seven, and try out their new schnitzel sausage. Might as well be you.
How to order: Open for dine-in October 1st or delivery from Favor
The first all-Belgian beer bar in the US, Mort Subite exudes European charm. They’re not just a bar that serves Belgian beer, they have re-created the Belgian beer pub. Though they’re not ready to welcome guests quite yet, they’re still doing their thang with a wild selection of both beers and glassware. In fact, sometimes they’re giving you the glassware with the beer… they’re just that cool. No one else in town is so committed to the Belgian beer and they should be rewarded for your business. Plus they’ve added a new food truck -- RAS Modern Indian Food. Make sure to sign up for the newsletter to get discounts.
How to order: Open for curbside
Oz Tap House
If you’ve ever been presented with a wall of taps and thought “wow, I wish I could try a little bit of each,” Oz Tap House is the place for you. And you can actually witness this majestic wall o’ taps in person and sample them, thanks to a state-of-the-art smart tap system which pours by the “oz”. There’s also a full food menu to soak up those ounces with items like their pretzel hoagie, crispy chicken on challah, ceviche, and more. The next time someone suggests a trip out to The Oasis, this should be your counter proposal. And yes, they also have beer to go for your max and relax at home.
How to order: Open for dine-in, curbside, or delivery from Uber Eats or Postmates
Hi Hat Public House
This intimate East Austin pub pulls no punches when it comes to having the best beer on tap. Hi Hat tends to attract neighbors and service industry folks who stop in for lunch and a pint. They rotate taps frequently (as any self-respecting beer bar should), and have some heavy hitters like Mind Haze from Firestone Walker, and the elusive (512) Pecan Porter Nitro. The menu is American with a gastropub feel, offering items like a New Mexico Green Chile Burger and spicy brussels plus brunch! Call ahead to get a spot, drop on by if they’re not crowded, or take-out.
How to order: Open for dine-in, call ahead curbside, or delivery from Grubhub
Workhorse is the kind of place where you’d typically belly up and order a beer but for the moment, they’re doing pickup or delivery via Favor and Doordash. At this moment you won’t be able to sit elbow-to-elbow with your next best friend, you can indulge in their excellent grass-fed burgers, sweet potato fries, and those addictive seasoned pretzels. Over 30 of its 50 taps are local drafts and you can enjoy those frosty bevs at home by picking up a growler.
How to order: Open for curbside or delivery from Grubhub, DoorDash, Postmates, or Favor