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Nein of the ATX's best Oktoberfest spots

Published On 09/24/2013 Published On 09/24/2013
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1. Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden 79 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden not only provides over a 100 beers on tap, but it's also home to one of the district's largest biergartens. Enjoy live music and all the sausage that you can eat.

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2. Scholz Garten 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Scholz Garten is not only a kitschy pregame location for BBQ and beer -- it’s the oldest operating business in Texas. It was founded in 1866 by Civil War veteran and German immigrant, August Scholz, and originally catered only to thirsty Bavarians and Prussians looking for a taste of home and served traditional German food and beer, both of which can still be found here today. Order the giant Bavarian pretzel, the bratwurst, and potato salad, and wash it down with an ice-cold draft “bier” (our favorite is the Spaten Optimator).

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3. Draught House Pub & Brewery 4112 Medical Pkwy, Austin, TX 78756 (Rosedale)

The Draught House has 45yrs of pint-pouring under its belt and even dishes out free brats on Saturdays.

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4. Goldis Sausage Company 907 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Goldis is an artisan sausage slinger boasting a regularly rotating menu of Sweetish Hill-bunned links ranging from the eponymous Goldis (beef, pork, chunky garlic, mustard seed, carroway) to sweet varieties like the Blueberry Mint Maple (pork, balsamic vinegar, jerk spice) and experiments like a smoky mac 'n cheese sausage, which, if anything, proves they're dedicated to their Kraft.

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5. Verts Kebap 2530 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705 (Utwest Campus)

Started up by a young German engineer who enrolled in the McCombs School just to get the visa that allowed him to start this biz, Verts has simultaneously opened two campus-area locations (one in Dobie, the other in the former Slices and Ices spot), both dedicated to the rotating roast popularized in 1970s Berlin by Turkish immigrants, whose avoidance of pork meant David Bowie could still keep the title "The Other White Meat".

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6. Easy Tiger 709 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Austin)

A bakery by day and beer (garden) by night, (also open during the day), Easy Tiger's bake shop features artisanal breads, pretzels, and housemade meats. A combination not often explored, the downstairs barroom allows you retire from your morning coffee and croissant to a night of exploring over 30 local craft brews under a canopy of lights in the outdoor beer garden.

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