If you like both beer and being outside, Austin is a good place to be. There are breweries, beer gardens, and beer bars all over town. Some of them serve coffee, some of them serve homemade pastries, some of them serve sandwiches, and a lot of them have ample outdoor space to sit in the sun.
Here are our favorite places to drink beer in Austin.
This is the place you go to get drunk with your dad. Strangely located in a beige-colored part of town that is predominantly all medical offices this is probably the best beer bar in Austin for hanging out with good company and enjoy a low-key afternoon in the sun. There are dozens of rotating taps, and be sure to pay attention to their daily specials as you can get some incredible deals here.
Make the thirty minute drive out of town to a handsome plot of ranchland near Dripping Springs to enjoy the best brewery experience in town. They specialize in light, spritzy sours and refreshing flavors that make this a great pick on a hot day. It’s also a great location to bring your dog and/or children if you’ve got them. Afterwards, hit up the fantastic pizza restaurant next door.
As the name suggests, these folks predominantly serve hoppy IPAs and wheaty beers. The location is small, so know that it gets packed on weekends.
This brewery cranks out some damn good beer - everything from IPAs to stouts - that you can also find at bars around town, but their tap room is worth paying a visit to. Just know you may have to wait on a weekend.
This place is rarely crowded and serves amazing coffee along with its rotating taps (brew and brew, get it?). It’s conveniently located a block off of I-35 on the Eastside, and is a great place to get work done or for a low key date.
Blue Owl is a new brewery and tap room on Cesar Chavez. There’s a solid balance of options available, even if this isn’t a place we’d spend the whole day. If you want to be a pro, map a brewery crawl across the East Side and start here.
Rolling deep? The ABGB is a warehouse and beer garden that is fantastically well-equipped to handle large volumes of people.
Part Indian restaurant, music venue, and brew pub. This bizarre place strewn on the side of I35 is an incredible option for those seeking adventure and inebriation. If you care less about presentation and more about good vibes and better food, Whip In is worth a visit. They sell wine and beer to-go as well.
Here’s a spot on Rainey that will allow you to drink something other than vodka sodas. If you’re a Rainey scenester, this place will allow you to get your beer fix without offending anyone by going somewhere “funky.”
Dirty Sixth is a desert island when it comes to good beer, so Easy Tiger’s something of an oasis. Easy Tiger doubles as a beer garden and a bake shop selling pretzels, sausages, and more.
If you’ve ever wanted to “belong” to a bar, meet Black Star. Black Star is a co-op - which in this case means it offers memberships and employees technically own the company. It’s a unique operation, serving beer and an eclectic but delicious menu.
A pizza and beer fan’s heaven. Pint House brews their own, but also has a huge selection of taps from around the world. Their pizza is also some of the best in town.
A lovely Southside destination out of the fray of crowded East Austin, Radio Coffee & Beer combines a coffee shop atmosphere with a beer garden environment. The Veracruz All Natural taco truck is parked out back - so you can enjoy some of Austin’s best tacos as you get your caffeine or beer buzz on.
Literally can’t wait to drink beer until you get downtown? Need to pregame a flight? Live Oak’s main draw is that it’s conveniently located right by the airport. They brew several of their own beers here, and also have a rotating schedule of food trucks on hand.