Don’t let the lederhosen fool you, this beer garden has a solid lineup of sausages to soak up your beer. And with picnic tables aplenty, Bangers is where you go for group dinners or long day drinking sessions. Try the bratwurst or drunk chicken for the classic stuff, or Smokey and the Boar if you’re ready for less traditional encased meats. Also, the poutine works well for sharing and having a focused conversation about how underrated cheese curds are. Weekends can get crowded, so come during the off-hours to secure a spot for everybody and their dog. Seriously - there’s a dog playpen that keeps the cuteness contained to a dedicated area, so dog moms and dads can get a break from all that aggressive squirrel chasing.
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Emmer & Rye
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The Salt Lick BBQ
The single best overall BBQ experience in Austin (which isn’t actually in Austin) is The Salt Lick.
When you need to escape the craziness of Rainey Street, head to Geraldine’s inside Hotel Van Zandt for upscale Southern food and nightly live music.
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