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Sep 3, 2009 07:52 AM

pub with best beer selection?

Hey there, I'm wondering if anyone has found bars/pubs around Austin with really extensive beer selections... (extra points for a great variety on draught too). I'm looking for places that are also pleasant to hang out in for a cozy evening, so you can leave out anything on East Sixth that's overflowing with sweaty co-eds. :) Thanks!

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  1. BB Rovers out on Jollyville Rd. Great selection of bottled some draught, didn't notice which ones. It has been forever since I have been there but you might check out The Draught House on Medical Parkway (south Burnet Rd)

    1. Best beer selections in town are:

      The Ginger Man. A TX chain at 4th & Lavaca. Not your typical 6th Street crowd. Parking can be a pain.

      The Draught House. On Medical Parkway in central Austin. Great atmosphere. People bring lawn chairs and hang out in the parking lot. Real friendly, local crowd. They're also a brewpub, but the in-house beers are kind of hit-or-miss for me.

      The Flying Saucer. A chain, located in the Triangle in central Austin. I'm really conflicted on this place. Best selection in town, I think, and all perfectly served. Good specials, too. But the waitresses dress in these short little skirts, which I think is kind of skeevy, and while they're all well trained and knowledgeable, about half of them are more interested in hustling tips. Plus it's always crowded and poorly laid out - way too many 6 or 8 tops.

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      1. re: brentwood

        thanks! I'll have to try this Draught House. any place where you can bring your own lawn chairs is my style!

        1. re: brentwood

          surprised dog and duck pub was left off. Not quite as extensive a draught selection as Gingerman, but very good.
          Fish and Chips, and other pub fare is served.

          1. re: brentwood

            The Ginger Man is actually slightly closer to 3rd than to 4th, on Lavaca. Plenty of parking is available at City Hall for $5 flat rate after 5 pm, and that's only 1 1/2 blocks away. On-street parking can definitely be a pain in that area.

          2. I'm partial to BB Rovers as well. Used to live at that place a few years back. Great selection of beer and pretty decent food as well. Very casual. They'll occasionally rotate different imports on draft; chocolate beer, something from Pierre Celis, etc.

            1. Hi,

              I appreciate Crown and Anchor's selection. And the pricing - specials every day for the entire day. Sunday's a bargain with no pint pricier than $2.75, I think. Food is greasy bar food - and the nachos are yummy. Wouldn't call it cozy - but I like the typically, ahem, older grad student crowd.

              1. Opal Divine's has a pretty impressive beer selection, decent bartenders (who seem to know what they're doing), and a perfectly acceptable menu.....I think they have two locations, one on West Sixth Street, and another on North Mopac. There might be another one somewhere in town, just outside my realm of recognition.

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                1. re: marfaboy

                  I've found that all the waitstaff at the Opal Divine's on North Mopac treat beer very seriously. There's a wide selection and they'll let you sample brews.

                  1. re: marfaboy

                    The third Opal Divine's is at Penn Field, on S. Congress near Ben White.