The 6 Hottest New Beer Bars in Austin

By Megan Giller  |  March 9, 2015

If we could tap the veins of most Austinites, we’d probably find craft beer flowing forth. In other words, it’s as much a part of our makeup as breakfast tacos and barbecue. Fortunately, there are more than a few new places to refill and relax, including these seven instant hangout spots.

Independence Brewing
Why It’s Hot: A local favorite, the microbrewery just renovated and re-opened its tasting-room doors, serving flights and full-size pints.
Number of Beers on Tap: Nine
What to Eat: No food as of yet.
3913 Todd Ln., #607; 512-707-0099

Radio Coffee and Beer
Why It’s Hot: The South Austin hangout knows local beer as well as excellent espresso, and the large outdoor area is great for big groups.
Number of Beers on Tap: 22
What to Eat: Tacos from the Veracruz All-Natural taco truck outside.
4208 Manchaca Rd.; 512-394-7844​
(Photo by Spencer Selvidge)

Gourdough’s Public House Downtown
Why It’s Hot: The new Downtown location of Gourdough’s Public House means you get big, fat donuts and craft beer without driving down to South Lamar.
Number of Beers on Tap: Five
What to Eat: We like the Mother Clucker, hand-battered fried chicken breasts and honey butter on top of a big donut.
209 W. Fifth St., Suite B; 512-645-0255

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Why It’s Hot: The new Downtown location of this small chain brings its upscale sports-bar vibe and good food to central Austin.
Number of Beers on Tap: 18
What to Eat: A big burger on a ciabatta bun and classic shoestring fries with Parmesan.
1717 W. Sixth St., #210R; 512-982-1550

Taco Flats 
Why It’s Hot: The new Allandale eatery serves solid versions of high-end tacos, with margaritas, beer and more to boot.
Number of Beers on Tap: 25
What to Eat: Carne asada taco, grilled beef fajitas with grilled onion, fresh cilantro and grilled jalapeño on a fresh tortilla (see feature photo above).
5520 Burnet Rd., Suite 101; 512-284-8352
(Photo by Jenny Sathngam)

Container Bar
Why It’s Hot: An entire bar made out of shipping containers? You have to see it to believe it.
Number of Beers on Tap: Nine
What to Eat: Take your pick of any of the awesome trailers on Rainey Street.
90 Rainey St.; 512-320-0820