The Best Beer Gardens in Austin

By Megan Giller  |  June 23, 2014
Credit: Reagan Hackleman

Banish Bud Lite and cool down with a craft beer at one of Austin’s fabulous drinking holes.


Look no further than this new dog-friendly brewery with a fabulous patio to find all of South Austin’s residents drinking together.

Tap Count: Five standard taps and three to four specialties
What to Drink: The Big Mama Red Saison or the Superliner IPA
What to Eat: New York-style pizzas with unusual ingredients like lamb, pine nuts and shishito peppers

Radio Coffee & Beer

The newest addition to South Austin boasts an enormous outdoor area to reinforce that sublime feeling you get from good beer and food.

Tap Count: 24
What to Drink: Regional craft beers like Real Ale Devil’s Backbone
What to Eat: Migas tacos from the Veracruz All-Natural trailer out back

Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden


Picnic tables galore. A big stage. A fenced-in dog area. Downtown location. Oh, Banger’s, how we love thee!

Tap Count: Over 100 rotating selections
What to Drink: High-end craft brews like Deschutes Obsidian Stout and local specialties like Thirsty Planet Thirsty Goat Amber
What to Eat: Hefty sausage sandwiches like the duck, bacon and fig with your toppings of choice

Craft Pride

Hipsters and beer connoisseurs alike flock to this rustic open-air spot on Rainey Street to celebrate Texas’ craft-beer culture.

Tap Count: 54 taps, two casks
What to Drink: Since all the beers are from Texas, you can’t go wrong
What to Eat: Detroit-style pizza from the Via 313 trailer, baby

Easy Tiger

Chef Drew Curren does it right, with a huge selection of craft beer, meaty sandwiches and housemade bread and pastries.

Tap Count: 33 taps
What to Drink: Half-pints like the Clown Shoes Happy Feet or full pints like the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
What to Eat: Easy Boards like the Hill Country with cheese and meats, plus artisanal sandwiches like the smoked pastrami

Jester King Brewery


The beautiful outdoor pavilion at this microbrewery is well worth the 20-minute drive from Austin.

Tap Count: Six, with countless more in bottles
What to Drink: Sour beers like the Das Wunderkind
What to Eat: Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza on the property

Draught House

Rosedale’s classic hangout still draws crowds for its huge tap list and relaxed patio area with twinkly lights.

Tap Count: 63
What to Drink: Go classic Austin with brews like (512) Pecan Porter, or unusual with beers like the Meridian Hive Frontier
What to Eat: A rotating array of food from trucks like Best Wurst, Peached Tortilla and East Side King

Scholz Garden

New festivals and events have breathed life into the iconic Austin spot.

Tap Count: 18
What to Drink: Make like it’s Oktoberfest all year long with a Spaten or Paulaner
What to Eat: Junk food like potato skins, chicken-fried steak and cheeseburgers

Dog & Duck Pub


Chances are you’ll run into every friend you know at this English-style pub, especially on St. Patrick’s Day.

Tap Count: 36
What to Drink: Bellhaven or Guinness, obviously
What to Eat: Fish 'n' chips or shepherd’s pie