Best Places to Day Drink in Austin Part One
Best Places to Day Drink in Austin
Even at 11:30 a.m. on a Tuesday you’re going to get that smell. The smell of a long night of rowdy frat boys, chain smoking teens, vomit on the sidewalk and the wafting aroma of $1 beer night.
This is Austin, TX and its famous 6th street district.
Not in the up and coming, trendy east-side, or the grown up version on the west side. We’re starting our day drinking on the DIRTY SIXTH. The epicenter of debauchery for the newly turned 21, or in this case, two parents looking to do some day drinking who no longer have weekends alone.
This is by no means is a comprehensive list, but a nice little adventure around town if you have some free time to kill in the afternoon during the week. It’s a great time because downtown Austin and its surrounding areas are much different during this time compared to a Friday night. For obvious reasons.
The smell is true, but downtown Austin still has its charm no matter how many people have moved here in recent years. It’s small enough to cover a vast scope of styles in a short amount of time. Without moving to the East Side (which is growing quickly enough to have its own post), you have everything you need downtown, but to start we were hungry.
Located at the entrance of Dirty Sixth, Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden is the first stop. Featuring amazing breads, pretzels, meats, cheese plates from Antonellis(!), and over 30 beers on tap- it’s a good place to fill your belly before filling it up with beer.
When you walk in you’re greeted with two options: Walk ahead and order something from the counter to continue your commute, or head downstairs and enjoy the pub-style tables, sit out side and enjoy the work-in-progress riverwalk, or sit at the bar.
The menu isn’t super extensive, but know that this isn’t a full-fledged restaurant, it’s definitely more of a British pub feel, so in this case- smaller menu means everything is good here. EVERYTHING.
I didn’t take pictures of the food, but we ordered the cheese plate, potato salad, smoked turkey breast sandwich and the smoked pastrami sandwich. Both half sizes, but could really be considered a full size anywhere else. It was a TON of food.
We got there right before lunch and sat at the bar. The cellar-like feel to it is what struck me as my most favorite. Stone-work walls, lower ceilings, and then the pub-style seating; tables and chairs sitting a little lower so you’re forced to enjoy your company. So put away your phone and enjoy this place.
There are chalkboard menus for the beer with a nice focus on Texas beer options (duh). It is also a full bar, so if you want something a little different you can. Knowledgeable and friendly staff more than accommodating to a couple of first-timers.
- Karbach Hopadillo
- Real Ale Devil’s Share– this version was a barrel-aged Devil’s Backbone. Complex in flavor, this was a completely different flavor profile from the original version. (side note: Only 5-star rating I’ve given on Untapped)
The first stop on the day drinking tour was definitely a smart choice. Fill up with some amazing breads, meats and cheese and the perfect beer to go with. They could get complex with the beer menu, but you want to be able to enjoy your beer with the food you ordered, and I think the options available best compliment the menu options. Smart choice.
When you’re done eating step outside and check out the beer garden, the river currently under construction and the sounds and smells of downtown Austin.
Other things to eat/drink close by:
- Grab a burger and El Casino del Camino, or Jackalope. Two dive bars with amazing food and cheap drinks.
- Head farther down 6th until Lamar and try to control yourself at the flagship Wholefoods.
- BTWN 6th and 7th on Trinity, check out Chicago House for an early evening drink. Typically doesn’t open until after 4pm.
- There are a lot of options around here too- check out Red River, Rainey St for plenty of other options that weren’t discussed here.