Austin >Bars & Clubs > The Tavern
912 W 12th St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870330.276510 -97.750216
The Tavern's extensive pub menu, 12 or so TV screens and assortment of beer make it a favorite and reliable sports bar on North Lamar. Yummy burgers, salty pretzels and good ol' sports fans keep me coming back.
A cozy, old Austin bar with an upstairs/downstairs split: Useful when it's trivia night, and they sequester those folks upstairs, while you curl up with your Tarheels down. Remember to get a burger, which is served these days on warm, sweet, Hawaiian bread buns.
HORRIBLE HORRIBLE PLACE – I was recommended to this bar from a friend who says he goes there all the time for sports watch parties. To say the least my husband and I were very displeased with everything. The bartender talked to a girl for almost ten minutes, while my husband was waiting on a drink; needless to say there were only three people at the bar. Finally we got our drinks. We waited outside for almost 20 minutes before anyone came to our table-I could not believe it!!! also, what seemed to be a relaxed Friday night...the manager, and I believe a bartender(off duty) were HIGHLY INTOXICATED... why do I want to go to a bar where the staff and management team cannot hold their act together. My next call should be the TABC.
Furthermore, my husband went in weeks later to grab drinks with friends, and the same bartender was yelling at this random girl about a past relationship I am assuming with the same manager on duty drunk yelling too! THIS PLACE IS HORRIBLE, and if the owners knew this was going on I would fire half the staff there and start over.
Overworked wait staff, good food, ok TV's and way too hot – We popped in to catch the LSU vs N. Texas game and the USC game too last weekend. Very crowded but we showed up as the game started. Luckily we squeezed into a table in the front room as it just came open as we were about to leave.
One waitress working many, many tables. We had to ask for more water, silverwear, napkins, forgotten side dishes. I mean, she was a sweetheart and we knew she had waaay to many tables. Cheap owners is what that equates to. Too bad because had she come over more often we would have ordered more beer.
The food was good though - fries, mini burgers (although overcooked were still tastey) and some other apps. All good at an ok price. A little high on a few items.
Clean beer glasses would have been nice but we knew we'd never see the waitress again sice our pitcher sat for 5 minutes before the glasses arrived...so we cleaned then on the 1 napkin we stole from a neighbor and limes.
Many of the smaller mounted TV's were in bad shape and you could barely see. If I come to watch a game I want to go somewhere that has all their equipment in shape. Only the large screens looked good.
Worst part is you see the sign "Now with A/C" but it sure didn't feel like it. We sweated so much it was ridiculous.
I can't see us going back.
Yummy Honey Mustard & Hawaiian BBQ Burger – This place has the BEST Honey Mustard ever for dipping, spreading, etc. I had some sort of Hawaiian BBQ Burger with a big pineapple slice on it, along with BBQ sauce and bacon. Yum. The serveress was quick and friendly, and the place is cool. The rest of the menu looks good too. My date had Mac and Cheese, and it was actually cheesy, versus the cheese-like liquid that is on most restauraunts Mac and Cheese. I'd recommend it.
Great Place, Better Burger than Hut's – This is an awesome bar. I heard that it used to have problems with staff and food but that was long ago. The only problem there now is one of the owners.... Stan. Is a drunk and likes to hang out there and give the staff grief and everyone that goes there knows it. But... for those who don't know or care about the Stan Chronicles, this place is awesome. Great Food, Awesome Bar and Lots of fun! "THE" place to watch a UT game or any other game for that matter. They have like 60 something plasma TV's but at the same time, the old two story house has the feel of an old pub, and it's a great place for friends. Even those who aren't into the sports bar scene will like it because it doesn't feel like a regular sports bar. Wait staff is great, bartenders are awesome and the Burger is the best in Austin. I think it got ranked second this past year, right behind Sullivans!!! Check it out. It's much improved from it's old self and a great place all around. And Stan... buddy... Go Home and stay home. Other owners... I would put a leash on your alcoholic pet if I was you. He is the only problem you got. Bye Bye Stan.... lol.
A historic German-modeled neighborhood pub with enticing daily food and drink specials and sports on a dozen televisions. – In Short
A classic neon sign advertises that this two-story half-timbered faux chalet is air-conditioned. Past the green-and-white exterior sits a graffiti-marked bar and a jukebox offering everything from James Brown to Pearl Jam. This dive, which dates back to the Prohibition era, is the headquarters for virtually every sports fan club in town, but also offers video games, pool tables, pinball for those who have little interest for that sort of thing.
Great Place To Eat & Great Service – Any time we get a chance to go to The Tavern we go. The food is great just like the service. The atmosphere to watch your favorite football team play or after a game with friends or family, you cant beat it. From the Host to the Bartender, it is 2 thumbs up! Now people can go and celebrate the World Cup there!!! Go USA!!!
Dont Tread On Me
Bad Service; Ripped off on Bar Tab – We got terrible serivce and were way over charged on our bar tab. If you want to get ripped off, this place is for you. WILL NEVER GO THERE AGAIN!!!!! Don't bother asking to talk to a Manager either. Those people DON'T CARE.
Horrible – I have heard this place is haunted. Maybe we were waited on by the ghost. She brought our food and then disapeared never to be seen again. We had to flag down another server just to get napkins and utensils while our food got cold.
The food was out of this world or not of this one. The fried fish was soggy,and runny.
Speaking of sprits, she showed up just prior to end of meal to inquire if I wanted another drink to which I replied yes. Well it must have disapeared on the way from the bar to the table as it never arrived.
My dining companion ordered a plain baked potato only to have it served with all the sides which he was also charged for.
There are TVs everywhere and the noise level inside is unbearable. This is my first and LAST time dining at this establishment.
Our Go-to! – This is my fave restaurant in Austin. My husband and i eat there at least once a week. The food is FAB and the atmosphere is great!
Perfect neighborhood place.
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