Austin >Crown and Anchor Pub
Great place to drink before a game!. This is one of my favorite places to go before Football games. Drinks are affordable, but you better like beer because they don't have liquor. Food is a gamble- sometimes I'm really pleased and sometimes I'm disappointed, but it's definitely inexpensive. Seating can sometimes be a pain, especially if you're trying to sit where you can see a TV. Always a good atmosphere and always a good time.
Great Place with Great History , Great Owner, Great Beer and Burgers, What else do you want?. Before I moved to Austin I was introduced to this excellent Pub. When I lived near UT campus I would stop by frequently too. Even after I moved to South Austin Oak Hill area I still drop by when in the neighborhood. Great place, One of many in a secret A&M family of bars across the nation. Don't get me wrong or think of it wrong, once one is established they are 100% dedicated to the campus they are close by. All provide the same great food at cheap prices, excellent prices on all kinds of beers, cheap prices on decent pool tables with lots of good competition, same is true for darts too. Plenty of very good dart players. Friendly staff and very neighborhood conscious but always room for more and for the new. Some famous people come in from time to time. Tom Wimberly, Dan from Denton, Martin and Anettia Bruno, Craig the owner, the A&M people, Dudley's Draw, The University of Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA people, The University of North Texas people, Denton TX, The University of Colorado, Ft Collins CO, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN all part of the family with the same great burgers and the same everything that makes Crown and Anchor what it is. Yes the parking is a pain, but worth the walk from around the corner.
Nice and Relaxing. I love this bar!!!! It's a good place just to chill out and have a few good beers on a lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Great Austin atmosphere... When I first went there I was a few years younger and just cared about partying which it is great for at night, there are a lot of college party people. Go check it out!!!!!
Best beer selection in Hyde Park. Want an imported beer? Go to Crown and Anchor. With a lot of great domestic microbrews and amazing imported beers, outside of the Ginger Man downtown you'll be hard pressed to find a better selection. The crowd is always chilled out and it's a perfect place to catch a game.
Best pub. I have so many memories and so much nostalgia tied up in the Crown, that it's hard to be objective. I first came to the Crown in '89 (when I was not quite of legal age) and it became my college staple. During trips abroad and periods living out of state it was the first thing on my list of reasons I missed Austin. The staff have been there for an average of ten years each. It's a vestige of old Austin that doesn't seem to be in danger of leaving. That's a relief. A true Austin jewel that welcomes all ages and types. Professors, street punks, engineers, a**holes... a haven for the Austin Everyman.
Best 6 dollar burger and fries in town. Never been let down by the burgers here. For six dollars you can get an awesome bacon cheeseburger with a big basket of fries. They have a very good selection of beers which are all reasonably priced. The ambience is great for a burger/beer joint and the service is always on-time.
good guy bar. From the perspective of a wife who routinely calls her husband and finds him at the Crown, I must be a nut job village idiot to admit this but I do think Crown is a great bar.
My Home. Location/Parking: Great location close to campus and fairly good location for downtown workers although that's not whose there. Parking gets rough during the normal busy times. Drinks: Beer and Wine Only which is great for keeping the right crowd in and the wrong crowd out. Extensive beer selection sorted by country on a huge menu on the wall! Crown kills the competition by serving the needs of cheap domestic beer lovers ($7.25 pitchers standard) and excentric Bittburger / Optimator swillers. Food: As noted in other reviews, the burgers are what many people come for. I consider them to be the best in Austin, regardless of price, considering their taste and freshness. Also great are the chicken tacos and the black bean tacos, if you're a veggie. Overall, this may be the best tavern/pub grub in town. Service: Ausitn, on average, has some of the worst service of any city I have ever been to. Service people here generally only work on their p0t breaks and exude a hate for the society that forces them to work to afford p0t and dreads. That being said, In undergrad I came here 5 nights a week, literally. So the servers were exceedingly friendly to me. In general, most of them at Crown are nice, but a few are "Austiny." The best are Catherine, Troy, Terry, and Greg. Tell'em George Hoyt said hello (there's another George). Atmosphere: A 10 for me. Super casual and relaxed. They have 2 small pool tables, darts, and some video games. They recently installed 4 or 5 HDTVs and now it's perfect for watching the UT game. They are very pet friendly and provide water bowls and two outdoor areas where leashed dogs are welcome. This is the place to go to sit on the deck (or in the covered outdoor area if shade is preferred) and drink beer and relax with your best furry friend. Overall: My favorite tavern/bar in Austin.
Engineers Hangout!. Unfortunately, I did not find out about this place until after I started working. My coworkers would always talk about how they would go to Crown from the UT Engineering building. They finally took me here and I sure do regret not disovering this place sooner. Crown offers up great pub to hang out with your friends both indoors (eh..) or outdoors (yeah!). We generally come here and share a cheap pitcher of beer and have some of the cheapest burger and fries I have ever found (less than $4 if I can even remember!). So come check out this place if you haven't... especially if you are a UT Engineering student/alumni!
Cheap food, cold draft beer and a spacious deck make this a great post-college hangout..
This local favorite has the ramshackle look of a boathouse that's missing its lake, but it makes up for it with its friendly, laid-back vibe. A UT undergrad hangout, this is a good place to kill an afternoon or evening with a cold beer and a burger or games of pool and darts. The vast beer selection is the biggest draw, but there's still top-notch pub grub like the bacon cheeseburger with fries.
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