ABGB In South Austin Texas

ABGB In South Austin Texas

We’re sitting in the old-timey beer garden at ABGB in south Austin Texas when a freight train goes rumbling by with a Bozo Texino spray-painted on the side. It’s fitting. Old South Austin is nearly gone now, it died out like the hoboes who used to ride boxcars marked up with graffiti back in the 60s and 70s.

Nearly.

ABGB is a throwback bar. We’d love to corner a few 65 year old Austin hippies to see if what we think is actually true. This beer garden would’ve been just as big a hit on a night out in the 60s or 70s. Freda and the Firedogs at The Split Rail, Legendary Stardust Cowboy at Little Wheel and…$1.50 pitchers in the beer garden at ABGB?

The Calm Before The Storm At ABGB In South Austin Texas

The Calm Before The Storm At ABGB In South Austin Texas

The brewery’s only been around for three years but it feels like it opened up back in the 90s. There’s a weathered feel to the old building that we dash in and out of to get beer refills or order pizza.

But we spend as little time inside as possible. We always make our way to the patio and navigate around the toddlers and dogs til we find a peaceful little corner where we can get drunk and talk about the trains or moon over watching the Dicks at the Ritz.

Barkeep At ABGB In South Austin Texas

Barkeep At ABGB In South Austin Texas

Does ABGB make the best beer in Austin? Arguing that they do not would be a fool’s errand.

After a few glasses of New American Girlfriend, Rocket 100 and Industry Pilz we’re left drunken and wondering if they’re not brewing the finest lagers in town although Live Oak might have something to say about that. We’d love to see Jester King try and pull off an ABGB-level lager. Wonder how that would work?

Pizza Calabrese At ABGB In South Austin Texas

Pizza Calabrese At ABGB In South Austin Texas

There are no TV screens at ABGB. Football-mad Austinites will have to go elsewhere to watch the Longhorns win or lose. This space is kept pure for the bacchanalian senses: drinking, eating, and listening to music. Would that all breweries exercised such resolve.

And the outdoor space is a genuine garden with towering trees and plants, and people sitting around talking to strangers. Just like they used to do before wi-fi removed that from the partying equation.

It's A Family Affair At ABGB In South Austin Texas

It’s A Family Affair At ABGB In South Austin Texas

We’re now 500 miles from the hustle and thrum of Austin but we still love that old town. Just like NYC it’s a special treat to visit but just like Manhattan a little goes a long way.

Beer Menu At ABGB In South Austin Texas

Beer Menu At ABGB In South Austin Texas

1305 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704

Hours Of Operation
Sunday 12–10PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 11:30AM–11PM
Wednesday 11:30AM–11PM
Thursday 11:30AM–11PM
Friday 11:30AM–12AM
Saturday 12PM–12AM

Vegetarians Will Not Go Hungry  At ABGB In South Austin Texas

Vegetarians Will Not Go Hungry At ABGB In South Austin Texas

Food Menu At ABGB In South Austin Texas

Food Menu At ABGB In South Austin Texas

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Looking For Bozo Texino At ABGB In South Austin Texas

Looking For Bozo Texino At ABGB In South Austin Texas

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