SXSW Austin Craft Beer Guide

Downtown for SXSW and looking for something more than PBR? Well, maybe I can help. I put together a list of breweries and bars that are easily accessible to the SXSW action.

512 Brewing SXSW Austin Craft Beer Guide

I will start off by saying that 6th Street is generally NOT where many of the Austin beer drinkers hang out. Luckily, that does not mean there are not some good beers to be had. Even the most “get drunk” bars these days have at least a tap or can of something local.

Some of the more common ones you will see at everyday bars will be (512) Brewing, Thirsty Planet, Real Ale, Austin Beerworks and Hops & Grain. All of them are really good choices and most are offered in cans or bottles (but likely some bars will have it on tap). With that said, this guide is mainly to help you find a bar with a little more than 3-6 taps while you are on your SXSW experience.

If you want to visit any other breweries while in Austin, click here to view our Texas Brewery Brewpub Tour Listings Map for all of the taprooms and their hours. Two other breweries not listed on the SXSW map but may be useful are Live Oak Brewing and Hi Sign Brewing. Both are located right near the airport and can easily be hit up if you need to have a beer before you even make it into downtown Austin and on your way to the airport at the end of your trip.

Also, be sure to check out our Weekly Beer Events posts to see what top Beer events are happening for the week.

Craft Pride SXSW Austin Craft Beer Guide

On the map below, I have separated it out by craft beer bars (places that focus more on beer and tend to have more specialty things), Bars with solid beers (meaning they have good beer, but they likely won’t have anything rare), and Breweries/Brewpubs. Please note, some bars have been known to water down their beer selection and raise prices for SXSW.

SXSW Austin Craft Beer Guide

Craft Beer Bars:

Craft Pride
61 Rainey St

79 Rainey Street

Star Bar
600 West 6th Street

Wright Brothers Brew & Brew
500 San Marcos Street #105

Ginger Man
301 Lavaca Street

Easy Tiger
709 East 6th Street

Hi Hat
2121 East 6th Street

Brew Exchange
706 West 6th Street

Waller Creek Pub
603 Sabine Street

Bars w/ Solid Beers (but not focused solely on beer):

Cuvee Coffee
2000 East 6th Street

Little Woodrow’s
520 West 6th Street

Violet Crown Social Club
1111 East 6th Street

200 E 6th St

1412 East 6th Street

1700 East 6th Street

Violet Crown Cinema (yes, there is a bar in there)
434 West 2nd Street

Austin Ale House
301 West 6th Street

312 Barton Springs Road

Stay Gold
1910 E Cesar Chavez St


Hops and Grain
507 Calles Street, Suite 101

Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que
1530 Barton Springs Road

Zilker Brewing
1701 E 6th St

Blue Owl Brewing
2400 East Cesar Chavez #300

Lazarus Brewing
1902 E 6th St, Austin, TX

Not on Map:

Bottleshops (close to downtown):

WhichCraft Beer Store
2110 South Lamar Boulevard

East 1st Grocery
1811 East Cesar Chavez Street

Whole Foods
525 N Lamar Blvd



Andrew Schwab

Twitter: @andrewlschwab Untappd: aschwab My craft beer journey started sometime in university when light beer just was not cutting it anymore. I started venturing out to the beer store and buying any 6 pack that I had not had before. This has now continued for ten years. You will see me visiting almost any and every brewery that I can. I have a passion for travel, craft beer, and college football. When I am not drinking craft beer, I work as a manufacturing engineer in Austin.


  1. Beer Brewing Process on February 27, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    This is a good craft beer guide. I am very thankful to you for sharing this.

  2. E on March 8, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    ABGB needs to be on this list. GABF award winners and supporting local music.

  3. Hugh Lewis on March 10, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    Thanks for writing this up, Andrew.

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