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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
6.4
9.0
$25
American, British
Bar

Hours
Mon–Sat 11:00am–midnight
Sun noon–midnight

Features Outdoor dining, veg-friendly, Wi-Fi
Bar Beer, wine
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx

www.dogandduckpub.com

Capitol Area
406 W. 17th St.
Austin, TX
(512) 479-0598
The Dog & Duck Pub
Dog-friendly, vegetarian-friendly, date-friendly, wallet-friendly—hey, just friendly

While trendy new ventures borrow from elements of the English pub, this old-school hangout best emulates it, in all of its cozy, happy, beer-sticky glory. There’s a cheerfully lit beer garden and deck, upon which chilled-out dogs are welcomed by the friendly staff; the inside’s dark, wood paneled, and cushioned. On certain nights, you may want to huddle around a board game in a quiet corner; on others, you can join a rowdy crowd in cheering on your favorite football—or American football—team. The jukebox is one of the best in town, and we’ve seen more than one grad student here typing up a thesis over a pint.

The traditional pub fare tops out at a first-rate fish and chips—a gently crunchy, flaky beer batter keeps the pollock moist, and the fries are crispy and golden. We’ve also had a well-balanced turkey Reuben with richly grilled bread; bangers and mash are perfectly acceptable, if more Elgin than England; and there are a number of vegetarian dishes, including a serviceable falafel (mealy, but spicy) and veggie burger (good, if crumbly). Best of all are the three-dozen taps that run the gamut of bodies and nationalities, with a couple-dozen more in bottle. Come for the great daily specials and a 3pm–7pm happy hour offering $4.25 pints, and prepare to never leave.

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