Your craving for a pint at the pub can be met in Austin's city limits. Fish and chips, bangers and mash, bubble and squeak — oh my! Here are five of our favorite spots for authentic English and Irish pub fare:
B.D. Riley's Irish Pub
This Sixth Street staple, open 365 days a year, is a go-to for football and fish and chips. You'll also find other pub classics like bangers and mash, Irish stew, shepherd's pie, and corned beef with cabbage, as well as a delicious brunch menu. Order the Irish-style nachos, which are just like traditional nachos but with thick-cut potato chips. The locally owned restaurant is opening a second outpost in Mueller next year.
The Dog & Duck Pub
This beloved English-style pub reopened on the east side in 2015 with even more beer and food options. You can stop in for a pint, but it will be hard to resist savory Dog & Duck dishes lick the Scotch egg: hard-boiled, wrapped in sausage, and fried. Other standouts range from Welsh rarebit for breakfast to fish and chips for dinner.
Full English is a quaint BYOB cafe in South Austin specializing in full English breakfast — tomatoes, mushrooms, and baked beans — all day. Everything is house-made, from the bangers down to the pastries. Fish and chips are served on Friday evenings only. If sweets are more your style, you can also book a high tea party.
Jack & Ginger's Irish Pub
Jack & Ginger's is a gastropub serving up Irish comfort faves with Texas flair at Rock Rose. There's an amazing beer selection and nice craft cocktails to pair with the bangers and mash or the Guinness beer-battered fish and chips. Although less traditional, the Irish coffee cake French toast during brunch is spot on.
Nosh & Bevvy
This relatively new little bar and restaurant tucked away on Burnet Road offers local craft brews and hearty pub dishes like shepherd's pie and bubble and squeak. Another British staple, Indian curry, is served by the plateful at Nosh & Bevvy.