After Class Power Burgers and Beers

Hey Beer lovers,

Going to UT, while fun at times, often entails a lot of hard work, especially as finals draw near. Sometimes after class folks just want to sit down with a good burger and cold beer to escape the grind of the academic day. After a recommendation from one of our readers, I decided to check out a couple of bars within walking distance of campus. Although the drag serves as a rallying point for students, there is another area just north of campus with a couple of old, relaxed bars with plenty of food and big screen tvs.

Crown and Anchor Pub

Before today, I had only been to Crown and Anchor once, when my Uncle (a UT alum) visited for a game. He was insistent on going here and with the incredible selection of beers, I’m not surprised. C&A has around 32 draft beers and 98 more in bottles! The happy hour, which runs from 11am-7pm, brings down the price of draft beers from $3-$4.50 to $2-$4 per pint. The prices are dependent on which category the beer falls into (Domestics, Mid Range, and Premium). The bottled beers start at $2.50 and go up from there. C&A also has a couple of dart boards and pool tables for your entertainment needs.

While at C&A, I tried Bootlegger Brown Ale, which is brewed here in Austin by Independence Brewing Company. I also enjoyed a cheese burger and fries. Together, it cost around eight bucks.

The Ale was pretty good, slightly bitter but very easy to drink. I’d give it a 3.75 out of 5 mugs on our Austin Brew rating scale.

Posse East Bar and Grill

Like Crown and Anchor, prior to today I had only been to Posse once. However, at the time I didn’t realize the great variety of food they had. Fish tacos? Check. Chalupas? Check. Burgers? Of course…Check! The menu, which included hot wings and chili chesse dogs as well, was very reasonable. I spent about the same ($8) on a beer and burger (slightly bigger the C&A but without fries).

Posse had a relatively modest selection of beers, around 40 or so draft and bottled. The prices are identical to C&A except for non-happy hour premium drafts ( 25 cents more here). Luckily, on Wednesdays and Sundays, happy hour lasts all day at Posse!

I tried the Widmer Hefe, which comes from Widmer Brewery in Oregon.  I talk about it little in the video below. Overall, a 3 out of 5 mugs on the scale.

Overall, I had a good experience at both locations. Be sue to let us know which one YOU prefer! If I get more than ten different comments from you all (ten different people), I’ll invite the person with the best comment to join me on another comparison post next week! The first round will be on me!

Until next time,




2 Responses to “After Class Power Burgers and Beers”

  1. Personally, I prefer Crown and Anchor. Simply because it has a pool table and dart boards. Also, I feel kind of like a pirate when I sit on the porch!

  2. I think C&R wins out here. I’m glad someone finally did a post on this place. The food is so good and cheap and the beer selection is amazing.

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