As finals approach and students will be leaving their classrooms in jubilee, many will go in search of the first beer they can find. Luckily, the UT campus is home to a number of places for students and fellow Austinites to quench their thirst.
The first two I’ll mention are very new to the campus scene. One of the newest additions to the Blanton Museum of Art is a cafe, which serves sandwiches, smoothies, breakfast items, soups, salads, pizzas, desserts, and a very modest selection of beer. (The last time I was there, I believe they had two or three. Overall, this isn’t a place for the beer connoisseur, but you can grab a cold one before that art gallery opening you decided to attend.
The next location you can grab a beer is the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. Although I haven’t been to the bar here, they should have a selection comparable to a typical bar. I wouldn’t expect Flying Saucer type of list, but you can look for a pretty decent selection.
Both of these venues have been mainstays for UT faithful for decades. The first, the Underground, is a bowling alley complete with billiards, air hockey, and beer! Although the beer collection isn’t huge, they do have Shiner, which is a Texas favorite. The beers are also available at a reasonable price, I believe I had a Shiner for three bucks on a Saturday night. This is a good place to go with friends old and young, just in case not everyone is of age to drink.
The second mainstay, and perhaps the most popular bar on campus, is The Cactus Cafe. This bar, which allows you to bring in food from the outside, is a campus jewel according to Jack Frink in his 2008 Daily Texan article. In addition to the bar, The Cactus Cafe also has a stage on which live musicians perform from time to time.
Good luck on finals and I hope that you get a chance to check out these places on campus.