Bartenders at Austin's Steak and Ale House pair an extensive, international beer selection from far-away locales including Sweden, Belgium, and the Czech Republic with a menu of elegant pub-style comfort fare. Each of the 20 brews on tap boasts individual temperature and pressure controls, helping ensure that sippers experience maximum flavor and can construct sturdy sculptures from the foam heads. In the kitchen, chefs dish up classic pub fare peppered with creative ingredients, such as Black Angus burgers bedecked with garlic-cumin chili, fried egg, and pineapple, as well as entrees that showcase high-quality cuts of beef and fresh seafood. Outdoor seating areas deposit diners in a foliage-filled garden or on a patio covered by umbrellas. Inside, numerous paintings perch atop exposed-brick and dark wood-paneled walls, and dangling lights and flat-screen TVs illuminate the restaurant's dining room, full bar, and unnecessary collection of night-vision goggles.
Bagel Schmagel’s bakers combine fresh ingredients to create nine types of Old World–style bagels and more than a dozen handcrafted cream cheeses. A commitment to freshness and quality guides the bakery's foodsmiths, ensuring that each batch of bagels emerges from the kettle with a glistening, thin crust and a warm, spongy interior reminiscent of the Doughboy's spleen. The roster of eats also includes baked goods, salads, sandwiches, and specials, which are denoted on chalkboards. A blue-and-gray-striped awning denotes arrival at the bakery, shading floor-to-ceiling windows and a dining room with lox-colored walls.
Plan B Sports Bar & Grill sates sports fans into the small hours of the morning with televised athletics and an internationally themed menu of Mexican-, American-, and Asian-inspired cuisine. Scissor into a pineapple-chicken-teriyaki sandwich ($9), or three-hole-punch a plate of empanadas with seasoned beef folded into two golden-brown pastry shells and dipped in chipotle sour-cream sauce ($10). Fries settle starch cravings in a variety of guises, from skinny and curly to garlic parmesan and golden country ($5 each). The cross-cultural savor of pulled-pork nachos reinstates family quarrels as to who gets the last bite and whether you can build a dodecahedron out of triangles ($10). Included with this Groupon, a pitcher of Budweiser, Bud Light, Corona, Amstel Light, or Heineken arrives to wash down mouthwatering mouthfuls.
200 Fifth might as well be two different venues—the establishment bills itself as a restaurant and sports bar and maintains two distinct spaces, with one devoted to upscale dining and the other to boisterous game watching. In the restaurant, linen-dressed tables invite patrons to dine from a menu that integrates American and international dishes. Chicken arrives fried or prepared francese, and Angus steaks from a local butcher pair with roasted veggies. A selection of seafood entrees includes pan-seared salmon and trout du jour prepared in one of the chef’s specialty styles. Over in the bar, a more casual pub fare menu focuses on braised ribs and chicken wings in one of six sauces. Bartenders siphon suds from one of 40 taps, which include brews from Smuttynose and Six Point. More than 100 televisions broadcast nearly any sport; throughout the year, the bar subscribes to different sports packages and broadcasts fights from premium cable or pay-per-view
It seems as though there's a new tour bus parked outside The Rock Shop every day, complete with drummers dressed in skinny pants and scruffy bassists unloading equipment and lucky tree stumps. The bar's ground-floor stage plays host to a packed schedule of local and internationally renowned bands, from folksy singer-songwriters to power-pop bands. Audience members shuffle across the swirly red dance floor, sipping frosty brews beneath colorful lights. The scene is a little quieter upstairs, where a jukebox hums with tunes and friends gather at the pool table. Others munch on burgers and fries, their gazes craned upward toward the sports games that glimmer on numerous flat screens. Up on the rooftop deck, a grill sizzles with meats and guests lounge on wooden blue benches.
Break Bar & Billiards combines the elements that make a neighborhood bar worth revisiting into an urban adult playground. At the 55-foot bar, bartenders dispense 18 draught beers and a dozen different bottles, while a full kitchen crew whips up a menu of buffalo wings, nachos, and burgers. Between brews, the staff allows patrons to hit the billiards, table tennis, air hockey, and vintage arcade games to decide who will buy the next round or who has to swallow the eight-ball. The 7,000-square-foot space is lined with exposed brick, industrial heating vents, and vaulted ceilings, lending a sophisticated feel to the playground.