Bread and beer—who doesn't like those? The concept seemed genius, so late in 2012, former Top Chef Texas contestant and local celebrity chef Andrew Curren of 24 Diner opened this little split-level beer garden and bakery. On the food side, there's house-cured meats, handcrafted pastries, artisanal sandwiches, corned beef, charcuterie boards, and more. For drinks, Curren has come up with a carefully considered beer menu with 30 different brews on tap, including some noteworthy local craft beers. There's also a full bar staffed with mixologist bartenders who know their way around craft cocktails, smooth spirits, and wine. Set at the start of the Sixth Street fun along Waller Creek, this is a good place to fill up and find sustenance before bar hopping along Austin's most famous strip. This is also a popular happy hour spot and a nice place to sit outside if the weather isn't too hot—although on a recent fall visit, Waller Creek looked like a concrete drainage ditch, so there wasn't a great view. Be sure to grab some take-home fresh bread like rye, sourdough, or a baguette. I'm mad about their fresh handmade pretzels, too, a local favorite. They're huge and warm and wonderful. The name's origins remain a bit of a mystery, but it's definitely an easygoing place.
Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden
709 E. Sixth St.
Our Rating Neighborhood Central/Downtown/Sixth St. Entertainment District Hours Daily, bake shop 7–2am, beer garden 11–2am Phone 512/ 614-4972 Prices Menu items $4–$12, charcuterie boards $14–$20 Cuisine Type AMERICAN, GERMAN, BAKERY Web site Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden
Map709 E. Sixth St. Austin
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.