Keep your heads down, the Austin burger wars are about to get serious.  It’s time we get a little dirty and bust open this almanac to Austin’s infamous night life with a look at our favorite neighborhood bars and sports pubs.  Hangovers can’t be cured on an empty stomach, so grab another cold brew or your favorite cocktail and prepare your appetite for the competition because these burgers are about to turn those washboard abs of yours in to a spare tire.

School House Pub |

Manor Road never looked so good.  School House Pub (SHP) is a grade school child’s dream come true, only with better food and a ton of booze from the principal’s liquor stash. You won’t find any greasy lunch ladies or cheap pints of milk here.  SHP serves upscale bar food in a classy selection of cocktails that’ll keep you coming back to school!  We chowed on the School House Pub Burger featuring house ground beef with mixed greens, onion marmalade, melted cheddar, a fried egg and bacon on a challah bun with a side of house fries.

Photo: By Courtney Pierce

Photo By Courtney Pierce

Photo: By Courtney Pierce


TenOak |

TenOak Bourbon House has been an amazing addition to the Warehouse District.  If you like bourbon with your burger, then look no further.  TenOak has the largest small batch bourbon in Austin, so choose wisely as you’ll want to enjoy each and every bite followed with a little sip of your favorite whiskey. We crushed the humongous Original Stuffed Burger filled with hand chuck beef, blue cheese, bacon, avocado, lettuce onions and tomatoes on a wheat bun with a side of crispy shoe string fries.  It’s a delicious beast although, we’ve decided to temporarily nick-name it the “Bourbon Burger”!

Ten Oak

Photo By Hayden Walker

Old School Bar &

We’re going out on a limb and officially naming Old School Bar & Grill (OSB), the best burger joint “Dirty 6th” st.!  Okay, okay it’s obviously not just a burger joint, but besides the drink specials, live music and nightly crowds they entertain, burgers are one of the primary highlights of OSB, and for good reason!  Go for the Zilker Park Burger, stacked with their premium beef, guacamole, cheese, applewood smoked bacon and mayo.  If you’re feeling “dirty”, go for the Texas Two Thep, double stacked with their famous steak burger, cheddar, sriracha, and a fried egg.

Old School Bar

The Zilker Park Burger PHOTO by Courtney Pierce

Black Star Co-op.

Blackstar is the world’s first co-op brewery and eatery focusing on the principles of co-operation, education, and community action.  With an in-house brewery and a menu with portions big enough to feed a football team, you will probably leave stuffed and happy.  Start your food coma off right with any one of their huge burgers filled with 44 Farms brisket ground daily and cooked to your preference, with bibb lettuce, tomato, red onion, and beer mustard.

blackstar burger

Photo by Dustin Finkelstein

The Jackalope

Dirty 6th is starting to look like a burger haven for pub crawlers!  The Jackalope Bar & Grill has been a an Austin institution for years, serving up some of the city’s best and favorite burgers in a lively old-school dive bar atmosphere.  Serving up some of the best dive-bar burgers, the adoring patrons fill this historic spot every night and weekend ready to chow and chug in true Austin fashion.



Casino El Camino |

Once again the wild side of Austin, “Dirty 6th street” is home to yet another outstanding burger at Casino El Camino and will not be outdone by it’s neighbors! Staying true to their roots, you’ll find great jukebox, and some bad-ass cooks throwing down some of the best burgers in Austin with “Don’t f with me” attitude, perfect for the normally crazed crowd one can expect on E. 6th street!  Bottom line, if you love Austin’s weird bar culture, you’ll love the burgers and this joint altogether!

Casino El Camino

Photo courtesy of Food Network


Sports Pubs

Cover 3 |

Not your typical sports bar, Cover 3 is known for its elevated dining and cocktails with great sports entertainment. Known for it’s upscale dining with a love of the game, Cover 3 invites guests to enjoy the made-from-scratch burgers.  Their most notable burger is the Chop House Burger with bacon, avocado, lettuce, onions and tomatoes and a side of house made parmesan shoe string fries.

Punch Bowl

Punch Bowl Social has become the star of The Domain with it’s exciting night life scene, fun bar games and it’s gastro diner cuisine. PBS’s burger is a certified bad-ass, served in a cast-iron skillet, with fries and pickle it comes loaded with their in house beef, a fried egg, bacon, and avocado on a toasted bun.

Cast Iron Burger

Photo by Hayden Walker



The League Kitchen &

A great neighborhood sports pub with an upscale touch that brings in the locals around from Lakeway and North West Austin outstanding food. Burger lovers will love Monday night’s 2 for 1 burger deal.  The atmosphere and even the decor are friendly and welcoming without the noisy sports crowd you’ll typically find in other bars but just enough to add a little excitement to any game you’re watching.  Go for the Sugar Cured Bacon Burger, topped with cheddar, fried onions and Brooklyn BBQ sauce.


Photo courtesy of The League Kitchen & Tavern



Forget about the cheap pizza and hot dogs, Top Golf ‘s spectacular menu serves players a spectacular menu that’s highly regarded as the best in it’s class. The Mac Daddy Burger – crafted burger topped with house made green chili mac and cheese. Every burger is handcrafted with a delicious blend of certified Angus ground chuck, short rib & brisket to give the ultimate flavor. Served on a toasted brioche sesame seed bun.  Honestly, what’s better than mac and cheese on a burger?


The MacDaddy Burger PHOTO courtesy of Top Golf






About The Author

Hayden Walker
Executive Editor | Co-Publisher

Hayden Walker is the Editor in Chief and Director of Operations for Austin Food Magazine

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