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Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

Brewery and Restaurant$$$$
Crestview, Austin
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  • The experts at Eater and Austin Chronicle recommend this place
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  • Chris B.
    "Try the Vulcan IPA."(6 Tips)
    Matt D.
    "They get paid a living wage so no tips accepted."(5 Tips)
    Angel P.
    "Get the 6 glass house beer tester!"(4 Tips)
    Amanda R.
    "Reverse Happy Hour at 9! $3 rational house pints and $3 fries!"(16 Tips)
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  • Steve B.
    Steve BasileFebruary 25
    Been here 100+ times
    Good food interesting beers even more interesting people. #Fish&Chips
  • Weber S.
    Weber SchulzJanuary 8
    Beware, the fried jalapenos are delicious but have seeds still. They are HOT!
  • Germaine W.
    Germaine WilliamsAugust 15, 2016
    Beers are pretty good. Best deal is their $3 happy hour!
  • JAY J.
    JAY JAYASURIYAJuly 27, 2016
    Great beer and food!
  • Scott R.
    Scott RognlieFebruary 19, 2016
    Great food and beer
  • Amy J.
    Amy Johnson CookFebruary 2, 2016
    Awesome beer, fantastic food, great atmosphere. Must go.
  • Oscar A.
    Oscar AparicioDecember 30, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    The new salads are a big improvement! But the avocado club is still king.
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca SNovember 21, 2015
    The burger is pretty great. The fresh jalapeños really make the difference.
  • Michael M.
    Michael McMinnOctober 16, 2015
    Black Star burger and huge selection of craft beers including their own made on premises.
  • Vonia
    VoniaSeptember 15, 2015
    Fries. Enough said.
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandAugust 4, 2015
    Great atmosphere. Decent beer - none stood out to me in particular.
  • Solario
    SolarioAugust 3, 2015
    The bartenders don't accept tips.
  • Rob Z.
    Rob ZaleskiJuly 4, 2015
    They have some amazing microbrews, and typically one really strong one that you should proceed drinking with caution.
  • Josh M.
    Josh MillerJuly 2, 2015
    The house beers are solid. The venue is a great place to go with groups.
  • Kristina D.
    Kristina DevegaJune 24, 2015
    Really laid back bar in a modern space with a lot of natural light. Food is great! Place has a large patio area
  • Josh A.
    Josh AMay 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Must go spot for beer lovers. Food is gastropub-like. Fries are awesome. Usually a good crowd and dark beers. No tipping!
  • Russell B.
    Russell BondMay 4, 2015
    Beer! All of the beer! The steak and fish and chips are both outstanding dishes!
  • Kaustubh T.
    Kaustubh ThirumalaiApril 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Good homegrown beers
  • Carrie B.
    Carrie Brown-SmithMarch 14, 2015
    The avocado club is LEGIT. House beer is tasty. Nice patio allows dogs.
  • Kelsey N.
    Kelsey NussbaumJanuary 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Fish and Chips...don't think twice
  • Justin H.
    Justin HendersonJanuary 25, 2015
    For an unhealthy vegetarian option, grilled cheese is tasty, you can request it on sour dough from Easy Tiger, which is the way to go
  • Skylor W.
    Skylor WilliamsJanuary 14, 2015
    Epsilon beer. Aged in bourbon barrels.
  • Skylor W.
    Skylor WilliamsJanuary 14, 2015
    Epsilon. Let it take you away.
  • John G.
    John GJanuary 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great beer that's making its way around town. Good food with an excellent business ethos.
  • Ashley 💁🏻
    Ashley 💁🏻January 11, 2015
    The blackboard can be a little intimidating, if there is a line. The brews are delightful, and atmosphere is laid back and relaxed.
  • Psy F.
    Psy FusionNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Dewberry beer is yummy.
  • David S.
    David SassenOctober 17, 2014
    I love the Vulcan beer, and their cheese plate is really good (albeit expensive). It's right next to the train station so it's fun to do Black Star as a happy hour if you work near another station.
  • Blessing I.
    Blessing IkpaOctober 4, 2014
    The Roast Beef Sandwich is phenomenal! So is the Rose Lemonade!
  • Roger W.
    Roger WillisOctober 1, 2014
    Delicious beers and solid food. You should partake.
  • Ben E.
    Ben EversonSeptember 22, 2014
    Nice hoppy beers. Fries are really good, fish and chips are really good, grilled cheese is really good.
  • Dylan R.
    Dylan RobertsSeptember 20, 2014
    The in-house brews are wonderful and the staff are all well paid. These guys do it right! Also, try the chili cheese fries, you'll LOvE them!
  • Alex S.
    Alex SchwarmSeptember 5, 2014
    Always changing selection of great beer and great garlic "chips" (aka French frys).
  • Bethany A.
    Bethany AndreeAugust 24, 2014
    Who doesn't love Tom Seleck?! The fries are also awesome.
  • Angel P.
    Angel PerezAugust 23, 2014
    The question should be, what's not good here? Fresh ingredients, fresh brewed beer, great environment. Always a nice time!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Aaron Franklin, chef of Franklin Barbecue, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Bar steak. Read more
  • Matt D.
    Matt DaileyAugust 21, 2014
    They get paid a living wage so no tips accepted. It's nice to just pay for what I want. Great beer and best chili in town.
  • Hope M.
    Hope MooreAugust 12, 2014
    Loved the moor! Solid dark beer choice.
  • Nick P.
    Nick ProkeschAugust 10, 2014
    Great burgers
  • Traci R.
    Traci Reston-HouseholderAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing food and craft beer. Yes please!
  • Vi T.
    Vi TranAugust 7, 2014
    Good food, good beer - that's all.
  • Colin
    ColinAugust 7, 2014
    No tips allowed here. All employees are paid a fair living wage.
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FishAugust 7, 2014
    Great beer, the sour ale was good but not very sour. Fantastic food, this place is a must visit
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FranklinJuly 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you have a gluten sensitivity, ask for no aioli with the bar steak. The meal is advertised as gluten-free, but the malt vinegar aioli on the side is NOT gluten-free.
  • Katie F.
    Katie FontenotJune 24, 2014
    Fried jalapeños were delicious but crazy spicy. Chicken sandwich was alright. Bar steak was great. Try the raspberry ale!
  • Joel G.
    Joel GoodmanMay 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good food, good beer.
  • Niecy B.
    Niecy B.May 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    They play the best music. Do a flight. Eat the burger. You are welcome.
  • Robert S.
    Robert ScheibMay 2, 2014
    Food is subpar and service is so-so.
  • Laura V.
    Laura VApril 25, 2014
    Game of Thrones beer on tap so...
  • Homero R.
    Homero RodriguezFebruary 16, 2014
    Look both ways before crossing the road.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah StuchberyFebruary 8, 2014
    French fries are to DIE for
  • David P.
    David PrestidgeDecember 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Really loving the cantankerous dockhand. Brew has it all: porter, chili spice undertones. Like a good smooth whiskey with a lip-searing kick.
  • Heather W.
    Heather WitteOctober 31, 2013
    The garlic french fries are amazingly yummy!!
  • Christine L.
    Christine LealosOctober 18, 2013
    This is the exclusive place in Austin to get treated like shit by a terrible person with awful facial hair. Seriously never come here.
  • Cecy C.
    Cecy CorreaOctober 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    You can add avocado to pretty much anything, which is alright in my book.
  • Anthony A.
    Anthony AlvaradoOctober 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The grilled cheese is the best!
  • Anthony A.
    Anthony AlvaradoOctober 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the beer.
  • David J. N.
    David J. NeffSeptember 6, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Tired of feeling bloated? Plenty of GF on this great menu!
  • James R.
    James ReedAugust 25, 2013
    Bus your freaking tables! You don't have to tip, that's all they ask, don't leave a mess. Come on, guys!
  • Amy M.
    Amy MorenoAugust 23, 2013
    Try the Elba!
  • Tim S.
    Tim StecklerAugust 23, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Chili cheese fries rock!
  • Angel P.
    Angel PerezAugust 23, 2013
    Get the 6 glass house beer tester! #delish. Also the PeaceMaker is good;)
  • Adam R.
    Adam RogersAugust 19, 2013
    The fries with bacon added are a must get. Their house beers are great, well above what I was expecting. Just make sure you know that you bus your own tables, and they don't take tips.
  • Chelle M.
    Chelle MorrisonAugust 6, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The best fries "chips" in town.
  • Rebecca H.
    Rebecca HueyAugust 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They make their ice cream in house. Geeks who drink trivia on Sundays at 8.
  • Ella W.
    Ella WhiteAugust 3, 2013
    Great burgers.....try the Elba beer.
  • Dominic M.
    Dominic MaldonadoAugust 1, 2013
    Best beer flights & wedge salad. Seriously y'all don't sleep on the wedge salad; make sure you get it with shrimp avocado cheese and egg
  • Mike L.
    Mike LangfordJuly 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    We filmed 3 episodes fo @Locapour at @BlackStarCoop. The latest features @LiveOakBrewing's HefeWeizen. See it here: http://locapour.tv/austin/liveoakhefeweizen
  • Brian S.
    Brian SaghyJuly 13, 2013
    Kind of a miserable experience, unless you like standing for an hour waiting.
  • Mike L.
    Mike LangfordJuly 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the Vulcan, it was featured on episode 2 of Locapour. Read more
  • Mike L.
    Mike LangfordJune 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The first episodes of @Locapour were filmed here. Order the Elba! http://locapour.tv/
  • Nom Nom PR
    Nom Nom PRJune 27, 2013
    EXCELLENT food & beers! No need to tip.
  • Susan R.
    Susan RiceJune 14, 2013
    Maybe paying in advanced and no incentive with tipping is the cause of the poor service. Not impressed with good or service. Avoid the fish and chips.
  • AustinPixels
    AustinPixelsJune 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't leave monetary tips here. If that makes you feel guilty, just donate by ordering another beer.
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleMay 27, 2013
    Start with shrimp 'n' grits, tofu popcorn, or a choose-your-own tasting plate, then wash down a sandwich with one of the tasty local brews on tap at the nation's first-ever cooperatively run brewpub.
  • Carolyn M.
    Carolyn McGintyMay 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great beer and food!
  • Ana V.
    Ana VelazquezMay 13, 2013
    All those tips abt the chicken sandwich? They're there for a reason. Best chicken sandwich ever! Nice selection of beer to try, friendly staff, patio seating. Do it.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MorenoApril 27, 2013
    The Elba and the Rover are amazing! Great summer beers!
  • Dan S.
    Dan SmullenApril 27, 2013
    Rover. Deep ellum. Vulcan. Alcohol content & recommended in that order
  • Summer O.
    Summer OrtizApril 20, 2013
    Delicious cornbread
  • Chris T.
    Chris TopherApril 17, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Vulcan! Extra hoppy! Smooth with a biting finish!
  • Keith W.
    Keith WilletApril 16, 2013
    Order the Snack Plate ya turkey!
  • Sugar F.
    Sugar FootApril 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Elba, refreshing and fruity for a great spring Sunday morning beverage.
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HwangMarch 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best chicken fried chicken I've ever had. Burgers are really good too. And of course, THE BEER.
  • wolfie M.
    wolfie MMarch 10, 2013
    Everything a pub/brewery should be - greasy but good grub and awesome beer. And then some...
  • Michael H.
    Michael HernandezMarch 9, 2013
    Dorks for clientele. Boring, plain, run of the mill white people. But the brews make up for the lack of interesting in this spot.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchFebruary 24, 2013
    Always a great collection of beers (and good food).
  • Nash G.
    Nash GreyFebruary 16, 2013
    Go Sunday through Wednesday and save yourself the hassle of finding a place to sit.
  • aaron h.
    aaron haleyFebruary 8, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Feel free to start a socialist revolution!! They are totally cool with it!!
  • aaron h.
    aaron haleyFebruary 8, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Give a tip of the hat to Tom Selleck!!
  • aaron h.
    aaron haleyFebruary 8, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Punch Jeff in the crotch and tell him to stop cock blocking. We get it, you're the brewer!! Geez.
  • Cameron S.
    Cameron StanleyJanuary 21, 2013
    The Triple Dee is fantastic.
  • April S.
    April StockwellJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    You order THEN get a table! Don't be a dick and grab one first.
  • Suzanne C.
    Suzanne CordeiroDecember 28, 2012
    SAVE THE BACON TOFFEE!! This is the very last serving they have and will no longer be carrying it. Please request it every time you go in so they start selling it again!
  • Eric D.
    Eric DDecember 19, 2012
    The location is weird but the beers are great and the food is surprisingly great. And the employees make a living wage!
  • korkypeachmom
    korkypeachmomNovember 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The folks who bring kids are the yuppies who live in the condos & it's not illegal to bring them. & it's not like it's 6th St! It's a restaurant/brewpub! There were super cute babies in here tonight!
  • Matt G.
    Matt GlazerNovember 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Folks here get paid a living wage. They won't let you tip and there's really no reason to close out.
  • Matt G.
    Matt GlazerNovember 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    During peek service there are two lines: one for everything (including food) and one just for beer. Not hungry? Veer right and enjoy a faster line.
  • April S.
    April StockwellOctober 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the irrational beers. Changes all the time and they are always interesting.
  • Valerie G.
    Valerie GleasonSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The Vulcan IPA makes me happier than chocolate. Or sex.
  • Hipster Travel Blog - Travels of Adam
    Bartenders are friendly so long as you wait behind the line before ordering. They'll also patiently provide you with samples of each of the beers on tap.
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