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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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  • Sharon J.
    Great food and beer. Staff super friendly!
  • Andee D.
    The fried chicken is really really good here. I mean really.
  • Dianey S.
    Great beer and burgers...
  • 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 50+ 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
    TraciAugust 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
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Todd N.
    Todd NienkerkSeptember 6, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Crush aluminum cans before throwing them away to prevent people from reusing them as protective ear coverings.
  • Hollyann W.
    Hollyann WoodAugust 25, 2012
    The fries are delicious!
  • Lloyd S.
    Lloyd StewartJuly 14, 2012
    What about the women?
  • David J. N.
    David J. NeffJuly 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    They have the best chicken sandwich I've ever had in my life.
  • Candace M.
    Candace MaestasJune 14, 2012
    The egg sandwich is yummy!
  • Candace M.
    Candace MaestasJune 14, 2012
    Get here early the lines are long but worth the wait! I love the burgers and other items have been wonderful as we'll.
  • Brittany P.
    Brittany PereiraJune 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the chili cheese fries! No ground beef there...you won't be disappointed!!!
  • Amanda R.
    Amanda ReidJune 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Reverse Happy Hour at 9! $3 rational house pints and $3 fries!
  • Tim G.
    Tim GivenJune 2, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Actually open at 2 on friday and saturday
  • Traci P.
    Traci PMay 3, 2012
    The ROVER is delicious!!!
  • Jennifer
    JenniferMay 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Become a member, and then YOU could help design the next beer with Jeff, the brewer extraordinaire. He often holds beer design workshops.
  • aaron h.
    aaron haleyApril 18, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Day hi to Jeff and tell him that he makes some damn fine beer!!
  • aaron h.
    aaron haleyApril 18, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Say hi to Nicole and tell HER to put an egg on it. Ohhhh the irony.
  • aaron h.
    aaron haleyApril 18, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Say hi to Chris behind the bar and tell him how great his beer selections are!!
  • aaron h.
    aaron haleyApril 18, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Say hi to Chris behind the bar and tell him how great g
  • Justin O.
    Justin OngApril 7, 2012
    If I'm such a moron for bringing my kid here, why do they have children's menus?
  • April S.
    April StockwellMarch 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Sigh...This is a pub. Don't bring your kids here.
  • Todd N.
    Todd NienkerkMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    When using Q-Tips, be careful not to insert the wand too deep into the ear canal. Improper use could damage the eardrum and lead to hearing
  • David P.
    David PrestidgeMarch 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The brewery's own depths of despair stout will markedly improve your depths of despair day.
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SnowMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the seasoned chips and some aioli to dip them in. Just do it. You will thank me.
  • Paula W.
    Are you looking for incredibly tasty beer and food, plus outdoor seating, and a family friendly environment? This is it. Don't tip, this is a co-op and everyone makes a living wage.
  • Alison W.
    Alison WonderlandMarch 14, 2012
    The chocolate jalapeno ice cream is mind blowingly awesome.
  • Todd N.
    Todd NienkerkMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Keep your clothes smelling fresh by washing them at least once every seven times you wear them!
  • Christopher G.
    Christopher GriegoMarch 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The mac & cheese here is not worth $6. If you're on the mood for something rich stick with the tried and true grilled cheese
  • aaron h.
    aaron haleyMarch 2, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    "put an egg on it!" Nicole
  • Ellen G.
    Ellen GreeneFebruary 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Belgian Yeti on tap. Delish.
  • Aryan H.
    Aryan HedayatiJanuary 20, 2012
    Definitely try the coop beer sampler if you don't know what to get. Also the food is really good quality for a pub/bar.
  • Saumitra V.
    Saumitra VaidyaDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The beers are nice
  • Donna P.
    Donna PriorNovember 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the grilled cheese with BACON on it!
  • AP C.
    AP CaddyOctober 30, 2011
    Vegetarian is yummy- very spicy!
  • Steve B.
    Steve BasileOctober 18, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    World's 1st cooperatively owned brewpub--Join up and you can be a pub owner too. Tasty beer brewed on premise plus a fine craft selection, fresh locavore menu, nice patio, @ Crestview Metrorail stop
  • Daria B.
    Daria BrashearOctober 14, 2011
    apparently board gamers gather here on Thursday evenings...
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 4, 2011
    The pub food at this co-op brewpub is well above what it needs to be to accompany their increasingly tasty beer selection. & no tips allowed; they suggest you buy more beer. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Chris B.
    Chris BowersSeptember 12, 2011
    Try the Vulcan IPA. It has hops, but the emphasis is on taste. This beer is full of flavor and is 6.3% abv!
  • Steve B.
    Steve BasileSeptember 8, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Excellent on-premise brews plus a creative selection of local and national craft beer taps. No tipping! Read more
  • Jon R.
    Jon RidgeJuly 17, 2011
    The fries. Oh yes. A must-eat, no-brainer.
  • Zach M.
    Zach MeyerApril 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Shrimp and grits. Nuffsaid.
  • Deanna Z.
    Deanna ZandtMarch 9, 2011
    Try the Bacon Toffee - Yum!!!
  • AustinPixels
    AustinPixelsMarch 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Very long beer line, get two, or three...
  • Katie W.
    Katie WintersJanuary 28, 2011
    Get the co-op sampler if you're a little overwhelmed by the beer selection. For food, the portobello and chips is amazing!
  • Aaron G.
    Aaron GeiserJanuary 16, 2011
    Yummy food a beers! And free darts - REAL darts. The kind that will stick into people if you miss the dart board. :)
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel McGruderJanuary 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best fries in town, and they came with the perfect winter day grilled cheese sammich! The side of slaw I added made this a great post-rail meal!
  • Robin M.
    Robin MooreDecember 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The fries are delicious! They are more than willing to let you sample beers and there is no tipping allowed which makes the prices really reasonable. And right next to the metro rail.
  • Nataliya M.
    Nataliya MarkovaDecember 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Pulled pork sandwich is AMAZING!!! try it now, do it, you know you wanna :)
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 12, 2010
    Try the Fish and Chips
  • Chris D.
    Chris DuelNovember 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    So many locals beer! Great fish and chips! I can't get enough of this place!
  • Sever
    SeverOctober 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    First off Gluten Free Beer!!! Second, amazing food, toffee bacon is lisdishous!!!
  • Jake C.
    Jake CarterFebruary 27, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    I became a member of Black Star Co-op -- the world's first co-operatively owned pub and brewery. Co-ops are businesses owned by the people who use its services or who work at it. You should join, too! Read more
  • Jake C.
    Jake CarterFebruary 27, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Join us in becoming a member of the world's first co-operatively owned brewpub. Co-operatives are businesses owned by the people who use its services or who work at it. Join today! Read more
  • Psy F.
    Psy FusionFebruary 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Join the worlds first Co-op self managed Brew Pub.
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