Drink. Well. American Pub

Between Manor Road and North Loop, north central Austin is quickly becoming a foodie haven. Adding to the area’s list of exceptionally good options is Drink. Well., a new American-style pub located West of 35 on North Loop.

Drink. Well. specializes in craft beer, even craftier cocktails, wine, and aggressively large list of fine spirits. A newly expanded cocktail menu features almost 20 specialty drinks, including the ‘three in pink’ sparkling cocktail pictured below. Along with a rotating selection of draft beer, Drink. Well. has a large selection of local and domestic craft beers as well as a few domestics for those not looking to try anything new. Unlike many spots specializing in craft beers, Drink. Well. keeps its prices low, averaging about $3 to $4 for each brew.

Three in the Pink – $8

The elevated bar food menu features small bites, shared plates, and tavern classics such as ruebens and burgers. I recommend starting with the ‘well mix’, which is sweet, salty, and addictive. The crawfish stuffed fried green tomatoes were rich and decadent, though slightly too fishy for my taste. Served on a rustic cutting board, the cheese plate was straightforward and delicious featuring three cheeses, candied pecans, fruit, and honey drizzled crostini. The cheese selection was fairly basic, consisting of a subtle blue, goat, and sharp cheddar, but high quality. Just like the beer menu, the food is well priced, with most dishes $10 and below.

The small but popular neighborhood spot fills up quickly on almost every night, but the efficient and friendly staff rarely seems frazzled. Though it’s an ideal spot to meet a friend or for a casual date, it’s not necessarily the best for large groups. Seating is first come, first serve, and both food and drink orders are taken at an ordering station by the bar. Even at its busiest moments, the atmosphere remains laidback and cozy, making Drink. Well. the perfect neighborhood spot to unwind (even if it’s not your neighborhood.)

Drink. Well. 207 East 53rd Street, Austin, TX 78751. Open 7 days a week from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. http://www.drinkwellaustin.com/

Crawfish Stuffed Fried Green Tomatoes – 2 for $7

Artisan Cheese Plate – $12

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