This article was composed to appear in the Austin Food Blogger Alliance‘s annual City Guide. Stay tuned for a link to the guide as a whole, which will highlight noteworthy food and drink establishments throughout the capital city, when it is released later this month.
Down past the dive bars, food trailer parks and craft cocktail lounges on East 6th St. sits Hi Hat Public House, a true destination for everyone from Austin’s craft beer aficionados, to hungry east side residents just looking to grab a bite and a pint.
Located at the corner of 6th and Robert Martinez Jr., the cozy bar offers 24 thoughtfully curated taps of quality craft beer, as well as a selection of wine available by the glass or bottle.
“People should expect to be greeted by a smiling face when they walk in [to Hi Hat] and a non-pretentious take on spectacular beer,” Bar Manager/ Beer Buyer Habeab Kurdi said. “The beer list is cultivated to highlight nearly every style we can with a near perfect example of those styles, while also allowing room to showcase the ingenuity going on at breweries around the city, state and country.”
While Hi Hat may not boast as many taps as some of the other craft beer joints around town, it’s this commitment to quality and freshness that make it a worthwhile stop for anyone looking to sip some spectacular suds. True to this mission, Hi Hat’s bartenders are always happy to provide patrons with recommendations and samples of the latest brews to help inform those all important ordering decisions.
It’s a commitment that is mirrored in Hi Hat’s cuisine menu as well. The bar’s menu focuses on affordable gourmet comfort food, boasting specialties like shrimp mac n’ cheese, hanger steak with blue cheese chive compound butter and a confit duck sandwich with creamy fennel slaw. Add in the bar’s constantly rotating specials board which features various flatbread pizzas, soups and specialty desserts, and Hi Hat’s food menu is just as noteworthy as the impressive craft beer selection the bar has made its name on.
“Our food focus is quality, fresh, locally sourced (as often as possible) comfort food at reasonable prices,” Rena said. “We regularly bring our beer into our kitchen recipes to compliment the craft beer theme.”
Hi Hat runs happy hour from 4-7 pm Tuesday-Thursday. During that time, they offer $1 off pints, $2 off glasses of wine and 1/2 off housemade pizzas & pretzels.
Other daily specials include Taco Tuesday (two tacos and a pint of beer for $10) and Wine Wednesdays (1/2 off bottles of wine). Additionally, the bar offers brunch all day Saturday and Sunday. So, yep, that means you can walk into Hi Hat at 8 o’clock on a Saturday night and still order brioche french toast with maple syrup and strawberry marscapone. Even better, consider ordering a fresh, local craft beer to pair with it.
2121 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Thursday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Friday-Saturday 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
What to order: Housemade Pretzel and cheese fondue paired with a local brew. Ask your bartenders for a recommendation.
Takes reservations? Not typically, but call ahead for accommodations for large parties, special events, etc.
Notable Information: Beer and wine only.Half pours available. Order food and drinks at the bar.