AUSTIN | The Grackle is a bar in East Austin that we stumbled upon by chance while visiting Zilker Brewing Co across the road and boy are we glad we did. It’s a place that doesn’t really come up on any lists when searching for great bars in Austin, and we get a feeling that’s just the way the locals like it.
The large covered patio feels like being on someone’s porch, with simple seating and tables combining with friendly banter and a dog-friendly policy. Step inside and it’s very dark and dive bar like, but the offering is anything but second rate. Three dart boards, a pool table, and a Ms. Pacman machine provide ample way to while away the hours while enjoying a few drinks. There’s over 100 whiskeys and bourbons available along with several mostly local craft beers being poured from the brass wall mounted taps. If there’s nothing on the taps that tickles your fancy, ask about the bottles – if you’re nice about it you might even get shown some of the rare bottles that are hidden away and not advertised on the regular menu.
There’s no food served at The Grackle but there’s always a few food trucks parked out the front to ensure that anyone looking for a bite to eat has some quality food options to choose from. When we first visited the options were the excellent Pueblo Viejo and Romanaskous Delicatessan (since closed).
If it’s a great local’s haunt with quality drinks, friendly service, and zero pretension you’re after, The Grackle is for you.
1700 E 6th Street
Mon – Sun: 12:00pm to 2:00am