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Strange Brew

American, Cafe, Bar, Pub
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5326 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745-2888
+1 512-828-7636
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Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent ambience to take care of life. Baristas are always super chill and the cold brew is wicked stout.

Thank Trezaratti
Austin, Texas
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Overall, I like it. The place is much bigger than it appears. The setting is not all that inviting and is sort of strange, fitting I suppose! I did not find it to be a place I'd spend a lot of time, but that does not mean you won't love it. The Ruben sandwich was very good and the coffee... More 

Thank Kauitzsch
san antonio, texas
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46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

What an awesome show! Got front row seats in this very intimate setting. Fun place to see local musicians perform up close and personal.

Thank pjjr
Phoenix, Arizona
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137 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016

After being spoiled in some high-end coffee shops this one was more like your bohemium hang-out and not my cup of tea. The place is an eclectic collection of cheap furniture, chairs, and marginal art on the wall. Service was good though and had a nice touch of customer care that worked. I normally come to coffee shops to write... More 

Thank sesshi101
Austin, Texas
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016

I can't say enough good things about Strange Brew!! Their coffee is always delicious, they have a million milk options, their pastries are local and fresh, they have a music venue, outdoor seating in the front and the back, multiple restrooms, a/c, and a quiet closed off study room on the opposite end of the building from the music venue!!... More 

Thank KatEm_and_Coffee
Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Strangebrew has in a fairly short time, become a South Austin institution. I'd rate the food and drinks as "fair to good." They have a lot of alt-options, maybe the best in town for dairy alt and decent gluten-free. But where this cafe which is slowly taking over an entire half-block of South Manchaca really shines is in community and... More 

1 Thank Kate H
Niskayuna, New York
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155 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2016

We visited Strange Brew to hear a singer while in Austin. As we had been traveling all day, we needed to have dinner while there. The grilled sandwiches were excellent! I would recommend this little spot to anyone looking for a reasonable way to hear live music. I especially LOVED it that the management insists on NO TALKING during the... More 

1 Thank TravelingLily2014
Austin, Texas
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370 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2015

Went to Strange Brew to see Dawn and Hawks. First time there Since the preceding show finished at 6:30 and the doors to the music lounge don't open until 6:30 we got there about 6:20, checked in and got in line. Ordered sandwiches and beer once in the lounge. Very good Sandwiches! And good local beer. And a great, small... More 

1 Thank Jay F
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 September 2015 via mobile

First time at venue-it is a great place to hear live music. Intimidate setting without feeling crowded. Parking was the only issue-we had to park several blocks away due to size of crowd.

Thank Lee B
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2015

Had a regular coffee (comes with free refill) and muffin. They also had a quiet room, which was nice. I also liked the ample parking lot.

Thank Andrea A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5326 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745-2888
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Austin
  • Phone Number: +1 512-828-7636

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?