One of the great things about the Austin area is the abundance of great pubs. I've mentioned some of these before in previous posts. In Austin our favorite pub is the Crown & Anchor. Its located just north of UT and is always our first stop during our Austin Pub Crawl Hikes. They have great prices, good food, and of course a great beer selection. We also usually hit the Dog & Duck which also offers a great beer selection and probably the best pub grub anywhere. Another great neighborhood pub that we enjoy is the Draught House. They offer a selection of their own craft brews along with the obligatory great selection of beer. Along with these super pubs in one of America's greatest cities (best in Texas) you get the added benefit of Austin's health conscious smoking ban inside public buildings.
When we're outside of Austin, but still in the general area, the Taproom in San Marcos also has a great beer selection and a super selection of well priced grub. The only down side here is that they do allow smoking after 3 pm and Texas State students are heavy smokers.