Cork & Barrel: Where Irish Flair Meets Texas Fare! The Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen + Microbrewery is an authentic and historical Irish pub experience with Texas modernism, innovation, and hospitality.
Here are 5 reasons you should make your way to Cork & Barrel:
1. The authentic Irish architecture
One thing that sets this pub apart from others in Austin is the architecture. They have authentic Irish furniture pieces like floating fireplaces and stained glass windows from an old Irish abby that dates back more that 200 years!
2. The food is Irish and Texan (at the same time)
What makes Cork & Barrel different from other pubs? It’s the food, which somehow is able to capture both Irish and Texas tastebuds.
The craft kitchen and microbrewery feature a variety of Irish-Texas fusion dishes, most notably — the Rosemary Campfire Hoey Irish Stew (Texas style) and the Cliffs of Moher Chorizo Mussels.
3. They brew their own beer
Cork & Barrel wouldn’t be a microbrewery if it didn’t have its own craft beers on tap.
Kudla, Darlington and co-owner Jason Moorhead put their heads together to offer four unique craft beers on tap that will satisfy every beer enthusiasts craving.
4. See a piece of the Titanic — no, seriously!
Both of owner Sam Darlington’s grandfathers were riveters who helped build the Titanic in Belfast, Ireland, Kudla said. So it’s no surprise that he left a trace of his family history throughout the microbrewery.
Visitors will be able to find a replica rivet used to build the Titanic, passed down by Darlington’s family, in front of the men and womens’ restrooms. The display features a brief history about the Titanic and the Darlington family’s link to the vessel.
Another piece of history can be found in the restrooms, which are designed to look like a replica of the mens and ladies rooms seen aboard the Titanic.
The ladies restrooms even has the exact replica of the wallpaper that lined the walls of the luxury liner that met its fate in 1912, Kudla said.
5. There’s live music every weekend
Bands from across Austin and Texas make their way to the microbrewery’s outdoor stage to perform live shows every weekend.
You’ll never get tired of the amazing Texas talent (and views) that graces this eatery and music venue.