by Monika Kowalczyk - 65 Reviews - 40 List
Houses date back from the early-to mid-1900s, sidewalks are steeped in Texas history and there's a perpetual enthusiasm for year-round dining and drinking--with great Rosedale bars. Sited between North Loop and 38th, with Lamar to the east and Shoal Creek to the west, this Old Austin 'hood has dibs on everything from old-school brew pubs to nationally-lauded, contemporary watering holes. Here, we give you the five Rosedale bars we deem most worthy of a big ol' bottoms up. (Pictured: Apothecary Cafe & Wine Bar)
Updated: June 25, 2010
A cross between a Bavarian hoffbrauhaus and a Tudor-era British inn. the loyal crowd at this dog-friendly Rosedale bar is a laid-back, convivial set of solid-citizen types, mostly in their late 20s and 30s. There's no hard liquor, but there are 50 beers available on draft, including several homebrews.
Billy's on Burnet: The no-frills Rosedale sibling to Downtown's Dog & Duck. Although happy hour at this corner pub is officially 2pm-7pm, Monday through Friday, the 4 o'clock hour is the "happiest of the hours" ($1 domestic pints and $2 premium pints).
Simplicity and vino peer Apothecary (merely a stone's throw across the street) go tete-a-tete in mastering the neighborhood tapas & wine bar recipe . But to be honest, we dig them both for varying reasons. Simplicity Wine & Eats gets a thumbs up for their green efforts, unassuming attitude and laid-back disposition.
Oh Rosedale, you lucky ducks: Uchiko has moved into the neighborhood. Anticipation for Uchi's swanky offspring progressively soared months before any sign of opening, and well, rightfully so: What Tyson Cole touches turns to digestible gold. Drink menu highlights include the Pan Am (sake, agua fresca, granny smith, rosemary) and Pao (black tea nigori sake, pedro ximenez, egg white, yukari).