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Freedmen's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.freedmensbar.com
  • Phone: (512) 220-0953
  • Hours of Operation:
    Closed Mondays

    Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 12:00am

    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Contemporary American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Evan LeRoy
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live music by local musicians every Tuesday beginning at 7PM.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Rehearsal Dinners, Birthdays, Holiday Parties, Lunch & Learns, and more!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W. 24th St.
  • Public Transit: North and South bound bus stop on northwest corner of 24th and San Gabriel.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot in rear, accessible from alley off of 24th, between Leon and San Gabriel. Please do not park in the 7-11 parking lot beside our building.
A word from Freedmen's
A laid-back lounge, beer garden, and smokehouse serving barbecue and retro-inspired cocktails in a historic Austin building.

Lounge - Inside bar, limited seating.
Beer Garden - Outside picnic tables, seat up to 10 persons each. (Larger parties will be seated adjacent to each other.
Patio - Smaller tables outside, yet separate from the crowd.
Saloon - Upstairs. Perfect for private parties. Not handicap accessible.

Join us for Happy Hour, Tuesday through Friday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, and enjoy $2 Lone Star or Pabst, $2 Off Glasses of Wine & House Cocktails, $3 Well Drinks, $3 Whiskey of the Month, and $5 Barbecue Sammies!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "All we can says is it's better than Franklins! Hand down everytime it's just better!! Oh and the gin and tonic is outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The brisket literally melts in your mouth. A perfect combination of spiced bark and meat, with minimal mat. The only reason this got 4 stars is that the restaurant is not air conditioned (they leave the doors open), so it is extremely hot and uncomfortable - and the food is very expensive."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This place has the best brisket in town in my opinion, and I love the whiskey specials."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "...in Central Austin, without standing in line, this is your place! Great food, a building almost as old as the dirt it's standing on, and friendly service."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Man the BBQ was awesome! Pork Belly was amazing!! Plenty of whiskeys to keep your throat coated! The place has lots of character and the staff is very friendly and the place is just cool!!! Parking is behind the venue and was difficult to get to because of the construction but that shouldn't deter anyone!! Must check this place out!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Celebrated Father's day with BBQ. We had never been before and it was overall pretty good althoughout we had to sit outside and it was rather hot and a bit windy. I wouldn't say this is a great place to bring your entire family (i.e. Kids)."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Delicious dinner--I always get the trinity plate, the beets, and the cole slaw...and of course some of the great cocktails."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Love the smoky, rich flavors of everything from the peppery brisket to the goat cheese and beets to the smoked chocolate mousse! Mac and cheese is also fantastic. Can't wait to try what future deliciousness these guys will create!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The place had a rustic charm that most meat lovers would enjoy. This is a nice hang, could be romantic first date, or just a fab lunch spot. Size matters here and they don't fall short. German potatoes need to be replaced by mac n cheese, but the rest was great. Try one of the many fun drinks. You wont regret it."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Good was great. Way overpriced , especially the beef rib"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This was a true taste of Texas for my East Coast Family while in Austin for Graduation Weekend! Food was outstanding!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I absolutely LOVE Freedmen's . I always know that whatever I order will be great. All of the staff are so knowledgable of all the menu items, drinks and food. I come here frequently but was delighted to bring the family from out of town! Just a really great place for brunch, lunch, dinner or even just a drink or two. And if you like whiskey... It's a must see. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Good luck parking! Not the restaurant's fault but be forewarned. Housed in an old stone building, the decor and atmosphere is what I'd call funky/inviting. Great outdoor patio. Very friendly and helpful service. I got the Holy Trinity (pork ribs, brisket, and house-made sausage). The seasoning, texture, smokiness, and flavor were outstanding. BUT THE FOOD WAS COLD! Well, a bit below room temp, but you don't want to eat BBQ when the fat is already beginning to congeal on the meat. But enough about temperature - the flavor and texture of all the meats was outstanding. I had some leftovers - heated 'em up with some sauce - heaven! So when you order, ask that they make sure the food is hot. You'll be back.....and will give them the fifth star."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I recommend this place if you looking for a quick snack and a great drink. I had planned a dinner for my family including two toddlers and well,...I was surprised it was a bar. It does say bar on the website but was confused by their open table.com site. "
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I gush about Freedmen's to everyone I know. It is so incredibly delicious that I'm salivating while I write this. I cannot even list my favorite things on the menu because literally everything I've put in my mouth there is the best. All I can think to do is to thank them: Thank you Freedmen's for investing so much thought, time, and skill into your food and drinks. The people who work here are fantastic to interact with, and the bartender even gave us a tip on how to make the perfect Ramos Gin Fizz (which he's totally nailed)... no more shaking the shaker for 12 minutes. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great place with excellent food, however they do not have a/c and no umbrellas for there outdoor seating. We will be going back, just when the temperature drops. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The drinks were amazing. Excellent combination of ingredients. Very special. They were out of the sausage and the grilled cabbage slaw which was a huge disappointment. I came to eat both of those items. The grilled vegetables were good but almost unrecognizable. Too much sauce, slightly overcooked. Important to make this side right, as the potato salad isn't for those trying to watch their carbs. Ribs were great. Good, attentive waiiter."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "My son and I had brunch outdoors at Freedmen's. It had been recommended to me by a friend whose son had his bachelor party there. It is great for groups big and small. The food is outrageously yummy and the drinks menu is totally fresh, new and exciting. I cannot recommend Freedmen's highly enough. If you visit Austin, TX and fail to go there you are truly missing something!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "While the barbecue was very tasty when it finally arrived, our group of 8 did not have a good overall experience here. We arrived at an early time for dinner (5:00) due to travel plans, but that really did not excuse the slow and haphazard service we received. It took them a long time to get a table ready for us upstairs and then they sat us in a corner plastic table when other nice wooden tables were available. Another large group arrived and was served before us. When our food finally came, the meat selections were incorrect and had to be sent back to be fixed. The biggest surprise was the final bill for food and drinks: over $300 for 8 people including 2 that did not order meat. Not a very good value."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The menu was limited but the food was out of this world. We had the pork belly, sausage and chili, and wish we had tried everything on the menu. If you love barbeque, Freedman's is a must while you are in Austin."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The food and drinks were outstanding, BBQ was the best I ever had. The only issue we had was the parking and for members of the group that used a taxi the wait was long."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Brisket sliders were amazing! The stuffed quail was delightful too."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Excellent food, some of the best barbecue we have ever had, Beef brisket was melt in your mouth tender, and the sausage and ribs were also excellent. We were sorry that we couldn't eat outside, but there was a large group on the patio. It looked very nice. Enjoyed our meal and would recommend this to anyone coming to Austin. The only drawback was the parking situation, but the valet handled that for us."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We really love this restaurant and often bring friends here. Our last visit was not quite up to par. We were seated at a table and the noise level bothered us more this time. Also, I recommended the potatoes and this time they were over-seasoned. I was the only one to really eat them at all. The bread was very good as well as the other sides of cabbage slaw and beets."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great hostric building providing nice ambience. Upscale BBQ with a nice twist and non-traditional sides. The beets were tremedous, Ordered the Holy Trinity--but they were already out of sausage, which was puzzling since it was 7pm and the dining crowd was sparse. Disappointed in liquor seelction. Did not have two of the local vodkas we asked for, and for touting itself as a whisky bar they had no honey whisky selections. Parking is a huge challenge, so carpool, walk or go prepared to spend time "hunting" for a space."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We had an amazing experience at Freedmen's. Amazing food! Really great outdoor setting.Perfect service. We were a happy group of dinners."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The food was great. Unfortunately, we went a couple days after Valentine's Day & they ran out of basically every item on their menu. While their food was great, the menu was small & slightly surprising that they had run out of the few items they offered. I'd suggest going, but not around big events."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Pros: The BBQ is very very good. Cons: Parking is horrible. One tiny lot that might hold a dozen cars. If you can't find a spot in that lot, good luck finding a spot on the street where your car won't be at risk from being door dinged. Freedmans called me at 5:30 to confirm a 7:00 pm reservation, and asked if we wanted to sit inside or out. I said outside would be great. When we got there, they said no outside seating because they had a party of 25. We proceeded to sit inside, and when we ultimately were done with dinner, we exited through the courtyard and so no less that 3 empty tables, and no party of 25 anywhere to be found. Took more than 20 minutes to get our first round of drinks served to us. Not worth the hassle."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Freedmen's got Vakentine's Day right! Their menu is short but stout. The specials of The day included a mouth-watering prime rib and turkey. The grilled beets with chevere and the jalapeño cheese spread with toast were amazing. Our waiter was very attentive and quick to offer suggestions. He was sweet enough to offer a smaller portion of food to my six year old. We sat outside in the beer garden. It was a little cool and drafty but the Silver Fox covering Sinatra was a treat. I ordered a special beet margarita-this could have been better. My guess is that they used a less than premium tequila but that was partially my fault for not asking before I ordered. We will definitely be back for more!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Pit master Evan LeRoy really knows what he's doing. Went in for lunch and tried the Holy Trinity Plate and everything was great. Brisket had great bark. Pork ribs were on point and the black pepper was heavy. Sausage had a nice pop. Really recommend this place."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "The barbecue is excellent. Particularly liked the pork. Drinking is not expensive if you get the whiskey of the month for $5 a pop. Service was a bit distracted but friendly and polite. Overall an excellent spot to hang out... We spent several hours there on Superbowl Sunday afternoon after a fine brunch. Check it out!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "We were seated promptly and in a great spot for our 8pm reservation on Saturday, but they were out of the ribs and one of their specials that evening. That would typically not be an issue except they only have 4 things on the menu & it's a travesty to run out of ribs at 8pm on Saturday!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I would describe Freedmen's as a Whiskey bar that also serves great barbeque. We enjoyed it very much and will put it on the list of places we go to time and time again."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Great cocktails, great ambiance (given that you're basically on campus), & fantastic BBQ. We were lucky enough to get the end cap (thank you, Brisket Gods) & it had a nice crunch on the outside followed by moist, tender, smoke-ring-filled goodness on the inside."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the brunch. Get the German potato salad for a side."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "The only reason I didn't give a higher rating is that although we were seated promptly ( right at our reserved time) we sort of went unnoticed for a pretty long time. It was like a waiter had not been assigned our table. And our table was almost in the kitchen:( we did request indoor seating... Glad we did because it would have been a bit louder than we wanted this evening. Outside would be fun, though. Once we got our waitress, the service was excellent and the food was wonderful. We will go back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Best BBQ in Austin. Beef ribs are to die for (the cow already did)."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "This place is beyond fantastic! Unbelievable BBQ and the craft cocktails are awesome! This is a must-try!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "This restaurant was hard to find, so we had hoped it was worth the trip. The menu is limited, so when they ran out of several items on the menu, it did not leave much to choose from. Had the Holy Trinity, presentation was cute, but, of course, they ran out of the sausage. And the food was far from hot. Had also ordered the side, at a whopping $5, and got Mac and Cheese, which came in a mini iron skillet, and it was downright COLD!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I went here with a friend on a very cold day, so not too many people were out and about. In fact, I was surprised they were open. I had read some reviews about their BBQ and they did not disappoint. Excellent ribs and brisket. The restaurant itself is in a historic old building and they have done an amazing job of "saving" this structure. Definitely give it a try if you are in the campus area."
    Dined on 11/24/2013