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Central Machine Works Brewery, Austin, TX

Central Machine Works Brewery

4.9
4.9
107 Reviews
$30 and under
Beer Garden
Formerly a machine shop in East Austin, Central Machine Works has preserved the historical building to be Austin’s favorite neighborhood and family-friendly beer hall. Central Machine Works’ approachable and nostalgic vibe evokes the time-honored tradition of enjoying a classic beer amongst family and friends. The lively beer hall also features a tap room with full bar, outdoor beer garden, live music & backyard games. The menu includes a healthy spin on classic bar food favorites including burgers, brats, pizzas, salads and pretzels, as well as allergy variations including gluten-free and vegan options.

Not bookable

Online reservations at Central Machine Works Brewery can only be made directly on their website.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Beer Garden, American, Pizza Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri–Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (512) 220-2340

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Austin

  • Parking details

    All guest parking is located on the back side of the beer garden off of 5th St in between Springdale and Spencer Ln.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

Offers

  • Reverse Happy Hour!

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - Thu - 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    9pm - Close Half-price pitchers $5 Burgers $2 Off Pizzas

What 107 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.7Value

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  1. CV

    CV12

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff at CMW all helped make our celebration a success! Thank you!
  2. AP

    AnnaP

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    We enjoyed the music and had good seating. We were very disappointed that there was no food being served. I wish a message had been sent to us to inform us of this. We would have eaten before we went to the venue. I was disappointed that no one was enforcing mask wearing of people when they were not seated.
  3. GB

    GlenB

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    This is a really cool place. We went on a Saturday night for dinner and drinks. After a few beers, we went to order dinner at 9pm but they run out of food and closed the kitchen. I don't know if this was a one night problem. We had to leave because we were planning on eating and the four of us were starving. Regardless, the atmosphere and decor is next level and we'll be back. We're sure they'll get the kitchen figured out.
  4. DD

    DallasDiner

    Dallas

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A group of six girls were visiting Austin from out of town and this place had great ratings on open table. The food service is a little glitchy in terms of seating and ordering. You order at the bar and not with a waitress, but still require a reservation for seating. We didn’t get much direction from the hostess, however when we told another employee that we were just seated and not given direction, she immediately apologized, gave us two free beer tickets and showed us where everything was! Now for the important parts, the food was so great especially the pizzas! I recommend the Machinist! The ambience was cool and laid back. They had the Austin FC game going inside and live music setting up outside! I’ll definitely be back when I’m in Austin again! Great vibes!
  5. FX

    FoodieX4

    Austin

    120 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant. Great beer choices, full bar too. Food is delicious, made fresh when ordered. Disappointed the roasted corn wasn’t on the menu; maybe it will be brought back in the Summer. Also, no pretzels. They ran out. These pretzels are so good! Popular menu item so I think by dinner time they run out. Disappointing though. One of our pizzas never came so they apologized and comped us for it. It was a birthday dinner and everyone including the 8 year old had a fun time. Also love that they support local artists and have different art shows on a rotating basis. Very nice! We’ll be back, definitely for the food and for the stellar service :)
  6. R

    Rosey

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best tomato basil soup with grilled cheese sandwich; hubby had the pizza and said it was awesome! Loved the band (Dead Heirs). Bar tender was outstanding! Can’t wait to return.
  7. IG

    IvanG

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    3 hours is not enough nice place to have fun with friends and family our second party at your place
  8. CJ

    CarolinaJ

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it! Pretty amazing place I will back this weekend 🙂💝
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Texas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great hang out spot with large groups or a casual beer. Highly recommend!
  10. SW

    ScottW

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Friday kickoff lunch UT parents’ weekend
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great afternoon hangout with friends. Check it out!
  12. MT

    MaterTebowRanger

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Lady serving beer was a grouch
  13. MW

    MarisW

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Planned a small birthday celebration for the hubby there. Drinks were great, food was good, staff was attentive and quick to clean. I appreciated that the reservation was for 3 hours. The only change I would make would be fries instead of chips with the burger and more non-alcoholic options .
  14. CP

    ChrisP

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pizza and beer
  15. N

    Nona

    Austin

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Limited menu
  16. J

    Justmythoughts

    Austin

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2021

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Loved the vibe but hated having to go to the bar every single time I had an issue with something. We needed water - had to go to the bar. Needed to have our food recooked - had to go to the bar. Wanted more drinks - had to go to the bar. Hell I spent more time in line at the bar than I did at our table. Thinking there has to be another way for service once you get seated. Overall though, it is a great space!
  17. MK

    MKF9

    Austin

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Cool place, overpriced menu, drinks and wine way overpriced, beer was the only average value.
  18. S

    Sully

    Austin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I was surprised to not find actual CMW brewed beer. Otherwise, great fun with the live music entertainment!
  19. g

    gaylew

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sooooo fun!! Must go back! We sat around the firepit and had a 3hr limit - that was a bummer as we wanted to stay longer! Great beautiful place - atmosphere etc
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience as always! The cheese pizza was delicious especially for ‘bar standard’ — we were all impressed! Their sangria is delicious and the staff is always friendly even when they’re experiencing high volume. Highly recommend!
  21. j

    jgatesw

    Austin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great space, good beer, fun vibes.
  22. RC

    RobC

    Austin

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love this place. Super casual, great selection of beers, good/efficient service.
  23. AS

    AlexaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Super fun spot, lots of outdoor seating. Even if you are sitting inside, it's a huge space, and they often have the doors open. The bar is super cool; they serve great drinks and have a good selection of beers, wine, cocktails) Lots of cute pups to keep things entertaining.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I absolutely love this place. Excellent service, drinks and food. I recently had my birthday gathering there by the fire pit... they took care of us.
  25. HH

    HollyH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's a great place to connect with friends and are good about following Covid restrictions. Lots of outdoor space :)
  26. BA

    BillyA

    Austin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Friendly staff. Beer was cold and tasted great
  27. h

    heatherk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it! The atmosphere is great and so were the drinks/food. They even offered us a free drink to celebrate a birthday!
  28. GS

    GregS

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best places in Austin. Beer, Food and Service are excellent, I highly recommend CMW!
  29. RC

    RodrigoC

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and just ask for fire pit they always free up
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2021

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Disappointed with the staff. Attempted to set up a gathering of friends, called multiple times and left voicemails to get a better understanding of their policies. No one returned my calls. Then show up early for my reservation to see if they were willing to accommodate only for them to tell me I should have called ahead and that anyone one over 10 guests would be put on a waitlist to enter. Will wait until covid protocols have loosened up before attempting to come back.
  31. VO

    VillageOfWolves

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great! As always. Legit cocktails and the pizza is a must!
  32. S

    Samantha

    Austin

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2021

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    I like the atmosphere CMW offers so much. The outdoor area is really cool, very spread out and perfect for social distancing. We were able to sit at a fire pit, which was nice because it was so cold out, but unfortunately the ash hadn't been cleaned out from previous use, so every time a breeze blew there was ash all over us. I was delightfully surprised at how good the beer was, and the food is decent too. There aren't many places that have live music in Austin anymore so I'll definitely return.
  33. AD

    AndyD

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cool place, lots of outdoor space to spread out. Cool music. Glass Shadows was a cool band
  34. SD

    SaraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Best outdoor spot! The food is good too. Highly recommend.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall the brewery was great. Spacious patio, dogs allowed, pretty area.
  36. B

    Boriqua445

    Dallas

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great beer, great food and awesome venue. We weren’t expecting live music so that was a nice surprise. I would for sure come back to this brewery. They got it right! Oh and they have liquor for those that do t drink beer.
  37. GD

    GraceD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Central Machine Works Brewery is well organized and nicely socially distant. It feels safe to be out during COVID at this bar. They are taking it very seriously and doing everything they can to keep both staff and patrons safe.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2021

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    The stand up comedy just wasn’t my thing...
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love their pizzas and cheeseburgers!
  40. R

    Ryan

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and environment but I called to ask if the tables on open table were indoor or outdoor and they said they were only indoor, if I wanted outdoor I'd have to do a special request. When I arrived they told me the opposite. They did accommodate me but it would be great if you could list both indoor and outdoor seating on open table, like other restaurants do. That way you can just pick when making a reservation.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Central Machine Works Brewery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (512) 220-2340.

Central Machine Works Brewery is rated 4.9 stars by 107 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

Online reservations at Central Machine Works Brewery can only be made directly on their website.

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Austin

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–12:00 am Fri–Sun 11:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Beer Garden, American, Pizza Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    All guest parking is located on the back side of the beer garden off of 5th St in between Springdale and Spencer Ln.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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