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Freedmen's

Freedmen's

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BBQ Joint, Beer Garden, and Whisky Bar$$$$
West University, Austin
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  • Davidheart icon on user image
    DavidDecember 29, 2014
    Delicious brisket and ribs, especially when paired with their selection of old-fashions. We also got the beets for an appetizer, and slaw. Try to not overeat!
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleAugust 26, 2013
    We love the cozy, 1869 aesthetic of this restored historic landmark. Pick your poison from the impressive Whiskey Wall and enjoy a plate of BBQ on the enchanting, dog-friendly patio. Read more
  • Max S.heart icon on user image
    Max SirenkoJune 20, 2016
    Get the brisket, fatty. Best brisket in town. Pulled Pork + Sausage also worth getting. Jalapeno cheese for an appetizer. Banana Pudding is also great.
  • Phil W.heart icon on user image
    Phil WatsonNovember 4, 2016
    Delicious sausage and brisket, and a good-sized drink menu with specialty cocktails. It's definitely worth fighting the crowd.
  • Daniel K.heart icon on user image
    Daniel KilkennyAugust 10, 2016
    We had the holy trinity. A selection of meats. Enough for two with a couple of sides. Definitely try the taco chips they are amazing...
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJune 3, 2014
    The expansive patio also has a palpable Texas vibe, complete with a view of the building's stonework and the unmistakable smell of the smoker.
  • Oskar W.heart icon on user image
    Oskar WildlyMarch 16, 2015
    The BBQ is amazing! Awesome selection of cocktails and beer too. I found this gem on my Supper app: http://supper.mx/places/freedmens-austin/
  • Lorenz L.heart icon on user image
    Lorenz LammensJune 26, 2015
    Try the gin and tonic, really worth it. It is home made and not bleached. Hence it's pinkish/brownish color.
  • Nathan
    NathanMarch 2, 2016
    The burnt ends are phenomenal. Snag a seat out in the porch and pig out.
  • Lorenz L.heart icon on user image
    Lorenz LammensJuly 24, 2015
    Come early. They run out of the good stuff quickly. Feast and try the gin and tonic:
  • Bryan H.heart icon on user image
    Bryan HenryApril 10, 2016
    The brisket, sausage and smoked bloody Mary are awesome. We loved the patio, music was fkn excellent.
  • Mëlänïheart icon on user image
    MëlänïOctober 27, 2017
    Holy trinity with a side of slaw and a glass of beer....just what a visit to Austin called for. Yum.
  • Jeffrey J.heart icon on user image
    Jeffrey JamesDecember 15, 2017
    Lunch box if you're alone! Great deal & comes with beer. Staff are friendly & the food is delish.
  • Peter T.
    Peter TsaiApril 17, 2013
    The BBQ is so good here - it might be sacrilege, but it's almost as good as Franklins or Lockhart BBQ
  • Earl B.heart icon on user image
    Earl Belcher JrOctober 19, 2017
    Solid BBQ. Exquisite pork belly. Small but quality collection of local draft taps.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferNovember 22, 2014
    Classic cocktails at a legit BBQ joint? Hell, it's worth braving a few drunk undergrads to come here.
  • Cora W.
    Cora WMarch 12, 2014
    Named the "Freedmen" for the freed slave who built it in 1869. The building was the center of Austin's first "freed-man" community, Wheatville.
  • Charles B.
    Charles BJune 7, 2014
    Grab a friend and split the Trinity, side of the pit chili, and finish off with the smoked banana pudding.
  • Aaron M.heart icon on user image
    Aaron MontanaMarch 18, 2015
    The sleeper hit of the Austin BBQ scene. Amazing brisket from a beautiful historic building.
  • Steveheart icon on user image
    SteveApril 13, 2015
    Terrific ambiance and serious upscale BBQ. Really enjoyed the patio. Parking is the only bummer.
  • Robert A.heart icon on user image
    Robert AndrewsApril 16, 2016
    Pork Ribs and homemade pickles is a delicious dish!
  • Emily E.
    Emily EganSeptember 7, 2013
    Amazing pulled pork. Pork ribs are huge. Brisket burnt ends are awesome. So much flavor.
  • David J. N.heart icon on user image
    David J. NeffSeptember 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Any place that has Frito pie listed as a side.....that's our kind of place.
  • Dawn F.heart icon on user image
    Dawn FosburyAugust 27, 2014
    The char on the brisket is off the hook!!! Packed with flavor...and the house made pickles rock!
  • Jenna F.heart icon on user image
    Jenna FriedmanOctober 27, 2016
    Brisket is great! Chicken marinated in beer so not gluten free. Cool spot!
  • Melvyn J.
    Melvyn J.January 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The banana pudding will make you slap your Grandma! No joke. It's that serious
  • Ellis S.heart icon on user image
    Ellis SJune 7, 2016
    Everything is good here. The brisket was perfect, you could cut it with a fork.
  • Matt F.heart icon on user image
    Matt FNovember 23, 2013
    The most amazing brisket I've ever eaten... Absolutely phenomenal cocktails and BBQ
  • Ryan L.heart icon on user image
    Ryan LynchMarch 26, 2015
    Stellar bbq service and atmosphere. Don't miss those homemade pickles.
  • Kelvinheart icon on user image
    KelvinAugust 28, 2015
    Get the holy trinity. The fatty brisket, ribs, and the sausage are all delicious.
  • Steve B.heart icon on user image
    Steve BasileMay 14, 2017
    WiFi password is "moremeat" which fits the menu.
  • Mel B.heart icon on user image
    Mel BagsOctober 18, 2015
    Great food & beer, only downside is 2 beers, 2 sandwiches, and 2 sides is $50.
  • Ashley R.heart icon on user image
    Ashley RudolphMarch 14, 2015
    Really good barbecue. Tried the rib and the brisket 👌👌👌
  • Nathan M.heart icon on user image
    Nathan MusgroveJune 1, 2015
    Definitely recommend sitting outside if the weather is cooperating! Excellent BBQ.
  • Christian R.
    Christian RodeckMarch 9, 2014
    This place is great, try the German potatoes, holy trinity, and the banana pudding for desert....
  • Simon T.heart icon on user image
    Simon TanMarch 16, 2018
    Brisket is good, but the pasta salad was better :)
  • Russellheart icon on user image
    RussellDecember 18, 2012
    Charcuterie and gourmet BBQ in a super cool environment. Definitely worth a try.
  • Abdullahheart icon on user image
    AbdullahSeptember 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Go with Brisket and Dark Chicken.
  • Kathrineheart icon on user image
    KathrineJune 5, 2015
    Really good brisket and chili!
  • Giovanna J.heart icon on user image
    Giovanna JonesJuly 12, 2015
    Fatty Brisket (ask for the burnt ends). Banana puddin gives my grandmother a run for her money
  • Monika G.
    Monika GajdaSeptember 14, 2014
    Just the best brisket and ribs in town. Yes, more tender than Salt Lick's!
  • Nathalie A.heart icon on user image
    Nathalie AJanuary 3, 2017
    The brisket was exceptional. Ribs were good but not the best I've ever had.
  • Alachia Q.
    Alachia QueenFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The Smoked Banana pudding is amazingly good. I actually ended up ordering two!
  • Baruch S.heart icon on user image
    Baruch SadogurskyMay 20, 2016
    The basket brisket is awesome. And the whiskey.
  • Shelley M.
    Shelley MurrayDecember 30, 2012
    Everything tastes great, but the beans and the smoked banana pudding are a must.
  • Sarah F.heart icon on user image
    Sarah FoleyJuly 28, 2014
    Great patio and delicious brisket. Classic Texan BBQ.
  • Lockhart S.
    Lockhart SteeleApril 22, 2013
    This place needs to be on your Austin BBQ radar. Stockbauer, the proprietor and legend, ensures that good times will be had.
  • Harry F.heart icon on user image
    Harry FielderAugust 25, 2014
    Brisket is incredible.. Can't wait to come back for more!
  • Kyle C.heart icon on user image
    Kyle ContinoJanuary 4, 2015
    Everything here is fantastic. I'm in love with the beets.
  • Kathryn A.heart icon on user image
    Kathryn AndersonNovember 5, 2015
    Go early Sunday for the BBQ Benedict! Great building.
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