20 Small Town Texas Drinking Spots That Deserve a Weekend Road Trip

San Antonio has us spoiled with so many kickass bars and breweries. But that's not to say there aren't plenty of Texas joints that can hold their own against San Antonio. So fill up the tank and venture out to these small towns to enjoy a more laidback style of drinking.
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AquaBrew
150 S LBJ Dr, San Marcos, (512) 353-2739, aqua-brew.com
Doubling as a brewery and live music venue, AquaBrew is a prime spot for the next time you and your crew are rolling through San Marcos.
Photo via Instagram / risingtidesmtx
AquaBrew
150 S LBJ Dr, San Marcos, (512) 353-2739, aqua-brew.com
Doubling as a brewery and live music venue, AquaBrew is a prime spot for the next time you and your crew are rolling through San Marcos.
Photo via Instagram / risingtidesmtx
Fremdes
307 Lafayette St, Castroville, (830) 538-2222, fremdes.com
Owned by the town mayor, Fremdes is still in its first year but has quickly become a spot for locals to stock up on wood-fired pizzas and cold beer.
Photo via Facebook / Fremdes
Fremdes
307 Lafayette St, Castroville, (830) 538-2222, fremdes.com
Owned by the town mayor, Fremdes is still in its first year but has quickly become a spot for locals to stock up on wood-fired pizzas and cold beer.
Photo via Facebook / Fremdes
Krause’s Cafe and Biergarten
148 S Castell Ave, New Braunfels, (830) 625-2807, krausescafe.com
Leave it to New Braunfels to do biergartens right. Whether you want Texas brews or Germans booze, you’ll be able to choose from dozens of ales.
Photo via Instagram / krausescafe
Krause’s Cafe and Biergarten
148 S Castell Ave, New Braunfels, (830) 625-2807, krausescafe.com
Leave it to New Braunfels to do biergartens right. Whether you want Texas brews or Germans booze, you’ll be able to choose from dozens of ales.
Photo via Instagram / krausescafe
Zelick’s
336 W Hopkins St, San Marcos, (512) 757-8787, zelickssmtx.com
Set up in a 1930s gas station, Zelick’s will catch your eye and keep your attention with all the booze and fun stuff. Enjoy pool tables, washers, horseshoes, and cornhole, as well as the atmosphere.
Photo via Instagram / lizardinsheepsclothing
Zelick’s
336 W Hopkins St, San Marcos, (512) 757-8787, zelickssmtx.com
Set up in a 1930s gas station, Zelick’s will catch your eye and keep your attention with all the booze and fun stuff. Enjoy pool tables, washers, horseshoes, and cornhole, as well as the atmosphere.
Photo via Instagram / lizardinsheepsclothing
The CLUB at Barons CreekSide
316 Goehmann Ln, Fredericksburg, (830) 992-342, baronscreekside.com
Serving as a wine bar and tasting room, The CLUB is a hoppin’ spot for good booze, live music, and killer views. Open Thursdays through Saturdays, this Fredericksburg spot makes for the perfect getaway.
Photo via Instagram / baronscreekside
The CLUB at Barons CreekSide
316 Goehmann Ln, Fredericksburg, (830) 992-342, baronscreekside.com
Serving as a wine bar and tasting room, The CLUB is a hoppin’ spot for good booze, live music, and killer views. Open Thursdays through Saturdays, this Fredericksburg spot makes for the perfect getaway.
Photo via Instagram / baronscreekside
Random Beer Garden
11 Upper Cibolo Creek Rd, Boerne, (830) 428-3026, facebook.com
There’s plenty going on here with fun weekly events for all kinds of beer lovers. From live music to Theology on Tap to foodie events, you’ll find something just right for you (besides the booze).
Photo via Instagram / randomtexas
Random Beer Garden
11 Upper Cibolo Creek Rd, Boerne, (830) 428-3026, facebook.com
There’s plenty going on here with fun weekly events for all kinds of beer lovers. From live music to Theology on Tap to foodie events, you’ll find something just right for you (besides the booze).
Photo via Instagram / randomtexas
Pint & Plow Brewing Company
332 Clay St, Kerrville, (830) 315-7468, pintandplow.com
While Central Texas has plenty of breweries, be sure to check out Pint & Plow. The first craft brewery in Kerrville, this chic spot offers a large sitting space (perfect for big groups!) and lets you take some brew to-go with 32 oz. crowlers and 64 oz. growlers.
Photo via Instagram / downtownkerrville
Pint & Plow Brewing Company
332 Clay St, Kerrville, (830) 315-7468, pintandplow.com
While Central Texas has plenty of breweries, be sure to check out Pint & Plow. The first craft brewery in Kerrville, this chic spot offers a large sitting space (perfect for big groups!) and lets you take some brew to-go with 32 oz. crowlers and 64 oz. growlers.
Photo via Instagram / downtownkerrville
The Stable Cocktail Bar
102 E Ufer St, Fredericksburg, (512) 953-9428, facebook.com
Just over a year old, The Stable is a small spot that packs in chic decor and crafty cocktails. If you’re a polo fan (any takers?), then you’ll definitely want to visit this spot soon.
Photo via Facebook / The Stable Craft Cocktails
The Stable Cocktail Bar
102 E Ufer St, Fredericksburg, (512) 953-9428, facebook.com
Just over a year old, The Stable is a small spot that packs in chic decor and crafty cocktails. If you’re a polo fan (any takers?), then you’ll definitely want to visit this spot soon.
Photo via Facebook / The Stable Craft Cocktails
The Cocky Rooster Bar
7 US-87 BUS, Comfort, (830) 995-5109, thecockyroosterbar.com
Don’t let appearance fool you, this spot is poppin’. On top of having a full-service bar operating out of a shed, The Cocky Rooster has pool tables, dart boards, TVs, poker tournaments and a patio.
Photo via Yelp / The Cocky Rooster Bar
The Cocky Rooster Bar
7 US-87 BUS, Comfort, (830) 995-5109, thecockyroosterbar.com
Don’t let appearance fool you, this spot is poppin’. On top of having a full-service bar operating out of a shed, The Cocky Rooster has pool tables, dart boards, TVs, poker tournaments and a patio.
Photo via Yelp / The Cocky Rooster Bar
Wilson’s Ice House
1621 Water St, Kerrville, (830) 792-9800, facebook.com
Do you think Cast Away is the greatest movie of all time? Even if you don’t, head over to Kerrville for a few laughs and pints at this spot dedicated to Tom Hanks’ best bud from the 2000 film.
Photo via Instagram / colin.barnett
Wilson’s Ice House
1621 Water St, Kerrville, (830) 792-9800, facebook.com
Do you think Cast Away is the greatest movie of all time? Even if you don’t, head over to Kerrville for a few laughs and pints at this spot dedicated to Tom Hanks’ best bud from the 2000 film.
Photo via Instagram / colin.barnett