The Quick & Dirty
Wednesday to Friday 4-7p
$2 Lone Star and PBR tallboys
$3 whiskey of the month
$2 off glasses of wine and house cocktails
$5 bbq sammies
Hip, old country Texas, open air, smoky, and young
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Freedmen’s is a bar and barbeque joint up in the west campus area and, as such, many of the patrons tend toward the younger side. The décor is traditional Texas barbeque mixed with prohibition-era details, and the doors and windows were open, allowing the bar to fill with smells from the smoker out back.
We visited in July, so it was also very hot inside, though the upstairs (seemingly reserved for private events) had the benefit of air conditioning. There is also a large patio area with tables shaded by umbrellas, potted plants, and a relaxed feel. The drink specials are good, especially if you like tallboys and whiskey. The wines and cocktails hover around $8-12, making $2 off a lesser deal. But, there is still a wide variety of options if that’s your thing. Two of us had the whiskey of the month, straight, and it was smooth and tasty, served with a giant ice cube.
The whiskey is probably the best drink deal of the happy hour. The barbeque sandwich is served with either chopped brisket, sliced brisket, pulled pork or sausage. The chopped brisket was delicious and peppery, and a big portion for the $5 price tag. Freedmen’s is a great happy hour choice if you happen to be up on west campus and craving barbeque and cheap whiskey.
Tuesday 4-8p and Wednesday to Friday 4-7p