Food & Drink

New Southern Beer Halls

Snag a bar stool and grab a pint at one of these four hop-pening new joints

Photo: Tim Bower

  • Axelrad Beer Garden

    Houston, Texas

    Sip a Saint Arnold Berliner Weisse—a Houston-made German-style sour wheat beer—and explore the renovated century-old Axelrad food market. The midtown oasis, on the corner of Alameda and Alabama Streets, honors the global crossroads of Houston with beer taps designed by a South American artist. Claim a hammock outside and while away the afternoon.—

  • Butchertown Hall

    Nashville, Tennessee

    This modern subway-tile-and-brick take on a classic beer hall is appropriately located in Music City’s Germantown neighborhood. Wood-fired menu offerings are inspired by owner Terry Raley’s Texas Hill Country roots, including a standout smoked brisket. But linger over the beer list—they’ve got a barrel-aged beer program and a rotating roster of custom-brewed pours you’ll only find here.—

  • Kardinal Hall

    Charlottesville, Virginia

    These days, a different kind of beverage flows at the old Coca-Cola bottling plant on Preston Avenue. The brothers behind Charlottesville’s popular Beer Run opened Kardinal Hall in the 38,000-square-foot art deco space this fall. Draft enthusiasts will find ice-cold options from Charlottesville’s Champion Brewing Company on tap and two boccie courts on the open-air patio.—

  • Raleigh Beer Garden

    Raleigh, North Carolina

    Asheville is the epicenter of North Carolina’s craft beer boom, but the capital city is steadily gaining ground, with nine local breweries—and a dozen more within a short drive. This massive new suds sanctuary claims more beers on tap than anywhere else in the state—or in fact on the planet (366, to be exact). More than 140 of them are Tar Heel State brews.—