Although there are plenty of boozy places on the road to Dripping Springs — including Jester King Brewery, Treaty Oak Distilling and more — far fewer of them fall within the city limits of this Hill Country town. But for their beer fix, Dripping Springs locals who don’t want to drive far have a very good bar to turn to: the Barber Shop on Mercer Street.
This weekend, the brewpub (which can call itself that because of the tiny brewing system that whips up one Barber Shop beer at a time for the tap wall) is celebrating its 5th anniversary with beers from Austin Beerworks, Jester King and other area breweries that are regularly featured there. Commemorate the milestone starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, when the party will also have live music, food and branded souvenirs like pint glasses and shirts, in addition to all the special beers.
The party seems like a good time to visit the Barber Shop, which you’ll find is a homey little spot with beer signs and memorabilia all over the walls (such as the small sign next to an inner door that reads, “Beer is the answer, but I can’t remember the question.” Huzzah to that). I checked out the place for the first time last week and became enchanted with how comfortable and lived-in it already looks.
That’s partly thanks to the old building the bar is housed in. The Barber Shop gets its name from one of the previous tenants that occupied the historic space, which was erected in the early 1920s in the heart of Dripping Springs.
According to the Barber Shop website, “Old-timers chuckle at calling this building ‘the old barber shop,’ but that’s what it was for the past quarter century. Our building started its life around November 1924 as a wooden and tin garage. In 1938, when it was owned by D.W. Crenshaw, it was given its rock exterior. The building served as a garage and gas station until around 1960. After that, it was not used commercially for most of the next 25 years when it was then remodeled and turned into a barber shop.”
And now it’s a brewpub. The current house beer is the Station 7 Pale Ale, but there are a bunch of other brews available on draft and in bottles, including local options like the Circle Nightlight Irish Stout, Real Ale Phoenixx Winter Ale and Twisted X Cow Creek Vienna Lager.
The Barber Shop is located at 207 Mercer Street, just off Ranch Road 12. It’s opened 3 to 11 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 2 to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 8 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit barbershopbar.com.