Hopfield’s

3110 Guadalupe St., Suite 400
Austin, Texas 78705
Phone: 537-0467
Website: www.hopfieldsaustin.com
Hours: Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Closed Mon.

The area near campus might not be your first choice for a great cocktail and a delicious French-inspired meal.  But a gutsy little gastropub with French flair is looking to change all of that.

Located just of The Drag on Guadalupe, Hopfield’s is a cozy little neighborhood pub, which serves up delectable French fare. The walls are lined with bottles of specialty liquors, vermouth, and bitters, along with glittering glasses and antique vessels.  Hopfield’s offers a range of specialty cocktails (the 75 Years in Provence with dolin dry, champagne, lemon, elderflower liqueur, and thyme is a refreshing, tasty choice).  They also offer an affordable selection of wines and an impressive, unusual selection of beers on tap (for a current selection, check out Taplister.

The menu at Hopfield’s includes a number of delicious items for reasonable prices. The Hopfield’s small bites plate includes a changing selection of Antonelli’s cheeses, zesty spiced nuts, and herbed olives.  This definitely beats the popcorn, pretzels, or frozen fried things that usually constitute bar food.

For something more substantial, the Salade Niçoise is an exquisite choice.  Rarely outside of France have I tasted a Salade Niçoise this delicious.  The salad mixes a tangy dressing, fresh greens, green beans, and fingerling potatoes, topped with hard boiled eggs and seared tuna.  The salad is finished with sardines for a bite of salt.  Hopfield’s Salade Niçoise is elegant, refined, and available in both single and family sizes.  This dish will definitely make you reset your expectations of “bar food.”

The Pascal Burger is another excellent choice.  The burger offered a perfectly prepared, generous patty, topped with Camembert cheese, cornichons, onions, and stone-ground mustard, with a jar of mayo on the side.  We added the jalapeños for an extra kick.  The burger is paired with expertly made frites dusted with tarragon.  This one one delicious burger, and definitely ranks up there among the best burgers in Austin.

More than just the drinks and food, though, Hopfield’s stands out for the atmosphere and warm, neighborhood feel.  On each of the numerous visits we have made to Hopfield’s, we saw families, including young children, mingling with young hipsters in a way not often seen around town.  Hopfield’s definitely boasts more a neighborhood cafe vibe than a prissy cocktail lounge.  (The women’s restrooms even have a note offering up diapers at the bar for emergencies).  Hopfield’s may be a new kid on the block, but it already feels warm, inviting, and friendly.

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