The Tavern was established in 1916 as The Enfield Grocery Store, a large and modern (for the time) storefront. Architect Hug Kuehne modeled the building after architecture made popular by German public houses of the time.
During prohibition, it is rumored that the establishment became a storefront for a bustling upstairs bar, casino, and brothel. After prohibition ended, The Tavern was born.
Since 1933 The Tavern has been serving cold beer, hearty burgers, and air conditioning. You may have wondered why the restaurant's neon sign touts “air conditioning”. It is because The Tavern was one of the first establishments in Austin to introduce this modern amenity. This attracted people from all walks of life to The Tavern to gather for food, beer, and sports. Something they still pride ourselves on to this day.
After numerous renovations over the years The Tavern has become an Austin landmark, boasting nearly 5,000 square feet and the ability to accommodate large groups gatherings. Since 2018 The Tavern has been co-owned by Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton of Esther's Follies fame. They have have revamped The Tavern menu to focus on innovative pub fare, local craft beers, and craft cocktails.
The Tavern has become known as Austin's most famously haunted bar. It's said that the resident ghost, Emily, has become a staple at the Tavern and their longest patron... though, if you ask her it was her house first. She reportedly roams the upstairs playing pranks on patrons.