I think that the Whip In is my favorite place in all of Austin. Anyone who knows me can probably guess this. I am biased, as our house is only a few blocks away (and I often joke that the main reason we bought the house was its proximity to the Whip In)!
It is hard to describe the Whip In. It started as a unique convenience store in 1986, owned and operated by an Indian family that was packed full of beer, wine, organic snacks, smokes, and incense. The store has expanded over the years to encompass an Indian restaurant, beer bar, wine bar, and live music venue. And yes, it is still a convenience store located in an unassuming building along the interstate!
The Whip In has over 70 beers on tap and the staff are well educated on the beer and wine sold. There are often beer and wine events and tastings held on a weekly basis. There is live music every night of the week and the food is a spectacular fusion of Texas meets Indian. Just trust me here!
For better or worse people come from all over Austin to visit this South Austin neighborhood hangout and sometimes I long for the old days when I would be the only person sitting at the bar, but I am happy about its increased popularity and still find myself there 3-5 times a week!
They have started brewing their own beer recently and I heard that a liquor license is in the works.