About the Pub
The pub was established in October, 2000 here on the ground floor of the beautiful Hannig Building, in the heart of Austin’s historic 6th Street Entertainment District. Our building, designed by Jasper Preston, dates back to 1875 and was built by cabinet maker and undertaker extraordinaire Joseph Hannig. Hannig was the husband of Susannah Dickinson, the last Alamo survivor, whose home now rests on a site just a few blocks away. The Pub’s western wall is original 1875 stonework. Everything else you see throughout the Pub came from Ireland and was built in place.
John Erwin is a native Texan and longtime Austinite. After many years in the local beverage business, John “retired” for a few minutes then began pursuing his dream: to run a fine traditional Irish Pub. B. D. Riley’s Irish Pub is the realization of that vision. After extensive “research” in pubs throughout Ireland, John found a pub designer able to bring a bit of old Ireland right here to 6th Street. B. D. Riley’s is one of a kind–not part of a chain, nor a “cookie-cutter” operation. It’s your local pub, on 6th Street. John is a believer in supporting local business, and is dedicated to keeping a fine “public house” with good food, fine pints of beer and great live music.