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Leave busy Austin for a half-day barbecue, craft beer, and spirits tour in the Texas Hill Country. Your driver takes you to the outskirts of Austin to visit three different venues.
  • Craft beer, spirits, and barbecue shuttle from Austin
  • Sink your teeth into some classic Texas barbecue dishes at the Salt Lick (own expense)
  • Leave the driving to the professionals while tasting Texas brews, spirits, and barbecue
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Air-conditioned vehicle
This BBQ and Hill Country Sampler is great for solo travelers, couples, and small groups.
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Food and drinks
It is recommended you bring $35 for BBQ at Salt Lick. Beer/Spirits Tastings cost $10-25

Departure Point

602 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After making your own way to the Austin Visitors Center to meet your shuttle, travel to Texas Hill Country. Enjoy time at each stop, trying some authentic Texas barbecue and tasting craft beer and spirits without worrying about your transportation.

The Salt Lick opened in 1967, and became nationally famous after its barbecue was heralded on the Travel Channel in 2008. Salt Lick Cellars planted its vines in 2006 and served up its first bottles of wine in 2008.

Drinks and food are at your own expense. Expect the tastings to cost between $6 to $25; the Salt Lick is cash only, but they do have an on-site ATM. Your tour ends with return to Austin in the mid-afternoon.
Stop At:  
The Salt Lick BBQ
Visit the world famous Salt Lick to fill up on delicious Texas BBQ! Please note that the tour price does not include any alcohol, tastings, or food. Beer/Spirits Tastings cost $10-25 and it is recommended you bring $35 for BBQ at Salt Lick. Please note that Salt Lick is BYO. They have a cellar door located on site, but it does not serve alcohol on Sundays until 12:00PM. We ask no glass. If you purchase any wine throughout your journey in a glass bottle, we can safely store it somewhere on board where it will not break.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Enjoy delicious craft beer and award winning spirits at beautiful Texas Hill Country breweries and distilleries like Vista Brewing, Twisted X, Treaty Oak, and Stinson Distilling. Locations subject to change based on availability.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Austin Detours LLC

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during From Austin: Salt Lick BBQ & Hill Country Sampler?
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  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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210 Reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers

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, Jun 2021
Our guide Jason was great, knowledgeable and very entertaining. Love the Salt Lick BBQ. I was on a mother/daughter trip and we had a great time!
Awesome Experience!
, Jun 2021
Fun time! Our driver and host were very friendly and had great advice as well as terrific conversation in general. The stops we made we terrific places as well. Had a lot of fun!
Fine print
, Mar 2020
Loved our tour guide but was mislead that the wine tasting were not included in the price. So we paid $50 a person to be driven around. So make sure to read the fine print!
Great BBQ, first rate wines
, Mar 2020
Salt Licks has fantastic BBQ and both the wineries on the tour were first rate. Stephen, our driver and tour guide, was excellent. Funny guy, tour guide by day and stand up comedian by night. Very knowledgeable on the area.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks for the review! Steven is the best. We're so happy you had such a wonderful time on the tour. Keep us mind the next time you're in Austin.
Great BBQ and Wine Tour
, Mar 2020
Our tour guide, Marty was very personable and knowledgeable. The Salt Lick barbecue was delicious and the portions were large. The wineries were a lot of fun and the wines were good. I highly recommend this tour
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you so much for your 5 star review. It means the world to us.
A bit of History, comedy, wine, and BBQ
, Mar 2020
This was a great tour taking you from downtown Austin into the hill area. Our guide Steven (also a comedian by trade) was delightful and a wealth of information. We got a bit of history and comedy on our way to some delicious BBQ and lovely wineries. It was a great way to see another side of Austin.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Steven is the best! Thanks for taking a tour with us and taking the time to review your experience. Come back and see us again soon.
Fantastic tour
, Mar 2020
My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time on this tour! It was great to get out of town for a few hours and explore Hill Country, all while being shuttled around and getting great information along the way. Jax was a fantastic guide! Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
I'm thrilled to read you and your boyfriend had such a wonderful time on your tour. Thanks for taking the time to review us.
So much fun with the friendliest guide!
, Feb 2020
My husband and I took a wine tour on Friday afternoon and it was sooo much fun! Jax was our guide and she was so incredibly comfortable to be was like we were traveling with a hometown friend! She was extremely personable, knowledgeable, and really wanted us to experience it all. I would do it all over again in a second! Thank you to Jax and for this awesome time. We will be back!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Jax is the best! Thanks so much for taking a detour with us and leaving such an amazing review. Come back and see us again soon!
Winery and BBQ
, Feb 2020
I had a wonderful time. Our guide, Jax, was a wealth of information and filled with energy. I would definitely do another tour with Viator.
Awesome wine tour outside Austin
, Feb 2020
Steve was a great tour operator. The tasting at Dunham had a more generous pour for the tasting. Driftwood had a larger selection for the tasting

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