I'm a sucker for any place that has good beer and a cool atmosphere. Hopfield's tops the charts in both categories. Hunk and I dined there with friends on Saturday night and it's the perfect place for gathering with it's communal tables and open dining area. The place itself isn't huge, but it does lend itself to really great people watching. If you're wanting something a little more intimate, there is another space in the back with 2 corner seating areas, and it's definitely quieter than the main room.
The menu is French-pub, with steak frites, daily tartes, a charcuterie plate and the most delicious burger in Austin (complete with a side of homemade aioli in a cute little jar). After making our beer selection- they have many great choices on draft, including several local beers- we moved on to deciding on food. We started with a Small Bites platter and a cheese plate by Antonelli's (another favorite shop of mine). Hunk and I shared a burger, and everyone else got the steak frites (to rave reviews). Drinks and dinner are ordered at the bar, but a server brings it to you and comes by frequently to make sure everyone is doing alright.
On Saturday night, it was definitely busy, but not too crowded. We could carry on a conversation, but still enjoyed the chatter of those having fun around us. Hopfield's is a casual, yet classy establishment, and I will definitely be going back again!