Head over to our customers before or after Austin City Limits!
Looking for some guidance on where to eat and drink during Austin City Limits this year? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of some of our local bar and restaurant customers here in Austin to make sure that no matter where you are, you can eat local and love local.
Take a look below and decide where you’ll be making your first ACL pit stop:
3808 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Anyone hoping to catch a game before their favorite set will want to squad up here at The 04 Lounge. This dive-meets-sports bar is the definition of local and has an extensive menu of reasonably-priced beer and cocktails. Shoot some pool, play some pinball, and unwind during the festival in this laid back spot.
900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
Not done dancing after you’ve danced the day away at the fest? Cheer Up Charlie’s is for you. This LGBTQ-friendly, vegan bar is as delightfully eclectic as it sounds. From fresh-squeezed juice cocktails to kombucha on tap, you’ll find something delicious to sip on while you take in the colorful decor, lively music, and vibrant staff. Stop into Cheer Up Charlie’s, and you’ll find the perfect place to Keep Austin Weird.
121 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
If you’re looking for a place to wet your ‘stache in the heart of downtown, HandleBar is the place. You’ll love the old school vibe, craft cocktails, local beer, and mustachioed decor in this indoor/outdoor bar. Stop by to enjoy the rooftop deck, a photo booth, and giant TVs playing every game imaginable while you have a drink. Consider checking in for their Happy Hour from 3–8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as well as all-day Happy Hour on Sunday!
318 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701
If you’re headed to ATX for ACL, you’ll be flying high at Hangar Lounge, a mid-century airport-inspired lounge. Choose your destination — the rooftop deck with a bar and view, the cozy Admirals’ Club on the second floor, or the booming bar on street level. The fasten seatbelt sign has been turned off, so get up, and head to Hangar!
311 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Traditional fare meets contemporary vibes in this downtown sushi hot spot. Eastern and Western cultures collide to provide a fresh take on the classics. Happy Hour is seven days a week and you might catch a special guest from time to time — especially during ACL! Maiko is fresh, hip, and full of surprises, much like South by itself. Roll on over to see for yourself!
1614 East 7th Street, Austin, TX 78702
In Hindi, Nasha means “to crave,” and trust us — once you’ve tried the Indian fusion tacos and curried margaritas at this East Side restaurant, you’ll be craving more. While Nasha serves all the Indian hits, such as Tikka Masala and Vindaloo, they’ve also added some new-wave inventions to the menu, like Paneer Quesadillas and Tandoori Tacos. See you at Nasha on the East Side!
85 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
For the gourmet festival-goers, there is El Naranjo. Upscale, traditional Oaxacan Mexican fare, house-made tortillas, indoor and outdoor bar options, and attentive, friendly service await you in this cozy spot on Rainey Street. Whether you indulge in a luxurious brunch or simply stop in for one of their top-shelf margaritas, you’ll want to see what this gem has to offer.
1213 Corona Dr, Austin, TX 78723
Comfortably tucked away in the Windsor Park neighborhood, Nomad Bar, a world travel-themed watering hole has won Austin Chronicle’s Best Neighborhood/Dive Bar not once, but three times! From the patio and live music to the tasty drinks and pizza, this is one of Austin’s signature hangouts.
4707 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
What The Pit Barbecue lacks in contemporary decor, it makes up for with fall-off-the-bone ribs, hearty sides, and Southern hospitality. At The Pit, they pile your plate high and serve it with a smile. You’ll want to save some room for their classic Banana Pudding, but that’s easier said than done. Venture outside of downtown and treat yourself to this ‘cue.
We hope you enjoy these local spots! Let us know if you visit any of our customers while you’re here for SXSW — post on our Facebook wall, tweet us on Twitter, tag us on Instagram, or message us on LinkedIn!
Source: Main Street Hub