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SXSW 2018: A Meta-Guide to Austin Drinking and Dining

Sifting through the slew of advice

A bowl from Elizabeth Street Cafe
A bowl from Elizabeth Street Cafe
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South by Southwest is almost upon us, and publications both local and from across the country want to share their picks for the best places to eat and drink during the ten-day festival. While Eater should be your first source for all things SXSW-related, especially when it comes to dining around the conference and festival, there are many resources and lists worth taking a look at. To save some time time, Eater sorted through them all to present our guide to the guides below.

Since some of these publications are from out-of-town, make sure to double-check that a spot is open before heading there, as many bars and restaurants are booked for private parties and brand activation nonsense during the festival.

Don’t forget to peruse Eater’s complete guide to eating and drinking at SXSW 2018, from barbecue and tacos near the festival center to how to avoid the festival altogether.

ABFA 2018 City Guide:
Although not necessarily SXSW-focused, this website brings together a staggering collection of guides to everything food-related in Austin. Whether you’re looking for the best in Austin by cuisine, by diet (paleo, Whole 30 and vegan options), by special occasion or genre (need a coffee shop with Wi-Fi?), even down to certain dishes (banh mi to sushi), this website will have a round-up for you. [Austin Food Blogger Alliance]

Camille Styles’ Guide to Austin’s Best Restaurants:
Local blogger Camille Styles brings you her list of the not-to-be-missed (and highly instagrammable) restaurants in Austin, and are divvied up by type of meal, from a casual lunch at Elizabeth Street Cafe to group dining at at Kemuri Tatsu-ya to fancier dinner at Lenoir. [Camille Styles]

The Best Restaurants and Bars to Hit Up in Austin During SXSW 2018:
This guide takes you on a reverential crawl through the neighborhoods and restaurants of Austin, and will bring you through the thick of the festival (Midnight Cowboy, Banger’s) and into some out-of-the-way gems (Radio Coffee, Puli-Ra). [Esquire]

Where to Eat in Austin During SXSW:

The Statesman offers a comprehensive guide to all the best Austin has to offer by category, from breakfast to late night to tacos to barbecue. [Austin-American Statesman]

10 New Austin Restaurants to Try:
Whether you’re a South By veteran looking for new dining options or a newbie wondering what Austin is most excited about right now, this list points to the ten best restaurants that have opened since the last time the festival rolled through town. [Austin Monthly]

10 Best Austin Restaurants You Should Visit During SXSW:
Uproxx provides a list of some of the most iconic and celebrated spots to eat in Austin, from barbecue to a 24-hour diner, so every hunger need is fulfilled. [Uproxx]

Austin City Guide: SXSW’s Super Secret Spots:
The venue website profiles what it considers as hidden-away restaurants and bars, which aren’t so secret, like Clark’s Oyster Bar, Figure 8, Contigo, Drink.Well, and others. [The Venue Report]

Where to Eat in Austin During SXSW:
Food & Wine’s SXSW guide includes picks for best hangover breakfast (Juan in a Million) to best post-festival snacks (Easy Tiger), all within easy walking distance from downtown. [Food & Wine]

Austin Vegan Friendly Guide:
An guide highlighting all Austin has to offer when it comes to vegan restaurants and restaurants with vegan options, just for SXSW. [Lazy Smurf]

The Top Five Restaurants to Check Out During SXSW
University of Texas Austin’s college newspaper offers its short and sweet dining list, all found right in the center of the madness, including Annie’s Cafe, Banger’s, and Emmer & Rye. [The Daily Texan]

The Four Pillars of Austin Food During SXSW

The Chronicle divvies up Austin’s food scene into the four most important food groups—tacos, pizza, barbecue, and burgers—and then gives you the best options for each one. We’re not arguing. [Austin Chronicle]