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With drinking comes the need to eat. For those looking for something lighter than full-on meals, it’s time to search for perfect bar snacks.

In Austin, this means offerings like the appropriately-named stoner snack from Whip In, sharable pizza from King Bee Lounge, Jeffrey’s deviled eggs and Lenoir’s wine garden trailer with hush puppies. And yes, sharable pizza from King Bee are included. This update adds brisket cheddar cheese tater tots from EastSide Tavern, Winebelly’s shishisto peppers, Workhorse’s fried pickles (chips, not spears), and others.

For more bar dining, check out Eater’s picks for the best bars with great food, happy hours, wine and cheese spots, charcuterie, plus oysters, French fries, chicken wings, deviled eggs, and queso. Then, for other drinking options, scope out cocktail bars both new and essential, beer destinations, dive bars, and restaurants and bars with killer wine lists.

Everything below is listed in alphabetical order. Is your favorite bar snack missing? Let Eater know through the tipline, comments, or over on the forum.

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1. Chicken Fried Olives at Second Bar + Kitchen

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200 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 827-2750
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The casual downtown restaurant offers a strong bar snack game, especially with the unmissable chicken fried olives.

2. Potato Chips at Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

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7020 Easy Wind Dr
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 452-2337
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The potato chips at Black Star Co-op are actually just giant thick cuts of well-seasoned potato wedges, which just makes it even better.

3. Deviled Eggs at Jeffrey's

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1204 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 477-5584
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Take advantage of Jeffrey’s half-off bar food all night on Mondays, where truffled deviled eggs are $5.

4. Pizza at King Bee Lounge

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1906 E 12th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 600-6956
Mezcal and frozen cocktails pair well with full-sized pizza cut into square pieces, made and served in the bar.

5. Elegant Stoner Snack at Whip In Convenience Store & Pub

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1950 S Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 442-5337
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The brewery/Indian grocery store knows its beer-loving crowd by offering what it dubs as the “elegant stoner snack,” a mess of fries, spicy queso, crispy bacon, sour cream, and pico de gallo.

6. Ox Tongue Sliders at Contigo Austin

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2027 Anchor Ln
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 614-2260
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Contigo elevates the slider by using ox tongue.
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7. Frito Pie at Yellow Jacket Social Club

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1700 E 5th St.
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 480-9572
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Outdoor patio drinking is made better with individual bags of Frito pie, so you don’t have to share.

8. Cornmeal Hush Puppies at Lenoir

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1807 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 215-9778
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Lenoir’s food trailer out in the wine garden means that guests can try out food from the restaurant without committing to the prix fixe meal. That's where you can find the standout cornmeal hush puppies with fruit chutney and pecans.

9. Brisket Cheddar Cheese Tater Tots at EastSide Tavern

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1510 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 840-1799
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EastSide Tavern combines smoked meats and bar snacks into one handy dish: the brisket cheddar tater tots, served with a side of spicy aioli.

10. Crispy Beef Tendons at Fixe Austin

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500 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 888-9133
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Take advantage of Fixe’s whiskey collection and snack on the restaurant’s take on chicharrones: airy, crispy beef tendons served with a side of the housemade hot sauce.

11. Fried Pickles at Workhorse Bar

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100 N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 323-5700
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Fried pickles are an essential bar snack, and the North Loop bar batters the brined cucumber in beer batter, served in chip form, not spears.

12. Shishito Peppers at Winebelly

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519 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 487-1569
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For shishisto peppers, look no further than the wine bar, where the dish is sprinkled with ricotta and Maldon salt.
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1. Chicken Fried Olives at Second Bar + Kitchen

200 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
The casual downtown restaurant offers a strong bar snack game, especially with the unmissable chicken fried olives.
200 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

2. Potato Chips at Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

7020 Easy Wind Dr, Austin, TX 78752
The potato chips at Black Star Co-op are actually just giant thick cuts of well-seasoned potato wedges, which just makes it even better.
7020 Easy Wind Dr
Austin, TX 78752

3. Deviled Eggs at Jeffrey's

1204 W Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703
Take advantage of Jeffrey’s half-off bar food all night on Mondays, where truffled deviled eggs are $5.
1204 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703

4. Pizza at King Bee Lounge

1906 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702
Mezcal and frozen cocktails pair well with full-sized pizza cut into square pieces, made and served in the bar.
1906 E 12th St
Austin, TX 78702

5. Elegant Stoner Snack at Whip In Convenience Store & Pub

1950 S Interstate 35, Austin, TX 78704
The brewery/Indian grocery store knows its beer-loving crowd by offering what it dubs as the “elegant stoner snack,” a mess of fries, spicy queso, crispy bacon, sour cream, and pico de gallo.
1950 S Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78704

6. Ox Tongue Sliders at Contigo Austin

2027 Anchor Ln, Austin, TX 78723
[Photo: Denise F./Yelp]
Contigo elevates the slider by using ox tongue.
2027 Anchor Ln
Austin, TX 78723

7. Frito Pie at Yellow Jacket Social Club

1700 E 5th St., Austin, TX 78702
Outdoor patio drinking is made better with individual bags of Frito pie, so you don’t have to share.
1700 E 5th St.
Austin, TX 78702

8. Cornmeal Hush Puppies at Lenoir

1807 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Lenoir’s food trailer out in the wine garden means that guests can try out food from the restaurant without committing to the prix fixe meal. That's where you can find the standout cornmeal hush puppies with fruit chutney and pecans.
1807 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

9. Brisket Cheddar Cheese Tater Tots at EastSide Tavern

1510 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
EastSide Tavern combines smoked meats and bar snacks into one handy dish: the brisket cheddar tater tots, served with a side of spicy aioli.
1510 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Crispy Beef Tendons at Fixe Austin

500 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
Take advantage of Fixe’s whiskey collection and snack on the restaurant’s take on chicharrones: airy, crispy beef tendons served with a side of the housemade hot sauce.
500 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78701

11. Fried Pickles at Workhorse Bar

100 N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751, Austin, TX 78751
Fried pickles are an essential bar snack, and the North Loop bar batters the brined cucumber in beer batter, served in chip form, not spears.
100 N Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Austin, TX 78751

12. Shishito Peppers at Winebelly

519 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
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For shishisto peppers, look no further than the wine bar, where the dish is sprinkled with ricotta and Maldon salt.
519 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

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