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The San Diego burrito at Troublemaker, along with some cocktails
The San Diego burrito at Troublemaker, along with some cocktails
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Where to Eat Late Night in Austin During SXSW

From essential thick-crust pizza to a 24-hour diner

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The San Diego burrito at Troublemaker, along with some cocktails
| Courtney Pierce/EATX

South by Southwest (SXSW) is a ten-day marathon, not a sprint — which means its important to stay fueled after that last movie/showcase/party of the night, so you can do it all over again the next day. Luckily, Austin has quite a few options for late-night dining that are close to SXSW’s epicenters.

Downtown’s options cover the full spectrum of late night dining: burritos, pizza, and burgers. Troublemaker serves burritos and carne asada fries with a side of retro games and records over in hip East Austin. For pizza options, there’s DeSano’s for Neapolitan pies on Lavaca, or Via 313’s thick-crusted (or gluten-free) Detroit-style options. Dirty Sixth’s Casino El Camino and a nearby Whataburger round out the classic Austin burger options.

Have a super late night planned? Check out 24 Diner or Las Cazuelas, which are open 24 hours and 24 hours on the weekends, respectively.

For more dining and drinking ideas, check out the rest of Eater’s SXSW coverage. For more late-night dining options outside of downtown, check out the city map of where to eat after midnight and 24-hour restaurants.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 24 Diner

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600 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-5400
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The essential 24-hour spot downtown serves diner fare like breakfast platters, hashes, meatloaf, and some truly epic waffles. It also has a full bar if you want to keep the party going.

Breakfast at 24 Diner
Breakfast at 24 Diner
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2. Velvet Taco

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522 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

The Dallas taco export serves creative tacos (think: tikka chicken or Korean pork) until midnight Sunday through Wednesday; until 2 a.m. Thursday; and until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Velvet Taco’s tacos
Velvet Taco’s tacos
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3. Happy Chicks

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214 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 469-0002
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It’s all chicken tenders, all the time (or at least until 2 a.m. on weekends) at this restaurant on Dirty Sixth. Choose a meal (which includes a vegan option), one of 15 dipping sauces, and sides like bacon mac and cheese.

Chicken tenders from Happy Chicks
Chicken tenders from Happy Chicks
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4. Casino El Camino

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517 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 469-9330
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Dark and grungy, Casino El Camino serves massive greasy burgers, wings, sandwiches, and fries until 2 a.m. daily.

5. DeSano Pizzeria Napoletana

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301 Lavaca St Suite 200
Austin, TX 78701
(737) 202-4834
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Neapolitan-style pizzeria DeSano just opened a location on Lavaca Street, serving pies until 2:20 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays, and 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. The late night menu includes nine-inch individual-sized pizzas.

DeSano’s Neapolitan pie
DeSano’s Neapolitan pie
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6. Baton Creole

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1016 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 986-3834
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This Creole trailer behind Shangri-La on East Sixth serves dishes like jambalaya (deep fried, on a stick), étouffée, and beignets until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Crawfish etouffee at Baton Creole
Crawfish etouffee at Baton Creole
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7. Troublemaker

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1209 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1448
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This east side bar with a substantial record collection serves California-style burritos and carne asada fries and is open until 2 a.m.

California burritos and a record from Troublemaker
California burritos and a record from Troublemaker
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8. Bummer Burrito

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89 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

Rainey Street’s newest food truck serves gut-busting burritos developed in the kitchen of sister restaurant (and Eater Austin’s 2018 restaurant of the year), Better Half. That means options like Frito pie burritos, a burrito with jalapeño poppers, and even a vegan options. It’s open until 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and until midnight on Wednesday and Thursday.

Burritos from Bummer Burrito
Burritos from Bummer Burrito
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9. Whataburger

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601 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 477-9586
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A must-try in Texas, the burger chain is open 24 hours a day for all your honey butter chicken biscuit needs.

A meal at Whataburger
A meal at Whataburger
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10. Via 313

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61 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 609-9405
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The beloved Detroit-style pizza truck serves its thick-crusted pies until 1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday at the West Sixth location, and until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Rainey Street location. Go for the fragrant Omnivore, with pepperoni, sausage, peppers, and onions, or the fancy Cadillac with prosciutto and balsamic.

Via 313’s pizza
Via 313’s pizza
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11. Las Cazuelas Méxican Restaurant

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1701 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 479-7911
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This classic Tex-Mex dive features late hours (24 hours from Thursday to Sunday), cheese-covered everything, and great micheladas.

12. Justine's

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4710 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 385-2900
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An essential stop for most celebrities traveling through Austin (from Andrew Zimmern to Lady Gaga), this raucous east-side French restaurant serves steak frites and ratatouille on an expansive patio until 2 a.m. Wednesday through Monday.

Justine’s
Justine’s
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1. 24 Diner

600 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Breakfast at 24 Diner
Breakfast at 24 Diner
24 Diner/Facebook

The essential 24-hour spot downtown serves diner fare like breakfast platters, hashes, meatloaf, and some truly epic waffles. It also has a full bar if you want to keep the party going.

600 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

2. Velvet Taco

522 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Velvet Taco’s tacos
Velvet Taco’s tacos
Velvet Taco/Facebook

The Dallas taco export serves creative tacos (think: tikka chicken or Korean pork) until midnight Sunday through Wednesday; until 2 a.m. Thursday; and until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

522 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

3. Happy Chicks

214 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Chicken tenders from Happy Chicks
Chicken tenders from Happy Chicks
Happy Chicks/Facebook

It’s all chicken tenders, all the time (or at least until 2 a.m. on weekends) at this restaurant on Dirty Sixth. Choose a meal (which includes a vegan option), one of 15 dipping sauces, and sides like bacon mac and cheese.

214 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

4. Casino El Camino

517 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Dark and grungy, Casino El Camino serves massive greasy burgers, wings, sandwiches, and fries until 2 a.m. daily.

517 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

5. DeSano Pizzeria Napoletana

301 Lavaca St Suite 200, Austin, TX 78701
DeSano’s Neapolitan pie
DeSano’s Neapolitan pie
DeSano/Facebook

Neapolitan-style pizzeria DeSano just opened a location on Lavaca Street, serving pies until 2:20 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays, and 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. The late night menu includes nine-inch individual-sized pizzas.

301 Lavaca St Suite 200
Austin, TX 78701

6. Baton Creole

1016 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Crawfish etouffee at Baton Creole
Crawfish etouffee at Baton Creole
Baton Creole/Facebook

This Creole trailer behind Shangri-La on East Sixth serves dishes like jambalaya (deep fried, on a stick), étouffée, and beignets until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

1016 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

7. Troublemaker

1209 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
California burritos and a record from Troublemaker
California burritos and a record from Troublemaker
Troublemaker/Facebook

This east side bar with a substantial record collection serves California-style burritos and carne asada fries and is open until 2 a.m.

1209 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

8. Bummer Burrito

89 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
Burritos from Bummer Burrito
Burritos from Bummer Burrito
Bummer Burrito [Official]

Rainey Street’s newest food truck serves gut-busting burritos developed in the kitchen of sister restaurant (and Eater Austin’s 2018 restaurant of the year), Better Half. That means options like Frito pie burritos, a burrito with jalapeño poppers, and even a vegan options. It’s open until 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and until midnight on Wednesday and Thursday.

89 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

9. Whataburger

601 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
A meal at Whataburger
A meal at Whataburger
Whataburger/Facebook

A must-try in Texas, the burger chain is open 24 hours a day for all your honey butter chicken biscuit needs.

601 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

10. Via 313

61 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
Via 313’s pizza
Via 313’s pizza
Via 313/Facebook

The beloved Detroit-style pizza truck serves its thick-crusted pies until 1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday at the West Sixth location, and until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Rainey Street location. Go for the fragrant Omnivore, with pepperoni, sausage, peppers, and onions, or the fancy Cadillac with prosciutto and balsamic.

61 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

11. Las Cazuelas Méxican Restaurant

1701 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

This classic Tex-Mex dive features late hours (24 hours from Thursday to Sunday), cheese-covered everything, and great micheladas.

1701 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

12. Justine's

4710 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702
Justine’s
Justine’s
Justine’s/Facebook

An essential stop for most celebrities traveling through Austin (from Andrew Zimmern to Lady Gaga), this raucous east-side French restaurant serves steak frites and ratatouille on an expansive patio until 2 a.m. Wednesday through Monday.

4710 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78702

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