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Where to Drink and Eat Along Red River Street in Austin

The downtown entertainment district is full of music venues, bars, and food trucks

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Downtown Austin’s Red River Street is a busy entertainment district full of the city’s best music venues — Mohawk, Stubb’s, Empire Control Room, Elysium, Swan Dive, the newer Moody Amphitheater, etc. etc. — which means people flock to the area to attend so many concerts. And those people will probably want to eat and maybe drink before/after/during said shows, so Eater put together this handy guide of the best restaurants, food trucks, and bars in the area.

For the purposes of this map, we’re limiting the area from East 10th Street, I-35, East Sixth Street, and Neches Street. We’re also including places that are open to the public outside of concerts and events.

For similar guides, check out Eater’s picks for the best live music spots with good drinks and food, as well as late-night food destinations.

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Cheer Up Charlie's

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The LGBTQ bar/venue/club’s bar includes juice-based cocktails and kombucha, plus there’s vegan burger truck Arlo’s for bites. There are indoor and outdoor areas.

Stubb's Bar-B-Q

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Okay, so Stubb’s is one of the city’s bigger venues and the fact that it’s also a restaurant means, yes, it’s at least easy to eat barbecue sandwiches during shows. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Hoboken Pie

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Pizza is that perfect late-night food. And Hoboken serves up both pies and slices of its Jersey-style pizza, plus bread appetizers and salads, and yup, there are vegan and vegetarian options. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in areas.

Shawarma Point

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The downtown Mediterranean food truck offers fantastic plates, wraps, and salads made with bases like chicken shawarma, beef/lamb gyro, and falafel, plus fries, hummus, pita, and baklava, for a hearty meal. Takeout orders can be placed online.

DittyDog

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Along with pizza, hot dogs are another one of those perfect late-night/out-and-about foods, which is what this downtown food truck focuses on. There are fully loaded franks (beef, veggie, vegan, and pork), plus loaded fries with bulgogi and more. Takeout orders can be placed online.

Barbarella

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The dance club offers great themed nights, fun vibes, and easy mixed drinks. There are indoor and outdoor areas.

Swan Dive

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Much like right-next-door-spot Barbarella (so much so they share a back patio), the bar that often hosts events, drag shows, concerts, etc. is another spot for mixed drinks. There are indoor and outdoor areas.

Koriente

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For casual, simple, pan-Asian dishes, look no further than this restaurant serving up dishes like japchei, teriyaki chicken, and bibimbap. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dine-in areas. 

Vaquero Taquero

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Luckily, one of Austin’s best taco spots has a downtown restaurant, serving up breakfast tacos like barbacoa and machaca/eggs, plus lunch/dinner tacos like bistec and nopales. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Casino El Camino

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It’s worth venturing just slightly down East Sixth Street for the dive bar’s massive and delicious burgers. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Cheer Up Charlie's

The LGBTQ bar/venue/club’s bar includes juice-based cocktails and kombucha, plus there’s vegan burger truck Arlo’s for bites. There are indoor and outdoor areas.

Stubb's Bar-B-Q

Okay, so Stubb’s is one of the city’s bigger venues and the fact that it’s also a restaurant means, yes, it’s at least easy to eat barbecue sandwiches during shows. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Hoboken Pie

Pizza is that perfect late-night food. And Hoboken serves up both pies and slices of its Jersey-style pizza, plus bread appetizers and salads, and yup, there are vegan and vegetarian options. Takeout and delivery orders can be placed online; there are indoor dine-in areas.

Shawarma Point

The downtown Mediterranean food truck offers fantastic plates, wraps, and salads made with bases like chicken shawarma, beef/lamb gyro, and falafel, plus fries, hummus, pita, and baklava, for a hearty meal. Takeout orders can be placed online.

DittyDog

Along with pizza, hot dogs are another one of those perfect late-night/out-and-about foods, which is what this downtown food truck focuses on. There are fully loaded franks (beef, veggie, vegan, and pork), plus loaded fries with bulgogi and more. Takeout orders can be placed online.

Barbarella

The dance club offers great themed nights, fun vibes, and easy mixed drinks. There are indoor and outdoor areas.

Swan Dive

Much like right-next-door-spot Barbarella (so much so they share a back patio), the bar that often hosts events, drag shows, concerts, etc. is another spot for mixed drinks. There are indoor and outdoor areas.

Koriente

For casual, simple, pan-Asian dishes, look no further than this restaurant serving up dishes like japchei, teriyaki chicken, and bibimbap. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are outdoor dine-in areas. 

Vaquero Taquero

Luckily, one of Austin’s best taco spots has a downtown restaurant, serving up breakfast tacos like barbacoa and machaca/eggs, plus lunch/dinner tacos like bistec and nopales. Takeout orders can be placed online; there are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

Casino El Camino

It’s worth venturing just slightly down East Sixth Street for the dive bar’s massive and delicious burgers. There are indoor and outdoor dine-in areas.

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