Local Eateries to Feed Your Hangover

Feast your eyes, then your stomach

So you’re having a good old time at AAN, right? But maybe you’ve had a bit too much fun and whoops! Looks like someone’s waking up in last night’s clothes with a grumbly tummy and in need of weapons-grade ibuprofen. Room service isn’t going to cut it, and you didn’t travel all this way to stay in your hotel room. Here are a few grub options to help dilute the poison.

A chic coffee bar and lounge located on Fourth and Lavaca just west of Congress, and next to some of the most prominent gay clubs in town, Halcyon (218 W. Fourth) comfortable atmosphere can be used to ease into your day, or alternatively start off a night with some of their signature cocktails.

The Hideout (Photo by Jana Birchum)

Located on the southeast corner of Seventh and Congress, The Hideout (617 Congress) is one of the most well-known coffee shops in Austin. If specialty drinks like coconut-almond or raspberry flavored mochas are your style, drop by for a pick-me-up. They also have a large selection of pastries, sandwiches, and even beer and wine if you’re craving some hair of the dog that bit ya. The Hideout is also a popular improv spot that hosts shows every Thursday through Sunday night if you want to laugh off what’s left of your liquid-induced stupor.

A classic staple of downtown Austin is The Driskill (604 Brazos), a hotel constructed in 1886 housing a beautiful bar and grill as well as cafe and bakery. The landmark’s 1886 Café & Bakery is open daily to anyone wanting to either sober up in luxury or just have a nice meal. The Driskill and its cafe are located on the corner of Brazos & Sixth, just steps away from the very bars and clubs that may have helped you get your hangover in the first place.

For those looking to detox with fresh fruity fluids, look no further than Juiceland (120 E. Fourth) on Fourth and Brazos. The local chain is known for their healthy and delicious blended juices and smoothies. Plus, the natural yet modern feel of the Downtown location is perfect for mellowing out after a long night.

Frank (407 Colorado) is about a block away from Halcyon and serves more than just its namesake hot dogs. In addition to the classic Chicago dog, the specialty Notorious P.I.G., or something from the veggie and gluten free menu, Frank serves brunch on Sunday from 10am-3pm. Southern staples like shrimp & grits, chicken & waffles, biscuits & gravy, and other ampersand-inclusive items will satisfy that hangover hunger we’re all familiar with.

Want to really wage war on that hangover? Try some hearty and filling barbecue. You can wait in the intimidatingly long line at the world famous Franklin Barbecue or the more manageable line at local fave Micklethwait Craft Meats. The Downtown mainstay Stubb’s Bar-B-Q (801 Red River) is less than a 10 minute walk from the Westin. The restaurant and concert venue has a delicious menu of slow-smoked meats, appetizers, and sides. Open every day at 11am, Stubb’s also has a Gospel Brunch every Sunday that'll cost you around $20.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar (Photo by John Anderson)

While the lines can get long, Hopdoddy Burger Bar (1400 S. Congress) is worth the wait. In the heart of South Congress, and just a short bus ride or walk from Downtown, the locally sourced burger joint serves up meaty goodness and chilly milkshakes every day starting at 11am.

If burgers aren’t your preferred method of grease ingestion, how about pizza? The made-to-order pies at Home Slice (1415 S. Congress, right across the street from Hopdoddy) have become Austin's iconic oven-baked obsession. Top your pizza with everything from plain ol’ cheese to fried eggplant. More Home Slice is the take-out location next door for those who want to get their pizza and go back to bed.

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