5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7070
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 4pm-11pm; Fri., 2pm-12am; Sat., 12pm-12am; Sun., 12pm-11pm
This may be a bar providing Alamo Drafthouse moviegoers with a new foraging alternative, but Chef John Bullington's snacky menu includes interpretations of classic Mexican street food, such as N.Y. Strip alambras and a giant Sonoran hot dog. Brunch is exciting as well, what with tangy avocado tomatilla sauces, and poblanos in the chichimigas.
While the ABGB remains a favorite South Austin pizza and pint hangout, with a large outdoor patio and rotation of on-premise signature brews, its inside stage has become a regular stop for local bands since opening in 2013. Its 270-person inside and laid-back, shared-table vibe provides excellent sound, generous floor space in front of the stage, and a casual, family-friendly atmosphere that can accommodate both fans of the bands or just the beer. The parking lot fills quickly.
1305 W. Oltorf, 512/298-2242
Offering a daily chef's selection of skillfully prepared seasonal and local small plates that use everything from sauerkraut to sunchokes.
6555 Burnet Rd. #400, 512/394-8150
Black Star is the world’s first cooperatively-owned and worker self-managed brewpub. Start with the fried jalapeños, or a cornbread, and try the sandwiches or dinner entrées as you work through the local brews.
7020 Easy Wind #100, 512/452-2337