Beat the ACL Festival crowds with these South Austin hangouts

Local and visiting music aficionados will flood Zilker Park in October looking for their favorite band and music stages at this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival. For those staying or living in South Austin, here a few hangouts to check out before and after the festival:


Cafe Malta
421 W. William Cannon Drive, Ste. 127, Austin
Brunch Hours: Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Brunch cocktails include mimosas and bloody marys served with a choice of brunch plates, such as steak and eggs and the house specialty eggs malta.

Full English
2000 Southern Oaks Drive, Austin
Brunch Hours: Wed.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Mondays and Tuesdays
All-day British breakfast, teas and coffees, hand-baked sweets and savories. Wine and beer selections are available.

Hill’s Cafe
4700 S. Congress Ave., Austin
Brunch hours: Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Classic breakfast options include French toast, pancakes and omelets. Brunch specials include $2.50 mimosas, $3.50 bloody marys and $2 off family-style barbecue.

Satellite… Eat. Drink. Orbit
5900 W. Slaughter Lane, Ste. 400, Austin
(512) 288-9994
Brunch hours: Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Cocktails, such as bloody marys and mimosas, are served along with a variety of eggs Benedict plates, omelettes and chilaquiles.

Late-night spots

Evangeline Cafe
8106 Brodie lane
Late night hours: Wed. and Fri. from 10 p.m. to midnight
Late night music and a limited Cajun food menu is available twice a week at Evangeline Cafe. Roy Heinrich and The Pickups will play at 10 p.m.

The Little Darlin’
6507 Circle S. Road
Open until 2 a.m., the Little Darlin’ offers local craft beers and cocktails, and for customers with a late night appetite, Southern fare. The bar also hosts live music: On Sun. Oct. 8, Amplified Heat will play classic rock and blues from 5 to 10 p.m.

Rusty Cannon Pub
730 W. Stassney Lane, Ste. 120, Austin
Open until 2 a.m. The kitchen is open until midnight. Menu items include burgers, tacos, sandwiches and more. The pub also has eight 50-inch TVs, pool tables, darts, shuffleboard, the Golden Tee golf arcade game and an outdoor patio.


Radio Coffee and Beer
4204 Manchaca Road, Austin
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 6:30 a.m.-midnight; Sat.-Sun., 7:30 a.m.-midnight
Freshly brewed coffee and beers are on tap. Food trucks are on the property offering a variety of food options, including tacos and breakfast sandwiches.

Stouthaus Coffee Pub
4715 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 102, Sunset Valley
Hours: Mon-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Drink options include freshly brewed coffee, tea and espresso (iced and hot). Craft beers are available on tap. Activities include live music, food and local art.

Summermoon Coffee Bar
6711 Manchaca Road, Austin
Hours: Mon.-Sun., 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
This food trailer coffee bar serves wood-fired, organic coffee and lattes (iced and hot). Light snacks are available. Visitors can also buy a Summermoon memorabilia, such as T-shirts, coffee mugs and coffee bags.

Monterey Oaks Coffee House Austin
4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd., Austin
Hours: Mon., Wed. 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tue., Thu., Fri. 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m.-noon, closed Saturdays
The coffeehouse serves freshly roasted coffee and espressos. Iced coffee, tea and water are also available. The breakfast and lunch menu includes breakfast tacos, sandwiches, soups and salads. A sweet treat menu is also included.

Kowabunga Coffee
6911 W. Hwy. 290, Austin
Hours: Mon-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
The coffee kiosk offers drive-thru or walk-up service featuring housemade and classic coffee options. A breakfast menu is available.

Malone Specialty Coffee
6911 W. Hwy. 290, Austin
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
The coffee shop offers freshly brewed coffee and tacos in the Oak Hill area. Signature drinks include the Austin Dream and the 4 Leaf Clover.

440 E. St. Elmo Road, Ste. A-2, Austin
Hours: Mon-Thu. 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 7 a.m.-midnight; Sun. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Drink options include coffee, tea, craft beer and wine. Breakfast foods and snacks, such as muffins and sandwiches, are available.

Food trucks

5604 S. Congress Ave., Austin
Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight
Menu highlights include African-fusion eats, such as Yassa chicken, Dakar lamb burger and African-fried cauliflower and broccoli. Breakfast options are also available until 3 p.m. and include a veggie scramble and a fried egg sandwich.

Louie’s BBQ
6218 Brodie Lane, Austin
Hours: Wed.-Sat. noon-8 p.m.; closed Sun.-Tue.
The menu includes barbecue plates, tacos, sandwiches and loaded baked potatoes. The food trailer, which also offers wine and beer selections, is located at The Barn brewery and also features live music.

440 E. St. Elmo Road, Ste. G2, Austin
Hours: Tue.-Thu. 4-9:30 p.m., 9:30-11 p.m. (bar menu); Fri. noon-10 p.m., 10 p.m.-midnight (bar menu); Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., 10 p.m.-midnight (bar menu); Sun. noon-8 p.m., 8:30-10 p.m. (bar menu); closed Mondays.
The menu changes frequently but often features burgers, chicken wings and chips and queso. The late night menu offer limited eats. Drinks and dessert are available. Located in the St. Elmo Brewing Company, Beer Garden guests can also enjoy beer and live music.

Thicket Food Park
7800 S. First St., Austin
Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
The family-friendly neighborhood park offers shaded play and eating areas, live music and a variety of food trucks, including Revolution Vegan Kitchen, SoCo Burgers and Gyro GR.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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