ACL Eats: Best Places to Eat Before Austin City Limits

Foodies, this one’s for you. As we all know the iconic Austin City Limits is coming to Austin in a few weeks and if you’re anything like us, you can’t wait. With great music in a great city, all you need is great food to make it the perfect weekend! That’s why we compiled a list of must-visit restaurants for ACL weekend that are sure to not disappoint.

Where To Eat Near The Fest

  • Happy Hour and Brunch at TLCLocated just a mile away from the festival, TLC at Lamar Union is the perfect place to escape the crowds and take a load off. Stop by on Friday from 3-5:30 p.m. for their new happy hour offerings! Along with $7 cocktails and plates, enjoy ½ off all bottles of champagne, and $1 Gulf oysters. Rise and shine with them on Saturday and Sunday during their Texas-sized brunch with offerings like Shrimp and Grits, Brisket Skillet Hash, Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs, and more. They’re also serving up some boozy beverages like their Brunch Punch that serves a group of four, Texas-Sized Mimosas using a full bottle of champagne, $5 mimosas with a juice of your choice, and more!
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  • Tacodeli Spyglass – Tacodeli is the place to be when looking to grab a bite before or after your ACL adventure. Get the juices flowing before the festival with one of their frozen margs swirled with their seasonal aguas frescas or replenish your body after a day of partying with one of their new seasonal tacos like their Birria Taco or their Chile Relleno. They’re open morning and night on Friday from 7a-9p, Saturday from 8a-9p, and Sunday from 8a-9p.
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  • Rooftop Dining at Nido at The Loren HotelNido at The Loren Hotel will open their doors to the public in early October and it’s the perfect place to grab brunch, dinner, or drinks with a view. Overlooking Lady Bird Lake, Nido sits atop of The Loren Hotel and serves modern American cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails. Located just one mile from Zilker, you’ll be able to feel the energy of the fest, while overlooking all the action in the city from the rooftop. Reservations begin on October 7th at Nido and can be made at https://www.opentable.hk/r/nido-austin

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Where To Brunch Before The Fest

  • New Brunch Menu at Local Foods Local Foods just launched their new brunch menu, and it’s full of fresh and seasonal ingredients that’ll be sure to give you the energy you need to take on ACL. Start your morning with something sweet like their Brioche French Toast made with thick cut Slow Dough brioche, peach compote, Good Flow honey ricotta, brown butter anglaise, and candied pumpkin seeds or opt for something savory like their House Smoked Salmon Sandwich made with smoked and cured salmon, scallion-caper cream cheese, house pickles, tomato, pickled red onion, sprouts, and pumpernickel bread. They also have mimosas available by the glass or carafe with orange, peach, or watermelon juice. Local Foods’ brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. View their full brunch menu here.
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  • Prim & Proper at Neighborhood Goods – Before heading over to the fest, stop by Prim & Proper inside of Neighborhood Goods on South Congress for $5 Bloody Marys and $5 Mimosas on Saturday and Sunday! Pair your beverage with their Crispy Chicken Sandwich made with buttermilk fried chicken breast, kale and brussels slaw, pickles, tangy jalapeño dressing on a Potato Bun or their Charcuterie and Cheese board and you’ll be ready for a full day of festival fun! 
  • Walton’s Fancy and StapleTo celebrate the start of festival season, Walton’s crafted a special ACL Bloody Mary with their house-made mix, Deep Eddy vodka, and topped with a fresh grilled cheese sandwich made with fresh sourdough, sharp white cheddar, and applewood smoked bacon. Walton’s opens bright and early at 7 a.m. making it the perfect early morning stop to grab a Biscuit Sandwich and mimosa or some Avocado Toast and a Bloody Mary before making your way over to Zilker. 
  • Revelry Kitchen + BarSaturdays and Sundays at Revelry Kitchen + Bar were made for patio partying! If you’re going to the festival later in the day, knock back a couple of their $2 Jello Shots while dancing to Deejay Feeniks (Sunday only). Make Revelry Kitchen + Bar your first stop of ACL weekend and get the party started with $7 Bloody Marys, $4 Mimosas, and $13 mimosa carafes. Brunch hours are 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Things To Do During The Fest

  • Pizza Party at Aviary Wine & KitchenAviary Wine & Kitchen is teaming up with Sammataro for an ACL pregame pizza party on Sunday, October 9th. Starting at 3 p.m., stop by Aviary for an afternoon full of live music, sangria specials, specialty Sammataro slices, exclusive merch, and more! Sammataro will be serving up a specialty birria-inspired pizza with both a vegetarian and non-veggie option. Along with the pizza party, Aviary will be offering their Sunday Service specials consisting of snacks and tins including Pickled Mushrooms, Pastrami Plate,Tete de moine, Mussels En Escabeche, Sardinillas Guisadas, and more. Their all-day Sunday happy hour will be going on featuring $2 off all glasses of wine and $10 off bottles.
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  • Oyster Fest at TLCStop by TLC on Saturday, October 15th before heading over to Zilker for TLC Oyster Fest! Starting at noon, TLC’s Oyster Fest will consist of East Coast and Gulf oyster specials, live music, champagne specials, and oyster shucking and eating competitions with cash pot prizes! Oyster Festival specials include $20 6 pc. East Coast Oyster Flights, and $15 6 pc. Char-Grilled Oyster Flights. RSVP for TLC’s Oyster Fest here
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  • Swift Fit Events’ Grounded Series at Fareground – Recharge and reset your energy on Saturday and Sunday mornings at Fareground during their free dance cardio and yoga classes put on by Swift Fit Events. Join them Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for Grounded Dance Fitness, an upbeat dance class featuring a mix of dance-inspired, easy-to-follow cardio with built-in toning and HIIT segments. On Sunday, restore your mind, body, and spirit during Grounded Yoga at 10 a.m. Both classes are completely free and open to the public with registration. After class, head inside of Fareground and grab a bite to eat from one of their five eateries or a cocktail from DRINK or Ellis. DRINK offers $4 happy hour every day of the week from 5 p.m. to close. Sip on $4 draft beers, wine by the glass, and select cocktails!
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