Every Austinite’s three least favorite words are “South by Southwest.” Well, that or “we’re sold out,” which appears on the front door of Franklin Barbecue on a daily basis. The yearly festival, which runs from March 10th to 19th this year, continues to expand, both in its duration and in its takeover of Austin itself. One of the many reasons for the festival’s expansion and for patrons wanting to extend their stays is, of course, Austin’s bar and restaurant scene.
Sure, getting anywhere during SXSW can be a bit of a pain. However, by heading away from the madness of downtown and into any of Austin’s nearby neighborhoods, there are endless options for excellent food and bars that’ll have you planning your next trip to Austin before you even leave the festival. Grab your appetite and a large container of Advil, because here are some of our favorite places to eat and drink at during SXSW.—Max Bonem