- Gabrielle Castagno
It’s no secret that Austin offers an exciting and varied nightlife for visitors. Whether you’re chilling by a chiminea at Whisler’s on the east side or dancing your feet off at Barbarella’s downtown, Austin has many late-night spots to satisfy your cravings, so read on to find out where they’re at.
Inspired by the classic diners of the 1950s, 24 Diner serves up farm-to-table comfort food along with a healthy serving of Austin eclectic. Craving some chicken and waffles after a night out dancing? Well, you’re in luck because 24 Diner has some of the best chicken and waffles around. Be sure to circle back and try their shrimp and grits with candied jalapeños.
24 Diner, 600 N. Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 472 5400
With two full-service locations and two food trucks, you’ll never have to be without Via 313 pizza, and thank goodness because it’s fantastic. If you’re planning to grab a bite after midnight, check out either the food truck at The Violet Crown Social Club on the east side or Craft Pride on Rainey Street as both are open until 2 am and 1 am, respectively. Try The Rocket if you like spicy and The Cadillac if you like a more eclectic type of pizza.
Via 313, 1111 E. 6th St, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 939 1927
After a late night of drinking and dancing at Austin’s famous Barbarella’s, you need only walk across the street to satisfy your late-night food cravings. From the lamb gyro to the chicken shawarma to the falafel wrap, there is no wrong choice at Shawarma Point. Plus, all of their meats are halal.
Shawarma Point, 19 E. 7th Street, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 960 9798
Teji’s Indian Restaurant and Grocery
Add a little curry to your life and head over to Teji’s for some late-night eats. Located right across the street from the University of Texas at Austin, Teji’s offers some great Indian food at student-friendly prices. Try the garlic naan with a healthy helping of chicken korma, or whichever curry you fancy, and you’ll be set for the rest of the night.
Teji’s Indian Restaurant and Grocery, 2100 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 215 0307
Kerbey Lane Cafe
If looking for late-night diner fare with an Austin twist, check out Kerbey Lane. Opened in 1980 in an old house on Kerbey Lane, the restaurant now has seven locations, and it’s easy to see why. With creations such as the Paris (Texas) Platter, which offers a healthy serving of both French toast and migas, as well as Eggs Francisco, Kerbey Lane is sure to satisfy your late-night cravings.
Kerbey Lane Café, 3704 Kerbey Ln., Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 451 1436
Turf and Surf Po Boy
Quite possibly one of the best places to get late-night Cajun fare, Turf and Surf has everything from catfish to oysters to shrimp and crawfish. Popular choices are the blackened crawfish tacos with hushpuppies. If you decide that you’d rather keep going with the festivities, Turf and Surf is attached to the Lavaca Street Bar, which is open until 2 am Friday and Saturday.
Turf and Surf Po Boy, 407 Lavaca St, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 276 2763
Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery
What’s better than late-night donuts, kolaches and coffee? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery has become a staple of the North Loop area, and it’s easy to see why with creations like Bavarian cream-filled donuts, apple fritters and ham and cheese kolaches. Mrs. Johnson’s is open every day from 7:30 pm until 12:00 pm the next day.
Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery, 4909 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 452 4750
Casino el Camino
As the website says, ‘Come for quite literally world famous, award-winning burgers, but stay and do shots with the locals.’ Casino el Camino is the place to go if you want late-night eats nearby all of the hustle and bustle of 6th Street. You really can’t go wrong here, but the amarillo and buffalo burgers are particularly good.
Casino el Camino, 517 E 6th St, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 469 9330
Gourdough’s Public House
Head to Gourdough’s for crazy donut concoctions like the Mother Clucker (a donut topped with fried chicken and honey butter) and the Ron Burgundy donut burger. Stop by anytime before 3:00 am for an experience that not only tantalizes your taste buds but also your culinary imagination.
Gourdough’s Public House, 2700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 912 9070
East Side King
If late-night Asian fusion is your thing, then check out Paul Qui’s East Side King. While they do have a brick-and-mortar restaurant on South Lamar, the food truck at Whisler’s on the east side is more convenient if you’re out at the bars. Try the Poor Quis Buns and the Thai Chicken Karaage, though make sure to check the level of spicy before digging in!
East Side King, 1816 E 6th St, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 480 0781