South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, which runs this year from March 9 through 18, has expanded from the Music, Film, and Interactive festivals to now include a video game portion, fashion, and even panels dedicated to food obsessions featuring food celeb panelists. If you'll be in Austin for the festivities and want to find some grub between shows and panels, use this guide to help you navigate the street food, brunch, Texas barbecue, burgers, Mexican, coffee, and more.
They shake them, strain them, and pour them, but where do they drink 'em? Austin is home to many great bartenders who can make a mean drink. They also listen to guests ramble on about their problems, break up bar fights, and clean up spilled beers. After a long shift, it's their turn to unwind. We asked 8 bartenders about their favorite watering holes, whether they're looking for craft beer, calm outdoor space, or classy cocktails.
Austin has a vibrant patio culture. Thanks to year round warm weather and little rain, almost every restaurant seems to have al fresco dining space. So what makes a patio area particularly special? Well, plenty of shade helps since Austinites are still willing to sit outside long after the temperatures exceed 100 degrees. Of course a relaxed space serving great food, beer, and cocktails doesn't hurt either.