Lifesize Recommends: Best Restaurants and Bars at SXSW 2016

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Whether you’re just visiting Austin for the South by Southwest Festival or you’re lucky enough to call it home, be sure to check out our top picks for food and drink at SXSW 2016. We have a separate list going for food trucks and trailers; this post is all about the permanents—the brick-and-mortar shops serving up food and drink to fuel festival goers throughout the event.


Jo’s Coffee

1300 S. Congress Ave. & 242 West 2nd St.

Home to the famed “i love you so much” wall (South Congress location), this little cube of coffee goodness has been serving up turbos, sandwiches, baked goods and live music since 1999. Go for the photo op, stay for the music and come back time and time again for the coffee.

Easy Tiger

709 E. 6th St.

This bake shop and beer garden in the heart of Sixth serves up house-made pastries and breads by the loaf. If you’re looking for something a bit more substantial, check out the house-cured meats and cheese boards. If the weather holds out and you need a beer spot with a patio, head to Easy Tiger.

Second Bar + Kitchen

200 S. Congress Ave.

Second Bar + Kitchen is farm-to-table, fresh, seasonal and delicious with specialty brunch, lunch and dinner items. The overeasy egg is listed as an option for the congress burger, but it’d be a real tragedy to forgo it.

Salty Sow

1917 Manor Rd.

Just east of downtown, this American gastropub tops the list for many locals. From candied pork belly and triple-fried duck fat fries to brussels sprouts and roasted beets, the Salty Sow has something for everyone to fall in love with.

The Townsend

718 Congress Ave.

Cocktails always taste better on a tufted leather couch under a crystal chandelier. Check out the Townsend for elegant, high-end cocktails as you wrap up the event.