Food & Drink

Where to do late-night in Austin

Published On 12/11/2013 Published On 12/11/2013
BNOYL Late Night Austin

Sometimes you have to embrace the fact that every awesome night out has to come to an end eventually. Or does it? Whether you're desperately in need of late-night sustenance or looking to keep it going with some late-night karaoke, these late-night joints are here for you.

More Home Slice
South Congress
Not just how your middle school self unironically asked for another helping in the mid-'90s, More Home Slice serves up some of Austin's best pies, and the to-go window is open until 3a on Fridays and Saturdays so you can make a quick getaway to feed your face with their perfectly textured thin crust slices.

After a long night of drinking downtown, a giant, spicy, and delicious kebab from this local food truck favorite (which recently added a brick and mortar location as well) and a Topo Chico are exactly what you’ll need to ensure you wake up without feeling like your head is in a vice grip.

Justine’s Brasserie
East Austin
JB is unabashedly cooler than thou with a bit of a see-and-be-seen scene (say it quickly!), but you'll be hard pressed to find a better late night meal (the kitchen stays open until 130a!), from textbook steak frites to escargot and boozy cocktails you didn't necessarily need, but will gladly accept. 

Hi Tunes Karaoke
There are several choices in town if you like to pretend you’re auditioning for The Voice, but this new-ish pick stands out among the pack. Super clean rooms, and a BYOFood policy (seriously, you can take food or order a pizza), along with the usual BYOB, combined with being open until 5a on weekends ensure that your party resembles the title of that Lionel Ritchie song you're about to butcher.

Via 313
East Austin
Move over New York, Detroit-style pizza rules the night at this much-loved pizza trailer. The crispy-outside, chewy-inside, square pizza deliciousness will soak up whatever you've been doing earlier in the evening. Tip: There is another storefront located on Rainey St.

Las Cazuelas
East Austin
Can you say OPEN (practically) 24 HOURS?! There are -- ahem -- "special cases" in which you might find yourself desperately NEEDING tacos or chilaquiles or enchiladas at 4a. This homey and authentic, bright-orange-painted Mexican eatery is just the ticket. The fresh homemade tortillas and fiery hot green salsa might even drive you to make a return trip in the daylight.

Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery
Hyde Park
Mrs. Johnson’s is simply a no-frills bakery serving up classic, old-fashioned donuts at weird hours. And by weird hours, we mean awesome hours. Come in after 9p for the freshest glazed doughnuts you’ve ever had -- your inner fat kid will thank you. 

Epoch Coffee
North Loop
If you find yourself dragging but don't plan on going to sleep anytime soon, Epoch is a 24hr coffee shop generally packed with 20-somethings either chatting or laptopping. Try the Dirty Chai, and house a couple of cinnamon rolls while you're at it because, well, they're there.

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1. Home Slice Pizza 1415 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 (South Austin)

The Home Slice employee pilgrimages to New York's most iconic pizza shrines are the stuff of legend. The slices are large, homemade, and hand-tossed. All the classics are delicious, like the Margherita or pepperoni pizza with the perfect amount of grease, and the white pies are heaped with balloons of ricotta.

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2. Kebabalicious 450 7th St, Austin, TX 78728 (Downtown)

A Turkish wrap and kebab truck located downtown, Kebabalicious also has a handful of other locations throughout the city.

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3. Justine's Brasserie 4710 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

Situated in East Austin, Justine's Brasserie is a sexy French eatery and social club specializing in "very late night dining." Classic bistro fare (steak frites, ratatouille) and daily blackboard specials make up the bulk of the menu. Super boozy cocktails, lots of red wine, and the company of friends may make it hard to leave this lounge-y, chic bistro.

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4. Hi Tunes Karaoke 911 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757 (Crestview)

Hi Tunes Karaoke has super clean rooms, an almost too-good-to-be-true BYOFood policy (they didn't forget the BYOB either), and a super late 5a closing time on weekend nights -- so you can fit in a few more R. Kelly covers, superstar.

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5. Via 313 1111 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

Detroit-raised brothers Brandon and Zane Hunt are bringing their hometown's deep-dish pizza style to Austin at Via 313. The pizza is made the authentic Detroit way, which means square-shaped pies with Sicilian crust, a layer of pepperoni, cheesy edges, and a tangy red sauce. The pies come in slices of four, and if you'd like a more, er, mainstream pizza, thin-crust rounds are also available. Aside from pizza, Via 313's two full-service restaurants serve salads and a few appetizers, like cheese bread and house-made meatballs.

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6. Las Cazuelas 1701 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702 (East Austin)

Grab lunch or fuel up post-partying (open 24 hours!) at this divey Mexican joint, which serves a gargantuan menu of favorites and lesser-known dishes common to Mexico's San Luis Potosi region, like the air-dried beef steaks with prickly pear salsa.

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7. Mrs Johnson's Bakery 4909 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 (Hyde Park)

Established in 1948, Mrs. Johnson's keeps Airport Blvd supplied with fried, sweet goodness by handing out hot, fresh donuts every night around 8:45 pm. although the recipes have recently been overhauled by Freddie Lee -- owner of Michi Ramen -- the nostalgic integrity remains intact. Try a Bavarian cream-filled donut, a kolache, but never skip the O.G. glazed variety.

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8. Epoch Coffee 221 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 (North Loop)

Epoch is a 24 hour coffee shop with free wifi, an unpretentious and reasonably priced menu, and soda on draft.