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The Best Late Night Spots In Austin

Where to go when you’re still hungry after dinner.

The early crowd has it so good: Happy Hours, short wait times, and patio seating as the sun goes down. But when you’re hungry after 9pm, it’s not always as easy. You start to wonder what’s still open, where you can find good food, and how much you’ll be glared at for wearing a Santa costume in February at 1:30am. It’s ok, we’ve all been there and Austin is full of 24-hour places, food trucks, and late night kitchens that won’t judge you. These are some of our favorites.


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Open Until: 12am Daily

Hopfields is where you go at the end of the night when you want to drink some beers and eat some semi-French food including a burger topped with Camembert cheese. It’s never too loud or packed here, and they also do a reverse happy-hour every night from 10pm-12am .

Open Until: 2am Daily (Closed Tuesdays)

So you lost track of time during Happy Hour and forgot to eat dinner—blame that coworker who kept ordering another round. By the time you realize how hungry you are, most restaurants are closing for the night. Justine’s, however, is just getting started. You can get a table on the patio, or just grab a seat at the bar and eat some steak frites or a burger. They’re open with a full dinner menu until midnight, and snacks and full bar until 2am. There's always a fun crowd during the later hours.

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Open Until: 1am Fri-Sat, 12am Sun-Thurs

We love The Liberty—they’ve been able to maintain affordable prices and a divey scene while the rest of the street continues to change. And we especially love the fact that East Side King is in their backyard. Grab a picnic table for your group and order off their late-night menu—the chicken karaage and pork belly buns are two of the best options.

Open Until: 11pm Fri-Sat, 10pm Sun-Thurs

Home Slice is one of the fastest and easiest late night options in Austin. Their to-go window on South Congress stays open late with slices that are just as good at 10pm as they are at 2pm (or maybe even a little better). Don’t question your decision to stop by on your way home from a bar hopping—it’s the same choice you’d make in broad daylight, except maybe you’d reconsider how loud you’re talking.

Open Until: 10pm daily

Magnolia Cafe on South Congress is your base camp for recovery after a late night out. The MagMud queso is one of the best things you can eat in town. Also, Obama personally endorsed their pancakes, and you get a short stack of them for an extra $3 when you order any omelette on the menu.

Open Until: 10pm daily

Ramen Tatsu-ya on the East Side recognizes that if it’s going to live on a street full of bars, it needs to cater to its obvious clientele, which is why they serve ramen until 10pm. If you’re up to the challenge, add a spicy bomb to your bowl, though future-you might not be super happy about it.

Open Until: 11pm daily

Although the name promises to be open all night, 24 Diner is only open until 11pm. And while the food is good any time of day, we usually end up here after pretty late. It’s more expensive than it should be, and feels a little fancy for a late night meal, but we’re just happy to have a place to go. The chicken and waffles are some of the best in town and getting a shake is never a bad idea either.

Open Until: 10pm daily

Kerbey Lane Cafe is a classic and they make some of the best pancakes and queso in town. Note - most locations are open until 10pm.

Open Until: 1am Fri-Sat, 11pm Sun-Thurs

It’s best not to get too attached to any food trucks on Rainey Street. Sometimes they’re gone after a week, sometimes they have incredibly long lines, and sometimes the whole trailer park gets replaced with a 20-story condo building. Tommy Want Wingy seems to be holding its ground at Lustre Pearl, though, and the wings and all their sauce options will please just about anyone.

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