You’re with a large-ish group, you want “real barbecue,” and you don’t want to drive hours or wait in long lines. Cooper’s is a Texas Hill Country BBQ legend that opened a downtown Austin location exactly for situations like this. The setup here involves a fast-moving line where you pick out your favorites from the beef, pork, and chicken options on display. Get a healthy portion of brisket, with some burnt ends. You don’t really need to spend much time on the sides. Focus on what you came for - the meat sweats.
Search by Perfect For
More spots in Downtown AustinSee more
Despite being located in a unimpressive office building, Small Victory is actually a very cool, very reliable bar for your downtown drinking needs.
More BBQ spotsSee more
Lula Mae’s Catering & BBQ
Lula Mae’s Catering & BBQ serves really great barbecue on the East Side of Austin.
Loro is an Asian smokehouse from the teams behind Franklin Barbecue and Uchi. And yes, it’s exactly as great as you’d expect.
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Valentina’s churns out a beautiful fusion of our city’s greatest cuisines: Tex-Mex and barbecue. It’s absolutely worth the trip to Manchaca.
Suggested by our writers
Terry Black’s BBQ
Terry Black’s on Barton Springs has a big patio, short lines, and serves some the best Lockhart-style barbecue in Austin.
Lustre Pearl has one of the bigger footprints on Rainey Street, with multiple levels and bars inside.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more