ACL Fest Tips from West 6th

It’s ACL eve. Here is West 6th's annual guide to fueling Austin's biggest party of the year (and what music we are sad to miss).

It’s ACL eve! You know the drill…stock up on green juice, frozen pizzas, quiches, Topo and Snap Kitchen, take your vitamins. Before you go pregame ACL, take a minute for your survival and read our guide to winning ACL (or to winning the weekend if you aren’t into ACL).

THE BASICS

  • Sunscreen is your best friend – though a poncho might also be your best friend this weekend.
  • Water. Drink it. A lot.
  • Food is a friend, and also food.
  • Being wasted at 3 pm doesn’t make you look cool – really, it doesn’t.
  • Travel tissues, buy them, pack them, use them when the port-a-janes run out of paper.
  • Throw your empty Firemans 4 in the recycle bins.
  • Keep your damn phone down, no one cares about your crappy video from 400 yards back.
  • Sports is on in the craft beer tent. Hook ‘em. Go Astros.
  • The Tito’s stage is consistently small but mighty.
  • Don’t be an asshole – we’re here for a good time.
  • Topo, tacos and Barton Springs cure hangovers.
  • High-waisted booty shorts aren’t a good look, ladies (and don’t get us started on the absurdity of bodysuits at a festival – unless you have a bionic bladder, then by all means…).

THE POWER OF FUELING YOUR ACL FEST

Eating on West 6th

ACL is a marathon, you can’t fuel a marathon with beer. Or maybe you can, in which case you should be famous. But, food is your friend. Falling down, stumbling, bumping, screaming, crying, fighting, and being an asshole are all side effects of not properly fueling the musical marathon. You want this to be you? We don’t – so come eat with us. West 6th is in walking distance to Zilker Park and has brunch, lunch and late night eats.

Grab a casual lunch at the iconic Hut’s Hamburgers. Choose from over 20 types of burgers made from Texas beef, longhorn of buffalo, and don’t forget an order of scratch onion rings and a double chocolate milkshake. It’s a lunch that cures everything except lactose intolerance. Open daily at 11 am.
Frank & Angie’s Pizzeria isn’t closed yet and has filling pizzas, sandwiches, pasta and salads at affordable prices. Their popular Fellini sandwich with herb vinaigrette, eggplant, red onion, green bell pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, green leaf lettuce, and provolone is a perfect lunch with carbs and nutrients to keep you dancing. Open Friday at 11 am, Saturday at noon, and Sunday at 5.

The Dogwood kitchen has great weekend brunch, in addition to all day eats. Our picks are the Hair of the Dogwood burrito stuffed with scrambled eggs, home fries, cheese, and bacon (topped with queso and gravy). We also dig into the Dogwood Bennies with Black forest ham, over easy egg, bacon, a goat cheese-stuffed jalapeño, house chorizo hollandaise and jalapeño cheddar buns. They’ll have sports, refuge from the rain and frosty bevies as well. Open from 11 am.Over at Star Bar, Tumble 22 is the hottest chicken spot in Austin. Our picks are the OG Classic Chicken Sandwich with all natural chicken breast, kale sale, bread and butter pickles and Duke’s mayo and the Southern Chicken Sandwich a juicy chicken thigh with same toppings. Let’s not forget the Hail Mary on Sunday – the insane bloody mary with three whole meals on it. Open for lunch from 11 am to 2:30 pm.

Photo: The Smoking Ho

Little Woodrow’s is home to OneTaco where you can snag two pastor tacos and a small queso for under $10 bucks (pair it with a frozen mimosa to kick off the day). Kung Fu Saloon’s has sinful cookie dough egg rolls and the kimchi cheese tots with bacon, cheddar cheese, Korean rib eye, smoky queso and scallions.
Rustic Tap Beer Garden has all sorts of nibbles that are perfect for staving off that hangover (it’s called Sinner’s brunch for a reason, after all). They also have daily live music and a great patio.

If you aren’t into standing in an 80,000-person strong crowd for three days, we’ve got live music and all the sports all weekend. Not only is the Red River Shoot Out happening in Dallas on Saturday, but the ALDS bloodbath is also playing out over the next few days. The whole block will have their TV’s on (expect sound) as the Longhorns play OU in Cowboy Stadium and Verlander takes the mound for the ‘Stros against the Indian’s Corey Kluber.

THE MUSIC

If you are festing, here are our picks for the weekend. Have fun for us since we’ll be slinging drinks behind the bars.

Friday 10.5 | There are some powerhouse female gracing the Tito’s Handmade Vodka stage early Friday afternoon. Fatai will be belting out her soaring vocals at 12:15 with Ravyn Lenae bringing her fantasy r&b at 1:15. Bishop Briggs is a teeny person with a huge show – and it is never, ever bad. Catch her at 1:45 on the American Express stage. Sir Sly should be cool and get us through to the 4:45 block when apparently we are supposed to be in three different places. Rockers Greta Van Fleet bring their Zeppelin-esque crooning to the Miller Lite stage at the same time that Jungle brings their groovy soul to the Barton Springs stage. (Beware, this is an impossible choice – both bands are phenomenal). Meanwhile Manchester Orchestra their sweeping melodies to the HomeAway stage AT THE SAME TIME. Thanks, C3, thanks a lot. Odesza and Sir Paul McCartney close out the night and, though they can’t be more different, both shows should be great.

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Saturday 10.6 | Manchester’s IAMDDB brings her gritty rap to the Barton Springs stage at 1:30 for an energetic start to the day. Of course, she plays against the fantastic Verité (HomeAway) because C3 hates us. Don’t miss the soulful sounds of Curtis Harding when he graces the Tito’s stage at 2:45. flor is a band who actually made their name by their live show, and we are stoked to see them playing the BMI stage at 5:30. At 7 pm, go take a ride wit Nelly, then dance a whole lot at Justice before reliving the glory days of Metallica.

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Sunday 10.7 | Start the day with some football in a chair at Parlor & Yard, then head over for folksy rockers Mt. Joy on Barton Springs at 1 pm (Yungblud s also promising in this time slot). ARIZONA (Honda) and Twin Shadow (American Express) play opposite each other – literally – at 2 pm. If you haven’t seen the X Ambassadors (which would be odd at this point), his voice is transportive. But, we’re kind of into the smooth Khruangbin on Titos’s at the same time (4 pm). Tinashe brings a stage-full of sass to the Miller Lite stage at 5 pm before Phoenix brings their energy back to ACL on the Honda stage at 6 pm. We’re torn between Illenium’s hot beats (Miller Lite) and local fave, Shakey Graves (Barton Springs) at 7 pm. Add a guaranteed wiggle fest at Sylvan Esso on HomeAway at 7:30 pm and we are back to thanks a lot, C3. Arctic Monkeys is back in Austin for the first time since 2013 (no, Cedar Park doesn’t count as Austin) so check out their exceptional live show before heading to see Travis Scott.

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If you are either young or really up for a party, head to the block’s newest bar – Stereotype – for some old school fun. Or hit up Green Light Social and roll the dice on getting lucky. If you haven’t had enough dancing, go dance on the bar at Dirty Bills.

On the way home marvel at how you survived and debate going back for round two. See y’all at the bar on in the field and fest safe folks!