Fueling ACL Fest on West 6th – The Survival Guide

ACL is a mere ten days away. Eat lots of veggies, lay off the booze, take your vitamins, buy Topo by the case, and read our survival guide. 

The Basics

  • Sunscreen is your best friend.
  • Water. Drink it. A lot.
  • For the love of God, eat before you fest. 
  • Falling down drunk at 3 pm doesn’t look good on anyone.
  • Travel tissues, buy them, pack them.
  • Throw your empty Firemans 4 in the recycle bins.
  • Keep your damn phone down.
  • Football is on in the beer tent. Hook ‘em.
  • The Tito’s stage is small but mighty.
  • Generally speaking, don’t be an asshole – we’re all here to have a good time.
  • Wear layers, we typically get three seasons per day in October.
  • Topo and Barton Springs cure hangovers.
  • Don’t be an idiot and ruin your (or our) festivaling.

The Power of Fueling Your Fest

Eating on West 6th 

ACL is a marathon, and contrary to popular belief, food – not beer, is your fuel. You know the festers who are falling down, stumbling, bumping, screaming, crying and engaging in other related behaviors that ruin good festival vibes? You want this to be you? No. 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, grab 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 has filling pies, 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. 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 jalapeno cheddar buns. Open from 11 am.

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Over at Star BarTumble 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 with the same toppings but with a juicy chicken thigh. Open for lunch from 11 am to 2:30 pm.

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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). Kung Fu Saloon’s new location has eclectic food in-house. We’re big fans of the sinful cookie dough egg roll and the kimchi cheese tots with bacon, cheddar cheese, Korean rib eye, smoky queso and scallions.

J. Black’s has lunch, brunch and dinner. Texas-sized breakfast tacos (served with home fries or fresh fruit) will fuel your fest. Saturday and Sunday brunch also features a build your own bloody Mary bar.

The Music


Friday 10.6 | The Wild Now is an award-winning local duo. Taylor Baker’s silky voice is the stuff that dreams are made of, perfectly accentuating breezy, driving synths (11:45 – 12:30). Missio is another homegrown local with “no bullshit” lacing their hook-y electro-pop beats (1:15 – 2:15). English rockers Royal Blood own every stage they grace. The duo manages to sound like a full band with rock tunes that keep you moving (5:15 pm). Immediately after is ever-amazing Bonobo who haven’t played live in Austin since Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013. The XX, Ryan Adams and Jay-z are a solid close out to night one. We’ll be heading over to Rattle Inn’s whiskey lounge to toast to a day well fested and pop over for more live music in Ray’s Backstage. 

Saturday | Local superstars Mobley and CAPYAC start the day with high energy vibes. Mondo Cozmo plays against Grace VanderWaal in one of C3 inevitable anxiety-inducing lineup faux pas. One of SPIN’s contenders for rock record of 2017, Benjamin Booker, plays his “raucous, unruly mix of punk, blues rock and soul” at 3 pm. Cut Copy, Alison Wonderland, and Ice Cube all play against each other (thanks, C3). Whatever you pick, the 6 pm hour promises a dance party. Same with Spoon, Tove Lo, Rüfüs Du Sol in the 7 pm slot. (We’re opting for the latter because much as we love Spoon we’ve seen them a million times and Tove Lo’s extreme sexiness, the euphoric dance vibes of Rüfüs du Sol win.) Cap the night off with Chance the Rapper, then head to West 6th for post fest shenanigans at Green Light Social or Dirty Bill’s where the dance party continues.


Sunday | We’re hitting Dogwood for some southern brunch before heading out to Zilker. First up, Jacob Banks’  “richly textured beats, with its 808s and synth play, African inspired grooves” at 1:15. Follow that up with Rainbow Kitten Surprise, who gained massive popularity with their “with chilling harmonies, dynamic instrumentation, and introspective lyrics.” Dance your pants off to Portugal the Man before heading to the Gorillaz to close out the weekend (and pass out).