South Austin can refer to any part of Austin, Texas south of Lady Bird Lake and the downtown area, although many people use it to specifically refer to the south-central area directly south of downtown in the 78704 zip code. 78704 is bordered by Lady Bird Lake to the north, I-35 to the east, Ben White Blvd (Hwy 290/71) to the south, and Mopac (Loop 1) to the west. The area is a very popular neighborhood for young people and has historically been the center of Austin's counterculture, although it has been rapidly gentrifying in recent years. The area contains several attractions for visitors.

Get in

South Austin is easily accessible. From Downtown, head South either by foot, bike, or car and cross Lady Bird Lake over the Congress, 1st, or Lamar bridges.

You will need motorized transport from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Bus or taxi are available. If traveling by car from the airport, take Ben White Blvd (71) West, then turn right on Riverside Dr. Take Riverside to S. Congress.





  • 1301 S Congress Ave,  +1 512 440-7488. Sunday-Thursday 11:30AM-11PM, Friday-Saturday 11:30AM-12AM.
  • 3100 S Congress Ave,  +1 512 851-2697. Sunday-Thursday 11:30AM-10PM, Friday-Saturday 11:30AM-11PM.
  • 9600 S I-35,  +1 512 282-2697. Sunday-Thursday 11:30AM-10PM, Friday-Saturday 11AM-11PM.
  • 2901 S Lamar Blvd,  +1 512 447-2697. Sunday-Thursday 11AM-11PM, Friday-Saturday 11AM-12AM.
  • 4477 S Lamar Blvd,  +1 512 891-0573. Sunday-Thursday 11:30AM-11PM, Friday-Saturday 11:30AM-12AM.




Almost all of the restaurants listed above have a full bar available and are suitable for grabbing a few drinks without having to order food. If you're looking to hop from bar to bar, listen to loud recorded music, and don't care about food, heading into Downtown Austin might be a better option.

Live Music

Austin is The Live Music Capital of the World, and South Austin has its fair share of live music venues. Many of the restaurants and coffee shops in South Austin have live music. Some venues of note include The Continental Club, Threadgills, and Gueros Taco Bar.



Free Wi-Fi is available at many of the local restaurants and coffee shops.

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