Guero’s Taco Bar, a SoCo Oasis

Guero’s Taco Bar. Do I need to say more to get you hooked? Yes? Well, if you’re looking for interior Mexican food with a hint of Tex-Mex, this is the spot! Established in 1986 and relocated to its now famous South Congress location in 1993, Guero’s is as much a part of Austin as the hills that surround it. The restaurant is originally owned and operated by Cathy and Rob Lippincott, in recent years they have passed down operations along with their passion for the restaurant to their daughters Lyle and Bette.

As one of the oldest establishments still operating on South Congress, Guero’s is without a doubt a local favorite. Guero’s is famous for their hand made margaritas shaken with freshly squeezed lime juice, and when paired with their tacos al pastor, this combo is an incomparable way to start off your morning or spend your evening. You can enjoy a sit down meal at the main restaurant or go next door to Guero’s Oak Garden bar where you can catch live music under the shade of an oak tree Thursday through Sunday.

Offering free shows (and chips and salsa) throughout SXSW, Guero’s is worth the visit. You never know who you may run into there. Less than a year ago there was a sighting of Bill Clinton! Ever heard of him? Ryan Gosling has also been seen there, and a guy by the name of Quentin Tarantino will occasionally stop by when in town.


If you find yourself on South Congress, even if you’re not in the mood to eat or drink, you should at least drop into Guero’s to get the authentic South Congress experience. I promise you won’t regret it! If tacos, handmade margaritas, and live music don’t get you hooked, maybe Austin isn’t your town (just kidding of course).

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