Spacious outdoor patios are a signature of Austin’s thriving bar scene. Fall and winter’s temperate climate — a welcome relief from summer’s blazing-hot temperatures — means plenty of evenings worthy of curling up with a cocktail in front of a firepit and watching the sun set on Bat City. Use this collection of 10 great outdoor bar spaces, ranging from off-the-beaten-path drinkeries to big-name bars with spectacular Hill Country views, to warm up your fall and winter evenings under those legendary big, bright stars in the heart of Texas.Read More
The Best Outdoor Bars, Even in the Winter
Azul Rooftop Pool Bar + Lounge
Boasting the tallest rooftop bar/lounge in downtown Austin, Azul is perched on the highest floor of the Westin Austin Downtown. This sleek space, appointed with comfortable cabanas and toasty firepits, gives way to spectacular views of the Austin skyline. You’ll find a variety of craft cocktails at the poolside bar: Try one of the four featured drinks on draft or a unique creation, like The Bird is the Word — BACARDÍ rum, yuzu, pineapple, and Aperol — or the edible Strawberry Daq-cicle, made with BACARDÍ rum, basil, and white balsamic.
The Oasis on Lake Travis
The Oasis, situated on a cliff 450 feet above Lake Travis, consistently earns high praise from locals and out-of-towners for its unparalleled sunset views. It’s an ideal place to take a date to listen to some live music, warm up the dance floor with help from the live band, and enjoy a toast as the sun dips down on the lakeside patio, offering up lovely snapshot-worthy pastel hues. Order one of Oasis’s signature hurricane drinks, such as the Spiced Banana Colada (a piña colada made with BACARDÍ Banana with a splash of Oakheart Spiced Rum on top), and set the tone for an unpretentious night of fun.
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The Pool Deck at Hotel Van Zandt
The contemporary, wood-toned patio of the Pool Deck at Kimpton’s Hotel Van Zandt gives visitors a view of Lady Bird Lake near the fireplace while they sip craft cocktails made with freshly pressed juice. Choose from a specialty house or classic cocktail and pair it with something tasty from the on-site restaurant, Geraldine’s, to make your night complete. The hotel is located in one of Austin’s hottest areas, the historic Rainey Street district, a great place to stroll in the evening.
A round of golf may not top the list for your next date or girls’ night out, but Topgolf transcends most people’s idea of the typical driving range experience, even appealing to non-golfers. This sprawling location near the Domain offers people a chance to practice their strokes while enjoying some fresh air, fun, and a drink or two. Try a Topgolf original cocktail, such as the Topgolf Tea made with BACARDÍ Superior Rum, vodka, gin, and fresh lemon.
Knotty Deck & Bar
Located in the Renaissance Austin Hotel and tucked among the lush trees of the Arboretum, the Knotty Deck & Bar provides a chill environment away from the downtown hustle. The ample deck twinkles at night with hanging lights and offers plenty of space for lounging on comfortable couches and hanging chairs, with occasional live music events scheduled here throughout the year. Warm up around a table encircling a fire bowl while enjoying a beer, wine, or craft cocktail, as well as happy hour specials on small plates like shishito peppers or pulled-pork-and-egg-topped Knotty Fries.
77° Rooftop Patio Bar
The Domain’s Rock Rose district continues to add to its roster of nighttime hot spots, and one of the standouts is 77°, located adjacent to the Rose Room. This three-story rooftop bar lives up to its name, which embraces that perfect balmy temperature (fun fact: Austin’s average year-round temp is 69.4). It’s ideal for relaxing and letting the day slip away with a rum drink in hand on the plush patio space filled with white couches, hanging chairs, and outdoor fireplaces. This bar also offers hookah setups. Order up a Norman’s Cay, a blend of three BACARDÍ flavored rums — BACARDÍ Pineapple and BACARDÍ Limon — plus coconut water and lime; or try the Key Lime Colada, served in a frozen pineapple with a whip of BACARDÍ Pineapple Fusion and Limón plus coconut cream to make the most of the warm-weather vibe on a fall day in Austin.
The Little Darlin
This under-the-radar gem, located in far South Austin, may be one of Austin’s best-kept secrets. Inside, you’ll find an unpretentious red-and-wood-toned bar with an old-school vibe serving up draft beer, well drinks, and colorful home-brewed infusion toddies. Outside, a spacious yard offers a place to enjoy some shade, bring your pup, and maybe try your hand at horseshoes. The sophisticated food menu transcends the divey environs, so don’t miss out on an order of chili-stuffed cornbread or Texas fried quail.
The Park on South Lamar
This South Austin sports bar is a popular spot for people who are outdoorsy (meaning: patio drinkers), particularly ones with four-legged friends, because the Park is dog-friendly. The spacious outdoor area in the back is covered and was built around mature trees, combining the best of nature with the best of whatever game is on the big screens mounted around the bar. The menu is filled with flavored mimosas, beer, and mojitos, plus extensive food options, including the Park’s trademark burgers with branded buns. Don’t feel like venturing south? There’s also a Park location at the Domain.
Terrace59 at Speakeasy
Located on Congress Avenue in Austin’s Warehouse District, Speakeasy embraces a cast-from-the-Prohibition-Era theme of secret bars with enchanting stories to tell. For a lovely view, go up 59 steps to the rooftop bar, which looks out onto the shimmering skyscrapers of downtown Austin. Sip one of Speakeasy’s signature cocktails, or if you’re feeling fancy, check out the bottle service. And if you’re really lucky, you might even run into a celebrity or two.
Lustre Pearl East
This East Austin hangout offers a spacious, relaxed place to pull up a seat at the picnic table, play a round of Ping-Pong, and enjoy a daiquiri prepared in the classic way with BACARDÍ rum and lime on the rocks, along with other vintage recipes with a Tex-Mex flair. Lustre Pearl is in a restored 1895 era house that used to stand on Rainey Street, and was part of the original group of bars and restaurants to redefine that area. That house has since been transplanted here to East Austin, breathing new life into another area of the city.