As the Spring weather becomes even more beautiful and the springtime vibes are flowing, locals and visitors are looking for the best place to relax outside, while enjoying a meal or sipping on a few luscious libations on those warm spring nights.  Austin is home to some of the finest patios made perfect for al fresco drinking and dining and nearly everyone wants to take advantage of the excellent weather before the infamous Texas heat wave hits the region.

Here are some of Austin’s best patios and outdoor dining locations from North, West, East and South.

 

Central

Contigo

2027 Anchor Ln | Opened in 2011, Contigo is an outdoor restaurant in East Austin at 2027 Anchor Lane co-owned by Ben Edgerton and Chef Andrew Wiseheart. The restaurant offers ranch-inspired dining in a comfortable atmosphere with picnic table seating, yard games, and more. The menu changes weekly, and includes charcuterie, bar snacks, and small plates, and includes game-inspired dishes like rabbit and dumplings. The restaurant has become known for their burger and fries, daily happy hour specials, special events such as pig roasts, and creative cocktails. Contigo is open for dinner nightly starting at 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday, and serves Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Olamaie Off the Menu

Olamaie

1610 San Antonio St | Olamaie is a modern Southern restaurant helmed by 2019 James Beard Awards “Best Chef: Southwest” finalists and FOOD & WINE’s “Best New Chefs,” Michael Fojtasek.  OlamaieAustin American-Statesman’s 2015 and 2017 ‘Best Restaurant in Austin’ and a James Beard Award “Best New Restaurant” Semi-Finalist, features a menu that focuses on farm-to-table freshness and a dining experience that combines classic Southern hospitality with modern restaurant craftsmanship. Located in the heart of central Austin at 1610 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX 78701Olamaie is open for dinner every night of the week from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Hula Hut

3825 Lake Austin BoulevardYou’ll notice the address is the same as Mozart’s because the two restaurants are right next to each other. While they share the same spectacular view, these are two different patios with two very different vibes. Things get a little rowdier at Hula Hut. The food, described as Tex-Mex with a Polynesian twist, will stick to your ribs. And nothing beats sitting on the gorgeous patio along the water, drinking one of their strong cocktails.

 

Downtown

P6

111 E Cesar Chavez St | P6 recently debuted their brand new rooftop space at The LINE Austin downtown. The rooftop bar offers panoramic views of Lady Bird Lake and serves as one of the best new hangouts for dining, drinks, and games. The menu features Mediterranean shared plates by Executive Chef Justin Ermini and cocktails shaken (or stirred) by Beverage Director Brian Floyd.

 

Stephen F's Bar

Stephen F’s Bar

701 Congress Ave | Located in the heart of Downtown, the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel has one of the best patios in town, complete with refreshing cocktails and the most incredible view of Congress Avenue, the State Capitol, and the historic Paramount Theatre.  In addition to the wonderful view, you can enjoy Stephen F. Austin’s great happy hour deals from the terrace every Sun – Thurs from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The menu features a 5-6-7 special that includes $5 local Texas drafts, $6 wines by the glass, and $7 speciality cocktails including mojitos, palomas, whiskey sours and more.

 

Ciclo patio

Ciclo

98 San Jacinto Blvd | Ciclo (the restaurant on the bottom floor of Four Seasons) just launched a bomb happy hour with free valet parking. Details below! They also have a seriously dreamy patio.  The Happy Hour at the latin-infused Texas kitchen is available seven days a week from 5-7 p.m. at the bar, on the outdoor covered terrace and the back lawn. Guests visiting during happy hour can utilize the hotel’s valet parking for FREE from 5-8 p.m.  The menu includes rotating wine selection available for $5 a glass and $20 a bottle, draft beer for $5 a glass, rotating house cocktail for $5 each; as well as Boquitas tacos for $4 and Postres (dessert) for $3.

 

Anthem

91 Rainey St #120 | Anthem is dives into spring in the best way with their refreshing warm weather cocktails made perfect for Instagram and outdoor patios.  Before temperatures reach the 90s, stop by Anthem for a vibrant, fresh drink with spring’s best produce. Dive into the Splash, Hayman’s Old Tom gin, Dolin Blanc vermouth, strawberry, lemon, mint, and soda. Relax with a Tahitian Sangria, made with white wine, Hangar One Mandarin Blossom Vodka, vanilla, lemon and pineapple. For more pineapple flavor, try the Magnum, P.I., pineapple-infused Cruzan rum, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur and lime.  Anthem also offers half off local beers every Tuesday.

East

Il Brutto

1601 E 6th St | Il Brutto is the perfetto spot to break bread (literally) with friends & family, offering multiple options for small and large parties – including the beautiful oak-shaded patio. Groups can choose from a variety of family-style chef’s menus featuring Italian faves such as lasagna alla bolognese, margherita pizza & tiramisù.

 

Domo Alley-Gato Tatsu-Ya

D1600 E 6th St B | omo AlleyGato Tatsu-Ya is a patio bar and outdoor space produced by the same team at Ramen Tatsu-Ya and Kemuri Tatsu-Ya.  Domo is located next door to Ramen Tatsu-Ya’s East 6th St location is inspired by Japanese standing bars and small alleyway bars which have a newfound popularity in the past several years.  Domo AlleyGato‘s food truck menu focuses on a variety of Japanese inspired cocktails, highballs, Chu-Hi cocktails via house tonics, frozen beer foam boilermakers, and one cup sakes.

 

Lou's Bodega

Lou’s Bodega

1900 E Cesar Chavez St | Lou’s Bodega offers an expansive back patio perfect for afternoons of ping pong and live music all while cooling off under the warm Texas sun with a crisp cocktail.  A menu from beverage director Alex Holder includes bodega horchatas and agua fresca along with a selection of wine, beer and refreshing non-alcoholic drinks.

 

North

Second Bar + Kitchen | Domain Northside

3121 Palm Way #101 | Guests can enjoy Reverse Happy Hour every Friday & Saturday from 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. The happy hour menu will feature select wines, beers and craft cocktails at $5; half off select bottles of wine; and unbeatable $5-$10 specials on snacks, starters, small plates, large plates and pizzas. New happy hour menu items include Roasted Red Beet HummusGuacamole, Salmon Ceviche, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, and Fried Fish Sandwich.  The Reverse Happy Hour will complement Second Bar + Kitchen Domain NORTHSIDE’s existing Happy Hour (daily from 3-6 p.m.) and will be available in the dining area, outdoor patio, and Lobby Lounge within the Archer Hotel Austin.  See Second Bar + Kitchen Domain NORTHSIDE’s new Happy Hour menu HERE.

 

Lone Star Court

The Water Trough

The Water Trough at Lone Star Court is a go-to watering hole where guests can enjoy bites and sips, only just a few steps away from the hustle and bustle of The Domain.  The Water Trough overlooks Lone Star Court’s courtyard, pool and outdoor fire pits. Signature cocktails include The Chill Cowboy and the new refreshing spring sip, the Wimberley made with Dripping Springs Ginelderflower and grapefruit liqueurslemon, and topped with Richard’s Rainwater.

In addition to the boozy concoctions and daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m., the Southern-inspired eatery is home to free live music from some of Austin’s top local artists. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, guests can enjoy everything from slow rock to jazzy blues. The Water Trough is not only for hotel guests, but also Austinites that are looking for something different and relaxing that is still within the action of The Domain.

 

Yard Bar

6700 Burnet RoadHere’s another dog-friendly establishment. Bring your pup because not only is the patio actually a dog park at the Yard Bar, there are also menu items for four-legged friends too. While you enjoy a drink and the Texas outdoors, your dog can eat some house-made dog treats and enjoy a Bone Star Dog Beer, made of beef and veggie stock. And oh yeah, humans can order off a menu offering shared snacks and sandwiches, along with alcoholic beverages.

 

South

District Kitchen

District Kitchen + Cocktails

5900 W Slaughter Ln D | District is one of the city’s top neighborhood gems located in Southwest Austin just off of Loop 1. A New American-style concept by Amir and Ali Hajimaleki, the restaurant promises fresh, chef-inspired dishes, creative cocktails and a relaxing indoor space with a massive patio. The happy hour is unbeatable with $5-6 craft cocktails and appetizers, along with $3 domestic beers (included Austin Beerworks Pearl Snap) and $5 glasses of wine with a daily featured half-priced bottle.

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