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.
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.
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. Olamaie, Austin 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 78701, Olamaie is open for dinner every night of the week from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
3825 Lake Austin Boulevard | You’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.
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.
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.
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.
When you have a variety of 6 different restaurants to choose from, what more can you ask for? Fareground has a great selection of vendors to dine from, including Dai Due, Henbit, TLV, Italic, Contigo and Ni-Kome, with a great outdoor patio to sit back, relax and let the kids run around while you focus on the food. Right in the heart of downtown Austin, it is a great meeting place for Happy Hour, which takes place every weekday from 3 – 6 PM with $4 local drafts, $5 select wines and $5 select cocktails. Fareground validated parking in the garage.
Brunching on TRACE’s patio is a must here in Austin. While one should partake in their infamous themed brunches along with specialty menu items and cocktails year round, they’re even more enjoyable now that patio weather is among us.
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.
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 Hummus, Guacamole, 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.
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 Gin, elderflower and grapefruit liqueurs, lemon, 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.
6700 Burnet Road | Here’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.
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.
With a cocktail happy hour offered daily from 4:30-7 p.m., Mattie’s lawn is an ideal spot to relax in the sunshine with an ice-cold drink. Imbibers can enjoy $2 off signature house cocktails like the Bacchus Cup crafted with ginger lime cordial, scarlet hibiscus, gruner veltliner, cucumber and herbs. Stay a while under the misters and seersucker umbrellas and indulge in a delicious dinner by new Executive Chef Ethan Holmes starting at 5 p.m.
Loro has your back! Their happy hour is from 2-5 PM, just in time before it starts to get dark outside. Enjoy Boozy slushies for $4, Loro’s Cheeseburger for $8 and Chicken Kaarage for $6 on Loro’s patio in Austin’s beautiful weather.