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Where to Drink and Eat on a Roof in Austin

Alfresco dining from above

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Great sunny weather means it’s the best time to drink and eat outside before it gets too hot. Why not kick it up a notch by heading up to the roof, with food and drink at hand?

Enjoy the breeze and views from the best rooftop patios Austin has to offer. Look down on Sixth Street from Parkside, drink poolside at rooftop bar Azul at the Westin, the hidden rooftop of Barton Springs Mexican restaurant El Alma, pre-concert drinks and views at ACL Live, and others. This update includes the downtown views from Line Austin Hotel’s P6, East Austin Hotel’s The Upside, Westlake’s Sway, and Filipino restaurant Be More Pacific.

For more alfresco dining and drinking, take advantage of Austin’s essential patios, hot new patios, dog-friendly establishments, and, for when you want to stay out of the sun, covered patios.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Be More Pacific Filipino Kitchen and Bar

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7858 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 814-7423
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Up in North Shoal Creek is Filipino restaurant Be More Pacific, which offers an outdoor area overlooking the northern neighborhood, perfect for lumpias, sisig, and cocktails made with jackfruit puree and lychee juice.

Be More Pacific
Be More Pacific
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2. Sway

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3437 Bee Caves Rd
West Lake Hills, TX 78746
(512) 326-1999
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Thai restaurant Sway’s Westlake location features a rooftop bar with downtown Austin views, drinks, and food.

Sway Westlake’s rooftop bar
Sway Westlake’s rooftop bar
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3. The Mohawk

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912 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 482-8404
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The Mohawk, Red River's rock-and-roll lounge, is a little sultry, a little divey, and a lot of fun, especially if you score a spot on the upstairs patio for cheap drinks and good bands.

4. Upstairs at Caroline

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621 Congress Ave #201
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 982-6766
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The Aloft/Element Austin Downtown’s rooftop bar features games, draft and frozen cocktails, and tacos, overlooking the center of the city.

Upstairs at Caroline
Upstairs at Caroline
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5. Parkside

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301 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-9898
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Parkside's rooftop space is a great place to look down, literally and probably also figuratively, on the Dirty Sixth melée. It's one of the few downtown roof spots where the food is as good as the views.

Parkside’s rooftop area
Parkside’s rooftop area
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6. Azul Rooftop Bar at the Westin

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310 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78701

Sip on drinks, down hot dogs, and take a dip in the Westin Downtown’s way-up-high rooftop pool and bar while partaking in the hotel’s public hours.

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7. HandleBar

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121 E. 5th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 344-9571
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How has this ironic mustache-themed downtown bar managed to escape the extreme douchiness it seems destined for on the surface? The cocktails are legit and the beer selection is solid.

HandleBar
HandleBar
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8. ACL Live

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310 Willie Nelson Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 225-7999
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Certainly, the indoor space at ACL Live was engineered to be the finest of live music experiences, but the venue's outdoor patio — walk up a few flights of stairs to get lovely southerly views — is a gorgeous place to drink a beer before seeing your favorite band.

9. Wilder Wood Restaurant and Bar

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1300 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 628-0184
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The gluten-free restaurant took over Silo on 7th, which includes the rooftop patio space overlooking East 7th Street.

Wilder Wood’s patio
Wilder Wood’s patio
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10. The Upside

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1108 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(737) 205-8915
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The East Austin Hotel’s rooftop bar and lounge overlooks both the hotel pool and East 6th Street, while offering cocktails inspired by Central and South Americas (the Neon Chi Chi is made with blue curacao, pineapple, vanilla coconut cream, lime, and either rum or vodka) and food (lamb kebabs, jackfruit banh mi, muhammara).

The Upside at East Austin Hotel
The Upside at East Austin Hotel
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111 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 473-1566
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Camp out at the beautiful downtown rooftop bar from the Line Hotel for stunning views of the Colorado River and the rest of South Austin, along with thoughtful albeit pricey drinks and alfresco bites like octopus and beans, lamb tartare, and eggs in purgatory.

Sunset at P6 at the Line Austin
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12. Rules & Regs

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101 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

The outdoor area of the 7th-floor bar of the massive downtown hotel is the spot to gaze down upon Austin’s busiest districts (Red River, downtown, Rainey) with fare meant for alfresco dining, from poke bowls to salad rolls made with rice paper, alongside drinks.

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13. Lustre Pearl

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94 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 524-0076
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The revived and relocated Lustre Pearl on Rainey Street offers drinks with a side of scenery up on the roof.

14. El Alma

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1025 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

El Alma's pretty rooftop patio is a lovely little spot to take a date. Order refreshing Pinaritas and some antojitos — the ceviche clasico is a perfect warm weather snack — from chef Alma Alcocer-Thomas' Texas-tinged interior Mexican menu.

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15. EastSide Tavern

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1510 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 840-1799
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Indulge in barbecue with a view at EastSide Tavern’s rooftop deck, which a separate bar serving frozen rose and cocktails, picnic tables, and an Astroturf section, overlooking East Cesar Chavez.

16. Red's Porch

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3508 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 440-7337
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Drink at tree level at Red's Porch in South Austin, a sprawling (both in food offerings and in size) restaurant with one heck of a seasonal craft beer menu.

1. Be More Pacific Filipino Kitchen and Bar

7858 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78757
Be More Pacific
Be More Pacific
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Up in North Shoal Creek is Filipino restaurant Be More Pacific, which offers an outdoor area overlooking the northern neighborhood, perfect for lumpias, sisig, and cocktails made with jackfruit puree and lychee juice.

7858 Shoal Creek Blvd
Austin, TX 78757

2. Sway

3437 Bee Caves Rd, West Lake Hills, TX 78746
Sway Westlake’s rooftop bar
Sway Westlake’s rooftop bar
Sarah Karney

Thai restaurant Sway’s Westlake location features a rooftop bar with downtown Austin views, drinks, and food.

3437 Bee Caves Rd
West Lake Hills, TX 78746

3. The Mohawk

912 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

The Mohawk, Red River's rock-and-roll lounge, is a little sultry, a little divey, and a lot of fun, especially if you score a spot on the upstairs patio for cheap drinks and good bands.

912 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

4. Upstairs at Caroline

621 Congress Ave #201, Austin, TX 78701
Upstairs at Caroline
Upstairs at Caroline
Aloft [Official]

The Aloft/Element Austin Downtown’s rooftop bar features games, draft and frozen cocktails, and tacos, overlooking the center of the city.

621 Congress Ave #201
Austin, TX 78701

5. Parkside

301 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Parkside’s rooftop area
Parkside’s rooftop area
Parkside/Facebook

Parkside's rooftop space is a great place to look down, literally and probably also figuratively, on the Dirty Sixth melée. It's one of the few downtown roof spots where the food is as good as the views.

301 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

6. Azul Rooftop Bar at the Westin

310 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
Westin Austin Downtown/Official

Sip on drinks, down hot dogs, and take a dip in the Westin Downtown’s way-up-high rooftop pool and bar while partaking in the hotel’s public hours.

310 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78701

7. HandleBar

121 E. 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
HandleBar
HandleBar
Payton K./Yelp

How has this ironic mustache-themed downtown bar managed to escape the extreme douchiness it seems destined for on the surface? The cocktails are legit and the beer selection is solid.

121 E. 5th St
Austin, TX 78701

8. ACL Live

310 Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin, TX 78701

Certainly, the indoor space at ACL Live was engineered to be the finest of live music experiences, but the venue's outdoor patio — walk up a few flights of stairs to get lovely southerly views — is a gorgeous place to drink a beer before seeing your favorite band.

310 Willie Nelson Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701

9. Wilder Wood Restaurant and Bar

1300 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Wilder Wood’s patio
Wilder Wood’s patio
Wilder Wood/Facebook

The gluten-free restaurant took over Silo on 7th, which includes the rooftop patio space overlooking East 7th Street.

1300 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

10. The Upside

1108 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
The Upside at East Austin Hotel
The Upside at East Austin Hotel
East Austin Hotel/Facebook

The East Austin Hotel’s rooftop bar and lounge overlooks both the hotel pool and East 6th Street, while offering cocktails inspired by Central and South Americas (the Neon Chi Chi is made with blue curacao, pineapple, vanilla coconut cream, lime, and either rum or vodka) and food (lamb kebabs, jackfruit banh mi, muhammara).

1108 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

11. P6

111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701
Sunset at P6 at the Line Austin
P6
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Camp out at the beautiful downtown rooftop bar from the Line Hotel for stunning views of the Colorado River and the rest of South Austin, along with thoughtful albeit pricey drinks and alfresco bites like octopus and beans, lamb tartare, and eggs in purgatory.

111 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701

12. Rules & Regs

101 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

The outdoor area of the 7th-floor bar of the massive downtown hotel is the spot to gaze down upon Austin’s busiest districts (Red River, downtown, Rainey) with fare meant for alfresco dining, from poke bowls to salad rolls made with rice paper, alongside drinks.

101 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

13. Lustre Pearl

94 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

The revived and relocated Lustre Pearl on Rainey Street offers drinks with a side of scenery up on the roof.

94 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

14. El Alma

1025 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
El Alma/Official

El Alma's pretty rooftop patio is a lovely little spot to take a date. Order refreshing Pinaritas and some antojitos — the ceviche clasico is a perfect warm weather snack — from chef Alma Alcocer-Thomas' Texas-tinged interior Mexican menu.

1025 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

15. EastSide Tavern

1510 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Indulge in barbecue with a view at EastSide Tavern’s rooftop deck, which a separate bar serving frozen rose and cocktails, picnic tables, and an Astroturf section, overlooking East Cesar Chavez.

1510 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

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16. Red's Porch

3508 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Drink at tree level at Red's Porch in South Austin, a sprawling (both in food offerings and in size) restaurant with one heck of a seasonal craft beer menu.

3508 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

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