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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 Zanzibar, Easy Tiger South Lamar, Group Therapy, Edge Rooftop + Bar, La Piscina, Wax Myrtle’s, Paperboy, and Iron Cactus.

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. 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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2. 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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3. Paperboy

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1203 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 910-3010
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From pancakes to cheeseburgers, breakfast is served every day at this cute and casual East 11th Street bistro. Head upstairs for their intimate, airy rooftop patio.

4. Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant and Margarita Bar

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606 Trinity St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 472-9240
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Order a margarita and some fajitas at this Sixth Street staple — it’s the ideal people-watching spot.

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. Group Therapy

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400 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 542-9292
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Hotel Zaza’s gorgeous seventh-floor eatery overlooks its pool, giving diners the best of both worlds. Head out to the patio and enjoy some sunshine with sips (margaritas, Aperol spritzes, and mojitos) and snacks (fries, sliders, and calamari).

7. Wax Myrtle's

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506 San Jacinto Blvd Suite WM, 4th Floor
Austin, TX 78701
(737) 257-3026
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Another hotel restaurant/bar/poolside lounge, Wax Myrtle’s is on the fourth floor of the new Thompson Hotel. Go for the views, but stay for the warm truffled feta and daily crudo.

8. Azul Rooftop Bar at the Westin

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310 E 5th St
Austin, TX 78701

Sip on frozen drinks 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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9. La Piscina Ceviches & Fajitas

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600 W 2nd St 5th Floor
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 628-1415
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Located on the fifth floor of the Austin Proper Hotel, this poolside restaurant serves Texas-inspired Mexican fare while the open space overlooks the hustle and bustle of downtown.

10. 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.

11. 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 and bakery has rooftop patio space overlooking East 7th Street.

Wilder Wood’s patio
Wilder Wood’s patio
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12. 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 both the hotel pool and East Sixth Street while offering snacks, sandwiches, beers, and cocktails during dinner hours. 

The Upside at East Austin Hotel
The Upside at East Austin Hotel
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13. Edge Rooftop

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110 E 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 608-4503
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Take in views of the Texas State Capitol at this JW Marriott Austin lounge bar serving small bites like spicy shrimp lettuce cups and specialty cocktails – don’t miss the Mexican Candied Paloma.

14. Zanzibar

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304 E Cesar Chavez St Unit 700
Austin, TX 78701
(737) 787-6969
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Seven stories up but a world away. This lush rooftop destination offers poolside tiki cocktails and island-inspired small plates with a side of stunning downtown Austin views. 

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.

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16. 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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17. 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.

18. 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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19. EastSide Tavern

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

20. Easy Tiger

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3508 S Lamar Blvd Suite 200
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 964-8229
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The South Lamar outpost of the beloved bakery/biergarten has the same great eats (think pretzels and beer cheese) but with an added bonus of Greenbelt views.

1. 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

2. 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

3. Paperboy

1203 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

From pancakes to cheeseburgers, breakfast is served every day at this cute and casual East 11th Street bistro. Head upstairs for their intimate, airy rooftop patio.

1203 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

4. Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant and Margarita Bar

606 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701

Order a margarita and some fajitas at this Sixth Street staple — it’s the ideal people-watching spot.

606 Trinity St
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. Group Therapy

400 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701

Hotel Zaza’s gorgeous seventh-floor eatery overlooks its pool, giving diners the best of both worlds. Head out to the patio and enjoy some sunshine with sips (margaritas, Aperol spritzes, and mojitos) and snacks (fries, sliders, and calamari).

400 Lavaca St
Austin, TX 78701

7. Wax Myrtle's

506 San Jacinto Blvd Suite WM, 4th Floor, Austin, TX 78701

Another hotel restaurant/bar/poolside lounge, Wax Myrtle’s is on the fourth floor of the new Thompson Hotel. Go for the views, but stay for the warm truffled feta and daily crudo.

506 San Jacinto Blvd Suite WM, 4th Floor
Austin, TX 78701

8. Azul Rooftop Bar at the Westin

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

Sip on frozen drinks 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

9. La Piscina Ceviches & Fajitas

600 W 2nd St 5th Floor, Austin, TX 78701

Located on the fifth floor of the Austin Proper Hotel, this poolside restaurant serves Texas-inspired Mexican fare while the open space overlooks the hustle and bustle of downtown.

600 W 2nd St 5th Floor
Austin, TX 78701

10. 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

11. 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 and bakery has rooftop patio space overlooking East 7th Street.

1300 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

12. 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 both the hotel pool and East Sixth Street while offering snacks, sandwiches, beers, and cocktails during dinner hours. 

1108 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

13. Edge Rooftop

110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Take in views of the Texas State Capitol at this JW Marriott Austin lounge bar serving small bites like spicy shrimp lettuce cups and specialty cocktails – don’t miss the Mexican Candied Paloma.

110 E 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701

14. Zanzibar

304 E Cesar Chavez St Unit 700, Austin, TX 78701

Seven stories up but a world away. This lush rooftop destination offers poolside tiki cocktails and island-inspired small plates with a side of stunning downtown Austin views. 

304 E Cesar Chavez St Unit 700
Austin, TX 78701

15. 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

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16. 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

17. 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

18. 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

19. EastSide Tavern

1510 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Barbecue comes with a view at EastSide Tavern’s rooftop deck. The rooftop has 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

20. Easy Tiger

3508 S Lamar Blvd Suite 200, Austin, TX 78704

The South Lamar outpost of the beloved bakery/biergarten has the same great eats (think pretzels and beer cheese) but with an added bonus of Greenbelt views.

3508 S Lamar Blvd Suite 200
Austin, TX 78704

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