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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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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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Upstairs at Caroline

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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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Paperboy

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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.

Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant and Margarita Bar

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

Parkside

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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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Group Therapy

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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).

Wax Myrtle's

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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.

Azul Rooftop Bar at the Westin

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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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La Piscina Ceviches & Fajitas

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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.

ACL Live

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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.

Wilder Wood Restaurant and Bar

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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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The Upside

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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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Edge Rooftop

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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.

Zanzibar

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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. 

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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Rules & Regs

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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.

The perfect spot for an after session wine down #sxsw #fairmontaustin

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Lustre Pearl

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

El Alma

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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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EastSide Tavern

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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.

Easy Tiger

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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.

Sway

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.

Sway Westlake’s rooftop bar
Sway Westlake’s rooftop bar
Sarah Karney

Upstairs at Caroline

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.

Upstairs at Caroline
Upstairs at Caroline
Aloft [Official]

Paperboy

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.

Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant and Margarita Bar

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

Parkside

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.

Parkside’s rooftop area
Parkside’s rooftop area
Parkside/Facebook

Group Therapy

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).

Wax Myrtle's

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.

Azul Rooftop Bar at the Westin

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.

Westin Austin Downtown/Official

La Piscina Ceviches & Fajitas

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.

ACL Live

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.

Wilder Wood Restaurant and Bar

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.

Wilder Wood’s patio
Wilder Wood’s patio
Wilder Wood/Facebook

The Upside

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. 

The Upside at East Austin Hotel
The Upside at East Austin Hotel
East Austin Hotel/Facebook

Edge Rooftop

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.

Zanzibar

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. 

P6

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.

Sunset at P6 at the Line Austin
P6
Chase Daniels

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Rules & Regs

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.

The perfect spot for an after session wine down #sxsw #fairmontaustin

A post shared by Rules & Regs (@rulesandregsatx) on

Lustre Pearl

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

El Alma

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.

El Alma/Official

EastSide Tavern

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.

Easy Tiger

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.

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