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22 Essential Austin Patios Near SXSW

Settle in for the very best people-watching at SXSW with food and drink at hand, from rooftop cocktails to beers in the shade

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March in Austin was made for outdoor eating and drinking. The city is teeming with all sorts of patios to fit South by Southwest (SXSW) needs, from front-and-center places to see and be seen to little gems where you can hide away. Now is the time to take advantage of the city’s best patios near SXSW for excellent people-watching and celebrity-sighting.

Find rooftop views at Line Austin Hotel lounge P6. Embrace the shade at Tamale House East. Grab a quick drink while still staying in the whirling chaos at a place like Craft Pride. Check out low-key drinking holes like Violet Crown Social Club or stylish (albeit pricier) spots boasting creative cocktails and memorable meals like La Condesa.

Be warned and check ahead: these restaurants and bars might closed for private events and parties during SXSW.

For more dining and drinking ideas, check out the rest of Eater’s SXSW coverage. Then there are more patios, from essential ones to hot new ones.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Parkside

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Dine on oysters and calamari while looking down from the New American restaurant rooftop at the swelling crowds on Dirty Sixth.

HandleBar

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The outdoor deck at the downtown bar is optimal for people-watching down below, plus there’s Jenga and a photobooth.

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The massive beer garden overlooking Waller Creek has everything a person could need: ping-pong, pretzels, and really good beer.

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La Condesa

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Street-level patio eating and drinking right on West Second Street at the downtown Mexican restaurant makes people-watching easy.

La Condesa
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Shangri-La

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Another East Side enclave, the East Sixth dive bar’s back patio is super dog friendly. And hey, Bill Murray worked the bar during SXSW once, so maybe you’ll get lucky.

Wilder Wood Restaurant & Bar

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Gluten-free rooftop dining (get the burgers) and drinking is possible in the East Side at the East Seventh Street restaurant.

Troublemaker

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Under its new name and revamp, the large and shady patio space remains, perfect for enjoying burritos and cocktails.

The JW Marriott is a major SXSW hub, so take advantage of the fittingly named downtown restaurant’s wraparound patio right on Congress Avenue, complete with an outdoor bar with plenty of lounge chairs and tables.

Violet Crown Social Club

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A good night means cheap drinks at the East Sixth bar, including the Iron Whip, that frozen creamsicle of a cocktail, plus food from Cluck-n-Burger. You’re welcome.

Licha's Cantina

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Find Mexico City-style cantina food, lots of agave spirits, and both front- and backyard dining at the East Sixth restaurant. Plus, the $5 happy hour includes snacks and drinks to get you through that afternoon slump.

Licha’s Cantina
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The newcomer East Austin wine bar features a big back patio with a dedicated bar, picnic tables and plenty of standing room to enjoy natural wines and snacks.

LoLo’s patio
LoLo’s patio
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Domo Alley-Gato Tatsu-Ya

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Noodle soup experts Ramen Tatsu-ya opened up a Japanese patio bar complete with adorable feline decor, Chu-Hi cocktails, and Kirin Ichiban lagers with frozen foam caps and liquor floaters right on East Sixth.

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The Liberty

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The dive bar’s backyard is great for beers and simple cocktails.

The rooftop bar and lounge from the Line Austin Hotel is right in downtown Austin, offers stellar views of the Colorado River as well as cocktails.

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The White Horse

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The east side honky tonk slash dive bar thankfully has an outdoor area to cool off from all that dancing.

Carpenters Hall

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Tucked away off South Lamar is the Texas comfort food hotel restaurant, with a stylish, shaded patio.

Whisler's

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The trek out to the East Sixth Street cocktail bar is worth it for the upstairs mezcalería, the cave-like inside bar, or large alfresco space with its outdoor bar, where handcrafted cocktails are served.

Four Seasons Hotel Austin

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The longtime downtown Austin hotel opened up its patio facing the Colorado River to the public, with drinks and plates from its lobby bar Live Oak.

Tamale House East

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Cheap and delicious tacos and tamales, plus drinks, make Tamale House East a good East Austin spot to set up shop.

Tamale House East
Tamale House East
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EastSide Tavern

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The East Austin table-service barbecue and cocktail spot features both a patio and a rooftop deck with a dedicated bar.

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Craft Pride

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The downtown bar's prime location on the corner of Rainey Street means there is more real estate to drink some of the many beers on tap and eat Via 313’s celebrated square pies.

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Watch the comings and goings of all the SXSW film attendees at next-door Alamo Drafthouse with a drink in hand at the Texas seafood restaurant.

Parkside

Dine on oysters and calamari while looking down from the New American restaurant rooftop at the swelling crowds on Dirty Sixth.

HandleBar

The outdoor deck at the downtown bar is optimal for people-watching down below, plus there’s Jenga and a photobooth.

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A beer garden space.
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The massive beer garden overlooking Waller Creek has everything a person could need: ping-pong, pretzels, and really good beer.

A beer garden space.
Easy Tiger
Easy Tiger/Facebook

La Condesa

La Condesa
La Condesa
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Street-level patio eating and drinking right on West Second Street at the downtown Mexican restaurant makes people-watching easy.

La Condesa
La Condesa
La Condesa [Official]

Shangri-La

Another East Side enclave, the East Sixth dive bar’s back patio is super dog friendly. And hey, Bill Murray worked the bar during SXSW once, so maybe you’ll get lucky.

Wilder Wood Restaurant & Bar

Gluten-free rooftop dining (get the burgers) and drinking is possible in the East Side at the East Seventh Street restaurant.

Troublemaker

Under its new name and revamp, the large and shady patio space remains, perfect for enjoying burritos and cocktails.

Corner

The JW Marriott is a major SXSW hub, so take advantage of the fittingly named downtown restaurant’s wraparound patio right on Congress Avenue, complete with an outdoor bar with plenty of lounge chairs and tables.

Violet Crown Social Club

A good night means cheap drinks at the East Sixth bar, including the Iron Whip, that frozen creamsicle of a cocktail, plus food from Cluck-n-Burger. You’re welcome.

Licha's Cantina

Licha’s Cantina
Licha’s Cantina
Licha’s Cantina/Facebook

Find Mexico City-style cantina food, lots of agave spirits, and both front- and backyard dining at the East Sixth restaurant. Plus, the $5 happy hour includes snacks and drinks to get you through that afternoon slump.

Licha’s Cantina
Licha’s Cantina
Licha’s Cantina/Facebook

LoLo

LoLo’s patio
LoLo’s patio
Courtney Pierce/EATX

The newcomer East Austin wine bar features a big back patio with a dedicated bar, picnic tables and plenty of standing room to enjoy natural wines and snacks.

LoLo’s patio
LoLo’s patio
Courtney Pierce/EATX

Domo Alley-Gato Tatsu-Ya

Domo Alley-Gato
Domo Alley-Gato
Julia Keim

Noodle soup experts Ramen Tatsu-ya opened up a Japanese patio bar complete with adorable feline decor, Chu-Hi cocktails, and Kirin Ichiban lagers with frozen foam caps and liquor floaters right on East Sixth.

Domo Alley-Gato
Domo Alley-Gato
Julia Keim

The Liberty

The dive bar’s backyard is great for beers and simple cocktails.

P6

Lounges at P6 at the Line Austin Chase Daniels

The rooftop bar and lounge from the Line Austin Hotel is right in downtown Austin, offers stellar views of the Colorado River as well as cocktails.

Lounges at P6 at the Line Austin Chase Daniels

The White Horse

The east side honky tonk slash dive bar thankfully has an outdoor area to cool off from all that dancing.

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Carpenters Hall

Tucked away off South Lamar is the Texas comfort food hotel restaurant, with a stylish, shaded patio.

Whisler's

The trek out to the East Sixth Street cocktail bar is worth it for the upstairs mezcalería, the cave-like inside bar, or large alfresco space with its outdoor bar, where handcrafted cocktails are served.

Four Seasons Hotel Austin

The longtime downtown Austin hotel opened up its patio facing the Colorado River to the public, with drinks and plates from its lobby bar Live Oak.

Tamale House East

Tamale House East
Tamale House East
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Cheap and delicious tacos and tamales, plus drinks, make Tamale House East a good East Austin spot to set up shop.

Tamale House East
Tamale House East
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EastSide Tavern

EastSide Tavern
EastSide Tavern
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The East Austin table-service barbecue and cocktail spot features both a patio and a rooftop deck with a dedicated bar.

EastSide Tavern
EastSide Tavern
EastSide Tavern/Facebook

Craft Pride

The downtown bar's prime location on the corner of Rainey Street means there is more real estate to drink some of the many beers on tap and eat Via 313’s celebrated square pies.

TLC Austin

Watch the comings and goings of all the SXSW film attendees at next-door Alamo Drafthouse with a drink in hand at the Texas seafood restaurant.

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