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Where to Eat and Drink Outside Right Now, Spring 2014

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It's spring in Austin, which means now is the time to spend every free waking moment outside. A number of new restaurants opened over the chillier / SXSW months are perfect for enjoying the great weather. From Silo on 7th's rooftop views to rustic Odd Duck's picnic table charm, now is the time to explore the best and brightest in new outdoor drinking and dining.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Noble Sandwich Company

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4805 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 382-6248
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Noble Sandwich Co's John Bates calls their patio "killer" on Twitter, and this second location has been burning up Austin since it opened.

2. Chavez

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111 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 478-2991
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Chavez doesn't just boast grew views; over the course of the spring they'll be rolling out poolside snacks and drinks.

3. Cheer Up Charlies

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900 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 431-2133
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Cheer Up's new home in the former Club Deville space is bigger and better and still feels just like home. They are hosting food trucks off and on as well.

4. G'Raj Mahal Cafe

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73 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 480-2555
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The permanent home of this popular food trailer is still seriously focused on al fresco dining, which big patio spaces out front and back.

5. The Container Bar

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90 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 494-4120
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After a long wait, Bridget Dunlap's bar made of shipping containers finally exists. The containers might be its defining feature, but they surround lots of great outdoor space.

6. Half Step

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75 1/2 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 391-1877
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Rainey's new high end cocktail bar features a lush indoor space, and a party out back with a huge backyard and a dedicated outdoor bar. It should roll out in full over the course of the spring.

7. The Hightower

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1209 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

The Hightower has refurbished their large patio space, and offer several frozen drinks for maximum outdoor drinking enjoyment.

8. The Silo On 7th

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1300 East 7th Street
Austin, TX 78702

The Silo on 7th's features an East Side rarity: rooftop seating. They have a sunset happy hour daily to encourage maximum roof enjoyment.

9. La V

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1501 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 293-6048
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La V's current small outdoor space is well-appointed, and they're planning on creating their Jardins de La V, an 'urban escape' that will host private events and outdoor performances.

10. Wonderland Austin

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1104 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

The new bar from the Bar Congress team features kegged cocktails and lots of outdoor space. The newest East Side King truck, Thai Kun, is in the backyard, too.

11. Kyoten

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1211 East 6th.
Austin, TX 78702

This sushi trailer has crafted their own zen garden, complete with firepit and dog. They're now sharing space with Colombian truck Patakon as well.

12. Licha's Cantina

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1306 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 619-0993
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Reacquaint yourself with this location's excellent front and back outdoor seating in its new incarnation as Licha's. The menu features Mexico City cantina food and a serious focus on agave spirits.

13. QUI Restaurant

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1600 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

Qui's mission this spring is to make the patio into its own unique dining experience. They've rolled out an entire patio menu, featuring Filipino classics like sissig.

14. Dolce Neve

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1713 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

Dolce Neve's outdoor space might not be huge, but it's charming, and perfect for enjoying their carefully crafted gelato.

15. Odd Duck

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1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

Odd Duck's large and homey patio is a great destination for spring, especially for an al fresco lunch. It's covered, too.

16. Porter Ale House

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3715 S 1st St Ste A
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 291-6299

Porter Ale House has created a cozy outdoor space for South Austin. They open at 3 p.m. for drinks and happy hour for those who want to enjoy some sunshine.

1. Noble Sandwich Company

4805 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756

Noble Sandwich Co's John Bates calls their patio "killer" on Twitter, and this second location has been burning up Austin since it opened.

4805 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

2. Chavez

111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

Chavez doesn't just boast grew views; over the course of the spring they'll be rolling out poolside snacks and drinks.

111 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701

3. Cheer Up Charlies

900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

Cheer Up's new home in the former Club Deville space is bigger and better and still feels just like home. They are hosting food trucks off and on as well.

900 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

4. G'Raj Mahal Cafe

73 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

The permanent home of this popular food trailer is still seriously focused on al fresco dining, which big patio spaces out front and back.

73 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

5. The Container Bar

90 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

After a long wait, Bridget Dunlap's bar made of shipping containers finally exists. The containers might be its defining feature, but they surround lots of great outdoor space.

90 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

6. Half Step

75 1/2 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

Rainey's new high end cocktail bar features a lush indoor space, and a party out back with a huge backyard and a dedicated outdoor bar. It should roll out in full over the course of the spring.

75 1/2 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

7. The Hightower

1209 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

The Hightower has refurbished their large patio space, and offer several frozen drinks for maximum outdoor drinking enjoyment.

1209 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

8. The Silo On 7th

1300 East 7th Street, Austin, TX 78702

The Silo on 7th's features an East Side rarity: rooftop seating. They have a sunset happy hour daily to encourage maximum roof enjoyment.

1300 East 7th Street
Austin, TX 78702

9. La V

1501 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702

La V's current small outdoor space is well-appointed, and they're planning on creating their Jardins de La V, an 'urban escape' that will host private events and outdoor performances.

1501 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702

10. Wonderland Austin

1104 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

The new bar from the Bar Congress team features kegged cocktails and lots of outdoor space. The newest East Side King truck, Thai Kun, is in the backyard, too.

1104 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

11. Kyoten

1211 East 6th., Austin, TX 78702

This sushi trailer has crafted their own zen garden, complete with firepit and dog. They're now sharing space with Colombian truck Patakon as well.

1211 East 6th.
Austin, TX 78702

12. Licha's Cantina

1306 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Reacquaint yourself with this location's excellent front and back outdoor seating in its new incarnation as Licha's. The menu features Mexico City cantina food and a serious focus on agave spirits.

1306 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

13. QUI Restaurant

1600 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Qui's mission this spring is to make the patio into its own unique dining experience. They've rolled out an entire patio menu, featuring Filipino classics like sissig.

1600 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

14. Dolce Neve

1713 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

Dolce Neve's outdoor space might not be huge, but it's charming, and perfect for enjoying their carefully crafted gelato.

1713 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

15. Odd Duck

1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Odd Duck's large and homey patio is a great destination for spring, especially for an al fresco lunch. It's covered, too.

1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

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16. Porter Ale House

3715 S 1st St Ste A, Austin, TX 78704

Porter Ale House has created a cozy outdoor space for South Austin. They open at 3 p.m. for drinks and happy hour for those who want to enjoy some sunshine.

3715 S 1st St Ste A
Austin, TX 78704

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