With endless nice weather and fresh air in Austin, there are plenty of opportunities to catch views of the downtown skyline or a more natural landscape with an ice-cold drink in hand. Check out all of our favorite patios in downtown Austin and find your new favorite happy hour spot!
Upstairs at Carolines
Located in the heart of downtown, Upstairs at Carolines has a beautiful rooftop lounge with twinkly lights that sets the atmosphere. This place has that urban party feel and the menu is filled with lots of food and drink options. They even have a few games that groups can play such as giant Jenga, shuffleboard, checkers, corn hole, billiards, and fooseball. A view overlooking Congress, backyard party games, food, and drinks, what more could you ask for?
Located on West Avenue in Downtown Austin, this neighborhood hangout is a classic American bar and restaurant for people who enjoy vintage aesthetics. Named after the the grandmother of one of their partners, Irene is a real southern dame who inspired Irene’s whole vibe. The head chef, Andrew Curren, specializes in American comfort food and strong cocktails that are served at a bar with a patio. The spacious patio is nestled beneath pecan trees on the banks of Shoal Creek. Definitely check out one of our favorite patios in downtown Austin at Irene’s and try their specialty biscuits and booze brunch that is served till 4!
This place has the cutest outside patio scene and is known as one of the best instagrammable Mexican restaurants in Downtown Austin. Taquero Mucho in downtown Austin off of West 6th street is the sister property of Gabriela’s. This place is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience and heaven for anyone that loves PINK. There’s a pink phone booth with pink benches by the patio. There are pink walls, pink chairs, pink drinks, and pink tortillas. Yes, I did just say pink tortillas. This place is a must to check out and visit for a unique and fun experience.
Pelons Tex Mex
Located in Austin, Pelons Tex Mex is a restaurant that features a signature margarita, craft beers, quesadillas, tacos, and delicious white queso. Along with their motto, they wanted to create a relaxed vibe with an outdoor patio that is dog-friendly. With a nice outside table patio and good service, this is the perfect spot for locals or travelers to slow down and get a change of pace.
For boundless patio space and an outdoor grassy area, Fareground is the spot to check out happy hour or catch various events like their seasonal movie nights: Screen on the Green. There are tons of fast casual food options from various cuisines, plenty of outdoor patio space, and grassy areas for kids to run around on!
Better Half Coffee and Cocktails
For a chill space that offers both vices, Better Half Coffee and Cocktails has downtown views and yummy foods! Grab breakfast or lunch with your favorite caffeinated fix or check out their creative cocktail menu that features original ingredients. Check out innovative coffee bevies like cardamom clove latté or an espresso lemon drop!
Cedar Door Patio Bar & Grill
A casual approach to dining, Cedar Door features your favorite pub classics with a southwest take on flavor. Their most popular items include smoked brisket tacos or the Brazos burger that pair perfectly with a local Austin beer or just an ice-cold Lone Star. To add a little pep in your step try their famous Mexican martini or take it up a notch with a jalapeño one!
Enjoy the classier side of patio lifestyle when you sip a cocktail at Trace. Nestled within the W Hotel in downtown Austin, Trace offers upscale dining with an outdoor lounge area, garnering it a spot in our favorite patios in downtown Austin. Come in anytime for breakfast, lunch, dinner, happy hour, and of course brunch!
Try modern Texas cuisine when you visit Corner Restaurant. This open-air restaurant features an indoor/outdoor concept that feels exclusive, yet communal at the same time! Grab brunch, lunch, dinner, or happy hour after work for the ultimate experience in patios in downtown Austin.
Experience a truly one-of-a-kind concept when you visit Verbena’s botanical-inspired patio. Their farm-to-table approach to dining can truly be found with the first bite. Their fresh ingredients elevate each dish to impeccable taste. One of our favorite patios in downtown Austin, Verbena offers dishes for each meal of the day… and cocktails of course.
If you haven’t been to east downtown Austin, then you are missing out on some amazing dining and patio space! Corinne is just one of our many favorites. Their classic modern American dining showcases what we love about our cuisine with a fresh and approachable preparation. Throw in a little Texan twist and you have an epic meal time!