UPDATED MARCH 2019
The weather is finally starting to warm after a long, cold winter in Austin! Living in Austin is the perfect combination of inner-city life and outdoor activity, and with the 85-degree temperatures we’ve been having lately, what better way to enjoy the day than sitting on a lovely patio with a margarita in hand?
SEE ALSO: 22 Spots With The Best Brunch In Austin
Here are my favorite, aka the best patios in Austin!
Go hang out at Fareground’s spacious outdoor grassy patio after work with drinks from the bar and bites from Henbit, Contigo, Dai Due, Ni-Kome, or Easy Tiger. Fareground is open until 10pm.
111 Congress Ave, faregroundaustin.com
Come for the cat cups (the painkiller) and stay for the chicken hearts – yes, we said chicken hearts. Don’t be fooled because this shit’s good – trust us. Also, the puff, puff, pass is a solid drank too.
2713 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78702, kemuri-tatsuya.com
Domo Alley-Gato is Ramen Tatsu-Ya’s East Austin bar and patio – IMO the newest best patio in Austin.
1600 E 6th St B, domo-tatsuya.com
Heritage tree-shaded outdoor patio with both lounge and traditional table seating where guests can enjoy the restaurant’s classic Asian fusion cuisine, cocktails, and Korean bingsu.
1315 W 6th St, barpeached.com
AH SING DEN
Sip on craft cocktails and nibble on appetizers in Ah Sing Den’s Asian-inspired back patio.
1100 E 6th St, ahsingden.com
Loro has the largest outdoor patio on South Lamar that’s perfect for snacking and sipping boozy slushees.
2115 S Lamar Blvd, loroaustin.com
El Naranjo’s laidback, intimate atmosphere creates the perfect setting for locals and travelers alike to enjoy Chef de la Vega’s expertly crafted dishes. Two large patios provide extra seating in both the front and back of the restaurant, perfect for enjoying the view of Rainey Street—or for having a quieter meal away from the hustle and bustle of the main area.
85 Rainey St, elnaranjorestaurant.com
Mozart’s is still one of my favorite spots in Austin to sit back and enjoy the view of Lake Austin.
3825 Lake Austin Blvd, mozartscoffee.com
Dine on Southeast cuisine at Soursop while downing a couple of beers from St Elmo Brewing Company. The patio is dog-friendly so bring your furry friends!
440 E Saint Elmo Rd Ste G2, soursopaustin.com
FRESA’S – SOUTH FIRST
An Austin staple, now with a spacious brick and mortar, come with a group and go for the avocado margarita – add queso, guac, and all the brussels sprouts.
1703 S 1st St, fresaschicken.com
HOTEL SAN JOSE
A quaint, almost hidden gem off South Congress – we come for the frosé but stay for the zen vibes.
MN 78703, 1316 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, sanjosehotel.com
Delicious in all it’s glory, step away from the city and have a drink with friends. This spot is ideal for anytime of the day, especially breakfast.
1601 Waterston Ave, josephineofaustin.com
Talk about chic – the steak and frites is the “it crowd” thing to eat, but their wine is also on point. Snag a table early in the evening to avoid a wait.
4710 E 5th St, justines1937.com
Channel your southern vibes and head down Manor Rd. for a solid outdoor experience. Dog-friendly, so bring the pups to soak up the sun as well.
2027 Anchor Ln, contigotexas.com
Remove yourself from the city life and sit on the prettiest porch in town. Now serving a new spring menu, grab a drink and some deviled eggs for a good time.
1610 San Antonio St, olamaieaustin.com
Irene’s has the biggest backyard on West 6th street with my favorite avocado toast in Austin.
506 West Ave, irenesaustin.com
TILLERY KITCHEN + BAR
Cocktails and nibbles with a gorgeous backyard overlooking the river.
3201 E Cesar Chavez St, tilleryatx.com
Experience Lenoir’s new dinner menu in the backyard Wine Garden, which is perfect for dining al fresco when the weather is just right. Guests can order from the full dinner, wine and beer menus at the outdoor bar—no reservation required! The outdoor happy hour runs Tuesday through Saturday from 5-6:30 p.m. with $5 wine specials by the glass and $3 draft beer.
1807 S 1st St, lenoirrestaurant.com
Put on your cowboy boots and go to Jacoby’s ranch-to-table dining experience on East Austin overlooking the Colorado River.
3235 E Cesar Chavez St, jacobysaustin.com
If you don’t like seafood this is not the spot for you, but if you love twinkle lit patios and really good everything else then give it a try.
It’s bikini season so naturally, you want something a little lighter on your plate. With cocktails made from fresh pressed juice and just about every salad you could ever imagine, enjoy this patio with a guilt-free smile knowing you’re kinda, sorta doing something good for your body.
2201 College Ave, vinaigretteonline.com/austin
Not so much a patio as an outdoor seating area, Lucky Robot is where it’s at for people watching on South Congress. Grab some brussels sprouts to share and post up as the sun sets.
1303 S Congress Ave, luckyrobotrestaurant.com
La Condesa is basically the reason why we come here but the queso flameado isn’t half bad either. The bar area is where we hang for happy hour but their extended patio is on point too.
400A West 2nd Street, lacondesa.com