The Best Outdoor Seating Options in Austin, TX

Patio time is a special treat in Austin, Texas, when locals and visitors alike can enjoy the sun and the perfect weather before the summer heat takes over. The city has a wide selection of outdoor spaces designed for perfect outdoor eating and drinking, available all year round. From the Lenoir wine garden to the fun Kemuri patio, Better Half's simple patios, Tamale House East's lush patio, and more, here are some of the most essential patios in Austin. One of the most unique spots is Domo Alley Gato, a Japanese-inspired watering hole discreetly hidden on East Sixth Street.

A separate entrance on the right welcomes guests, next to a giant lucky cat and a cloud layer of red and white paper lanterns, before opening onto a dog-friendly patio with picnic tables. From 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., a stone staircase built in the rock formation in the center of El Alma leads to the courtyard, which cannot be reserved and works on a first-come, first-served basis. If you're looking for an all-day cafe with incredible food and outdoor seating, check out Cosmic Coffee & Beer. This hybrid coffee shop and beer bar offers plenty of outdoor seating, plus some particularly stellar food trucks.

If you arrive early to enjoy happy hour from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

from Friday to Sunday, be sure to stay and watch the sun sink below the tree line. For an impressive courtyard with a beautiful century-old oak tree, visit Odd Duck. This multi-level Mexican restaurant is named after its longtime chef, Alma Alcocer-Thomas, and is best known for its rooftop patio which offers a beautiful view of downtown Austin from south of the river on Barton Springs Road. Finally, don't miss out on Austin Beerworks, one of the most popular breweries in Austin with a wide variety of beer styles and an equally large tavern and shady patio. This is Austin's favorite outdoor spot on the south end of town. Whether you're looking for rooftop guides, beer gardens, restaurants with great views, or dog-friendly bars and restaurants, Austin has something for everyone when it comes to outdoor seating options. So grab your friends or family and head out to one of these amazing spots for some delicious food and drinks!.

Forrest Mattingly
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