Best Bar Patios in South and East Austin
One of the benefits of living in Austin is the amazing weather. Not only can you spend the majority of the year outdoors hiking, biking or kayaking, but you can also enjoy the mild temps by sipping your favorite beverage on one of Southeast Austin’s awesome bar patios. Back in the day all the fun bars in Austin were downtown or just south of the river. However, with Austin’s recent explosive growth, new bars are popping up all over South and East Austin for patio-lovers. Here are five of our favorites.
For five years this dog-friendly bar in “Way South Awesome” Austin has been the place to go for anyone in South Austin. Its large patio has everything you could want to spend the day outdoors, but still be at a bar. Large oak trees shade the patio providing relief from the blazing sun during summer months and fire pits help warm patrons during the winter. Sand volleyball courts line the back of the bar, three food trailers serve food to soak up the alcohol and washer pits draw a steady supply of participants. At 11 acres, it is one of the biggest patio bars in all of Central Texas. The bar hosts family-friendly brunches on Sunday, trivia nights on Tuesdays, Jinga Tower Wednesdays, weekly volleyball tournaments and almost daily live music.
10212 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748
The team that brought some of Austin’s iconic bars like Yellow Jacket, Emo’s and Black Star Co-Op opened this cute neighborhood bar in April 2016. The spacious outdoor patio feels more like a friend’s backyard than a bar. Find a bench swing to swing the afternoon away while sipping on a local brew or hang at a picnic table while chowing down on some locally-sourced southern flare food. If you are feeling squirrely, challenge a stranger to a game of horseshoe or washers in the backyard pits. Dogs are welcome anytime. Children are welcomed until 9 p.m.
6507 Circle S Rd, Austin, TX 78745
Radio Coffee and Beer
With a plethora of Stumptown coffee choices, pastries, local beers and Veracruz tacos, Radio Coffee and Beer is the perfect spot to relax day or night. Soak up the sun outdoors in the shaded outdoor patio or lounge on the grassy lawn. With live music playing almost every day, it is no wonder the Austin Chronicle names Radio Coffee and Beer the best local coffee shop almost every year since it opened.
4204 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78704,
This Tribeca-originated cocktail bar has one of the best patios for cocktail consumption in Austin. White lights strewn over lawn furniture across the huge backyard patio of what looks like a typical house along East Cesar Chavez. The New York offshoot wanted to “go big and do it Texas style” for their Austin location, so they created a menu with 108 classic cocktails. To navigate the menu, owners divided those cocktails by spirit, then subdivided them into six preparations: on the rock, shaken up, tall and cool, stirred up, served long and fizzes, flips and sours. If the menu is too overwhelming for you, order their signature happy meal – a shot of housemade “Fireball” and a Lonestar.
1808 East Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702
Luster Pearl East
Luster Pearl, the original bar that transformed the Rainey Street district from a little-known downtown area full of dilapidated houses to one of Austin’s most popular entertainment districts, has moved east. In November 2015 owners transported the home built in 1895 from Rainey Street to its new location Linden Street, just east of Pleasant Valley Road. Despite the new location it is still known as the go-to destination for cheap beer, yummy sandwiches, tons of ping-pong tables and a huge back patio.
114 Linden Street, Austin, Texas 78702