These are the ultimate Austin patios you can enjoy in spring weather – Entertainment & Life – Austin 360
Spring in Austin can be a little unpredictable. We have the April showers typical of the season (and March showers, May showers, etc.) as well as days with unusually cool and warm temperatures. But then we also have days that are undoubtedly perfect – the days that pull us outside. And what could be nicer than a happy hour on our favorite terrace with a cold beer or a margarita lined with salt?
Probably not. If al fresco dining sounds like something you need to do, here are Austin places to visit over the next few months thanks to their quaint courtyards.
91 Rainey St., No. 120
The patio may be small, but you’ll be too busy appreciating Anthem’s cheesy-sweet tropical vibe to notice its size. At the north end of Rainey Street, blending Texan and Asian flavors, the restaurant keeps diners al fresco with a slatted roof in the shade. Grab one of the two wicker swings or chairs that run along the outer wall – either way, the chaos of the surrounding street won’t penetrate this green-colored oasis.
What to Drink: Less than a year after opening, Anthem has become known for its tiki drinks, such as the Kegged Mai Tai, which is served in a Chinese take-out container.
1315 W. 6th St.
One of the newest courtyards in Austin is part of the latest concept from the Peached Tortilla team renovating the former Winflo Osteria bungalow. Booze dominates a larger part of the menu here, as shown by the 13-seat center piece bar inside. But the spacious terrace with a huge heritage tree lined with lights is what all outdoor enthusiasts Austinites dream of.
What to Drink: Beverage director Kevin Kok takes inspiration from international sources like Mexico and South Korea for cocktails like the beautifully colored Kyoto Kiss with gin, raspberry, yuzu, shishito, egg white and canned raspberries. Yes, there are many different flavors, and yes, it is a harmonious mix.
The brewer’s table
4715 E. 5th St.
The Brewer’s Table is not your typical brewery. He has worked to make his outdoor warehouse garden a welcoming hangout in the East Austin industrial area where he is located. Cornhole, shade, and an affordable menu await in the minimalist garden.
What to Drink: A little bit of everything is available here, from Texan wine to handcrafted cocktails. However, order one of the house camps such as On site, a light, pilsner-like Easy Sipper with corn flakes and in the latest batch: Saaz and Cascade hops.
Draft House Pub & Brewery
4112 Medical Parkway
Austin loves chill spots. And this longtime British-style tavern (almost 50 years old!) Is as relaxed as it gets. When you’ve ordered your beer in the dark, cozy interior, head outside and claim your place at one of the long picnic tables in front of the Tudor-style building. Or get to work for Food Truck Grub. Either way, you should stay for a while.
What to Drink: With nearly 80 handcrafted beers, ciders, and wines on tap, you have a wide variety of options to choose from. The Draft House, which has been a brewery since 1995, also offers house beers. So why not try a pint of something you can’t get anywhere else, like the Beelzebub Bock?
Ciclo and Live Oak at the Four Seasons Austin
98 San Jacinto Blvd.
The hotel in the city center was renovated last year in its restaurant and lobby bar on the ground floor and renamed Ciclo and Live Oak respectively. However, the main attraction of both places was already there. To make the most of this irresistible view of Lady Bird Lake, the Four Seasons have added an outside deck to the newly released Live Oak. Relax out there in the twilight hour and wait for the bats to take off under the Congress Avenue Bridge.
What to drink: In honor of the bats that fly close to the hotel every night, Four Seasons bartender Sarah Rahl created El Murciélago (which is “bat” in Spanish). With Kimo Sabe Mezcal enriched with Morita Chili, Aperol, guava juice, lime juice, pineapple juice, agave and a dehydrated pineapple slice, the drink has exactly the spicy, smoky and tropical-fruity notes that Austinites prefer. And did we mention the square ice cube with a picture of a bat on it?
The ugly one
1601 E. 6th St.
Despite the name, Il Brutto is nothing ugly. The New Waterloo restaurant team’s Italian restaurant behind La Condesa and other projects has a nice-sized deck (with a must-have oak tree practically in the middle) that you can people-watch while you load up carbs thanks to Il Brutto’s top-notch location in the middle of East Sixth Street.
What to Drink: Frozen beverages are a must in Texas, and low ABV splashes have become popular in recent years as well. Il Brutto has combined the two perfectly and has been offering a frozen Aperol Spritz since its anniversary at the beginning of this month.
2211 Webberville Road
The retro-style bar has a larger terrace than the indoor area and is decorated with prickly palm trees and an outdoor paddling pool to soak your feet in on a hot afternoon. Coupled with large white umbrellas shading mismatched tables, the elevated pool creates a 1970s vibe that’s hard to beat.
What to Sip: Two words: frozen rosé.
The little darling ‘
6507 Circle S Road
If a bar patio feels like a backyard where all of your closest friends gather, then this South Austin spot is for you. The spacious garden has games, live music, plenty of seating, and the casual, dog-friendly atmosphere that the locals love.
What to Sip: What could go better with the laid-back vibe than a good local beer? The Little Darlin ‘holds Austin beers on tap, ranging from Live Oak Hefeweizen to the latest Zilker Brewing IPA. There are also a variety of can and bottle options.
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10201 Jollyville Road
This Mexican restaurant’s original downtown location has been family-owned for more than 35 years, as has the newer location in the Arboretum. In this northern location, check out the beautiful garden terrace with outdoor couches, tropical gardens, 200 year old live oak trees and even a waterfall.
What to drink: what more could you drink in a Mexican restaurant than a proper margarita? Marios Maraca, so named because your server shakes it vigorously in front of you before pouring the icy mixture into a martini glass, is simple but divine. With Blanco Tequila, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice, you’ll be reminded of why Austin became famous for margaritas in the first place.
811 W. Live Oak St.
Southern charm and hospitality are the focus of the longstanding Austin restaurant. (You may remember it was renovated by the La Corsha Hospitality Group a few years ago, but it was once Green Pastures.) The grand old house from the late 19th century has design surprises in every room, but these are The many twisted oak trees on the property – along with migratory, camera-ready peacocks – will entice you to dine al fresco on the porch or patio.
What to Drink: La Corsha Beverage Director Jason Stevens designed the cocktail menu for many cocktails with a southern accent, including the Green Pastures Julep. With Woodford Reserve Bourbon, peach-rooibos-brandy and a true bouquet of spearmint, this icy version of a classic is perfect for drinking not only during the Kentucky Derby in May.
Olive & June
3411 Glenview Ave.
There are three floors to this hidden Italian spot, but with Olive & June’s plans to dismantle the tent over the patio on April 23rd, you’ll likely want to flock to one of the tables under a huge oak tree. The entire terrace is adorned with greenery, so that you feel at peace, whether you enjoy one of the happy hour cocktails or not.
What to Drink: Take the peach-colored La Tempesta, created by bartender Alex Gonzalez. He combined Bombay Sapphire Gin with Acqua di Cedro Liqueur, Laphroaig 10 Year Scotch, Peach and Lemon for a wonderfully complex mixed drink.