NORTH BY NORTHWEST (NXNW)
A commenter calls this restaurant’s beer pavilion “absolutely spectacular,” and who doesn’t need a beer pavilion in their life?[Photo: Clarisa R./Yelp]
10010 N CAPITAL OF TEXAS HWY, AUSTIN, TX 78759
Pull up a lawn chair and tailgate year-round in the Draught House parking lot, or enjoy a tableful of crafty conversation in the beer garden. Now featuring an ESK truck several nights a week!
4112 MEDICAL PKWY, AUSTIN, TX 78756
OLIVE & JUNE
This tucked-away, three-story Bryker Woods Italian restaurant from Shawn Cirkiel features a stunner of a patio featuring an ancient oak, best enjoyed with a cool specialty cocktail during happy hour on a warm Austin afternoon.
3411 GLENVIEW AVE, AUSTIN, TX 78703
Fino does the impossible: transforms an office park into one of Austin’s most popular outdoor dining destinations. Luxe outdoor furniture and mediterranean eats are a match made in heaven.[Photo: Larry M./Yelp]
2905 SAN GABRIEL ST, AUSTIN, TX 78705
Easily Austin’s most scenic place to mooch off of free WiFi for hours, Mozart’s pours flame-roasted coffees and bakes their signature treats in-house, plus offers live music on late-week afternoons.
3825 LAKE AUSTIN BLVD., AUSTIN, TX 78703
The ultimate UT patio hang serves up tasty bar food, solid drinks, and now features the services of several adjacent food trucks.[Photo: spartacus s./Yelp]
2908 FRUTH ST, AUSTIN, TX 78705
HOLE IN THE WALL
East Side King’s brick-and-mortar means that beer bacon ramen with an actual beer is calling your name, enjoyed best on the patio to the Hole’s excellently curated jukebox tunes.
2538 GUADALUPE ST., AUSTIN, TX 78705
Cherrywood Coffeehouse is the worst kept neighborhood secret, but there’s a reason this east side spot is packed. Huge breakfast tacos, delicious drinks, and their huge, events-focused patio are a winning combination.
1400 E 38 1/2 ST., AUSTIN, TX 78722
Austin’s ranch-style hang doesn’t mess around with their outdoor space, because it is all outdoor space. Mix in delicious cocktails and ox-tongue sliders for a great fall night.[Photo: Amy D./Yelp]
2027 ANCHOR LN., AUSTIN, TX 78723
Have your Tex-Mex al fresco on Vivo’s garden-style patio; it may not sprawl like other Austin patios, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in green goodness.
2015 MANOR RD., AUSTIN, TX 78722
ABEL’S ON THE LAKE
Abel’s on the Lake serves a surprisingly hearty Bloody Mary, plus sixty beers on tap and views so tasty you won’t mind the standard bar fare.
3825 LAKE AUSTIN BLVD., AUSTIN, TX 78703
Gourmands opened their woodsy new patio in the cold (okay, cool) of winter, and now that the weather’s warming up, they’re trained and ready to serve their cold beers, cocktails and insane sandwiches al fresco.
2316 WEBBERVILLE RD., AUSTIN, TX 78702
The latest cocktail bar to hit East 6th. features a complete re-do of the old Rabbit’s space, and a massive outdoor patio that was already packed even in the summer heat. The hungry can get dumplings from Dumpling Happiness.[Photo: Heather F./Yelp]
1816 E 6TH ST, AUSTIN, TX 78702
Weather Up’s indoor space is classy as hell, but the real charm is the outdoor patio featuring wrought-iron furniture and a huge oak. They’re now serving up a new menu of “small bites,” too.[Photo: Ian G./Yelp]
1808 E CESAR CHAVEZ ST, AUSTIN, TX 78702
Yellow Jacket has it all: friendly bartenders, an incredible outdoor space, and the meanest Bloody Mary this side of 35. This is the East Austin at its best.
1700 E 5TH ST., AUSTIN, TX 78702
Not so much a patio as a backyard, this East 6th street institution is where it all started for East Side King, and the trailer is still serving up some of the best bar food any Austinite could dream of.[Photo: Kevin N./Yelp]
1618 1/2 E 6TH ST, AUSTIN, TX 78701
VIOLET CROWN SOCIAL CLUB
Enjoy some of the cheapest drinks on East 6th while waiting for, and then devouring, your Via 313 pizza. You’re welcome.[Photo: Hael F.]
1111 E 6TH ST, AUSTIN, TX 78702
CHEER UP CHARLIE’S
Cheer Up’s exists almost entirely for the sake of its patio, and of course its great queer-bar-for-all vibe. Drink a fresh juice cocktail and nosh on a vegan taco beneath their dreamy parachute awning.[Photo: Bacon E.]
1104 E 6TH ST, AUSTIN, TX 78702
You like carbs? You like ping pong? Easy Tiger’s beer list and glorious pretzels are calling your name this fall.[Photo: Wendy W./Yelp]
709 E 6TH ST, AUSTIN, TX 78701
Paggi House is the classiest restaurant ever to name a brunch plate after Ron Swanson. Enjoy a leisurely weekend meal on the patio, or watch the sun set in the 78704 of an evening, all from their comfortable outdoor accommodations.
200 LEE BARTON DR., AUSTIN, TX 78704
G’Raj Mahal serves a surprising variety of Indian dishes in a series of sensually lit tents on Rainey Street, with the added bonus of being BYOB.
91 RED RIVER ST, AUSTIN, TX 78701
The Rainey Street original is still one of Austin’s friendliest backyards. Enjoy it while it’s still there – the property has been purchased by a developer.[Photo: ]
97 RAINEY ST, AUSTIN, TX 78701
BANGER’S SAUSAGE HOUSE & BEER GARDEN
Banger’s is so into their outdoor space they have an on-site dog park. This friendly, expansive space will change your mind about Rainey Street, and the playful late-night menu keeps it weird in all the right ways.
81 RAINEY ST, AUSTIN, TX 78701
EL ALMA CAFE Y CANTINA
This Barton Springs Tex-Mex spot features an upstairs patio that one Yelper notes has lighting after dark makes “everyone look great!” Plus, margaritas always taste better outside; it’s science.[Photo: May C./Yelp]
1025 BARTON SPRINGS RD., AUSTIN, TX 78704
Another Austin joint boasting a proper yard that puts patio dining to shame, Freddie’s Place is where you go if you’ve got a dog, a kid, or dogs and kids.
1703 S. 1ST ST., AUSTIN, TX 78704
BUZZ MILL COFFEE
The Buzz Mill doesn’t have a patio so much as it has a yard, where the Blue Ox barbecue truck serves smoked meats to folks enjoying a wide variety of beverages, from infused cocktails to craft beers to coffee.
1505 TOWN CREEK, AUSTIN, TX 78741
This SoCo people-watching stalwart is one of Austin’s most underrated restaurants, according to Eater Readers. Get some tasty snacks and a cheap beer at happy hour and sit back.
1224 S CONGRESS AVE, AUSTIN, TX 78704
El Gallo serves old-school, no-nonsense Tex Mex, and has been since the 50’s. Grab a Bandera ‘Rita and relax on their kitschy patio.
2910 S. CONGRESS AVE., AUSTIN, TX 78704
The ABGB has only been open for a few weeks, but already South Austin has a hit on its hands. Enjoy the in-house brews and locally-sourced eats in the best kind of neighborhood garden.[Photo: Jeff S./Yelp]
1305 W OLTORF ST, AUSTIN, TX 78704