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Published May 19, 2023
The Ultimate Guide to Austin's Best Rooftops
See Austin from a whole new point of view at these rooftop spots. 🌆
by Austin Bucket List
There’s nothing like sipping a handcrafted cocktail while watching the sunset behind the city you love. And Austin has some incredible rooftop restaurants, bars, and pools that will literally *elevate* your experience (get it?).
From brunch in a poolside cabana to live music venues to bougie restaurants at the top of a skyscraper, Austin has a rooftop for any occasion. No matter which experience suits you best, rooftop nights accompanied by a warm breeze are always nights to remember. Read on for our favorite spots!
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The Best Rooftop Bars and Restaurants in Austin
On top of the Loren Hotel, you’ll find this glamorous gem. Nido’s high-end modern American menu offers classic bites, delicious brunch, and incredible cocktails with sweeping views of the Austin skyline.
Where: 1211 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX
This open-air lounge on top of the Westin Hotel is a peaceful respite from the bustling city below, complete with a pool and firepits. The 20-story-high haunt offers delicious handcrafted cocktails and incredible tacos.
Where: 310 E 5th St., Austin, TX
This trendy terrace feels like a green paradise. With lush plants, amazing views, and spectacular sips, you’ll immediately feel like you’re on vacation as soon as you get out of the elevator. The globally inspired small plates include dishes like jerk chicken wings, BBQ pork wontons, and a sushi burrito!
Where: 304 E Cesar Chavez St Unit 700, Austin, TX
P6 at the Line
This hotspot was once a simple rooftop parking garage — hence the name. Now, it’s gotten a new lease on life as a cool lounge with views of Austin and the lovely Lady Bird Lake. You'll find locally-sourced food and tasty cocktails.
Where: 111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX
Coconut Club is a tropical-themed dance club that’s just bursting with color! Whether you’re dancing the night away in the club or enjoying a drag show on the open-air roof deck, you’re sure to have a memorable time here.
Where: 310B Colorado St, Austin, TX
Otopia at the Otis Hotel is bright and beautiful no matter when you visit. Soak up the sun in the afternoon, or enjoy some cozy drinks in the evening. Order a few shared plates of small bites to complete your experience.
Where: 1901 San Antonio St Unit 1100, Austin, TX
Group Therapy at Hotel Zaza
Group Therapy was a therapy dupe before TikTok made it a thing. You don’t need to spend thousands to enjoy a high-end vacation — reserve a table at this bougie spot and feel your troubles melting away. We especially love the restaurant's contemporary American cuisine and comfy seats.
Where: 400 Lavaca St, Austin, TX
Upstairs at Caroline
Many rooftops feel uptight and fancy, but Upstairs at Caroline is all about relaxing and having fun. Grab a frozen cocktail and take your friends on in a game of Giant Jenga for the ultimate afternoon hangout.
Where: 621 Congress Ave. Suite 201, Austin, TX
Stop by the JW Marriott to enjoy everything this trendy rooftop bar has to offer. From hearty bar bites to handcrafted beverages and next-level ambiance, there’s always a reason to come back for more.
Where: 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX
Geraldine’s at Hotel Van Zandt
Geraldine’s brings together great food, amazing live music, and insane views to create the ultimate vibe for a night out. Not to mention a beautiful sparkling pool to take a dip in on hot Texas afternoons. You can find this new American spot on top of Hotel Van Zandt in the Rainey Street District.
Where: 605 Davis St, Austin, TX
La Piscina Ceviches & Fajitas
The Austin Proper Hotel houses the fun and chic La Piscina. This rooftop serves mouthwatering Texas-inspired Mexican grub poolside, along with some of the best tequila and mezcal cocktails around.
Where: 600 W 2nd St 5th Floor, Austin, TX
This place has everything — hookah, affordable mixed drinks, and breathtaking views of Austin. Get ready to party because this three-story rooftop bar is always a good time with music, dancing, and more!
Where: 11500 Rock Rose Ave, Austin, TX
The Terrace 59 rooftop at Speakeasy is all about the music. Soak up the tunes while enjoying mind-blowing views of the city skyline.
Where: 412 Congress Ave. D, Austin, TX
The Summit Rooftop is the ultimate party destination in Austin. With top-level DJs spinning the most fire music and bartenders mixing some incredible cocktails, you’ll dance so much that you’ll appreciate the open-air breeze cooling you off!
Where: 120 W 5th St, Austin, TX
There’s no better place to “chill the hell out” than Wax Myrtle’s on the fourth floor of the Thompson Hotel! This hotspot is all about fun and food, with Southern California-inspired bites and lush plants.
Where: 506 San Jacinto Blvd Suite WM, 4th Floor, 506 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX
Sky Lounge on Lady Bird
This chic, elevated space along Lady Bird Lake is crisp, clean, and airy. It's a perfect place to enjoy live music, special events, or just a sky-high dinner with friends.
Where: 401 S 1st St, Austin, TX
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