Best Bars in Austin

Best Austin Bars

Whether you’re going to a bachelorette party or just a date with your significant other, you’ll most likely be thirsty and bored. We’ve compiled a list of the best Austin bars that includes a little bit of everything – including our top 10 Austin rooftop bars. Just remember to stay hydrated if you want to party all weekend.

Austin’s bar scene is also diverse, ranging from fun dive bars to stylish cocktail lounges. We’ve compiled this convenient list of 20 or so of the best Austin bars and rooftops.


Upstairs at Caroline

621 Congress Ave Austin, TX 78701

A top ranked urban backyard bar, Upstairs at Caroline is a wonderful place to hang out and play games with friends and family, and it’s located above the Caroline dining room. They have giant Jenga, shuffleboard, checkers, foosball, and billiards. Furthermore, happy hour specials are available every day, with a rotating selection of draft beers, wines, and cocktails. Pet owners can also purchase a bag filled with nutritious dog treats. –

Hotel Vegas

1502 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

There will always be something exciting going on at Hotel Vegas. The overall vibe is a cross between a vintage cocktail bar and an east-side dive, which results in some remarkable shows you won’t see elsewhere! –

The Roosevelt Room

307 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

The Roosevelt Room, located in downtown Austin’s warehouse district, offers a diverse cocktail menu. All of the mixed drinks are available in lovely drinkware, but try one of their quirkier craft cocktails, such as the Run the Jules. It is suggested that you make a reservation if you are visiting on the weekends to keep from having to wait in line. –

Hole in the Wall

2538 Guadalupe St Austin, TX 78705

Hole in the Wall is a well-known music venue for college kids, rock stars, and artists alike. They have established a music scene in Austin for decades of rock bands, established touring acts, and very well known entertainers thanks to their dedication and enthusiasm to their community. They take pride in serving refreshing drinks while listening to mind-blowing music. –

Far Out Lounge & Stage

8504 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78745

Far Out Lounge is a little out of the way, but it’s well worth the drive. It’s in an older part of South Austin, so much so that a portion of the bar was constructed in 1908! They have an amazing outdoor space and stage area, as well as great cocktails and food trucks.  –

Firehouse Lounge

Firehouse Hostel & Lounge, 605 Brazos Street, Austin, Texas 78701

The Firehouse Lounge is only accessible by sliding the bookshelf in the lobby of the Firehouse Hostel. Make yourself at home in the huge leather seats and listen to some local music or what the DJs are playing at the time. The building, which was built in 1885, is Austin’s oldest standing former firehouse. It’s famous for having some of the best vintage drinks in town, and there’s something for everybody. –

Stubbs BBQ

801 Red River, Austin, TX 78701

Stubbs is a well-known barbecue restaurant in Austin, but it’s so much more. It’s a fantastic music venue with an outdoor area that includes tables and umbrellas. This quintessential Austin establishment hosts live music and serves food. On Sundays, there is a gospel brunch, and there are several concerts each week.

Broken Spoke

3201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

The Broken Spoke is a landmark dance hall and is hailed throughout Texas. A legend does not emerge overnight. The Austin tradition was opened by James and Annetta White in 1964, and its reputation for fantastic live country music, cold beers, and good Texas cooking is famous worldwide. –

Half Step

75 1/2 Rainey, Austin, TX 78701

Half Step, a Rainey Street favorite, is a lounge with a small cocktail menu. While relaxing in the large booths inside, try their old-fashioned or perhaps the Paloma. There is also a great outdoor area where you can hang out and listen to live music. You can even get donuts from the food truck to go with your cocktails. –


912 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

Mohawk has an incredible space that hosts both local and touring artists! There are outdoor and indoor stages, as well as a roof-deck from which you can see not only the show but also an Austin panoramic view. –

Best Rooftop Bars in Austin

Some of Austin’s best rooftop bars offer tasty brews and stunning views of the Colorado River and the city skyline. This full guide to the best rooftop terraces in Austin will keep you up to date on the latest in this rapidly growing city.

We’ll give you all the information you need about each Austin rooftop, from sky-high rooftop pool venues to delightful decks with fire pits: opening hours, dress code, pictures, maps, and so much more. So, which rooftop bar in Austin is the best?

Azul Rooftop

Westin Austin Downtown, 310 E. 5th St., Austin, TX 78701

Admire the downtown skyline at Azul, our rooftop bar and lounge. Boasting private cabanas, firepits and the World’s Coolest Hotel Pool (Travel Agent Central), this is a favorite hangout for Austinites, named the city’s #1 Best Outdoor Bar by Eater. –


304 E Cesar Chavez St, Unit 700, Austin, TX 78701

You don’t just go to Zanzibar. You arrive. Hidden within the horizon of downtown Austin, Zanzibar is a lush rooftop destination that redefines concrete jungle. Pull up a chair, order a cocktail, and check reality at the door. –

P6 at The LINE Austin

111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

A rooftop parking garage in its past life, P6 has been reinvented as an intimate lounge space for open-air dining and drinks with sweeping views of Lady Bird Lake and the lush South Austin skyline. The menu of locally sourced small plates and seasonal cocktails pairs well with Texas sunsets. –

La Piscina

Austin Proper Hotel, 600 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Located on the 5th floor of the Austin Proper Hotel, La Piscina is a convivial poolside restaurant and bar serving Texas-inspired Mexican cuisine. The vibrant, open space overlooks the downtown Austin bustle as groups convene over family-style platters, ceviches and table-top sizzling fajitas, with fresh seafood grilled over a wood fire and house-made tortillas from an open comal. The bar provides an accompanying selection of frozen margaritas, native Mexican spirits, small-batch tequila & mezcal as well as an assortment of outdoor-friendly snacks. –

Rules & Regs

101 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78701

Break the rules and bend the regulations at Rules & Regs, the best place in Austin to create your own escapade and enjoy libations day or night. Located on the 7th floor and overlooking Austin’s cityscape, R&R is driven by the timeless craft of the tapster and exists so that you can forget the plans, kick the schedule to the curb and commit to your rule breaking with style. –

Upstairs at Caroline

621 Congress Ave, Suite 201, Austin, TX 78701

Upstairs at Caroline is Austin’s premier urban backyard party. The cocktails are flowing; your koozied beer is in one hand, and a brisket taco is in the other. Catch the game or pick your game: giant Jenga, Foosball, and of course corn hole. Don’t limit happy to an hour! –

Edge Rooftop

110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Edge Rooftop offers an elevated evening lounge experience overlooking Congress Ave with views of the Texas State Capitol featuring craft cocktails and locally inspired bar bites. Perfect for group happy hours, intimate after dinner drinks, or private events for up to 200, both locals and hotel guests can enjoy!


Hotel Van Zandt, 605 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701

The pool deck and rooftop bar at the contemporary and terrific Hotel Van Zandt are in close proximity to Geraldine’s, a live music-focused eatery on the same floor. The opulent Austin rooftop deck features a lovely rooftop pool, sun loungers, and trendy lounge furniture. You can enjoy the perfect combination of snacks and drinks while taking in the stunning views of Lady Bird Lake. –

77 Degrees Rooftop

11500 E Rock Rose Ave, Austin, TX 78758

This 3-story rooftop patio bar takes drinking in Austin to a perfect 77°, the optimal cocktailing temperature. We’ve got a palette-pleasing assortment of finger foods, and some mind-altering hookah flavors as well. Stop by and enjoy our open-air patio, beautiful cocktails, and unique tapas dishes. –

Maggie Maes

323 Old Pecan St, Downtown Austin, TX 78701

Maggie Mae’s, established in 1978, is the epitome of all things Austin. With over 11,000 square feet of event space, 5 bars, 2 stages, multiple floors, a max capacity of 792 guests and a location that is steps from the convention center and numerous prominent downtown hotels… This is Austin’s most iconic and premier destination. –

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