Heading to the Music Capital of the World anytime soon? Austin is known for a number of things, but easily one of its most popular traits is its vibrant nightlife. Whether you’re visiting or are an Austinite, here are the best rooftop bars in Austin to clink a few glasses over the Lone Star capital.
7 of the Best Rooftop Bars in Austin
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Azul is the perfect place to take in 6th Street from above. Perched on the 20th floor of the Westin, this swanky rooftop bar/lounge is known for their buzzing atmosphere, handcrafted cocktails and relaxing pool and cabanas. Whether you want to take in Austin’s skyline in the afternoon with a few margs by the pool or plan to dance the night away into the wee hours, Azul is the place to be.
When it comes to a neighbourhood atmosphere in the heart of the Violet Crown City, this is the place to be. Set on top of 7th Street’s ever-charming Caroline restaurant, Upstairs at Caroline is exactly that. Perfectly described as an ‘urban backyard party’ it’s the perfect spot to enjoy some games of jenga, foosball and cornhole alongside some killer ber and tacos all year round.
When it comes to expertly handcrafted cocktails in a fun and lively setting, 77º is the place to be. Thi bumping Austin gem is named after what they consider the perfect weather for cocktails – 77º degrees (25C). Take your pick from any of their ice-cold concoctions such as the ‘perfect 10’ made with Deep Eddy lemon vodka, muddled mint and cucumber, and ginger beer. Hungry? Chow down on some barbacoa or pulled pork tacos.
Otopia is the local hangout for everything from vinyl spins, sunset happy hours and day-after brunches. Stop by during their weekday happy hour for $5 off their signature drinks, half off select apps and $2 off wines by the glass. In addition to a great atmosphere, the views of downtown Austin just can’t be beat, and neither can the pool. Yes, there’s a pool.
Intimate, romantic and charming are just a few words that perfectly describe P6 at the Line. Perched above the Line Hotel, you’ll be met with breathtaking views of Town Lake and the iconic South Austin skyline. Take your pick from any of their Mediterranean small plates or just clink a few glasses over the view; either way, you’ll be a regular in no time.
Hangar Lounge is 100% worthwhile based on charm alone. Designed after an airy vintage airport, this buzzy rooftop is known for its quirks in addition to stellar views. Be sure to browse their incredible craft beer selection and plan to stay a while. Oh, and whatever you do, don’t skimp on the soft pretzels with mustard.
Elevated above the Marriott overlooking the iconic Congress Ave and Lady Bird Lake, you’ll find Edge Rooftop. This luxe bar/lounge is the place to be for all things tasty bar bites and zesty cocktails and stunning views over the Lone Star capital. Grab an order of nachos and load up on some margs at this Austin fave.