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. We’ve rounded up all vibes, from glam EDM clubs to poolside bars and Tex-Mex hangout spots. Austin might not be famous for its skyline, but these bars really make the most of the emerging cityscape.
Word to the wise: don’t try hit up all of these places in the one weekend…
10 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. Try arrive in time for sunset – the views of the sky turning pink and orange hues are unbeatable.
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. You’ll have relaxed, chilled out vibes with friends. What more could you ask for?
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. Wipe the drool off your face and enjoy the surroundings.
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. If you need some inspiration for your next date night, make sure to book a table here.
Hangar Lounge is 100% worthwhile on any list of Austin’s best rooftop bars 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. It’s uniquely themed and full of funky knick-knacks that make a visit here unforgettable.
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. It’s chill yet still boujie, with a stylish crowd that know how to have a good time. One drink in and you’ll be making new friends left, right and center.
This buzzing poolside restaurant and bar is the hottest place in town to go for Tex-Mex eats (the Baja oysters are a highlight!), frozen margaritas, small-batch tequila and mezcal. Located on the 5th floor of the Austin Proper Hotel, the vibe is good and views are even better. It’s popular with groups of friends, so be sure to book a space in advance. Summer season is when things really kick off with Saturday Sundown Swim sessions with live DJ sets. In cooler months, you can snuggle up with heat lamps and cozy blankets available during evening hours.
Located on the 7th floor of the Fairmont Hotel with spectacular views that look out over Austin’s cityscape, Rules & Regs is the perfect place to escape the heat. In their own words, this bar is where “you can forget the plans, kick the schedule to the curb and commit to your rule breaking with style.” We certainly like the sound of that!
You can expect upbeat tunes, cigars and tasty sips such as the Island Hopper, with Diplomatico Reserva Rum, Hamilton Pot Still Rum, Aperol, Acidified Pineapple and Agave Nectar.
If you’re in the mood for a swanky bottle service rooftop venue – the kinds of which you would find in New York or Las Vegas – then make a beeline to Summit Rooftop Lounge. No expense is spared here, with a state-of-the-art sound system and stunning LED wall. People come here to let loose and dance to thumping EDM music, all with city views as the backdrop. It’s a totally different atmosphere to the rest of Austin’s rooftop bars. Dress to impress and get ready to party.
Looking for more places to dance, drink and dine in Austin? You can see our essential guides to the city right here.