Rooftop bars Austin

Complete guide to the 8 best rooftop bars in Austin [2020 update]

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Made by the world's leading experts on rooftop bars

Last updated: March 4th, 2020

Enjoy tasty brews and amazing views over Colorado River and the skyline from some of the best Austin rooftop bars. Keep up to date with the latest in this fast growing city, with this ultimate guide to the best roof terraces in Bat City. From sky-high rooftop pool venues to charming decks with fire-pits, we will give you all the info you need about each Austin rooftop: opening hours, dress code, pictures, maps and much more. So, which is the best rooftop bar Austin? Just scroll down and find the Austin rooftop bar best suited for you.

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Area:Austin Convention Center
Rooftop Rules & Regs Rooftop bar in Austin
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Rules & Regs

$$$ 101 Red River St
  • Highlights
  • 7th floor
  • Rooftop pool
  • Skyline views
  • Delicious cocktails

On the 7th floor of the Fairmont Austin you do not only find a great rooftop pool, but also a lovely cocktail rooftop bar, called Rules & Regs. Up here, fabolous views are mixed with unique cocktails made to perfection and tasty American / Mexican bites. Relax in lounge chairs on the terrace during afternoon, come for vibes and live DJs at night, or make a full rooftop-day out of it by renting cabanas and swim with views over Austin.

Area:Downtown
Azul Rooftop The Westin Austin Downtown Rooftop bar in Austin
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Azul Rooftop at The Westin Austin Downtown

$$$$ 310 E 5th St
  • Highlights
  • 20th floor
  • Rooftop pool
  • Skyline views
  • Handcrafted cocktails

Azul Rooftop Pool Bar + Lounge is located on top of the luxurious and superb The Westin Austin Downtown. Perched 20 floors up, it is the highest rooftop bar in the city and the roof terrace boasts spectacular views over the city skyline with transparent panels surrounding the deck. At the Westin rooftop bar you can relax by the heated rooftop pool with a drink in hand, lounge in a private cabana or just sit down in some of the lounge furniture by the cosy fire pits, while watching the beautiful sunset.

Area:Downtown
P6 at The LINE Austin Rooftop bar in Austin
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P6 at The LINE Austin

$$$$ 111 East Cesar Chavez St
  • Highlights
  • 6th floor
  • Amazing lake views
  • Charming & stylish
  • Specialty cocktails

What used to be a rooftop parking garage is since spring 2019 instead home to a beautiful Austin rooftop bar and restaurant. Set on the 6th floor of The LINE Austin, P6 is a charming and stylish rooftop with amazing and panoramic views over Lake Travis, the Austin skyline, and down Congress Avenue. Up here you can indulge in both tasty Mediterranean small plates, as well as fine specialty cocktails. Popular spot, so make reservations or try to be in good time.

Area:Downtown
Edge Rooftop + Bar Rooftop bar in Austin
4

Edge Rooftop + Bar

$$$ 110 East 2nd Street
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Rooftop pool
  • Chic lounge
  • Panoramic views

Located in the heart of downtown, JW Marriott Austin comes with a stunning 4th floor rooftop terrace. During daytime, this is a rooftop oasis above the lively Congress Avenue, with a heated rooftop pool, comfy loungers and craft cocktails available to hotel guests and those making cabana reservations. After 5pm, the Edge Rooftop + Bar opens to the public, transforming the rooftop to a chic evening lounge. Modern and intimate in atmosphere, the rooftop Edge is a great venue for both a stylish after work and more vibrant weekend nights with live music and DJ sets.

Area:Downtown
Rooftop HandleBar Rooftop bar in Austin
5

HandleBar

$$$ 121 E 5th St
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Neighborhood bar
  • Adult playground
  • Crafted cocktails

A fun, funky and very popular place among the Austin rooftop bars, located on 5th Street in the downton area. Describing themselves as an adult wonderland and neighborhood bar with an old school vibe, HandleBar comes with an indoor ground floor and a wooden decked, open-air rooftop terrace, with cool views over downtown Austin. Vibrant and friendly in atmosphere, this rooftop is the place where fun meets crafted cocktails and beers.

Area:Rainey Street
Rooftop Hotel Van Zandt/Geraldine's Rooftop bar in Austin
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Hotel Van Zandt/Geraldine's

$$$ 605 Davis St
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Rooftop pool
  • Rent cabanas
  • Lake view

The pool deck and rooftop bar at the modern Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt is closely connected with the live music-focused restaurant Geraldine’s on the same floor. Luxurious in decor, serving a wide variety of craft brews, cocktails and local spirits, the rooftop pool and sun loungers are mainly for guests at the hotel, but as an outsider you can rent pool side cabanas for up to 6 persons, or visit during summer events held up here, including live DJs and pool-party vibes. Or visit the all day Geraldine's, which opens up to the rooftop deck.

Area:Bouldin
Rooftop El Alma Rooftop bar in Austin
7

El Alma

$$$ 1025 Barton Springs Rd
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Mexican vibes
  • Daily happy hour
  • Skyline views

El Alma Austin is a vibrant and local-feel restaurant, offering flavors of Mexico and a lovely rooftop terrace. Only floors up, the Alma rooftop still offers fantastic views over the Austin skyline. Here you can enjoy fun, casual and authentic Mexican food, an equally fun and creative selection of different Margaritas, as well as other latin-isnpired cocktails. Come for daily 3-6pm happy hour, weekend rooftop brunch, or a vibrant and friendly atmosphere anywhere in between.

Area:Downtown
Rooftop Hangar Lounge Rooftop bar in Austin
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Hangar Lounge

$$$ 318 Colorado St
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • 1950s airport-feel
  • Low but mighty views

The multiple level Hangar Lounge is modeled after a 1950's airport lounge, and comes with an Austin rooftop bar that offers dazzling views of the downtown area. Located in the Warehouse District in downtown Austin, the large and open-air roof terrace is a great spot for sunny and retro drinks. Serving everything from spirits, beers, wine and smaller bar bites, the rooftop bar comes with a causal and fun vibe, with live DJs during the weekends.

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Rooftop-grade: 5/10
Prime season: March-Oct
Residents: 2 million
Climate: Humid subtropical

The climate here is humid subtropical which means long hot summers and short mild winters. And that is good news for all rooftop bars in Austin. The climate contributes so that the rooftops can stay open almost all year around.

There are many great terraces located in this city. Some of the with magical skyline views, some with luxurious rooftop pools and others with great food and nice party atmosphere.

In other words, there’s something for everybody when it comes to places to drink with a view from here. You can find out more about Austin here.

About Austin

Austin is the state capital of Texas. In the metropolitan area, there is a population of around 2 million, which makes it the 11th most populous city in United States and 4th in Texas. Austin is also the fastest growing large city in the whole country. The skyline in Austin is very famous. Specially for the buildings Texas State Capitol and the University of Texas. The city is undergoing a skyscraper boom, which means that the skyline will be even more impressive over the next years.