10 Best Rooftop Bars in Texas

Enjoy the Lone Star State from high above, at one of the best rooftop bars Texas.

May 10, 2021
Best Rooftop Bars in Texas

The second largest US state by both area and population, Texas has a whole lot to offer. A diverse and impressive landscape, but also several major cities with elevated venues to enjoy dining and driking with a view.

From Houston and Dallas to Austin and El Paso, this guide will take you to the very best rooftop bars Texas has available. And while it is a large state with multiple climate zones, the Texas summer is in most cases both long and hot, perfect for al fresco fun.

Here’s our list of the best Texas rooftop bars. Check it out!

1. Azul Rooftop at The Westin Austin Downtown
/ Austin

Best Rooftop Bars Texas - Azul Rooftop at The Westin Austin Downtown
Azul Rooftop - Photo: www.marriott.com/

Perched on top of the luxurious and superb The Westin Austin Downtown, Azul Rooftop offers a perfect mix of daytime relaxation and night time leisure.

20 floors above downtown Austin, the roof terrace is surrounded with some truly spectacular views over the city skyline.

Modern and sleek in decor, with comfy lounge furniture and cosy fire pits, you can enjoy both a lunch in the sun or dinner at sunset, with live DJs playing chill tunes. The rooftop bar serves refreshing cocktails, both on draft and as frozen libations, along with wine, brews and a selection of bar bites.

Not only a top rooftop bar, the top floor at The Westin Austin Downtown is also home to an amazing rooftop pool. Heated and surrounded with loungers and private cabans, the pool is mainly exclusive to guests staying at the hotel. But outsiders can also rent a cabana for the day.


310 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701

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2. Rooftop at the Fairmount Hotel
/ San Antonio

Best Rooftop Bars Texas - Rooftop at the Fairmount Hotel
Rooftop at the Fairmount Hotel - Photo: www.fairmountsa.com/

Set atop the Fairmount Hotel, right in the heart of downtown San Antonio and next to the Hemisfair Park, the Rooftop at the Fairmount offers one of the best views the city has to offer.

While the space date all the way back to 1906, the rooftop bar is much more new and modern. Equipped with comfy lounge furniture, as well as a partially-shaded rooftop.

Open daily for dinner and lunch on weekends, the rooftop menu features the freshest oysters from East Coast boutique harvesters and American Seafood prepared with meticulous attention to detail. There is also a full bar menu, including well-crafted cocktails

Sophisticated and towards upscale in atmosphere and setting, the Fairmount rooftop is a great venue to start or finish any evening with some drinks and views.


401 South Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

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3. Lot 12 Rooftop Bar
/ Fort Worth

Best Rooftop Bars Texas - Lot 12 Rooftop Bar
Lot 12 Rooftop Bar - Photo: www.fairmountsa.com/

Lot 12 Rooftop Bar is a new, hot and fun rooftop bar, located on the Texas Christian University's campus in Fort Worth.

Perched on top of the Hyatt Place Fort Worth/TCU, the rooftop bar is named after the Lot 12 parking lot, which is where the hotel and rooftop bar is found.

With a setting towards an elevated sports bar, you can visit to watch all the major games, while enjoying a selection of beer and wine, an extensive and surprising list of TCU-inspired cocktails, as well as shareables and bites.

But you can alos get a lot more active, by reserving the Topgolf Swing Suite simulators. The perfect space to gather for some fun and play anything from a virtual round of golf, to baseball, football and many more sports.


2512 W. Berry Street, Fort Worth, TX 76109

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4. Gallery Rooftop Lounge
/ Dallas

Best Rooftop Bars Texas - Gallery Rooftop Lounge
Gallery Rooftop Lounge - Photo: www.canvashoteldallas.com/

Located in the Cedars area, just south of downtown Dallas, Gallery Rooftop Lounge is found perched on top of the stylish boutique hotel Canvas Hotel Dallas.

From the 6th floor terrace you get one of the very best views Dallas has to offer, with magical panoramics of the city skyline and other surroundings.

The most striking feature of the rooftop is the fantastic rooftop infinity pool. Usually only available for guests staying at the hotel, but from time to time there are also vibrant rooftop pool parties. And otherwise the Gallery Rooftop Lounge is open for everyone to enjoy a sunset drink or a full weekend night out.

The rooftop menu includes refreshing and art-inspired cocktails, domestic and imported craft beers, bubbles, Ice Wine pops and smaller bites to share.


1325 S. Lamar St., Dallas, TX, 75215

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5. Z on23 Rooftop Bar
/ Houston

Best Rooftop Bars Texas - Z on23 Rooftop Bar
Z on23 Rooftop Bar - Photo: www.zutrorestaurant.com/

23 floors up at the excellent Le Méridien Houston Downtown you find Z on23 Rooftop Bar, an open-air cocktail bar with fantastic views over Houstont.

Linked with the ground floor Zutro Restaurant, Z on23 is a fantastic spot for pre- or post dinner drinks. But it is also well worth a visit on its own.

Up here you can indulge in a nice selection of crafted signature cocktails, premium spirits and wine, along with a selection of American inspired bites.

Visits around sunset hours are bound to be magical, but later visits with a twinkling Houston skyline are not bad either.


1121 Walker Street, Houston, 77002

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6. Ático Ft. Worth
/ Fort Worth

Best Rooftop Bars Texas - Ático Ft. Worth
Ático Ft. Worth - Photo: www.aticoftworth.com

Created by world-renowned Chef Tim Love, Ático Ft. Worth takes you on a tapas-trip to Barcelona, right in the most historic parts of Fort Worth.

Perched on top of the new and superb SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fort Worth Historic Stockyards, the rooftop is stylish, intimate and luxurious both inside and out, surrounded with amazing views, over the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards and the downtown skyline.

Settle down in one of the comfy loungers or by the long bar/open kitchen and enjoy fine tapas dishes, complemented with crafted cocktails and a large selection of beer and wine.


2315 N Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76164

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7. La Perla
/ El Paso

Best Rooftop Bars Texas - La Perla
La Perla - Photo: www.plazahotelelpaso.com/

La Perla is a contemporary rooftop bar and restaurant, occupying what was once the penthouse suite of The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park in downtown El Paso.

From the rooftop you can enjoy some truly panoramic views, over El Paso, the surrounding Rocky Mountains, all the way over the borders of Mexico and New Mexico.

The setting at La Perla is about as beautiful as the view, and the menu includes reinvented classic cocktails as well as seafood-driven plates, like oysters, ceviches and coctel classico.

Located on the 17th floor, La Perla is the tallest rooftop bar in El Paso, and it might also very well be the best.


106 W Mills Ave, El Paso, TX 79901

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8. Rules & Regs
/ Austin

Best Rooftop Bars Texas - Rules & Regs
Rules & Regs - Photo: https://fairmont-austin.com/

The 7th floor of the fantastic Fairmont Austin is not only home to a fantastic rooftop pool, but also a lovely cocktail rooftop bar called Rules & Regs.

Overlooking Austin’s cityscape, R&R invites you to enjoy fresh Latin flavors with a taste of the tropics. Here you find crafted and unique cocktails made to perfection, along with a nice selection of beers, wine, bubbles and a nice selection of bites.

Visit for relaxing and sunny rooftop cocktails in the afternoon, or come at night to enjoy the vibe and great tunes from live DJs. You can also make it a full 'rooftop-pool-and-bar-day' by reserving a cabana.


101 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

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9. Paramour
/ San Antonio

Best Rooftop Bars Texas - Paramour
Paramour - Photo: https://paramourbar.com/

Hip and trendy, friendly and fun, stylish and unique. There are many ways to describe Paramour, a craft cocktail rooftop bar found at the PHIPPS, right next to San Antonio river.

With lots of colors, decorations and over-sized lounge furniture, Paramour is fun to look at, and great to look out from, displaying amazing views over the San Antonio skyline.

Open from early morning to late night, you can visit daytime for a nice coffee with a view, but the real impressive stuff are the night time cocktails.

The rooftop bar serves 20 signature creations, handcrafted to perfection and unique for Paramour. There is also craft beers, a wide and fine selection of liquor, wine and some lighter bites.


102 9th St #400, San Antonio, TX 78215

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10. Waterproof
/ Dallas

Best Rooftop Bars Texas - Waterproof
Waterproof - Photo: www.waterproofdallas.com/

Pool bar by day and a rooftop lounge by night. The beautiful Waterproof does both, perched on top of the classic hotel The Statler in downtown Dallas.

To swim with panoramic views over the Dallas skyline during the day, you need to stay at the hotel or make reservations for one of the six private cabanas.

When the sun sets, Waterproof turn into one of Dallas’ most unique destinations for nightlife, with live entertainment and other special events.

The Waterproof rooftop bar serves a nice set of signature cocktails, as well as wine, beer and bubbles, available both by the glass, or as buckets / bottle service. There is also a selection of bar bites, like sliders, flatbreads and platters great to share.


1914 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75201

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