Bars With a View

Where to drink in Austin right now: 8 bars with unbelievable views

Where to drink in Austin right now: 8 bars with unbelievable views

West Austin Downtown hotel rooftop pool patio view cocktail
Westin Austin Downtown's stunning rooftop pool is now open to the public. The Westin Austin Downtown/Facebook
Alta's Cafe exterior
Alta's Cafe is a respite on Lady Bird Lake. Photo by Jett Butler
Lucy's Fried Chicken Lake Travis views interior seating
Head to Lucy's on the Lake for beautiful views and fried chicken. Lucy's Fried Chicken/Facebook
Lustre Pearl Rainey March 2016 upstairs outdoor patio downtown Austin skyline
Lustre Pearl's Rainey Street reincarnation has a massive patio. Photo by Nicole Raney
West Austin Downtown hotel rooftop pool patio view cocktail
Alta's Cafe exterior
Lucy's Fried Chicken Lake Travis views interior seating
Lustre Pearl Rainey March 2016 upstairs outdoor patio downtown Austin skyline

Every month we share our picks for where to drink in Austin. With summer approaching, we're thinking as much about the views as we are the drinks. Enjoy scenic sips at these hot spots with amazing vistas.

Alta's Cafe
This gorgeous hangout offers unparalleled views of Lady Bird Lake. Coffee and wine are the standouts here, but there is also a stellar selection of craft beer. Sandwiches, salads, and snacks fuel your drinking session on the outdoor patio.

Azul at The Westin Austin Downtown
This new downtown hotel has a rooftop pool and bar that, until recently, was only open to guests. The Azul bar serves up refreshing cocktails, wines, and canned beers in addition to light bites and specialty hot dogs. It's open to the public on Sundays from 10 am to 10 pm and Monday through Thursday from 2 pm to 9 pm

Backbeat
The newest concept from the drink.well. team offers cocktails, a curated wine list, craft beer on draft, and a unique champagne program. The rooftop seating gets our hearts pumping: Enjoy an al fresco drink with downtown Austin in the background.

Green Light Social
West Sixth has a new drinking option, although it may seem familiar to some. The old upstairs portion of Benji's Cantina has been taken over by a bar called Green Light Social. The rooftop view is the reason to check it out, but the cocktails will coax you to stay awhile.

Lucy's on the Lake
This joint has an impressive lineup of signature drinks — try the seasonal peach cobbler martini or the watermelon margarita — that pair well with fried chicken and the unbeatable lakefront views.

Lustre Pearl on Rainey
The reincarnation of Lustre Pearl lives up to the original Rainey Street bar. We love the look of the space, the abundant seating, and the familiar cocktail lineup, but the real stunner is the rooftop patio and bar, which boasts a fantastic view of the Austin skyline.

Oasis Texas Brewing Company
This craft beer spot overlooks Lake Travis, with a rooftop bar to boot. The lakeside deck is the perfect place to kick back with some brews, especially during the warmer months. Open Thursday through Sunday, the tasting room features regular live music and fun events in addition to craft beer on tap.

Red's Porch
There is lots to love about Red's Porch, including the upstairs patio, which offers an uninterrupted view of Austin. Red's has a full menu of tasty cocktails made from favorite Texas liquors, but beer and tequila are the real stars here. Enjoy daily drinks specials from 11 am until 7 pm.