Nine must-visit rooftop bars in Austin, TX

The sunset as seen from the terrace at P6 at the LINE Hotel

You can’t beat the sunset views over Lady Bird Lake at P6. | Photo by ATXtoday team

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One perk of Austin’s recent vertical growth? Rooftop bars.

From Zanzibar to P6, ATX is home to several rooftop bars offering a wide range of experiences — several stories in the air.

Want dinner with a gorgeous lake view? We have that. Want a place to drink by the pool? We have that. Want to play lawn games with your dog? We have that, too.

So let’s get to it: Here are nine rooftop spots in Austin where you can sit back, sip a cocktail, and take in the view.

Zanzibar | 304. E. Cesar Chavez St., Unit 700

Experience a tropical “staycation” seven stories up at this downtown rooftop bar inspired by island living. Make a reservation here.

Try this: “The Devil & the Deep Blue Sea” featuring bourbon, pineapple, orgeat, orange, and lemon

El Alma | 1025 Barton Springs Rd.

This contemporary Mexican restaurant has been a staple on Barton Springs Road for more than a decade. Take in the skyline from the relaxed rooftop — we recommend ordering some queso, too.

Try this: “La Llorona” margarita featuring ghost pepper tequila, prickly pear purée, lime juice, agave, and a chile rim

Wax Myrtle’s | 506 San Jacinto Blvd., Ste. WM

On the fourth floor of the boutique Thompson Austin hotel, Wax Myrtle’s features rentable cabanas, a pool, and an outdoor fireplace.

Try this: “Moon-tower” featuring gin, vermouth, herbed honey oxymel, and lemon oil

Downtown buildings lit up at night from Wax Myrtle's patio

Wax Myrtle’s patio also has a pretty stellar view of the downtown Frost Tower. | Photo via @andy_seider

P6 at the LINE Austin | 111 E. Cesar Chavez St.

If you haven’t already been, you’ve likely seen this spot on your Instagram feed — the famously aesthetic rooftop bar offers excellent views of Lady Bird Lake.

Try this: “Ladybird Spritz” featuring a rhubarb infusion, Cap Corse, Aperol, and Cava.

Techo Mezcaleria & Agave Bar | 2201 Manor Rd.

Perched above Mi Madre’s, this East Austin mezcaleria offers a wide variety of Mexican spirits.

Try this: “Guava Margarita,” a frozen mezcal margarita

Upstairs at Caroline | 621 Congress Ave., Ste. 201

Tap into your competitive spirit at this backyard-inspired rooftop bar with giant Jenga, Foosball, and corn hole. Bonus: your pups are invited, too.

Try this: “Thai Me Up” on-draft cocktail featuring Dos Hombres, 512 Tequila, mango, tamarind, and roasted Thai chili

The patio at Zanzibar downtown

Experience a tropical “staycation” seven stories up at Zanzibar. | Photo courtesy of Austin Marriott Downtown

Group Therapy | 400 Lavaca St.

Spend a Saturday lingering at the pool bar or dine at the restaurant in this space hosted in Hotel Zaza.

Try this: “Dark Chocolate Espresso Martini” featuring Grey Goose, Godiva Dark Chocolate, Bailey’s, Espresso, and Licor 43

La Piscina Ceviches & Fajitas | 600 W. 2nd. St., 5th floor

Ogle at chefs griddling up tortillas + fresh seafood at this poolside Mexican restaurant from the team behind Elizabeth Street Cafe and Jeffrey’s, located in the Austin Proper Hotel.

Try this: “Watermelon Burro” featuring 1876 vodka, watermelon agua fresca, lime, and Fever Tree ginger beer

77º Rooftop Patio Bar | 11500 E. Rock Rose Ave.

Located in the heart of The Domain, this three-story rooftop patio bar offers finger foods, cocktails, and hookah.

Try this: “Chingon!” featuring Illegal Joven mezcal tequila, Cazadores Reposado tequila, lime, agave, jalapeño, and ginger

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