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☀️ Food is in the forecast
The patio and entrance at Aba in Austin; the space features modern chairs and tables in neutral tones, lots of green potted plants, and twinkling lights hanging from the ceiling.
“Top Chef” alum CJ Jacobson owns Aba; don’t leave without trying the Whipped Feta. | Photo via Chase Daniel
Is it just us, or does eating outside make food taste better?

That is, when you can eat outdoors without getting hit with heat exhaustion. Never fear, restaurants with misting fans are here, and we found a handful for you to try out. Pro tip: Don’t miss the shade level we’ve included for each of these locations.

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters | 3825 Lake Austin Blvd. | Partially shaded
This expansive patio overlooking Lake Austin is one of the most popular outdoor coffee stops in Austin and frequently hosts live music.

Aba | 1011 S. Congress Ave. | Partially shaded
You may feel like you’re in a jungle dining on this lush, plant-laden patio at the popular Mediterranean food spot.

Doc’s Backyard Grill | 5207 Brodie Lane, Ste. #100 | Partially shaded
Misting fans plus $2 margaritas on days above 100º makes this Sunset Valley watering hole the ideal summer spot.

A retro-looking sign for The Long Goodbye with two white pergolas in the background, lots of greenery, and people standing with drinks.

The Long Goodbye has everything you need to go from work to play, plus lush scenery.


Photo by Richard Casteel courtesy of The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye | 2808 Manor Rd. | Mostly sunny
This trendy new spot has it all: two bars, a Fleet Coffee truck, tacos from La Santa Barbacha, and shopping at Howdy’s Vintage.

Moontower Saloon | 10212 Menchaca Rd. | Mostly shaded
There’s usually live music playing, a game of volleyball waiting, craft beers on tap, and ample space to sit and relax at this hangout in “way south awesome.”

Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar | 1400 S. Congress Ave. | Mostly shaded
Seafood lovers will want to spend their summer at this patio, where you can people watch all of South Congress.

Sway Thai | 3437 Bee Cave Rd. | Partially shaded
This tranquil west Austin restaurant will have you eating well (we recommend the tom kha gai and squid stir fry) while staying cool.

A table full of food like french fries, calamari, mac and cheese in a cast iron pan, spicy shrimp, crab, pork chops, and more.

This is the spread that awaits you at TLC Austin.


Photo by ATXtoday

TLC Austin | 1100 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. #1150 | Mostly sunny
Don’t miss this stellar happy hour — think $1 oysters and $4 draft beers — which is easy to enjoy from the patio while the misting fans blast.
Should outdoor dining areas be pet-friendly?

A. Yes, it’s better to dine with fur-iends
B. No, no pets allowed while dining
Tuesday, July 9
  • Remi Wolf Listening Party | Tuesday, July 9 | 7 p.m. | Waterloo Records, 600 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin | Free | Hear Remi Wolf’s new album “Big Ideas” surrounded by fans.
  • “9 to 5" | Tuesday, July 9 | 7:30 p.m. | The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., Austin | $12 | Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton star in this 1980 classic.
  • Tuesday Trivia with Trivia512 | Tuesday, July 9 | 8 p.m. | Meanwhile Brewing Co., 3901 Promontory Point Dr., Austin | Free | Grab your brainiest friends and a brew for a battle of wits.
Wednesday, July 10
  • Free Week at Jones Center | Wednesday, July 10-Sunday, July 14 | Times vary | The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave., Austin | Free | Take in art at the Downtown museum without the price tag of admission this week.
  • Mario Kart Tournament | Wednesday, July 10 | 8 p.m. | Double Trouble, 103 North Loop Blvd. E., Austin | Cost of purchase | Enjoy all-day happy hour deals and challenge your friends to a race on Rainbow Road on a large outdoor projector.
Thursday, July 11
  • Cage The Elephant | Thursday, July 11 | 6:30 p.m. | The Moody Center, 2001 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin | $30-$140 | Get in the mood at the American rock band’s “Neon Pill” Tour.
Saturday, July 13
  • Dinosaur Day | Saturday, July 13 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Texas Science & Natural History Museum, 2400 Trinity St., Austin | $10 | Learn about extinct dinosaurs and their living descendants, birds, through educational and interactive activities — bring fossils for identification by a paleontologist.*
Plan Ahead
  • “Shrek: The Musical” | Sunday, July 21 | 6 p.m. | Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin | $34-$139 | Follow Shrek and Donkey in a new format, based on the award-winning animated film.
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News Notes
  • Check your upcoming flights before you leave the house — the Austin airport saw several cancellations yesterday, mostly in the Houston area, in the wake of Hurricane Beryl. (KXAN)
  • Diner Bar and the Grey Market inside the Thompson Austin will shut down this weekend. Closing the restaurants, owned by James Beard Award-winning chef Mashama Bailey and restaurateur Johno Morsiano, is part of a plan for the hotel to internalize its food and beverage offerings. (Eater Austin)
  • The City of Buda purchased 30 acres of land east of I-35 to create a new park. The land, which will be named “Eastside Park,” lies off of Hillside Terrace near Green Meadows Park and was purchased for $6.1 million. (KXAN)
  • Take to the streets this summer with the City of Austin’s Living Streets Program. The initiative limits traffic so residents can play, exercise, and socialize for a few hours per day without worrying about cars. See if your street is eligible and apply.
  • The Texas Economic Development & Tourism Office will open an office in Taiwan, Gov. Greg Abbott announced in a press conference from Taipei on Sunday. The office is meant to foster “economic and cultural cooperation” while promoting trade and investment between both places. (Austin Business Journal)
Try This
  • Upcoming east Austin pizza restaurant Loudmouth will partner up with Still Austin Whiskey Co. to preview its pies. Try either a margarita or sausage pizza and a “Grandpa Joe-Groni” at the pop-up from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 11 — get tickets.
  • Chef Teddy Simon and Meanwhile Brewing Co. have teamed up to create a Sake & Sushi Dinner, an intimate seating that includes a 10-piece nigiri + sashimi dinner and sake pairings. The dinner is only available Friday, July 19-Saturday, July 20 and Friday, July 26-Saturday, July 27 — get tickets.
  • What’s in store for the Aggies’ offense in the upcoming football season? Get the biggest stories every day from the local experts of the Texas A&M Aggies with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    • Did you know some credit cards can actually help you get out of debt faster? Yes, it sounds crazy. But it’s true. The secret: Find a credit card with a “0% intro APR” period for balance transfers. Here are hands down some of the best.*
    • Magnesium can help you fall asleep, manage stress, and wake up refreshed. Magnesium Breakthrough combines all seven essential forms of magnesium — get an extra 10% off now.*
    Real Estate
    🏡 Your Castle Hill oasis
    Picture yourself here, enjoying the outdoors without the need to deal with the heat.|Photos courtesy of James H Ruiz Photography
    You could live in the former home of chef and restaurateur Lou Lambert.

    The Castle Hill home, located at 1002 Baylor St., is just a few blocks from the original Whole Foods and BookPeople. With panoramic skyline views, indoor/outdoor living spaces, and a gut-renovated interior, the two-bedroom + two-bathroom home is listed for $1,650,000.

    Welcoming custom stone steps greet you at the entrance, where there’s a Downtown-facing screened porch, which leads into the primary bedroom. Views of the city continue through the chef’s kitchen and living room, which both feature custom lighting, sleek fixtures, and millwork.

    There’s more outdoor space where that came from — you’ll find a gazebo in the backyard — but don’t overlook indoor amenities like built-in closet and desk areas, high ceilings, and the primary bathroom’s soaking tub.

    Take a look at the 1,320-sqft listing, held by Michael Reisor of Douglas Elliman.
    The Buy
    Hello, The Buy team here. If you like browsing our daily featured item, we’ve got a whole site of recommendations to choose from — allow us to direct you to a few.

    🔪 This $260 knife set is on sale for $75 through Sunday, July 21.

    🌺 These 15 tropical Amazon finds will spruce up your wardrobe, home, and vibe for summer.

    🛍️ The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is coming — here are the best deals to bookmark.
    The Wrap
    City Editor Figi poses with an adorable goat. Today’s edition by:
    From the editor
    Speaking of “Shrek: The Musical,” Empire Garage is celebrating the beloved layered ogre in a different way: a rave. The venue wants you to know that the Shrek Rave is “dumb” and “cool is dead,” which is all the more reason to attend on Friday, July 26.
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