Winter in Austin is apparently no longer a thing. Spring, arguably early summer, seems to be upon us in February. Blessing and a curse — it’ll be hotter than hell by August — but, man, it’s flippin’ fantastic outside right now. What do you need on sunshine-filled days? A patio for soaking it up. Luckily, West 6th is the original neighborhood patio district. Here’s the rundown of all the pup-friendly patio perching that we offer!
Little Woodrow’s | Little Woodrow’s expansive patio has long hosted professional Austinites for friendly beers, sports watching and conversation. Despite the never-ending changes in Austin, LW’s has stayed true to its roots. Even after a decade, it’s still the go-to for a laid back beer. They also offer a full bar and signature frozen mimosas. Grab a bucket and chill out, you’re just here to have a great time.
Rustic Tap Beer Garden | The Rustic Tap’s entire 500-person venue is a patio with a backyard feel. Life size beer pong, bar food (including scrumptious tamales), live music, a full bar with local offerings and cocktails like Reba’s Fancy (Deep Eddy Lemon and Big Red) available shaken or frozen. It’s a Texas-sized patio, with Texas spirit that invites you to spend the day soaking up the sun with your favorite local brew.
The Dogwood | A wrap around outdoor patio at Dogwood is West 6th’s home of southern hospitality. Expect friendly service from pretty faces, smiles and cold beers. It’s laid back and comfortable, with solid cocktails to accompany southern-style noms and occasional live music. Too hot? Head indoors to their air-conditioned bar and watch your game.
J. BLACK’S Feel Good Lounge | J. BLACK’S is a best-of-both-worlds hangout. Its open-air bar offers a covered patio that blocks some sun but gives you outdoor vibes. Order some plates for the table (their hummus is some of the best in town), have a mule (or two) and chat the afternoon away. Pro tip: if you need a productive break from the office, J. BLACK’S is open from 11 am every day and has fast wifi. Work over lunch and stay for happy hour.
Parlor & Yard | Parlor & Yard offers a yard (shocking, isn’t it?) with ping pong and corn hole, benches and it’s own bar. You could even lay out at the bar (if you really wanted to be that person…). The bar menu has an excellent craft cocktail selection, and Carnal serves up insanely delicious slow cooked meats and inventive vegetarian dishes.
Rattle Inn | A huge covered rooftop deck awaits you upstairs at the Rattle Inn. Enjoy refreshing drinks like their signature Snake Oil (Old Overholt Rye Whiskey with Cointreau and Lemon Juice) as you bask in the golden glory of vitamin D.
Key Bar | Key Bar is one big patio. Partially covered, fully open air – the patio offers patrons the chance to sit back, relax with one of their signature popsicle cocktails. It’s also a prime people watching spot and offers a large fire pit to warm you on cooler nights.
Green Light Social | Green Light Social has a second-floor wraparound patio with excellent views of downtown Austin. The chic space is comfortable, cocktails are inventive and the night brings one heckuva dance party.
Star Bar | The OG bar on West 6th (opened in 1994) has put TLC into expanding their patios. With three total patio areas – some covered with fans, some open air – it’s a popular hang out during games and laid back happy hours. The beauty of Star Bar is that is isn’t anything special – but great service, good drinks and laughter, have earned fiercely loyal regulars. Pro tip: Star Bar has an excellent selection of wines – you can even find a bottle of the beloved The Prisoner.
Brew Exchange | Brew Exchange has more than 100 beers on tap. On hot days, their partially enclosed patio is the perfect escape from the sun without being holed up inside. Bring your pup and try a new brew (or two).
Kung Fu Saloon | The Kung Fu-inspired bar offers life-sized Jenga (with or without their signature pickle shots) on their partially enclosed patio. The new location will offer a much larger outdoor lounging area.