With COVID-19 cases ramping back up, businesses must try to strike a balance between customer experience and public safety. Luckily, some spots in Austin are able to provide the best of both worlds with spacious patios to put customers' minds at ease and promote social distancing.
Here are 15 of the best patios in Austin perfect for your peace of mind:
El Alma, 1025 Barton Springs Rd
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
Looking to have dinner with a view? This chic restaurant features Mexican cuisine and offers rooftop patio seating that looks out at Austin's skyline. If you go, make sure to check out their daily happy hour menu from 3-6 p.m.
Easy Tiger, 6406 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd Ste 1100
This iconic Austin beer garden features fans and misters for those warm summer nights. Enjoy a coffee, cocktail or beer while snacking on their signature pretzels at any of their three locations in town.
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Boulevard
Hours: 7 a.m.-midnight every day
Known for their view of Lake Austin, Mozart's offers great coffee with peaceful scenery. If you sit here long enough, you may even see a water skier wipe out just yards away from your waterside table. This is a great place to bring your family for a daytime coffee or a nighttime treat.
Loro, 2115 South Lamar Boulevard
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
This Asian smokehouse-meets-Texas BBQ fusion offers a rustic dining experience on South Lamar. Guests can enjoy their meals and drinks while seated on an expansive patio. Make sure to stop by for their happy hour on weekdays from 2-5 p.m.
Kitty Cohen’s, 2211 Webberville Road #3548
Hours: 3 p.m.-2 a.m. weekdays, noon-2 a.m. weekends
Just because fall is starting doesn't mean you can't still take a dip! Visit this retro bar for specialty drinks and stay for their outdoor patio and pool. This is a great place for a bachelorette party or even just casual day out drinking.
Radio Coffee & Beer, 4204 Manchaca Road
Hours: 7 a.m.-midnight Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday
This hip coffee and beer bar provides outdoor seating under stringed lights and welcomes anyone looking for community and casual drinks. Every Wednesday, they also host a trivia night where winners have the chance to receive a Radio Coffee gift card. Radio is also host to live music and comedy shows every now and then.
Juliet Italian Kitchen, 1500 Barton Springs Road
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
This modern Italian restaurant offers a classic vibe alongside luxurious furniture and decor. The outdoor seating, complete with string lights, is the perfect place for a classy dinner to catch up with friends. Make sure to try their family favorites including hand-tossed pizzas and 12-layer lasagna.
P6 at the LINE Austin, 111 East Cesar Chavez Street
Hours: 4-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Located within The LINE Hotel, this bar offers an intimate rooftop garden experience for lounging, drinking and dining. Enjoy sipping on a specialty drink while overlooking downtown Austin. You can catch their happy hours Monday-Thursday from 4-5 p.m.
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden, 121 Pickle Road
Hours: 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, 8 a.m.-midnight Thursday-Saturday
This dog-friendly beer garden is the perfect oasis for a casual night out with friends. With its array of foliage and far-reaching string lights, you will feel like a true Austinite here. Food trucks such as LeRoy and Lewis, Pueblo Viejo and Tommy Want Wingy are available here, and the beer garden becomes 21+ after 9 p.m.
Better Half Coffee & Cocktails, 406 Walsh Street
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
This coffee and cocktail bar is ideal to enjoy a drink or meal while outdoors. Take a seat at the picnic tables and sip on a pink sangria, or study with a coffee in hand. Don't forget about their reverse happy hour from 9 p.m. until they close.
The Ballroom @ Spiderhouse, 2906 Fruth Street
Hours: 10 a.m.-midnight every day
Located near UT's campus, this eclectic performance space comes with eats, drinks and featured events. While the indoor space often hosts events, don't take their outside patio for granted: surrounded by mismatched furniture, guests can hang out with friends underneath the expansive colorful lights.
Meanwhile Brewing, 3901 Promontory Point Drive
Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 9 am-9pm, Sunday
This brewery and taproom located in South Austin is the perfect place for families and dogs. They also have a soccer field for any sports fanatics who want to kick the ball around. With an expansive patio space, there is plenty of room to spread out.
Lou’s, 1900 Cesar Chavez Street
Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. every day
This East Austin restaurant offers burgers, rotisserie chicken and coffee for any Austinite ready to take on the day, enjoy their lunch break or wind down for the night. Their patio seating features an expansive lawn, brightly colored seating and hanging string lights. Make sure to check out their half-price wine every Tuesday.
Lazarus Brewing Co., 1902 East 6th Street
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-11p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
This cozy brewery is a great weeknight or weekend pub to grab a house beer or other popular beverages. No need to leave your four-legged friend at home—because dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio. Check out their draught beer menu and take note of the cleverly-named drinks with religious ties.
Hank’s Austin, 5811 Berkman Drive
Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
This bright and hip restaurant and bar is a great brunch spot. Dogs are welcome on their covered patio. Their decor gives desert vibes in the middle of the city with neatly placed cacti and other plants.
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Giga Texas, the massive Tesla factory in southeast Travis County is getting even bigger.
The company filed with the city of Austin this week to expand its headquarters with a new 500,000-square-foot building. The permit application notes “GA 2 and 3 expansion,” which indicates the company will make two general assembly lines in the building.
More details about the plans for the building are unclear. The gigafactory has been focused on Model Y production since it opened in April, but the company is also aiming for Cybertruck production to kick off in mid-2023.
While there is room for expansion on the 3.3 square miles of land Tesla has, this move comes after CEO Elon Musk’s recent comments about the state of the economy and its impact on Tesla.
In a May interview with Tesla Owners Silicon Valley, Musk said the gigafactories in Berlin and Austin are “gigantic money furnaces” and said Giga Texas had manufactured only a small number of cars.
And in June, Musk sent a company wide email saying Tesla will be reducing salaried headcount by 10%, then later tweeted salaried headcount should be fairly flat.
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You’ll have to leave city limits if you’re looking for a proper ranch property like 417 Acres Shipp Lake Ranch, aptly named for its acreage. The property comes built out with three farmhouses, one of which has bedrooms and two bathrooms and two of which have two bedrooms and one bathroom. The nearly untouched property, which surrounds the 100-plus-acre Shipp Lake, has remained in the same family since the early 1900s and gives you picturesque views for the making of a dream home. In fact, the previous owners ran a water ski camp on the property.
Sitting waterside on Lake Austin, this home gives you the unique opportunity to own a piece of the lush Hill Country with views of Mount Bonnell. The 2,750-square foot, three-bedroom, four-bathroom house allows you to integrate indoor and outdoor life with large windows opening to an outdoor living area. The crown jewel is the .76-acre parcel of land that tapers off to your own lakeside resort, featuring an covered outdoor kitchen, fire pit, stone boat house to store your water sports supplies and veranda sitting at the mouth of the water, perfect for an entertainer.
Got dreams of becoming a real Texas rancher? 7814 Brown Cemetery Rd. is the perfect place to start with 40 rolling acres of land and its very own swimming hole. Just east of Austin in Manor, the modest-on-the-outside home clocks at 4,412 square feet with five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms, but there are an additional two living structures on the property. The horseshoe-shaped pond sits in the heart of the property and comes equipped with a water slide, diving board and a fishing dock.